This is a very old garage door opener. Brand name is "Auto Mate". It is
probably 25 years old or even more. It was working fine until last week.
There was a paint bucket which stopped the door while it was closing. After
that I am unable to close the door. Every time I activate the door, it
opens, but it will not reverse direction.
Before you ask, this door does not have an optical sensor for obstructions.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
The thing is called an OPENER. Openers OPEN things, not close them.
If you want the door to CLOSE, you need a garage door CLOSER !!!
Next time, consider the name of the thing for clues to what it does
On 15 Jul 2005 22:27:56 -0500, Andrew Sarangan
Thanks for all the replies. The problem went away when I let the door
open fully until it hit the upper limit. My guess is there must be a
force switch which, when activated by a door obstruction, can only be
reset by fully opening the door. However, due to other objects hanging
from the ceiling, I usually never let the door open fully. I shut off
the power before its opens too much. So I disconnected the door from
the opener arm, and let the arm retreact fully. That solved the
It likely does have a force sensor. The first thing you want to do is
to disconnect the opener and try moving it up and down manually. It should
move smoothly and easily and it should be able to park at the top and
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