Panel switched back on fried garage door opener (need surge protector)


I shut off the power to this entire house, from inside, the larger main switch at the top of the panel. 12 hours later we started hearing the garage door opener circuit board make a noise like a relay flickering. Seems it's toast upon inspection (ordered part for $60).

Would a small surge protector like the one below prevent that from happening again to another $200, 10 year old device like that?

Backstory: We bought this home and have found some weird stuff I've yet to dig into. 50-90vac on some of the switch plate screws. Other places, 30vac still when the circuit breaker is off. Other outlets have only 30vac hot to neutral. All on one line luckily. But that's another question for another time. I will check all that out later this...

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For many Canadians, the home is becoming a repository for high-end appliances and gadgets. From laptops to kitchen appliances to high-tech entertainment systems, these products are a vital part of our day-to-day lifestyle and we always want to protect these sometimes-costly investments. That is why most people today avoid plugging their expensive technology into a power outlet without a surge protector. But, if you go the extra mile to ensure the safety of your home appliances, it also makes sense that you would do the same thing for your garage door opener. That is why it is utmost important to consider purchasing a surge protector for your garage door opener as well.

What can cause a power surge?

As with any other outlet, electrical outlets provide a constant voltage of electricity to help power your electrical devices and appliances. In the event of lightning storms, flaws in the power grid caused by a blown transformer, or power outages, a large spike of voltage can...

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When working on your garage door opener ensure that you unplug it from the mains outlet, or switch off the circuit breaker. If you do not feel confident in your abilities you should consult a repair company, you can find details of companies on our garage door repair company page.

Always consult the manual, see garage opener manuals.

If your opener does not respond when you press your remote control, try another remote, if it responds the problem is with the first remote control, if it does not respond, press the wall mounted hard wired push button, if it responds the problem is either with both remote controls which is unlikely, or more likely you have a faulty receiver or a problem with severe interference from other radio signals (see article about automatic door closers). An indication that there is interference present is when you activate your remote control right next to the opener and it activates, and as you move further away it fails to activate.


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SymptomProbable causeCorrective action Opener won't work from wall button or radio control.No power to opener.Check cord to outlet, wall switch and circuit breaker. Short circuit in wires to opener or wall button.Isolate by disconnecting the wires at the opener from the wall station. Motor Protector trips open due to ex- cessive use.Allow motor to cool for 20 minutes and trv aqain. Opener works from wall button but not from radio control.Radio control system non-operational.Weak or dead battery in transmitter- replace.
Security Code not matched between receiver and transmitter (see page 16)
If two or more transmitters don't work, have Motor Control Board Tested.
Door does not open and opener light flashes.Something obstructing door travel.Disconnect door from operator. Oper- ate door by hand to locate obstruction or call a service person. Insufficient opening force.Adjust opening force. (See Adj. #1). Build up of ice and snow around door.Shovel and clear door area....
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A residential garage door opener. The motor is in the box on the upper-right.

A garage door opener is a motorized device that opens and closes garage doors. Most are controlled by switches on the garage wall, as well as by remote controls carried by the owner.

The electric opener[edit]

The electric overhead garage door opener was invented by C.G. Johnson in 1926 in Hartford City, Indiana.[1][2] Electric Garage Door openers did not become popular until Era Meter Company of Chicago offered one after World War II where the overhead garage door could be opened via a key pad located on a post at the end of the driveway or a switch inside the garage.[3]

As in an elevator, the electric motor does not provide most of the power to move a heavy garage door. Instead, most of door's weight is offset by the counterbalance springs attached to the door. (Even manually operated garage doors have counterbalances; otherwise they would be too heavy for a person to open...

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Those who have experienced the convenience that an automatic garage door offers will likely never go back to a manually opening door. Especially in bad weather, there’s no better feeling than a simple click of the button keeping you and your belongings dry. That being said, that same storm might bring with it power outages that could leave your garage door incapacitated and you stuck out in the cold. On the flip side, when you’re inside the garage with no power and you need to get out for work it’s important to understand these tips on how to open a garage door manually.

Trip the Trigger

Virtually all garage door openers have a bypass switch for situations such as when the power goes out, a motor goes awry, or the remote opener dies. On most garage door openers there is a rope with a handle on the end (usually red). This manual release handle disengages the trolley from the attachment point to the rail. Pulling on this rope will put the garage into manual...

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The travel limits on garage door openers adjust how far up or down the opener allows the door to travel. This is always done when unit is installed because garage doors can be very different from each other.

Four different ways to adjust garage door’s opener limits

There are four different ways that I know of to adjust travel limits. The first and most common is 2 slotted plastic screws each with a different arrows up and down to represent the up limit and down limit that the opener will allow door to travel. And the up and down arrows will have another arrow to tell you which way to turn the screw left or right to increase the up or down travel. Example: If the arrow is pointing down and the other arrow points clockwise then you turn the screw clockwise to make door travel further down. Same for the up travel limit.

The second way to adjust travel limit – using switches

Is most common on Genie /Overhead door brand openers. This is 2 actual switches...

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If the garage door opens correctly but fails to close completely, there may be one of three common causes:

1. The close-limit switch may need adjusting. Your garage door has set-limit switches that instruct the motor when to stop running—both when it is opening, and when it is closing. If the close-limit switch is set wrong, it may prevent the door from closing It can also cause the opener to reverse or pull back up when you attempt to close it.

The close-limit switch is a safety measure that... keeps people from being hit and having the door close on them—it is a necessary and required device for all garage door openers. Adjusting the limit switch will stop your garage door from behaving erratically.

Different garage doors have different means of adjusting the set-limit switches, but it is usually a screw feature on the motor unit that is turned to adjust how far the door descends.

2. The safety sensors may need adjustment or realignment. Near the...

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The 53000 series were near the point of the conversion to electronic code setting and some of the receivers already worked similar to the newer-style models so programming could vary. And, after this much time, many units have been worked on and parts updated which can make it even more difficult to determine the correct procedures.

On your model, once you have the dipswitches in your remotes all set the same, you should be able to follow the instruction in the image below or in your manual under the 53000SR heading (since you have an SR on the end of your model number) to program the receiver electronically similar to the newer models.

If you remove the light cover on the overhead opener unit you will see the panel that has the SR Button on it.

If there is no SR Button there then you will still need to set receiver dipswitches as you mentioned and the switches should be on that same panel under the light cover.

If there are...

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If your garage door ever comes off its track, stop operating it immediately. If it continues to operate, the door can sustain serious damage. It will be necessary for a garage door technician to put it back on track. He might have to straighten or even replace some of the door panels. If the detached garage door simply comes off its track and you catch it before any damage occurs, you can pop the garage door rollers back onto the track and reattach the door yourself.

Separate the garage door opener from the door. Look for a rope and handle dangling from the center of the door opener track. Reach up and pull the handle to disengage the opener.

Raise the door partially by lifting it until one set of rollers aligns with the problem area on the garage door track. Secure the door in that location by clamping a pair of locking pliers on the track just below the bottom of the door.

Open the garage door track near where the rollers jumped it with a pair of pliers. The...

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Instead of extending the antenna with a really long piece of wire, try angling it in different directions - vertical, horizontal (and try pointing it at right angles to the door, parallel to the door, etc).

Also, at 315 MHz, a full wave antenna would be 37 inches long, so be sure that your extended wire is that long, or close to an even multiple of that length (74", 148").

When using the opener transmitters, try orienting them differently as in the description for the recieving antenna. Often wireless devices don't work well because the antennas are not oriented parallel to one another. Keep the receiver antenna away from other metals as well, as that can affect reception (sometimes improving it, sometimes...

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