What is Wrong With the Garage Door Opener?

Jun 15

What is Wrong With the Garage Door Opener?

When a garage door opener doesn’t work, various reasons can be the cause.

When a garage door opener doesn’t work, various reasons can be the cause. While some are easy to identify and fix, others require a specialist to inspect the system and occasionally replace broken parts. Here are the most common issues that may cause a garage door opener to stop working.

The remote control and wall switch don’t respond

When the remote or wall switch doesn’t respond, the primary cause could be an electrical problem. In this case, there are three possible alternatives:

  • The garage door motor is unplugged.

  • The fuse or circuit breaker has tripped.

  • The garage door opener’s motor has burnt out.

The garage door doesn’t close all the way

Garage doors come with a close-limit switch that prevents the door from behaving erratically or hitting someone when closing. When the door doesn’t close all the way or reverses automatically after touching the floor, adjusting the close-limit switch may fix the problem. Depending on the garage door model, there are various ways of setting the close limit switch, but most of the time, it requires adjusting specific screws on the motor unit.

Another problem is the safety sensors located at the button and sides of the door. For the door to close smoothly, this sensor must have a clear view between them and be perfectly aligned. The door won’t close completely when something obstructs the view or the sensors are misaligned.

The garage door doesn’t respond to the remote

When a wireless remote doesn’t respond, it may be due to an issue with the antenna. If moving closer to the door doesn’t fix the problem, it’s necessary to check the antenna’s condition. It must be on the motor unit pointing downwards and in perfect condition. If the antenna is damaged, homeowners must contact a professional to replace it.

The garage door doesn’t open all the way

When a garage door doesn’t open completely, the source of the problem can be the open-limit switch. When the open limit isn’t set correctly, the door opens to a certain point and stops. Another cause can be rusty or damaged rollers. Homeowners should contact a professional garage repair company to inspect the door and identify if resetting the open-limit switch fixes the problem. In the case of damaged rollers, a specialist can replace them quickly and efficiently.

Solving door opener issues

Various issues may cause a garage door to malfunction when opening and closing. Homeowners will be able to quickly identify some of the problems, while others will require a specialist to check the motor unit’s switch and replace malfunctioning or damaged parts. Don’t hesitate to contact a professional company to inspect the garage door and every component that makes it open and close correctly.

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