Today’s garage doors are marvels of efficiency, environmental responsibility and beauty. What they aren’t is indestructible, so even the best is going to require the attention of a garage door repair company from time to time. When you call for garage door repair services it’s often helpful if you can give the technician some indication of what the problem is. That way they have some idea what to expect when they arrive and can hit the ground running. In an effort to help you identify what might be wrong with your door we’ve compiled this short list of the most common garage door opener problems.
Common Problems That Require Garage Door Opener Repair
- The door fails to close all the way - There may be times when the door simply won’t close the entire way, or when it closes and then starts to open again. This is a serious issue that needs to be resolved asap because you can’t run the risk that you might accidentally leave the door open after you leave the house. So what could it be? If the door closes part way and then opens again, it could be something blocking the auto reverse sensor. This device shines a beam of light across the door opening. If that beam is broken while the door is open the motor automatically reverses to prevent anyone getting hurt. Check to see if something is blocking this sensor. If the sensor is clear but the door still stops part way down the problem is something else. If the light on the opener is flashing it could indicate a specific problem. Check with the owner’s manual. If you still aren’t sure call A Better Garage Door.
- The door doesn’t open at all - If you send the open command to the opener and nothing happens it’s likely an issue with the power source. Make certain no one has unplugged the motor by mistake. If it’s plugged in then check the circuit breaker. If the door is battery operated you might want to try replacing the battery. If none of these things prove to be the problem it may be that the batteries in the remote have died. Try them in another device and see if it works. If it does then the problem is not the batteries. Take one more look at the motor and make sure the antenna is hanging down so that it’s able to pick up the signal from the remote. If that doesn’t fix the problem call us for Boulder, Loveland or Broomfield garage door repair.
- The motor won’t shut off - If after the door closes the motor simply won’t shut down you’ll need to get to the bottom of the problem quickly or your motor will burn out. In this case the limit switch might need adjustment. The limit switch tells the motor at what point the door is considered either open or closed. If the limits are set improperly the motor will keep running; in effect, spinning its wheels. A quick check of the owner’s manual should tell you what the ideal limits are and how to set them. If you need help don’t hesitate to call the best garage door repair in Loveland: A Better Garage Door.
- The door doesn’t open when the weather gets cold - Sometimes when the weather in Boulder or Loveland or Broomfield gets really cold in winter time a door will simply refuse to open. If this happens to you run through the check list of potential power source problems in #2 (above). If none of them are the issue there’s one more thing that could be causing the problem. If the rollers are frozen the motor may be sensing resistance and refusing to open the door. There should be a screw on the motor itself that will allow you to adjust the sensitivity of the opener. If this doesn’t do the trick call us for the number 1 garage door repair in Boulder, CO.
- The door opens unevenly and stutters as it rises and falls - It may be that the motor itself is burning out. But it’s more likely that either one of your springs has snapped or that there is dirt, debris or some form of obstruction in one or both of the tracks. Look for the broken spring first and if they both look fine take a few minutes and inspect the tracks. All that may be required is a quick cleaning.
There are myriad things that could go wrong with your garage door opener. If you haven’t been able to discern the problem or you need help to fix your garage door give the pros at A Better Garage Door a call. We’ll be there in a jiffy to get your door back up and running.