I have a 1/3hp Raynor garage door opener and one of the photo cells no
longer works. I called a Raynor rep in my area and they want $100 for
a new set of photo cells. The door is working fine I just have to
hold down the button in order to get the door to close so I'd like to
save the $100 if possible.
Does anybody know if there is anyway to disable the photo cells? I
tried simply disconnecting the photo cells from the unit but it had no
effect. Any ideas?
I have no small kids (nor pets) so I simply made contact between the leads
going to the sending unit at the photo cell. Prior to that, I had taped the
cells facing each other. When I broke one, I did the re-wire and have had
no problems since.
Rat Shack probably has a generic that would work. Most areas, code requires
some sort of auto-reverse on power openers. It could be a problem when you
sell, and you'll have to get it repaired in a hurry then.
bibber email@example.com (Rich) wrote in message
If there is a two-conductor wire going to the photo cell, then you can
these two together. I'm not sure which cell you would need to do but
be one or the other or both. (did you try re-aiming the cells? Or
them up close to each other nose to nose to confirm aiming is not the
Another thing you can do to improve the safety is to add a second
in series to the one in your garage. Put them about 6-8 inches apart.
This way, both buttons will have to be held in order to activate the
so children would have a harder time. Good idea to keep your car
Not sure of the details of his opener, but it's likely these won't work.
These are designed to be retrofitted between an existing switch and an older
opener. Most modern openers, including his, it sounds like from how it's
behaving now, have a separate circuit that needs to be satisfied for normal
It's very unlikely any aftermarket products will satisfy the circuit. He
would likely be throwing away money.
Most of these sensors send a series of pulses to the main opener, so they
are not trivial to bypass. He could try - it may be as simple as shorting
the circuit as someone else mentioned - but it is unlikely to work if the
opener is less than 10 yrs or so old.
I would either cough up the cash or get a new opener. Actually, I would
bypass it, but I know a little more about electronics than most.
As someone also mentioned, it could be the aiming between sensor heads is a
little off. This is the most likely problem.
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