Sometimes, garage door remote or opener mishaps are minor, and a professional can quickly fix them by adjusting your garage door or opener. Meanwhile, others are more severe and indicate a pressing repair need.
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 more than 15 or 20 years old, especially a pre-1993 version, you will eventually need to replace or start repairs.
The most common reasons for your garage door opener not working are:
1. The photo eye is blocked
Most garage doors from the past 15–20 years have a photo eye that detects if a person or object is blocking the door from lowering. The photo eye will be about 4–6 inches off the ground for most doors, with an eye about the size of a pea. It shoots a laser across the length of the garage that, if interrupted, will cut off the signal used to lower and raise the door. Dirt and dust can clog the eye and block the laser beam.
2. The transmitter batteries are dead
Your garage door transmitters need the power to work. If the batteries in your transmitter are dead, the transmitter won't be able to send a signal to your garage door to open.
3. Lock Button Engaged
Another simple garage door fix is to ensure the lock button on your door's wall-mounted control panel hasn't been engaged. After unlocking the door, test the door's operations by pressing the panel's open button! You could accidentally press this button while performing normal daily activities and easily disengage the door lock by pressing the lock button.
4. Broken garage door torsion or extension springs
If your motor is still running, but the garage door refuses to open, you may have an issue with the springs in your garage door assembly. Broken springs are one of the most dangerous yet inevitable problems with a garage door opening system.
Broken springs are the most common repair needed on a garage door. It is also the most dangerous to go without repairing it and expensive. The longer you go without repairing a broken spring and still using the door can cause more damage to the door and the garage door opener. If the springs break entirely, it can cause the door to collapse.
5. The track is not aligned properly
If your door is not aligned with its track, it can bang into the opening of your garage. That isn't very pleasant.
The door track is an essential part of the functionality of your garage door. It may become bent or broken with time and a lot of use. These problems usually cause excessive wear and tear on your garage door and the opener.
6. Snapped cables
A broken cable causes extra tension to transfer to the other cable, placing tremendous strain on it. This can make the garage door lift unevenly, causing it to become crooked and unbalanced. Therefore, if your garage door is squeaking, shaking, or operating strangely, this could mean a cable has snapped.
When it comes to proper maintenance and repair of garage doors opener, it is essential 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