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Garage Door Troubleshooting Guides

1. My garage door will not go down using my transmitters. I can only get the door down by holding down on the wall button.

When the infra-red sensors are malfunctioning, usually one of the sensor lights will be blinking. The problem is either due to a blocked path between the sensors, dirty eyes, loose wires at the sensors or at the motor head, or just bad sensors. The transmitters (remotes) will not work to close the garage door. You will find that the door will only move an inch or so in the close direction and reverse. When this happens your garage door will only close by holding down on the wall button, or wall console, until the door fully closes. This method is the only way to override the safety and close the door.

To try and correct the problem, make sure the eyes on the sensors are clean, the wire connections are securely fastened at the sensors and motor head, and the eyes are directed at each other. Also, try unplugging the garage door opener and re-plugging the unit back into the outlet. This acts as a reset and may reset the sensors. If nothing works, it may be that you have to replace the sensors. You can find new sensors on our Web site in the category section or by going directly to Infra-Red Sensors.

2. The garage door closes down to the floor, hesitates and reverses back up to the open position. What is wrong?

You have an open limit and a close limit on your garage door opener. These limits set the distance the door will open or close before stopping. In the down direction, if the limit is set beyond the point at which the door closes fully, the door will hit the floor and act as if it is hitting something and the safety feature tells it to reverse.

If you have a screw drive or chain glide unit you need to set the limit closer to the motor, so the opener shuts off earlier (at the point the door closes). If you have a chain drive with limit lugs attached to the chain, one for the up limit and one for the down limit, you need to experiment with the placement of the down limit lug on the chain, so the opener will shut off at the point the door closes. If your chain drive has ‘driven limits,’ the limits are individually labelled and adjustable using a screw driver. The ‘driven limits’ are located on the back or side of the motor head. You can find garage door limits on our Web site in the Genie section, or you can go directly to Genie limit switch.

3. How do I program my in-car transmitter to an Genie Intellicode or Chamberlain Security Plus system?

To program a built-in-car transmitter to a rolling code garage door opener (Genie rolling code is called Intellicode, Liftmaster/Sears is called Security plus), you should take the following steps.

  1. Clear out anything previously programmed into the in-car system from the factory by holding down on the 2-outside buttons simultaneously, until the in-car red light starts flashing rapidly. This may take up to a minute. (In a few cases, some make cars require the keys to be in the ignition, or the car motor must be running, or the car door must be shut)
  2. Decide which button you want to make to be your in-car garage door transmitter. Hold your transmitter up near the selected button, pressing both the garage door remote and the selected in-car transmitter button simultaneously. Hold down on the buttons until the in-car, red light flashes rapidly. this sets the in-car transmitter to be your garage door openers make transmitter, but you are not done. You now need to make this in-car transmitter your personal transmitter.
  3. Go to the Learn Button on your garage door opener. The button is usually right next to the area the floppy antenna is connected to the motor head. With Genie it is most often behind the light lens, and flashes red when pressed. With Sears or Liftmaster (Chamberlain) it is near, or part of, the terminal screw board. It is usually square shaped, sometimes round, and always colored red, amber or purple. Press this learn button momentarily. A red light should start to flash or an amber light should turn on and stay lit. Go back to the in-car transmitter button you programmed and press this button 3 or 4 times, or until the door starts moving. This should set your in-car transmitter to your garage door opener.


4. How do I program my Intellicode or Security Plus Transmitter?

The code changes every single time you press the button. It is a rolling code transmitter and there are 4.5 billion combinations, so it is never on the same frequency twice! If you’ve lost a transmitter you can delete out all of the transmitters programmed into you garage door opener by holding
down on the learn button, or smart button until the light stops blinking. The learn, or smart button is behind the light lens or on the back of the motor head and is close to the floppy antenna wire. Some models require you to unscrew 2 bolts on the light lens to be able to remove the lens and access the learn button. The smart button for Chamberlain openers is usually on the terminal board.

