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myinhousebigdog

03:21AM | 01/14/05
Member Since: 01/18/03
14 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hi,

I have a Stanley Garage door Opener that is about 15 years old. All of a sudden now, it wont open. The unit is just making this TAPPING/CLICKING sound when I try to push the "OPEN" button. And the light that is on it is blicking to this tapping/clicking sound as well! But the chain drive won't move.

I took off the cover and the sound seems to be coming from the "MOTHER BOARD" on it. Like from one of the sockets attached to this mother board. Now I have another of the same next to it and this unit is opening the garage door just fine for now!

The only numbers I have are:

*****MODEL: 1800.37

*****1/3 HP

*****Serial #87121

Please help me as to what you think it might be and how I can go about fixing this situation?

Thanks so much!!

Tom/Pa.

1/13/05

Tom/Pa tmb720@msn.com


Tom O

03:28AM | 01/15/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
A typical problem with garage door operators is that the starting capacitor for the motor goes bad. When this happens, the motor will not start and the sound you are hearing is probably the "up" relay closing and opening.

Turn off the operator, short together the terminals of the capacitor to remove any stored charge, remove the capacitor & have an electrician or TV repair shop check it to see if it is still good. If this isn't the problem, call a garage door company or an electrician to come troubleshoot the operator.

Tom
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