The average garage door opens and closes over 1,500 times a year. That's a lot of heavy lifting over and over again. With all that use, it's no surprise that garage door problems are a common headache for most homeowners.
As the largest moving piece in your home, the garage door should command a lot of respect and attention. Unfortunately, many homeowners don't understand that garage door openers don't last forever and never consider the possibility of replacement. If you own a garage door opener that's more than 15 or 20 years old, especially a pre-1993 version, you will eventually need to replace or start repairs.
The most common garage door opener problems are:
1. Neither remote control nor wall switch operates the opener
If you hit the opener switch and your door refuses to budge, it can be due to many reasons. Sometimes the door is locked. If the lock switch is turned on, your door won't open. Look for the lock button and disable it before opening the door again. Another possible option is that the motor is unplugged. Take a look at the motor, usually attached to the light near the ceiling. Simply plugging it back in should be enough to fix the problem.
More complex cases could be photo-eye sensor damage or circuit breaker tripping. These are two common problems that can interfere with the opener switch.
2. The garage door won't respond to remote or keypad
If you can operate the door with the wall switch but not the remote, you have a problem with the remote control. The remote must be within the correct distance from the opener unit. There is a maximum distance. You should also know how far from the opener unit you can be when using the remote.
If your remote still doesn't work after these steps, you may need to replace it with a new remote. Make sure you purchase one that is compatible with your opener system!
3. The garage door won't close all the way
Sometimes, the door will move when you push the button, only to malfunction partway through. Maybe it opens without a problem but won't fully close. Whether it doesn't close at all, closes partially, and then stops or closes before immediately reversing and going back up.
4. The garage door does not open completely
The up-limit switch may need to be moved closer to the motor unit. This is generally a level near the end of the track near the unit. When it's too far away, the motor shuts off before the door is completely open. While this is rare, it sometimes occurs with a new installation. Damaged or rusted rollers can also keep the door from opening fully.
5. The garage door opens, but the motor won't stop running
When this unusual problem occurs, the up-limit switch probably needs to be moved away from the motor unit. It is rare for this problem to appear suddenly; if it happens at all, it will usually be noticed when you first install the garage door opener, though it can occur if or when the gears inside the motor unit have been stripped, which causes the motor to run without moving the door.
When it comes to proper maintenance and repair of garage doors opener, it is important to consult a specialist who is knowledgeable in the correct techniques to ensure quality results. After all, any problem with your garage door, no matter how minor it may appear, can become a large inconvenience to you. The last thing you want to happen is to be locked inside of your garage when you least expect it.
Holt's Reliable Garage Door Repair offers complete garage door opener services. Our professional technicians have been repairing and replacing garage door openers for over 15 years. We serve residential clients in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and the entire Treasure Coast. If you have a faulty garage door opener, we can repair it for you. Or, if you want to replace it with the latest smartphone technology, we can get you set up. With the lowest prices guaranteed in the area, you can rest assured that Holt's won't leave you Hangin'!! Our estimates are always honest and free.
582 SW Fields Ave., Port Saint Lucie, FL 34953