To reprogram each transmitter, push the learn button momentarily and the red or amber light will start blinking. It will blink for up to 30 seconds. In that time press one of your transmitters 3 or 4 times until the garage door starts moving. Keep the transmitter at least 2 feet away from the antenna.
Perform the same process with each transmitter.

If you are in need of an Intellicode transmitter (GIT-1), you can find them on our Web site in the Genie section. If you need a Chamberlain (Liftmaster/Sears) Security Plus transmitter, go to the garage door transmitter section of our Chamberlain store. Stanley and Linear have similar, rolling code transmitters. To access our transmitters go to Transmitters and Receivers and click onto the appropriate manufacturer.

5. My garage door is opening and closing by itself, as if someone else has the same frequency.

In most cases, when a garage door opens or closes by itself, or when you find your door open, upon returning home, the problem is due to a short somewhere. This short is most likely to be in one of two places: either in one of your transmitters or in the wall button or its wiring.

When there is a short in your garage door transmitter, you will often find the garage door is up upon returning home, even though you know you closed the door when you left the house. A short in your transmitter causes a continues signal to be sent. As you are pulling out of the driveway the garage door closes fully and appears to stop, but as the carriage and arm run past the down limit and hits the header bracket it reverses, and the door begins to open, just as you start driving off down the road. You come home to find the garage door is up, as if someone else had opened your door. The best thing to do to troubleshoot the garage door problem is remove the batteries from your transmitters and try operating the door from the wall button. If the problem is intermittent, you may want to do this for a day or two to eliminate the transmitters as the culprit.

If the problem persists, try removing the wall button wire at the motor head to ensure it is not a short in the wire to the button, then try operating the garage door with the transmitters only. If it stops the problem, replace the wires and test the wall button. It is a process of elimination.

6. Disconnecting Genie Garage Door Opener Carriages to Manually Operate the Door

Genie Screw Drive Carriage:

To Disconnect the Carriage and operate the garage door manually:

Pull down on the red cord and knob of the traveler carriage to release the door from the Genie locking system. Operation of the door can now be performed by manually lifting and closing the door.

To Reconnect the Carriage:

Pull emergency release cord and knob toward the motor. Try to keep the cord as parallel to the rail of the garage door opener as possible. You may need to give the cord a slight yank to reconnect. You should now be able to operate the door using the Genie garage door opener.

The first image shows the genie screw drive carriage connected and the second image shows the position of the carriage when it is disconnected.

Genie Chain Glide Carriage:

To Disconnect the Carriage and operate the garage door manually:

Pull down on the red cord and knob of the traveler carriage to release the door from the Genie locking system. Operation of the door can now be performed by manually lifting and closing the door.

To Reconnect the Carriage:

Pull emergency release cord and knob toward the motor. Then manually lift or close the door until the carriage locks into place. You should now be able to operate the door using your Genie garage door opener.

The first image shows the genie chain glide carriage position connected and the second image shows the position of the carriage when disconnected.

Genie Chain Drive Carriage:

To Disconnect the Carriage and operate the Garage Door manually:

Pull down and toward the motor or door on the red cord and knob of the traveler carriage to release the door from the Genie Locking system. By pulling down and at the same time directing the cord forward toward the door opening or back toward the motor, you are locking the release bar down to disconnect the carriage. Operation of the door can now be performed by manually lifting and closing the door.

To Reconnect the Carriage:

Pull the emergency release cord and knob straight down and release. Notice, in the first image below, the slotted gap in the bar, that the red cord is attached to, disappears. This means it is in the engaged position. Then manually lift or close the door until the carriage locks into place. You should now be able to operate the door using your Genie garage door opener.

The first image shows the genie chain drive carriage position connected to the garage door. The slotted gap in the release bar is not visable. The second image shows the genie chain drive carriage in the disconnected position. The slotted, or notched, gap is visable.

7. Where is the Genie, Liftmaster or Sears Craftsman Learn Button for Programming My Intellicode or Security Plus Remotes?

