Every homeowner needs a safe place for storage. For most, the garage meets that need! With a good quality garage door, all important items are kept away from the rain, snow and cold. A secure garage door also keeps thieves and animals out of your home. But what if the garage door opener stops working as it should?
Your safety and your home could be at risk. Regardless of the brand, garage door openers need regular inspections and maintenance. They also need the occasional repair. Keep your garage door opener working safely and smoothly with preventative maintenance and see our tips for solving four of the most common problems.
Door won’t close properly or fully
Garage door openers are there so you don’t have to manually control your garage door, correct? When your garage door won’t shut properly, it can get annoying. With a half-closed door, intruders, wild animals and cold air could come inside. Fix this problem now!
This problem can occur if the garage door opener is damaged or worn out. It may also be the operating system that needs to be fixed. First, start by checking the sensor and making sure nothing is in the way, and then look for flashing lights on the opener. At times, a light on the unit is designed to flash when the door is not closed properly. This light flashes differently to indicate various issues, like a coded message. If your opener is flashing, see the owner’s manual to learn more.
Garage door opener remote does not respond
When your remote is not responding, it’s almost always a power source issue. Knowing this, you won’t have to worry about being out of range and trying desperately to get it to work manually.
To identify the power source issue, start by checking that the door opener hasn’t been unplugged. Next, we suggest checking the electrical panel to make sure you don’t have a tripped breaker or blown fuse. If these matters are in order, you’ll need to check your remote control next. Try changing the batteries, and if that doesn’t work, try reprogramming the remote. Sometimes, the signal can be lost. If none of these suggestions get your garage door remote working again, it may be necessary to buy a new one.
Failure of photo eye
Sensors on garage doors are extremely practical and safe. They are installed to prevent injuries or accidents with a person, a pet or a vehicle in the way of a closing garage door. If this feature starts acting up, or stops working completely, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible.
The most common causes for eye sensor failures are obstructions. First, make sure nothing is in the way. This includes spider webs and dust on the sensor. Once this is done, check to see if the sensor works by testing it. Put an object in the way of the beam and see if the door reverses properly. If the problem continues, you may want to contact us, or consider investing in a new photo eye sensor.
Garage door opener motor won’t stop running
This common issue can become very irritating as soon as it starts. A motor that is continuously running makes a lot of noise and finding the problem isn’t always easy. Let’s see what you can do if you run into this issue.
This issue is sometimes linked to a part called the limit switch. If it has shifted, it may need to be adjusted. You can try to gently move the switch away from the opener’s motor to see if it stops it from running. Please note that for safety reasons, we recommend garage door and door opener repairs be carried out by a trained technician. If problems with your opener continue, contact us for more information. We would be happy to serve you.