For several years I’ve been replacing the light bulbs in my garage door opener on a too often basis. One would go out and then in a week or so the other bulb would not light when the door was opened or when you would break the sensor at the door.
Lazy is the first thing that comes to mind regarding these lights, not to mention the continual cost.
On an unusually warm day a couple weeks ago I decided to try my trouble shooting skills and took both sides off of the opener to see if a wire was loose, frayed or just for some reason being a problem child.
I should have prefaced the last sentence with the fact that I had previously on numerous occasions wiggled the light fixture and the light magically came on and worked for a week or so.
So after finding everything to be in like new condition and the bulb socket being nothing more than a plastic container slotted into the opener body I pulled the bulb out and peeked inside the cavity. There is nothing in there except the live feed in the center bottom and the neutral on the side. The bottom contact was darkened – looked like carbon so I scratched it shiny and did the same to the other side. Replaced the bulbs, put the sides back on and put the ladder away for what I hope will be another 17 years, if the opener lasts that much longer.
Bottom line ? I’ve been replacing bulbs for 3 or 4 years that had nothing wrong with them. I guess lazy is the proper answer – Oh well, I have some bowls to make and that door has no bearing on my wood working and we don’t go in and out that door too often at night.
-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them