The Genie Learn Button, in most cases, is located beneath the light lens cover, near the Floppy Antenna wire. Open the light lens globe to expose the Learn Button, shown below.

The lower photo shows the Genie Excelerator Motor Head. The lens globe is not connected in this photo and the antenna wire is not visable, but the Learn Button is marked and accompanied by an arrow pointing to the button. The third photo is not a Genie. It is a Liftmaster with a purple, square “Learn Button” for programming Liftmaster remotes to the motor head receiver. With either Liftmaster or Sears Craftsman, the “Learn Button” is always square, and colored Red, Green or Purple. It is always located beneath the wire connecting terminal strip.

8. How do I Set the Limits on a Genie Chain Drive (open chain) Garage Door Opener?

9. How to Set Limits on the new line of Genie Garage Door Openers

Setting Limits on the new line of Genie garage door openers.  A partial  listing of these openers include the TriloG, IntelliG, ReliaG, GPower, PowerMax, ChainMax, and PowerLift openers.

On the bottom outside motor cover of your Genie motor head is a set of programmable buttons and LED lights.  These consist of a square button and two triangular button, representing the down-limit adjustment (-) and the up- limit adjustment (+), along with two LED lights – long and short (shown here in grey).

  1. While the door is in the up position, press and hold the triangular arrow button, pointing down (-),  until the long LED light turns blue.
  2. Release the down arrow button to cause the LED to begin flashing.
  3. While the long LED is flashing blue, press and hold the down arrow button until the door reaches the floor and let go.  If needed,  fine tuning the closed point can be achieved by pressing the up or down arrow keys.
  4. Press the square button to set the down limit into memory.  Both Long and short LED’s will flash and turn off.
  5. Now press and hold the up arrow button (+) until the short LED turns blue.
  6. Release the up arrow button to cause the LED to begin flashing.
  7. While the short LED is flashing blue, press and hold the up arrow button until the door reaches full opening and let go.  Again, if needed, fine tuning can be achieved by alternating the up or down arrow keys.
  8. Press the square button to set the up limit into memory.  Both LED’s will flash and turn off.

How to Release and Reset the Emergency Cord on a Garage Door

January 20, 2016

Every once in awhile, you might find yourself with a garage door that you need to manually move due to a failure of the garage door parts, motor, or power supply. Sometimes your power has gone out, sometimes there might be an actual emergency, other times you might just need to check to see if your garage door is broken. At Precision Door of Spokane, we want to make sure that whatever your reason for pulling the emergency cord on your garage door, you are correctly disengaging your garage door opener as well as have the ability to later re-engage that garage door. Below are some simple instructions so you know exactly how to quickly reset your garage door.

1. Door Must Be in Down Position

Before you disengage your garage door opener from your garage door, make sure that the door is in the down position. Attempting to disengage your door in the up position is extremely dangerous. This is due to the fact that if the spring on your garage door is broken, it could cause the full weight of the garage door to come crashing down. This could cause damage to anything under the garage door, including yourself, as well as break the garage door itself.

If your garage door is stuck in the open position, please contact Precision Door of Spokane immediately, so we can fix your door before serious damage occurs. We have 24/7 emergency services, just for situations as hazardous as this.

2. Pull the Emergency Release Cord

The emergency release cord is the red rope that hangs from the door trolley. The trolley is connected to the door and moves with the door as it opens and closes. Through the attachment point, the trolley is also connected to the opener carriage. The opener carriage is the automated mechanism that moves the door along the door rail/track. The emergency release cord disconnects the trolley through attachment point from the opener carriage so that the door can slide along the track, without the automated carriage. This allows you to manually open and close the garage door.

3. Manually Move the Garage Door and Return to Down Position

Step 2 will allow you to freely move the garage door open and close. Once you are done maneuvering your garage door and are ready to re-engage the automatic door opener, please return the garage door back to the down position.

