Question about Chamberlain Powerdrive PD422D 1/2 HP Security Plus Screw Drive Garage Door Opener

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When cold outside, door only opens a few inches

In extreme cold weather my Chamberlain 1/2hp screwdrive opener stops about 6 inches off the floor. You either have to help push it up, or press the opener (so the door goes down and back up) several times until it finally goes up.

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  • blair740 Dec 08, 2008

    I have the same problem with my whisper quiet opener . I have to put the door up and down about 5 times before it will go all the way up . The interesting thing is I have 2 openers and only one of them does it . The one that does this is lifting a 16' door , while the one that works ok is lifting a 9 ' door 


    Blair

  • umchenz Dec 14, 2008

    me too, can not open the garage, and it sucks I lost the key for the lock for my garage door. Have to call a locksmith, cost $70, :(

  • KenKre Dec 28, 2008

    I am having the same problem as well. It seems that as it gets colder the more stops it has. My brother has had the same problem with his Chamberlain.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I live in Nebraska and I recently bought an older home. The garage doors worked in warm weather and as soon as the weather turned colder, the doors won't open; forntunately, I can open one of the doors manually. Needless to say I am surprised that there are others with the same problem.

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1.Check to see if the door is running correctly. 
  A. Run the door down and pull the emergency release. See if the door will run easily by itself. 

  1. If it runs hard by hand try lubricating the rollers and hinges with silicone spray or some form of lubricant (not WD 40) 

  2. If the door is heavy and falls back to the ground, you probably have a spring issue (either broken or needs more tension) in this case call a professional door repair company in your area.

  B. If the door runs fine then check the up force on your operator (the box that hangs from the ceiling and reads Craftsman). If the light(s) on your operator go from front and/or back, the force adjustment screw is on the back of the operator. If the lights are on the sides of the operator then the force adjustment screw is on the right side (looking from the back of the operator and facing the garage door). Turn the light blue adjustment screw with the up arrow to a higher number.

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