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Old 08-06-2011, 07:55 AM   #1
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Garage door

Not sure if this is the right place, but Im Gonna put the question here.

I have a 1/4Hp garage door opener that pooped out on me. I opened the case and the plastic screw gear and the plastic chain drive gear are not GONE! they just grind when i try to open the door.

I have a wood door that needs some help but its what i have. I do not have a torsion spring, i have the 2 metal springs that are on either side of the door tracks.

I want to buy a garage door opener and this is the one im looking at

Is this a good one or is there a better option?

I can include picture if needed or requested.

Thank you


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Old 08-06-2011, 08:19 AM   #2
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I have a lift master by chamberlain and have the exact same problem. But, I usually just buy the gear set and replace them, costs about $35.

I personally hate chain drive garage door openers. They require constant adjustment.


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Old 08-06-2011, 08:37 AM   #3
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Most of the units I've seen have the plastic gears inside. The trick to making one last is to adjust the springs so that the closer is doing little work. We adjust the door without the closer attached so that a person can easily open and close the door with one hand. Your 1/4 HP unit is working overtime for a wood framed door as it's a little under powered. The one you are looking at will do a far better job and last longer. You probably can find the worm gear and replace it on your unit. I use Vaseline on the gears when installing new gears. Seems to make them last longer. Make sure the dust cover is in place over the gears too or expect short gear life from all of the grit in the air wearing them out.
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