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my garage door won't work when it gets really cold, what can we do to fix it?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
December 14th, 2010

we have a craftsman 1/2 hp, 315mhz opener. model # 139.53985dm. once it warms up it works fine, but when it gets below 20 degrees it seems not to work. we tried turning the sensor adjustment with no result. if you turn to sensor to the right spot should it work even when cold? we turned it all the way and no help.

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Craftsman , Garage Organization & Shelving
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Sam A
Thank you for your question. The blinking of the work light 10 times indicates that there is a problem in the sensor circuit. Check the alignment of the light sensor for the little l.e.d. lights to be on strong. It also can be the sensor wiring where it connects to the sensors or all the way back to the motor unit. You could have a break in one of the wires a staple grounding out the wire.

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the door is balanced. last night the guy on chat told us to turn the power off to reset and that worked however this morning it worked to open it, but left it open for about 20 mins. and then it wouldn't close again. tried the reset with the power off and it didn't work. maybe last night it had been closed for sometime and warmed up enough to work, instead of the reset working.
this morning, if you push the buttom the door starts to go but then quits right away and the light blinks 10 times. the door is trying to go, but then reverses.
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Sam A
Thank you for question.

Cold winter time can be a challenge for garage door openers.

It is not uncommon for openers not to work when it gets really cold, but not at 20 degrees, maybe 20 below 0.

Do you have any Ice or Snow build up under the door that will need to be removed, because the door is freezing to the floor?

If I understand you correctly you are turning the force adjustments. And you have turned them all the way up, but the opener still will not open the door.

Is the opener motor unit trying to run and you hear a humming like it wants to run, versus not even attempting to run or turn on?

When it gets really cold the metal on the door and door parts like the grease in the rollers becomes very stiff and it takes extra power to lift the door.

Disconnect the door from the opener and see if it will run without the door attached.

If it does you have a door issue and will need to have the door serviced by an overhead door service company.

You could try lifting the door to waist height and then letting the door go to see if it is heavy and moves to the floor. A properly balanced door should not move from the waist high position up or down more that 4 inches. If it does it needs to be balanced by a door service.

If the opener will not even attempt to run it could be a component on the control board that is more temperature sensitive that it should be and may need to have the logic board changed.

Please respond through the link with what you have found and so I can give you a more precise fix for your opener.

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I can understand your inconvenience of the garage door opener not working correctly. I was able to find a similar question that was asked. An expert answered and gave great advice on what to do in your situation.
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