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Counter Wiring for A LiftMaster Operator

Friday, December 18th, 2020 at 5:55 pm by Dan Musick

An operator counter tracks door cycles: one opening plus one closing equals one cycle. To track the usage of a door, counters are often installed on the operators.

An image of  a LiftMaster operator with an external counter showing 196,491 cycles.
This 24-volt counter shows that the operator has cycled 196,491 times.

One of the more common reasons to track door cycles is to schedule maintenance before repairs are needed.…

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How to Adjust a LiftMaster Motor So the Belt Fits

Friday, December 11th, 2020 at 6:33 pm by Dan Musick

Customers sometimes ask if they can substitute a different v-belt for their operator. In this video, we demonstrate how to adjust a LiftMaster motor, so the belt fits properly, even if it is a different length.

If a v-belt is too tight or too loose, you can adjust the motor to get the proper fit.


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How to Replace V Belts on LiftMaster Operators

Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 6:39 pm by Dan Musick

In this video, we demonstrate how to replace V-Belts on LiftMaster operators.

There is a safe and easy way to replace operator V-Belts.

For safety, unplug the power to the operator and pry off the belt with a large screwdriver.…

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LiftMaster Model J Drive Components

Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 6:46 pm by Dan Musick

One of the more common LiftMaster Operators is the jackshaft operator. How does the torque get from the motor to the counterbalance shaft of the sectional overhead type door? In this video, we trace the torque as it moves through the LiftMaster Model J drive components.…

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How to Replace a LiftMaster Logic 5 Control Board

Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 4:35 pm by Dan Musick
Simple Instructions for How to Replace a LiftMaster Logic 5 Control Board
  1. Check to assure you ordered the correct logic board.
  2. Unplug the power to the operator or turn off the power at the circuit breaker.
  3. Loosen the screws and open the cover.


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Troubleshooting LiftMaster Operator Error Codes

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 4:57 pm by Dan Musick

Engineers at the Chamberlain Group have designed their LiftMaster operators with error codes that reduce the time required to troubleshoot and repair equipment.

Operator product manuals cover a variety of error codes. In our video, we cover the four major problems that occur in an estimated 80% of operator failures.…

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Troubleshooting Photo Eyes on a LiftMaster Operator

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 at 5:36 pm by Dan Musick

Often when a garage door will open but not close, the cause is a misaligned eye or a broken wire. On residential doors with LiftMaster openers, the quickest test is to check the eyes on both sides. If both lights are on, the eyes should be performing correctly.…

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LiftMaster Logic 5 Voltages

Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 3:36 pm by Dan Musick

In most commercial operators sold in the last century, there were two voltages: the incoming line voltage, and the lower secondary voltage from the transformer. This was usually 24-28 volts with alternating current. On rainy days in my early years, this lower voltage would often produce a noticeable shock.…

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Setting Voltages on Single Phase LiftMaster Operators

Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 6:21 pm by Dan Musick

Installers and salesmen order sectional door operators to match the operator voltages to the voltages in the buildings. Sometimes salesmen order operators with the wrong voltage, and the operator voltage needs to be changed. This is done by changing the wires at the motor as long as the building voltage was 110 or 220 volts.…

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Functions of a LiftMaster Logic 5 Control Board

Friday, September 11th, 2020 at 2:09 pm by Dan Musick

When I first got into the door business, the most common wiring for a 110-volt circuit consisted of a four-wire motor and two power leads. The two power leads ran straight to the motor. The other wires from the motor could go to either power lead.…

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