4. Pull the Emergency Release Cord Toward the Door

In relation to the emergency release cord, the trolley has two positions: connected and disconnected. These two positions alter the location of the spring lever on the trolley. When the spring lever is in the disconnected position, the spring lever is extended. This position is achieved by pulling the release cord down and away from the door, towards the motor. When the spring lever is in the connected position - the position required to re-engage the garage door opener carriage - the spring lever is compressed. To achieve the connected position, pull the emergency release cord down and toward the door, away from the motor.

5. Re-connect the Trolley to the Opener Carriage

From here there are two ways to reconnect the trolley to the opener carriage. You can do this manually after the emergency cord spring lever has been put in the connected position. Simply slide the door along the track until the attachment point is re-engaged. Or, you can hit your garage door opener remote, and the opener carriage will reconnect with the trolley through the attachment point automatically. In both instances, you will hear a loud click as the attachment point reconnects. At this point, the emergency release cord on your garage door should be reset and ready to be used in the case that you need to move your garage door manually.

For a demonstration of this process, please watch our YouTube video, "How To Open Your Garage Door Manually." If you have any problems or if your garage door needs repair, please contact Precision Door of Spokane.

Often this is in the form of a small key near your garage door. With the key you can open the lock and pull the manual release. To open a Craftsman Garage Door opener, simply purchase a new outside keypad, when you.

Automatic garage doors offer a huge convenience for dodging bad weather. One click of a button and you and your family avoid the cold, rain and other potential dangers of mother nature. But what happens when the power goes out and your car is either stuck inside or left out in the elements? Did you know that you can operate your garage door when there is no power? It’s important to know how to operate your garage door manually when you find yourself in a power outage. Here are some things to remember about opening your garage door manually.

Releasing the trigger

The majority of automatic garage doors have a manual release to control your door when there is no power. This is usually a long red rope that hangs from the track of your door. Pulling this red rope will release the trolley from the garage door track and enable you to use your door manually. It’s important to make sure the garage door is down when releasing the trigger. Since this releases the door from the track, it may come crashing down if open.

Once the trigger is released, now you can manually push your garage door up and down. If you garage door doesn’t appear to have a release cord, refer to the manual for instructions on how to disengage the automatic features.

Manual mode during a prolonged power outage

If there is a need to keep your garage door in manual mode for a long period of time, it’s important to know the safety features that come with your garage door.

Manually lock your garage door

Most doors have a manual locking system, usually a large handle in the middle of the garage. Since your garage door is being operated manually, it’s easy to open and close it. So if it’s easy for you, it’s easy for unwanted people to gain access to your garage and home. The manual lock ensures that no one on the outside of the garage can get in until it’s manually unlocked from the inside.

Reattaching your garage door

Once power has been restored to your home, you’ll want to re-engage your garage door’s automatic features. Pull down on the red cord and pull it towards the opening of the garage door. Pull up on the door until it you hear a snap and see it lock back into place. You can also hit the button on your garage door opener and the track will force the spring back in place, reattaching your door to the trolley.

If you notice that there are broken parts on your garage door, bent springs or other damaged parts, do not attempt to release your garage door manually. This might cause more severe problems and a potentially dangerous situation. Garage door repair will be needed to get your door back in working order. Action Door proudly serves Northeast Ohio for all garage door repair needs, especially in emergency situations. We offer 24/7 emergency service to Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown and other areas in Northeast Ohio. Get a free estimate for garage door repair service today.

Garage Door Troubleshooting Guides

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What Do You Do When The Power Is Out And Your Spouse Is Waiting Outside, Unable To Open The Garage Door Do To A Power Outage?

If you own a home, it’s likely you possess one or more powered garage door openers. Although often taken for granted, garage door openers are a real convenience. But, they can be a pain in the neck if you experience a power outage. It’s really unpleasant to face a busy day with a garage door that won’t open, especially if your car is parked inside the garage. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know how to respond to a power outage that waylays your opener – most people are in the dark in these circumstances.

But don’t fear, we are here to explain what to do when the power to the electric garage opener is cut off.


