Stanley garage doors and garage door openers are part of American history for a large segment of the country old enough to remember.
Few would probably remember the 1979 commercials advertising their automatic wireless garage door opener. Featuring a short setup time advertised as four hours and an easy installation, they quickly gained in popularity.
It’s hard to imagine the sound of a garage door opener from the 80s and 90s without imagining the Stanley logo too. They were the third best-selling brand of garage door openers with about 15% of the market when they stopped manufacturing in the year 2000. With so many people now needing Stanley garage door opener parts, what was the world to do?
Keep reading to find out what you can do, today!
A Bit of History of Stanley Garage Door Tech
Starting back in 1964, Stanley Works of New Britain, Connecticut became Stanley Berry, after buying Berry Door in Birmingham, Michigan. For five more years, the company was still called Stanley Berry.
Stanley was already patenting and selling “hands-free door operators” in 1931. They invented the first door of this kind, with a photo-electric cell to detect people ready to go through. Berry Door also invented and sold the first sectional steel garage door.
This was a match made in heaven since steel doors are not as heavy as wooden ones. Regardless, the steel doors were at first sold to commercial interests. The merger of 1964 culminated in the industry’s first raised-panel garage door made of steel, the Sta-Lite 500, in 1978.
The raised-panel door is the typical garage door type that you see all around you through suburbs. This set the stage perfectly for the debut of the Stanley automatic garage door opener we know of today.
Why Are Parts Hard to Find?
From 1979 to 1996, Stanley created and developed a range of automatic garage door openers. It wasn’t the first garage door opener, that being invented in 1926.
For decades, it went generally unused, until after WW2 and the rise of the American dream, the suburb. Now with garages, people wanted to have it opened for them. Some of the first offerings were activated with a key outside, or by a switch inside the garage.
A truly wireless solution didn’t happen for about another twenty years, but it had its range of issues to solve as well. Including one wireless handset being able to open multiple garage doors on the same street.
When Stanley started marketing their openers, the solutions were mostly in hand. Finally, in 1997, Stanley Door Systems was sold to Whistler. Stanley during this time tried to focus the company more and divest in non-core interests.
Whistler was eventually sold to Innovative Home Products two years after acquiring it. In 2000, Innovative Home Products shut its doors for good. Effectively stranding Stanley garage door opener customers for replacement parts after only three years from being initially sold off.
What You Can Do About It
Over 70% of the USA’s approximately 100 million homes with garages are more than 20 years old, with the original garage door. Considering garage doors are recommended to be replaced about as often as your roof, that means over 70 million homes in the USA needing replacement.
Since 2000, when Innovative Home Products stopped manufacturing, it has already been 20 years. That means in all likelihood you’re ready for a new door and system.
To Replace or to Repair: That Is the Question
You should replace your system if it’s over 20 years old — unless you’re handy. That’s what DIY is all about, right?
The parts of a Stanley garage door you might need replacements for include:
- Tension springs
- Extension springs
- Garage door cables
- Center bearings
- Center bushings
- Pulley fork assemblies
- Center brackets or spring anchor plates
- Eng bearing plates
- Bottom fixtures or bottom brackets
- Top fixtures or Top roller carriers
Some of these parts are much easier and safe to carry out with special tools like tension bars, and we don’t recommend trying without them. Also, having a helper around can really make things go smoother. It could turn an all-day job into a half-day job.
For the Stanley garage door opener parts list, you’ll have more than a hundred parts you might need to replace. Generally, these will be in the categories of:
- Operator and opener parts
- Operator bracket
- Remotes and keypads
- Operator photocells
- Operator logic boards
- Gears and sprockets
- Limit switches
But even if you like to DIY, you might be interested in replacing the garage door and opener system with a more modern system. These days, it isn’t just a wireless fob that you can use to open your garage door.
You can even open garage doors from anywhere in the world (as well as checking their status) with your smartphone. If you have an opener, even in good repair, from before 1993, it should be replaced due to increased safety features which have prevented countless injuries and saved hundreds of lives.
Your Source: Stanley Garage Door Opener Support
Stanley has been a well-known part of Americana for more than 30 years, so it’s sad that it all disappeared within a span of three years. Also, we’re now seeing the final stage, where Stanley garages are being replaced entirely.
Whether you need Stanley garage door opener parts compatible with your system or want to replace your system, you’ll want to watch these handy DIY videos so you can do the repairs and replacements like a pro.
Also, stay up to date with the latest news and information on garage doors. You can do this from our DIY Garage Door Parts blog.
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