How To Troubleshoot Your Garage Door Opener

When you notice that your garage door opener has a few problems, it would be a good idea for you to address the issue as soon as possible rather than delay it. In addition to protecting your home from intruders, avoiding procrastinating as far as this is concerned is also a good way of saving time. Since you will not need to deal with any inconvenience in future. Fortunately, most garage doors these days are made so well that it is possible for you to diagnose and fix most of the problems they have with ease. This saves you a lot of time and money, since it generally takes only a few minutes or even seconds to put some of these fixes in place. Some of the common problems that you are likely to encounter with garage door opener and how to deal with them include:

Finding that the remote does not work

To find out if the problem lies with the remote itself, simply find out if the door can open and close when you operate it using the wall switch. If it can do this with ease, then the problem is very likely to be with the remote. Some of the fixes you can try out to find the problem include, making sure that you are within acceptable range of the door before activating the remote, as well as making sure that the batteries work. Depending on the make of your garage door, you may also need to reprogram the remote. If all these fail, you should consider investing in a new remote. Fortunately, this is not as expensive as you might think.

The remote is functional, but it does not open or close the door

If you try the remote and the wall switch and find that they do not move the door, it could mean that there is a real problem with the power supply to the door. Check the lights on the garage door unit to find out if it’s receiving any power; most modern units will have some kind of indicator light to show that they are. If it turns out that there is no power being supplied to the unit, some of the things you can check include the fuses to the garage door unit, the function of any circuit breakers and simply making sure that all the cables to the unit are intact. You may also need to check its emergency release chain as well. You may need to pull it in order to ensure that the door functions in an independent manner from the opener.

The door fails to close, or opens once it reaches the ground

This is usually as a result faulty of close limit switch, and resetting it might do the trick to solve this problem. You may need to consult your particular garage door model to find out more about how to do this. If this does not work, you may also need to open and close the door manually to find out if the door actually binds.

The motor continues running once the door is fully open or close

This is a common problem that could result in a reduced lifespan for the garage door if it’s not addressed adequately. This is normally as a result of the faulty close limit switch, and adjusting it should eliminate the problem. You may need to experiment with the switch by moving it further from motor unit, since having it too close to the unit can sometimes result in this malfunction.

You notice the opener stopping while at the middle of its operation

Most garage doors these days are fitted with safety features to ensure that they do not crush anything that is under them, such as pets and children. Finding that the door reverses just before it touches the ground could mean that the system has detected some sort of obstruction on the ground. Inspect the region around the garage floor so that you can make sure there are no obstructions that could be tripping this system.

When your door reverses just before it reaches the ground

This could be the result of the presence of an obstruction that prevents proper closure of the unit. Inspect your garage door in order to ensure that there is nothing causing this.

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