Colder weather and Garage door opener issue

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  1. Guest

    My Craftsman 1/2 HP Garage Door opener always takes 3 or 4 attempts to
    open the garage door in colder weather (under 50 degrees
    temperature). It goes up about 1/4 of the way and just stops then we
    close it and try again for 3-4 times and it finally opens the door.
    If its really cold it takes more attempts. In warm weather (above
    60 or 70 degrees) it opens with no problems on the first attempt.

    I greased the chain and rollers alot but still doesnt help. Please
    advise what I can do to fix the issue?
    , May 10, 2008
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  2. DerbyDad03 Guest

    On May 10, 2:18 pm, "" <> wrote:
    > My Craftsman 1/2 HP Garage Door opener always takes 3 or 4 attempts to
    > open the garage door in colder weather (under 50 degrees
    > temperature).   It goes up about 1/4 of the way and just stops then we
    > close it and try again for 3-4 times and it finally opens the door.
    > If its really cold it takes more attempts.    In warm weather (above
    > 60 or 70 degrees) it opens with no problems on the first attempt.
    >
    > I greased the chain and rollers alot but still doesnt help.  Please
    > advise what I can do to fix the issue?


    Every winter I have to increase the up/down force on my Craftsman 1/2
    HP Garage Door opener to prevent the exact symptoms you describe. I've
    never had a problem at 50 degrees, but once it hits the 30's it's time
    for an adjustment. In the spring, I turn it back down as part of my
    spring chores.

    BTW - you didn't say how old your GDO is - mine's over 20 YO.
    DerbyDad03, May 10, 2008
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  3. EXT Guest

    "Colder weather" Garage door opener issue

    It is a laugh to read about you southern softies talking about "colder"
    weather in relationship to doors, concrete and many other subjects. Here,
    temperatures below 50 degrees are a nice warm spring day. Cold doesn't start
    until the temperature goes below 30 degrees, and that can be a mild day, it
    doesn't really get real cold until it starts to dive below 0 degrees.
    Northerners learn to do everything in that temperature. Buildings get built,
    concrete poured, doors open and close, cars start and run, people go to
    work, children go to school.

    While a 50 degree day may be 50 degrees below a 100 degree day (we get those
    too), it should have no effect on a garage door opening, other than your
    door needs service in any temperature. I don't think you can find a
    temperature related solution other than it has a problem.


    "DerbyDad03" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    On May 10, 2:18 pm, "" <> wrote:
    > My Craftsman 1/2 HP Garage Door opener always takes 3 or 4 attempts to
    > open the garage door in colder weather (under 50 degrees
    > temperature). It goes up about 1/4 of the way and just stops then we
    > close it and try again for 3-4 times and it finally opens the door.
    > If its really cold it takes more attempts. In warm weather (above
    > 60 or 70 degrees) it opens with no problems on the first attempt.
    >
    > I greased the chain and rollers alot but still doesnt help. Please
    > advise what I can do to fix the issue?


    Every winter I have to increase the up/down force on my Craftsman 1/2
    HP Garage Door opener to prevent the exact symptoms you describe. I've
    never had a problem at 50 degrees, but once it hits the 30's it's time
    for an adjustment. In the spring, I turn it back down as part of my
    spring chores.

    BTW - you didn't say how old your GDO is - mine's over 20 YO.
    EXT, May 10, 2008
    #3
  4. jmagerl Guest

    The colder it gets, the thicker the grease gets, and the more force needed
    to open it. You may have to adjust the up/down force on the opener to
    compensate for the thick grease.




    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My Craftsman 1/2 HP Garage Door opener always takes 3 or 4 attempts to
    > open the garage door in colder weather (under 50 degrees
    > temperature). It goes up about 1/4 of the way and just stops then we
    > close it and try again for 3-4 times and it finally opens the door.
    > If its really cold it takes more attempts. In warm weather (above
    > 60 or 70 degrees) it opens with no problems on the first attempt.
    >
    > I greased the chain and rollers alot but still doesnt help. Please
    > advise what I can do to fix the issue?
    jmagerl, May 10, 2008
    #4
  5. cshenk Guest

    Re: "Colder weather" Garage door opener issue

    "HeyBub" wrote

    > Here in Houston, it snows - mayber a quarter inch - once every ten years.
    > They close the schools, freeways, everything. People stock up on canned
    > goods and huddle in the family room wearing everything they own. Prayers
    > are not uncommon. Visitors from the North giggle uncontrollably.
    >
    > When a hurricane approaches, we stock up on beer and Strawberry PopTarts
    > and invite the neighbors for a party. Our northern visitors look down and
    > say "Feet, make tracks!"


    LOL! It's true though!

    That said, my area tomorrow is testing the emergency evacuation routes
    again. Norfolk area has one major problem. There's really only one main
    way out. In a hurricane, the tunnels and bridges arent usable so they
    change I-64 to entirely westbound all the way to the Richmond beltway. Even
    with that, if you don't get out before the storm starts, you can't use that
    route. It's thickly treelined and only dual lane along long sections of it
    between us and Richmond.

    Katrina was bad, but a cat 5 here will catch a huge metro area unable to
    evacuate at all. A locally well known problem. We'd need 4 days I think
    they said. Me, I'd dive off to route 58 which is less treelined so less apt
    to be blocked. Smaller though, single lane each way.

    I've ridden several out here and up to Cat3, it's just a few down trees and
    no power. Makes a mess of getting around, but there only 2 trees I have to
    worry about. If we all sleep in the master bedroom or livingroom, we are
    well out of where they can hurt us. Did that last time. I think that was
    Floyd.
    cshenk, May 10, 2008
    #5
  6. Boden Guest

    Re: "Colder weather" Garage door opener issue

    EXT wrote:
    > It is a laugh to read about you southern softies talking about "colder"
    > weather in relationship to doors, concrete and many other subjects.
    > Here, temperatures below 50 degrees are a nice warm spring day. Cold
    > doesn't start until the temperature goes below 30 degrees, and that can
    > be a mild day, it doesn't really get real cold until it starts to dive
    > below 0 degrees. Northerners learn to do everything in that temperature.
    > Buildings get built, concrete poured, doors open and close, cars start
    > and run, people go to work, children go to school.
    >
    > While a 50 degree day may be 50 degrees below a 100 degree day (we get
    > those too), it should have no effect on a garage door opening, other
    > than your door needs service in any temperature. I don't think you can
    > find a temperature related solution other than it has a problem.
    >
    >
    > "DerbyDad03" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > On May 10, 2:18 pm, "" <> wrote:
    >
    >> My Craftsman 1/2 HP Garage Door opener always takes 3 or 4 attempts to
    >> open the garage door in colder weather (under 50 degrees
    >> temperature). It goes up about 1/4 of the way and just stops then we
    >> close it and try again for 3-4 times and it finally opens the door.
    >> If its really cold it takes more attempts. In warm weather (above
    >> 60 or 70 degrees) it opens with no problems on the first attempt.
    >>
    >> I greased the chain and rollers alot but still doesnt help. Please
    >> advise what I can do to fix the issue?

    >
    >
    > Every winter I have to increase the up/down force on my Craftsman 1/2
    > HP Garage Door opener to prevent the exact symptoms you describe. I've
    > never had a problem at 50 degrees, but once it hits the 30's it's time
    > for an adjustment. In the spring, I turn it back down as part of my
    > spring chores.
    >
    > BTW - you didn't say how old your GDO is - mine's over 20 YO.


    Lubrication may not be the key. A 50 Fahrenheit degree change can bring
    about dimensional changes sufficient to cause binding, etc.

    Boden
    Boden, May 11, 2008
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