In the last post, I was talking about general problems people have with their garage doors. Since this site is focused on Stanley doors, I’ll now give you some insight in the problems and solutions for this brand particularly. This is one more step I’m doing in order to help you figure out your garage door and save some money. If you don’t have time to read, learn and to the repairs by yourself, I suggest you call a professional right away. But if you do have time and want to save money, along with learning something new, read on.
For long Stanley Garage door openers enjoyed a wide popularity and even now you may find many homes using these. Some of these may be as old as twenty years but still working without their owners knowing that that they a own a piece of history pertaining to garage door opener! Sometimes one comes across an old garage door opener working on the motor and gear arrangement only with no sight of its housing. If you can get original parts for Stanley Garage door opener, you’ll find it the easiest to repair. Though there are a couple of manufacturers of these parts, users complain that at times the parts they receive don’t fit appropriately.
The most important precaution that you need to take before getting started with the repairs of any garage door opener is to switch off the power supply to the system. In case you are using a plug and socket arrangement, make sure to remove the plug from its socket and disengage the clamp attaching the chain to the door of the garage. If you are not familiar with the operation of the garage door opener, it could prove dangerous to undertake its repairs. You should understand that garage door is the largest and heaviest moving item in your home and it could seriously hurt you and others if you are not too sure of what you are trying to do. So, the best way to understand its working is to look for Stanley Garage door manual before attempting anything with the door. If you are unable to locate it, may be you could borrow it from someone or look for one on eBay. It’s important to buy the manual meant for your specific model of door.
The most sought after part of Stanley garage door opener is the remote. It’s not easy to get a universal remote that works with a Stanley garage door opener. Once again, you need to check with eBay.com or Craigslist.
The Usual Problems With Stanley
A retired home inspector, having dealt with innumerable old Stanley garage door openers, warns people on a particular feature of door openers. Many of the old models of these door openers which are still in operation lack that auto reverse feature. He refers to the two small light sensors fixed at the lower edges of the door tracks to reverse the door and thus prevent users and pets from getting packed down by the door. If your Stanley garage door opener or any other brand for that matter lacks those sensors, you must get the door replaced. Further, if the sensors positioned in the garage ceiling are pointing towards each other, they wouldn’t reverse. That’s a massive safety issue. It could kill anyone if he accidentally gets trapped under the door. If you are unable to rectify the sensors, you must ask for help from a trained technician of garage door openers.