No power to the opener?
No power to the opener? Arizona is a beautiful place to live, however we do have a monsoon season. As a result, the spectacular lightning shows may cause some issue with your electrical system. Most of the time the breaker or the GFI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter device) will trip. Leaving you perplexed why your garage door motor is not working. Common indicators of this issues are: no lights on the sensors, no light at the wall control, when wall control is depressed nothing happens (No lights or noise). First of all, in order to fix the issue locate the GFI. (See GFI or GFCI)
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter device protects us from receiving electric shocks from faults in the electrical devices we use in our home. It works by comparing the input current on the hot side to the output current on the neutral side. Above all, if there’s the slightest difference in current, on the order of a few milliamps, then there is current leaking out somewhere, possibly through somebody’s body. To protect us in this situation, the device very quickly cuts off the power supply to the leaking device, within 20-30 milliseconds, greatly reducing any possible human tissue damage from errant current.
GFI or GFCI
GFCI protection should be provided anywhere there is a receptacle installed in an area subject to moisture, as the presence of moisture greatly increases the danger of accidental shock. The National Electric Code specifies many such areas in residential dwelling units, such as, but not limited to: Bathrooms. Furthermore, Garages and accessory buildings; All exterior receptacles; Crawl spaces; Unfinished basements; Kitchens; Laundry, Utility, Wet Bar Sink Areas; and Boathouses. Local building authorities may have additional requirements. Hence, the list of areas requiring GFCI protection has increased with every code revision. They were initially only required around pool areas in the ’70s. As a result, now they seem to be required nearly everywhere. You should question your local building authority for the latest, complete requirements.
- Reset the GFCI before beginning the test to ensure everything is in normal working order. …
- Press the button marked “Test” on the GFCI outlet. …
- Press the button marked “Reset” again to return to normal operation.