SEAV LRX 2137 Garage door remote control system repair

By on December 12, 2015
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My good friend Makis brought this remote control system to me with the complaint that the receiver part of it was not functioning at all.

This photo below is its internal view:

 SEAV LRX 2137 Garage door remote control system repair

The small white cable you see is used as antenna for its radio receiver. This in turn works just below the UHF IV band of TV broadcasting, around 435MHz.

The radio receiver is the vertically mounted small PCB you see at the right side above and you can see it more detailed below:

 SEAV LRX 2137 Garage door remote control system repairing

In that violet color above, you see the receiver’s adjuster for frequency alignment with the transmitter’s signal.

Well, this was a relatively easy case of repair. First I performed some continuity tests to verify that the primary side of the small power transformer it uses is intact. This was O.K. The fuse test of the motor’s power supply was also intact.

Then I continued with its secondary winding circuitry. Now it’s time for you to see the back side of this PCB, below :

Garage door remote control system repairing

You will easily distinguish the places I worked on it. Anyway the area of interest is better shown below

Garage door remote control system repair

First of all, there was no contact in one terminal of the full wave cylindrical rectifier with the relevant terminal of the power transformer due to a cut of the PCB foil trace because of electrolytic corrosion. This is the foil trace part starting from the missing pad of the bridge terminal which is bent over the PCB you see above, up to the transformer’s terminal. You can easily realize that the two secondaries of the transformer (the four vertically in line solder joints at the middle of the above photo) are connected in parallel. In the right side of the photo those two solder joints you see are the two terminals of its primary coil.

In order for me to solder the terminal of the bridge at the point of the missing pad and secure a reliable contact of it with the foil trace left, I had to bend it over the (slightly scrapped and tinned) PCB and then solder it. If you notice, with this joint as a reference point, along with the rest three of them, starting from this bent one and counting clockwise, form the four corners of an imaginary rectangular surface. Actually these four joints, being in absolute symmetry to each other, are the solder joints of the rectifier bridge. The original bridge was replaced because just above the solder joint of this bent terminal, its terminal was completely “eaten up” because of the aforesaid corrosion. (What you see above is the terminal of the replacement bridge).

Moreover the color appearance of this part of the PCB foil trace was almost black, revealing in this way its problem. The trace shown on the top left side of the above photo was in the same condition as well.

In order for me to stop the corrosion from any further development, I removed all the components mounted on the top side of this area, namely the defective bridge first and the two filter el-caps and then I cleaned thoroughly the area with cleaner spray. I also removed the power transformer in order to check the extent this corrosion was developed.

I had another surprise with it as well. Its terminal you see above connected to the bent over terminal of the bridge was also “eaten up” from that corrosion. The terminal you see in the picture is of a little bit thinner diameter than all the others, just because this one is a part of wire terminal of a small resistor which I used there by soldering it at the base of the original terminal, after scraping again the resin material at the transformer’s base, around the remainder of that missing terminal. But I was so absorbed with this work (again!) that I forgot to take a relevant picture for you!

Finally by scraping this foil trace as well and applying a fresh coating of tin on it and after having cleaned the bases of the components I had removed and after their reinstallation, the unit became shiny in view and operational in function as it originally was right after its production.

When I powered the unit the little red led showing the programming status was flashing normally, the unit accepted its programming through its transmitter part and a final operational test I performed using two incandescent lamps, one for the “door open” order and one for the “door close” order, was positive too.

Normally I should use a single phase motor with two windings having one common terminal. This is the normal wiring for an a.c motor that can perform clockwise and counterclockwise rotation. The relevant connection is performed through the two relays shown at the components’ side picture of the PCB.

When we need the “open” function, one of them is energized connecting one of the end terminals of the motor with the phase supply, while the middle (or common) terminal remains always connected to the neutral line terminal of the power supply.

When the “close” function is needed, then the second relay is energized connecting the other end terminal of the motor with the phase of the utility. Then the motor spins in the reverse direction.

So I performed this test with two separate 40W incandescent lamps which I use for test purposes, connected in series, and using their common connection as the motor’s common. The rest two ends were representing (along with their relevant lamp) the rotation direction of the (simulated) motor.

Below you can see the front and back views of the tiny transmitter.

tiny transmitter

I hope you enjoyed this repair case despite the apparently easy to find cause of this failure.

Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article was prepared for you by Paris Azis from Athens-Greece. He is 59 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in electronics repairs, both in consumer and industrial electronics. He started as a hobbyist at the age of 12 years and ended his professional carrier as a senior electronics technician.  He has been a specialist in the entire range of consumer electronics repairs (: valve radio and BW TV receivers, transistorized color CRT TV, audio amps, reel and cassette tape recorders, telephone answering and telefax devices, electric irons, MW cooking devices e.t.c) working in his early stages at the official service departments of National-Panasonic first and JVC afterwards, at their premises in Athens.

Then he joined the telecoms industry, working for 20 years as field supporting technician in the sector of DMRs (: Digital Microwave Radio transmission stations), ending his carrier with this subject. Now he is a hobbyist again!

