How To Replace Your Garage Door Opener Light

According to one survey, only 11% of homeowners are actually satisfied with their garage. 

If you’re one of those people who aren’t satisfied, is it because your garage door opener light won’t work properly? Does it keep flickering? 

If so, we might be able to help! So keep reading to figure out how to do some garage door opener maintenance on your own. 

Garage Door Opener Light Flickering

If your garage door opener light starts flickering, you may have accidentally locked your garage door. The locking feature is there so that you can’t open or close the door. 

You can fix that by just pressing the lock button again and holding it for two seconds until it turns off.

However, if that doesn’t fix your flashing or it wasn’t locked in the first place, you might have problems with your wires. They are connected from your opener to safety sensors down at the floor where the garage door would close.

The sensors are there to prevent the garage door from closing when something is underneath it. If this is malfunctioning, then the lights will start flashing and won’t close. 

Garage Door Opener Light Blinking

If you notice that your light is blinking ten times, then you may have issues with the actual safety sensors. They blink to warn you that the sensors aren’t working, so the door doesn’t want to close in case there’s something in the way.

Instead, make sure that you use a microfiber cloth to clean the lens. If that doesn’t work, you may want to loosen the nuts that hold up the eyes and adjust them so that they line up properly. 

If that still doesn’t fix the problem or it’s flashing in different numbers, you may want to look at your user manual. Sometimes they will have a chart to tell you what each blinking means, like some sort of error code.

However, in general, one flash means that there’s a broken wire that’s connected to the safety sensor. If that’s the case, the repairman will replace the wire. 

If there are two flashes, that might mean the black and white wires are reversed. However, it could also mean that the safety sensor has a shorted wire. 

How to Change It

If none of the problems above are happening, you may also just have a burnt-out bulb. Thankfully, this is really easy to fix and you may not have to call a repairman to help you with it. 

Instead, make sure you check out and order the parts you’ll need to do the repairs.

Step 1

First, make sure that you turn off the light switch so that you don’t have electricity running directly to the bulb. Once you do that, take out the old bulb.

Since most garage door openers are on the ceiling, you’ll likely need a good ladder to get to the opener. 

Once you reach it, you should drop the hinge cover down so that you can get to the bulb. Once you do that, rotate the bulb counterclockwise to get it out. 

Step 2

Check the wattage of the old bulb. It should match the wattage of the new bulb. If you put a new bulb in that has a higher wattage, you could end up damaging your opener or tripping your circuit breaker. 

If you’ve made sure that it’s the same wattage, screw the new bulb in clockwise. Before you close the cover, get off the ladder and switch the light on to make sure it’s working. If it is, you can close the cover.

Step 3

However, if the light still isn’t working, you should make sure that you unscrew the new bulb that you just put in. If it rattles when you shake it, the bulb is probably faulty, so you should try a different one.

If you don’t hear a rattle, screw it back in. Make sure that you screw it in straight and that it’s tight. 

Step 4

If you still can’t get the light to turn on, you should refer to your instruction manual. There may some troubleshooting options, especially if you have problems with the light socket or the logic board.

If the Problem is the Contacts in the Light Socket

If your problem is with the contacts that are in the light socket, it won’t matter which bulb you put in; the electricity won’t flow. 

To fix this, you should first make sure that you unplug the opener so that you don’t get shocked. Make sure you also disconnect the backup battery if you have one.

After you take out the light bulb, use a screwdriver to pry open the contacts in the socket. Position them in a way so that they make good contact with the light bulb. 

After you put the lightbulb back in, you can plug everything back in and see if it works!

If It’s the Logic Board

If that doesn’t work, you could have issues with the logic board. 

Unplug the opener again, and then plug it back in. You should listen carefully to hear a light relay click. If you don’t hear any click, you’ll need to have an electrician replace the logic board for the light to work.

Learn More About How to Replace Your Garage Door Opener Light

These are only a few things to know about how to replace your garage door opener light, but there are many more potential problems to consider!

We know that dealing with any kind of home repairs can be confusing and stressful, but we’re here to help you out!

If you enjoyed this article, make sure that you explore our website to find more articles just like this one. 

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