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Garage Door Opener Electric Eye Troubleshooting
My opener doesn't work. I noticed that the light on the electric eyes was off. I know this is a safety feature, so I disconnected them, but the opener still will not work. It also does not work when I press the wall switch. What's wrong? Could the problem be in the wiring of the switch, too?
Most likely, the light was off BECAUSE they were not pointed towards each other, not because they were defective. Or, with some openers, both have lights but both only light if they are properly oriented!
If they are pointing directly at each other, their lights are is on, and the opener still will not function, then the problem is elsewhere. Disconnect the wires from the wall switch to the opener at the opener. Now try the remote control. If the opener activates, the diagnosis is that there is a short and/or bad connection in either the wall switch or in the wire leading from the switch to the opener. Use a multimeter to test the function of the switch and the continuity of the wires. If the opener still refuses to operate, you most likely have an electronic "bug" within the unit or the electric eyes themselves have malfunctioned. In either event you should contact a service person to troubleshoot the opener's circuits.