While I was in the process of buying a home, the inspector that we paid found that the garage door opener was not working consistently. Naturally, we asked the owners to fix it as a condition of us buying the home. They agreed to fix it and claimed that they did, but to my surprise, the darned thing stopped working just 3 weeks into us moving into the home. To say I was pissed would be an understatement. I really didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new opener so I immediately went to craigslist. I was able to find a used one for $50. The guy who sold it me said that he was converting his garage into an apartment so he no longer had any need for the opener.
The opener model is the Python 2 (shown in picture) and is made by a company by Overhead Door. It was pretty easy to install. It only took about an hour. I suppose it would have been worse if I had to install the entire rail system etc, but all I pretty much had to do was swap the motor. Even though I have lived in homes with garage door openers in the past, I have never had to install and set one up.
Here are some things that I learned. Maybe you will find this helpful one day.
1. It is extremely easy to program a garage door remote. All you have to do is push the learn button on the garage door opener. I light then starts to blink and all you have to do is push the button on the remote within 30 seconds. That’s it. The next time you push the button on the remote, the garage door will open or close. Another thing I learned was that you cannot program one button to operate more than one garage door. You also cannot program multiple buttons on the same remote to operate the same door.
2. The next thing I learned while installing the opener is that the lights on the photo sensors are for troubleshooting. The light on the sending unit is red and the light on the receiving unit is green. If both lights are solid, everything is working correctly. If either light is blinking, there is something wrong and the manual tells you what the potential problem is.
Ok, I think that is enough jibberish on openers for now. So far, I have been happy with the Python 2. We’ll see if it lasts.