Raynor Manufacturing has discontinued the replacement logic board (part #6080404) for their model R170 and R270 garage door operators. Other replacement parts have been discontinued in the past year or two such as the light covers and PEC-R4 photo-eyes. Other parts will follow as Raynor's stock of replacement parts is depleted. Raynor is focusing on selling their new line of garage door operators.
We've covered this topic a number of times over the years. Finding the correct remote for your Raynor residential garage door opener used to require a little bit of detective work so you would get the correct frequency of remote. But times have changed. You no longer need to do a ton of research to find a remote due to the introduction of the 893RGX 3-Button Remote.
The 893RGX Remote will work with the following Raynor residential operators:
Pilot, Aviator, Aviator II, Corporal, Airman, Prodigy, Prodigy II, Commander, Commander II, Admiral, Admiral II, Ultra, Ultra II, Endeavor and Navigator
Previous remotes (81RGD, 83RGD, 970RGD, 971RGD, 973RGD, 371RGD, 373RGD) have been discontinued or will be discontinued shortly but that doesn't much matter since the new 893RGX Remote replaces all of those remotes. For more information or to purchase the remote click on link below
With the garage door being a large portion on the front of many homes a growing trend for homeowners is the use of decorative magnets for their garage doors. The magnets come in a variety of shapes, sizes and themes. The most popular themes are of course the holiday themed magnets. But there are also magnets to give your door a different look such as butterflies or flowers.
The decorations are easy to put on (just like sticking a magnet to the refrigerator) which make them great for kids who want to help decorate. Show your holiday spirit on Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day or the 4th of July. Or maybe surprise someone with Welcome Home, Congratulations or Happy Birthday decorations.
They probably aren't something that you want to leave on your door all the time but it can break up the monotony of that big white garage door every once in a while. I'm sure it will put a smile on a lot of faces.
CFL Light Bulb
With the economy being what it is people are looking at all of the appliances in their home and trying to find ways to cut costs. One cost saving measure is to replace the normal incandescent light bulbs in light fixtures and lamps with CFL (compact fluorescent lights). Although this may be good practice for your house lamps it's not such a good idea for your garage door opener. According to recent articles CFL light bulbs can cause interference with the radio receiver and remotes on the garage door operator. The following was stated on the General Electric website:
Many electronic devices, such as radios, televisions, wireless telephones, and remote controls, use infrared light to transmit signals. Infrequently, these types of electronic devices accidentally interpret the infrared light coming from a compact fluorescent bulb as a signal, causing the electronic device to temporarily malfunction or stop working. (For example, your television might suddenly change channels.) Fortunately, this only happens when light is produced at the same wavelength as the electronic device signals, which is rare. To reduce the chance of interference, avoid placing compact fluorescent bulbs near these kinds of electronic devices. If interference occurs, move the bulb away from the electronic device, or plug either the light fixture or the electronic device into a different outlet.
GE states that you should avoid placing the CFL bulbs near electronic devices. This would most definitely include garage door openers since the light bulbs on a garage door opener are right next to the operators logic board and radio receiver. It's best to stick with the garage door manufacturers recommended incandescent light bulb and wattage to avoid having problems. Most openers can accept a 60w to 100w bulb but you need to check the recommended wattage because if the wrong bulb is installed it can burn or melt the light cover.
In the long run it wouldn't pay to replace the incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb. An equivalent 60 watt CFL bulb will cost between $6 - 8. You can purchase 10 or 12 incandescent bulbs for the same price. And with garage door opener lights turning off automatically after 4-1/2 minutes it's not like the bulbs are burning that long. You'll most likely only have to replace the bulb in the garage door opener once or twice in a 15 year span. So take that CFL bulb out of your opener and put it where it will actually do some good...in your family room lamp.
GE FAQ Website
Professional Door Dealer Website
Most people have never purchased a garage door before so it can be a little confusing. One of the first things that a salesman will ask you is "what size of garage door do you need?". And most customers are not prepared to answer because they never really put much thought into it so they usually say "it's just a regular size door". That's a pretty vague answer and doesn't help in pricing a new door. So to help get an accurate quote here are five tips on what information you should have before asking for a price.