  1. Locate the rope with a handle that is attached to the garage door track. You can identify the rope fairly easily as it is usually short and the handle usually is shaped like a red “T.”
  2. Grip the T-handle and pull it, releasing the door from the drive belt or chain. This will enable manual operation of the garage door, because it is no longer attached to the opening mechanism.
  3. Check to see if the door has a manual lock that is engaged. If so, open the lock.
  4. The inside of the door should have some kind of handhold. Grab it and lift slowly. Should the door fail to open completely, put your hand on the door’s bottom edge and push the door the remainder of the way up.
  5. Make sure that the door stays open, it is not uncommon for a door to have lost a little spring tension over time. This is one reason that it is recommended that you operate your door manually a couple times a year. You’ll know how if you need to and you’ll also be an early warning system if there is a problem with your door.
  6. To re-connect your door to the opener, follow these steps: Ensure that the carriage unit, which is the part that lifts and drops the door, is near to where the motor is positioned at the center of the garage.
  7. Pull the rope and push the garage door all the way until it clicks into the open position. It is sometimes possible to reconnect your door by simply running the operator. To do this, close the door nearly all the way, then push the wall switch to run the operator, if it was in the closed position, it will likely pick up the door and open it. If it was in the open position, it will likely pick up the door and close it.
A Car Waiting Outside The Garage During A Power Outage

There is a chance that the opener is not equipped with a manual lock to use when the garage door is disconnected from the opener. This means you won’t be able to lock your garage door after disengaging the door following a power outage. You can close the door, but it simply won’t lock. In this circumstance, you’ll want to consider whether you want to disconnect the door during a power outage, because it will remain locked if you don’t disengage it. Better yet, have a lock added to your door if it doesn’t come with one, and do it before the next power outage. Just be sure to disengage the lock when the power returns, otherwise you may destroy your garage door.

By the way, if you have an emergency generator or backup battery power supply, you may be able to avoid, or at least postpone, this delicate “disconnectomy.”

WATCH THE VIDEO ON THEME: How a garage door lock works with and without an automatic door opener

The majority of automatic garage doors have a manual release to control your The manual lock ensures that no one on the outside of the garage can get in.

The Top 10 Reasons Your Garage Door Won’t Work

“My remote controls won’t open the garage door. They worked this morning to close the door but would not open for me this afternoon.”

Sound familiar?

Well the good news is it may be as simple as pushing a “lock button” or sliding it to the unlock position. If your garage door opener came with a wall station rather than the “doorbell” type button, one of the buttons will be a lock.

Pictured below, from left to right are the LiftMaster, the Genie Wall and Linear wall stations:












Lock buttons are also known as Vacation Lock Buttons. These prevent the operation of the garage door opener with hand held remotes.

When the LiftMaster wall station is locked you will notice a blinking green light in the center of the large white push button. To “unlock” the lock feature hold your finger on the Lock button for 10 seconds, the green light will stop blinking and become steady. Now your remote will resume working.

The Linear wall station has a switch that slides up and down with the symbol of a pad lock on it. Slide the button down and then all the way up and your remotes should resume working.

The Genie wall station has the lock button on the top edge above their logo, you’ll see two pad lock symbols. The one the left is unlock the one on the right is locked. Slide the button the way back to the left to guarantee you’re in the unlock position and your remotes will resume working.

Other models will have variations of what we’ve discussed and most owner manuals will have good instructions on their use.

If you have any questions it is always best to call a garage door professional such as D & D who can send a trained technician to your home to service your garage door and operator.

This blog was written by Cindy Braga-Armstrong. Plagiarism disclaimer to follow. *This blog is owned by D & D Garage Doors. We grant you a nonexclusive, nontransferable, limited right to access, use and display the blog and the materials provided hereon, provided that you fully source, D & D Garage Doors within the content of your blog complete with link back to D & D Garage Doors website at – Failure to do so will cause D & D to file a notice of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) infringement with search engines such as Google and others to have the offending site removed from their search results.


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Disconnect the garage door opener and use a manual latch to lock the door. This means that you have to get out of the car when you get home.

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