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Is there a battery in the Craftsman 315 MHz Garage Door Opener Premium Control Console?


The Premium Control Console on the inside wall of the garage is hard-wired to the garage door opener. When I've needed to press and hold the button on the unit, there's usually something wrong with the opener or the garage door hardware.

The problem could be with the travel or force adjustments. However, more likely, the door is binding during travel or the garage door opener gears are damaged. Disconnect the door from the opener and check how it opens and closes. Is the door binding anywhere? Check if the rails are bent or if the framing of the door has rotted at the bottom. (We had one garage door where the door jamb was damaged. This led to the doorway shrinking and the door jamming.) If you open the door part-way, does it stay at that position? Do this test carefully; you may get injured if the door falls. If it doesn't stay open, then the torsion spring tension may need off or the springs need to be replaced. If the springs are mounted next to the doorway, you need a professional to check the springs. (If the torsion springs are further from the door, you may want a professional to check them. You will need to use vise grips or a similar tool to keep the door partway up and prevent it from falling when you adjust the tension. You will need to adjust both sides evenly.)

When you press and release the garage door opener button, how far does the door travel? Do the opener lights blink three times? Are both obstruction sensor (often green and amber) lights lit? Please add a comment with more information about the symptoms for additional help.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(note: when there is a problem with the door binding or the torsion springs failing, it's not uncommon to see the garage door opener fail. The motor tried to force the door and the plastic gears end up stripped. You may need to replace or repair the opener after fixing the door hardware issue.)

Jul 18, 2015 | Building Materials

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Why wont my 3 remotes (hand held & factory in remote)only work to open the door ? They no longer work to open the door.I did replaced the batteries and reprogramed, craftsman 3/4hp chain drive


It could be that your door is binding on the way up and so it stops automatically. Try releasing the emergency pull cord and move the door up and down by hand to see if it is binding, probably near the bottom. The track may be misaligned or there could be something rubbing against the door.

Dec 15, 2014 | Craftsman 3/4 Hp Garage Door Opener System...

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My craftsman garage door opener gets stuck when closing and always goes back up


Release the door from the opener by pulling down on the rope. Then you can operate the door by hand and see what is binding.

Sep 29, 2011 | Sears Craftsman LiftMaster Chamberlain...

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I have a panel lift garage door which is automated. The door will travel about 10% when closing then auto reverse. The panel appears to be binding when I am unable to find out where it is binding.I have...


The door must manually open and close without binding before the Automatic portion will work. The Automated door opener is designed to close or shut off when a bind, or excessive draw on the motor is detected. This prevents the motor from burning itself out when stuck. I would disengage the motor until the door raises and lowers with ease, manually. I also recommend you have a helper when attempting to find this bind, and repairing it.

Apr 10, 2011 | Garden

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My door will close about 6 inches then stop so its 90% open what do i do


Release the door from the opener and operate the door by hand to see if it is binding. There must be more to the story than this. Did this just happen?

Dec 08, 2010 | Sears Craftsman LiftMaster Chamberlain...

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Lift master Garage doors the door doesn't close. once i press the button to close my garage door it shuts the door momentarily and then it opens right back up by itself. nothing is blocking the sensors.


Too much tension on the door can make the "brain" respond by opening the door, thinks something is in the way.... check for binding tracks or wheel guides, loose bolts, dry chain, tension on cables or springs ( be careful here), misaligned sensors....

Apr 06, 2010 | liftmaster Chamberlain Garage Door Opener...

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Garage Door won't close!


If the main light flashes 10 times when the door reverses it is a problem with the door sensors. Make sure the small light on each sensor is lit and not blinking ever so slightly. If it doesn't flash it is most likely the RPM sensor which is a small printed circuit board just in front of the motor. There is also a possibility that the down force needs to be increased. This is a control on the rear of the motor unit near where all those white wires go. Increase it about a quarter turn.

Sep 09, 2009 | Sears Craftsman LiftMaster Chamberlain...

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Garage door closing


HAVE YOU ADJUSTED THE SENSITIVITY??

ALSO SPRAY THE SPRING WITH A LITTLE WD-40 SOMETIMES THEY BIND AS THE DOOR CLOSES.

Mar 29, 2009 | Sears Craftsman LiftMaster Chamberlain...

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Garage door


Disconnect the door from the opener and manually lift to see if it is binding.

Jan 22, 2008 | Sears Craftsman LiftMaster Chamberlain...

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