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Adore1 automatic coop door anybody else have it?

post #1 of 5
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Hey guys, if you have same door have you ever run into the issue of door closing at night?

I've purchased coop with the Adore1 automatic door. At first it was working fine, however, now it stopped closing. It is opening in the morning no problem, however, at night it blinks red light and not closing the door, so I have to do it manually. I did change the battery to a brand new and still same thing.

 

Any ideas how to fix it?

 

Thank you.

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I had that problem, turns out, hubby inadvertently put it in manual mode and forgot to take it out of manual mode.  Here's a link to the user's manual.  Hope you're able to resolve the issue.  We absolutely love our Ador1, so much so, ordered another for our current chicken tractor build.  :)

 

http://adorstore.com/pages/ador-user-s-manual

 

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Originally Posted by Eggsoteric View Post
 

I had that problem, turns out, hubby inadvertently put it in manual mode and forgot to take it out of manual mode.  Here's a link to the user's manual.  Hope you're able to resolve the issue.  We absolutely love our Ador1, so much so, ordered another for our current chicken tractor build.  :)

 

http://adorstore.com/pages/ador-user-s-manual

 

Hm, manual mode? If it is in manual mode should it be both morning and evening manual mode to open and close? It auto opens door every morning no problem, however, evening I have to do it manually.  

post #4 of 5

If it was in "manual mode" it wouldn't open or close ever by itself.

I would first make sure it was quite dark for several hours and see if it closed by that time. You've maybe done this already.

There's another programming option for light sensitivity. It will close earlier and open later. That might be worth a shot just to see what it does. It's programming option #3 which is sort of a pain to do but not really so bad once you get used to it. It's possible that the circuit board is failing in one mode, but might work in another. I have seen this happen myself. Try programming option #3. If this "works" for you, I would blame the circuit board. Maybe you can live with it in this mode.

My experience with the Ador1 is that it is a fan-freaking-tastic door... when it works. Some percentage of units have a defective circuit board. Mine did which caused excessive current draw, measured with a multimeter. Also one programming option I used would not work. Both issues were fixed with a new circuit board ordered at my own expense. It has now run flawlessly for 18 months, but I've heard more than a few other folks complaining.


Edited by tcstoehr - 4/5/16 at 5:44pm
post #5 of 5

Here's another test you can try. Open the Ador panel and disconnect the battery. Now look at the circuit board which is mounted vertically on the right side of the battery compartment. There is a row of electronic connector pins sticking up along that board. They are numbered 1-6, #1 is furthest away from you, #6 is the closest. You should notice a plastic jumper sitting on top of pins 1 & 2. This jumper simply connects those two pins. Remove the jumper by pulling it straight up and off. Careful... if you drop it you may never see it again.

 

Now reconnect the battery. The door should close and stay closed. The reason being that without pins 1&2 connected, the Ador is now looking at the voltage across pins 2&3. It is assuming that you are not using the built-in light sensor but instead have installed your own device across pins 2&3. Since there is nothing there, that tells the Ador that it is pitch dark and the door should close.

 

If that works, now put that jumper back across pins 2&3, which connects them. This will make the Ador think that it is daylight and it should now open the door and stay open. Did it beep? It should before opening or closing. Repeat the jumper on and off procedure a few times and see if it responds.

 

If these things are not working, your circuit board is very likely hosed. No need to continue. If it is working continue below.

 

The first 5 minutes after battery connecting the Ador is in "test mode" which makes it very responsive and uses a bit more power. So wait 5 minutes and maybe a few more for good measure. You are now in low power operation mode which is less responsive, and also does some light sample averaging before it decides the door should open or close. So now try the jumper test again, do NOT disconnect the battery. It may take as long as 10-15 minutes before it decides to operate the door in one direction, and up to 5 minutes in the other direction. I don't remember which. So if it doesn't respond in say 20 minutes, you're done, it's not working.

 

When your done testing, put the jumper back on pins 1&2 and cycle the battery connection. Contact Ador via email from their web site and tell them what your first problem was, and the results of the above test, whether it failed or not.

 

Likely, either your light sensor is failing, or your circuit board has some issue. Either way, a new circuit board would be in order since the light sensor is component soldered directly onto the circuit board.

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