Garage Doors/photo cell


QUESTION: I'm getting tired of replacing the photo cell safety feature that prevents me from closing the door with the remote but rather requires me to hold the button inside the garage until the door is closed.  I live by myself and see no purpose to it.  It still has the pressure sensistive reverse if something gets in the way which should be sufficient if something gets in the way. Is there some way to bypass this?

ANSWER: hi Clem,.

The real anwer to your question is no. But, I do not understand why you have to keep replacing them. My company hangs 50 motors a week and cells usually last 15 years, unless they are in a very wet condition. We handle liftmaster and the cells are pretty much water proof. You did not mention the manufacturer of the opener you have, and are you replacing them your self or is a company coming and telling you they need to be replaced. I will admit that the cells may need to be adjusted occasionally, but hardly ever replaced. From what you are telling me, something else is happening. Hope this helps,

YOurs in doors,


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QUESTION: I've replaced these sensors twice, once on mine and once on a friend's and they work properly for a while and then do this same thing.  Both are made by Chamberlain, one is Craftsman and i think the other is Liftmaster but they are interchangeable. When they are malfunctioning they sometimes work on occasion, but usually not.  this is Florida where the humidity is typically high but they are not subject to being wet.Seems like i could splice the wires together to bypass the damned things or do something to eliminate this nuisance.

Hi Clem,

Like I said, they are mandatory to your openers. Are you sure you do not have a short in the white white/black wires going to the motor head. Never replace the cells without cutting the wires about a foot from the cells and hooking them to the motor head to see if they are definitly bad.


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Mike Whitacre


I will not answer questions about garage door openers 20 years old or older as they are unsafe, PURCHASE A NEW ONE. How many cell phones have you owned in 20 years? I have 40 years in the garage door industry and have seen almost everything. I sat on the Wayne/Dalton dealers board in 1986,1987,and 1988. I am on the IDEA board of directors ( and am accredited by same. I will, to the best of my ability answer your questions on doors or openers. I will not deal with shinbuster type doors. Replace it if you have one! If your question is about stretch type springs, call an IDEA accredited dealer and have torsion springs installed.


I have been in the overhead door industry for 40 years. I have dealt with all major brands of garage doors and openers. I have been a member of the International Door Association for 25 years( My speacialty is working with and understanding stretch and torsion springs. However, I will never recommened a customer to deal with a garage door spring.

International Door Association, Door and Access Manufacturer's association, Institute of Door Education and Accreditation, American Legion

I have 2 years of collage , am on the IDEA board of directors, and if you didn't notice have been in the industry for 40 years!

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I recieved the Train the Trainer certification from the Institute of Door Education and Accreditation in April 2001.

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