 

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Note: You can check out his previous repair article below:

http://www.jestineyong.com/32-lg-lcd-tv-32-lg-5000-za-no-starting-repair/

 

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27 Comments

  1. Suranga Electronics

    December 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    nice.. Repair,

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 3:31 am

      Thanks Suranga.

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  2. Corriete

    December 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Mr Paris Thanks for sharing. you always inspire me to continue to be more interested in electronics. thanks you sir. brilliant work!!!

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 3:37 am

      Hi Corriete

      Thank you too. Yes, keep on being interested in electronics. It's a wonderful journey. I can assure you about that!

      Greetings

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  3. Robert Calk

    December 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Nice job, Paris. Thanks for the article.

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 3:38 am

      Thanks a lot Robert.

      Greetings!

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  4. Albert van Bemmelen

    December 12, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Paris, I had some similar repair on my parents radio-controlled carport.
    The Transmitter had a RF coil on a ferritrod. And because the Rod wasn't fixed steady on the coil the operating frequency deviated most of the time and the carport door wouldn't open (or close). I fixed the problem with some hotglue.

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 3:50 am

      Hi Albert

      A ferrite rod? This reminds me the good old times of my childhood when I was repairing portable, battery operated, Medium Wave receivers using Germanium transistors…I have rewound plenty of those antenna coils. They had a tendency to fail in their continuity and the local oscillator-frequency changer stage stopped working due to this…Those days were full of magic feelings with myself enjoying them endlessly…Thank you for refreshing my memory!

      Best Regards

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  5. Yogesh Panchal

    December 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Good job! Paris.

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Thank you Yogesh!

      Greetings

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  6. Henrique J. G. Ulbrich

    December 12, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Hi, Paris. very good. In spite of the ease of work, once again your report is clear, didactic and with high quality pictures. Thans for sharing.

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 4:35 am

      Hello Enrique

      Thank you for your positive comment. This positive feedback from you, the readers of my technical reports, along with the feeling of personal empowerment it brings with it, is really a strong motivation for my own further improvement… And I need to return my thanks to you all through these reports, trying myself to publish cases that people have really something to benefit from them or at least to have a feeling of my own “taste” as regards electronics’ repairs…A task that still thrills me up…
      As for the “glory” about the elevated quality of my photos (this was really unexpected news, in fact I was desperate with this issue when I started publishing these reports) it belongs to my young daughter who saved me from the stress of the difficulty to macro-shoot either components or PCBs, choosing for me the most effective solution (in terms of cost and quality).

      Best Regards

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  7. Mike Georgoudakis

    December 12, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Nice repair ....

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Thanks Mike (no doubt fom Creta-Greece)!

      Greetings

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  8. Anthony

    December 13, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Hi Mr Paris, as usual a very thorough and detailed explanation of your fault finding techniques accompanied by great photos that really gives the problem you're dealing with made very clear to us readers. Thanks again for taking the time to post your stories Mr Paris as I always enjoy them and I'm sure other readers on Mr Jestine Yong's website do too. Best Regards

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 4:52 am

      Hello Antony

      Thank you once again for your positive support. The truth is that a qualitative technical presentation really takes time for its preparation but it is worth it.
      The point of importance for me is that time is no longer my enemy. It is on my side instead. I am no longer professional and therefore no longer obliged to go for the everyday “dollar hunting”. It is a new, quite different aspect even for my own eyes. And it really works very effectively in terms of successful repairs! Time-pressure is the worst obstacle as regards repairs…

      Best Regards

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  9. Parasuraman S

    December 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Very good, educative and informative article. I learnt or refreshed a few new points! Your article has always been an inspiration for technicians like me! All the best!

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 5:08 am

      Hi Parasuraman

      I am really glad seeing that you enjoyed it and I also thank you for your kind words. The point is (I think) to share with the readers this personal thrill along with the relevant vital information of each case report which finally increases our education level. It is practically impossible to learn a subject deeply at school. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts in learning anything. This process, especially on our subject, needs good and strong will, enormous amount of patience and the best possible time management.

      Best Regards

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  10. Allan

    December 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Paris,
    I so much like your repair. Great stuff!!! Thanks so much.

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 5:09 am

      Hi Allan

      Thank you for your support!

      Greetings

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  11. reza

    December 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    hi mr paris
    thank u very much.

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    • Paris Azis

      December 14, 2015 at 5:10 am

      Hi reza

      Thank you too!

      Greetings

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  12. Ulises Aguilar Pazzani

    December 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Paris Azis
    I enjoy reading your jobs there well explain

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    • Paris Azis

      December 15, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Thank you Ulisses.

      Greetings

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  13. Sione

    January 4, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I like your narration specially. Your English is perfect! You narrated it as if you are telling a story. That makes your post not only technically educational but also narratively fun and definitely easy to follow. I am looking forward for your next post(s). What an inspiration!

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    • Paris Azis

      March 25, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Hello Sione

      What an encouraging comment! Thank you very much for your support. It works as a reverse inspiration for me! Please excuse my delay to answer you...

      Best Regards

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  14. Elizabeth Nall

    April 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Remote control garage door repair , images is good , Thank a lot that you written this article ,bcz its perfect more much know us!

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