Sunday, October 9, 2011

Don't Break Your Garage Door Opener

A few days ago we had an accident.  We tried to open one of our garage doors while it was locked and it broke.  When we took it apart we found this:

Guess what this is.  

Those are shredded bits of gear from the gear shown below.  

The broken gear that is preventing the garage door from working properly.

The worm drive gear that broke the other gear.  

 Here are a few things that we found by looking around inside the garage door opener:

This is the whole garage door opener.

A system that lets the opener know where the garage door is and when to stop opening it.  
This is an rpm sensor on the motor.  

The circuit board that controls the system.