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How to Troubleshoot Garage Door Openers

Oct 5th 2015 at 5:13 AM

If your garage door doesn’t open, with some relatively straightforward troubleshooting you could quite often avoid a pricey service call. Nevertheless, if you’re in the Cleveland area and you do need some professional input, don’t hesitate to get in touch with garage door opener repair Cleveland.

In many homes, few appliances have as much of a workout as that of the garage door opener. Normally, you can expect numerous years of good service, but they do occasionally break down.

You may be fortunate, however, since it might be a repair you can handle yourself. And you will not need a degree in engineering or lots of special and expensive tools, either.


1. Batteries

A very obvious starting point – check the batteries for power and replace if necessary.

2. The Photo Eye is not in Alignment

On each side of the garage door are photo eyes. There’s an invisible beam that passes between those eyes that, when broken, will stop the door from closing. Check to see if the eyes are dirty or misaligned.

3. Track is not in Alignment

A garage door track which is not in alignment is more serious. There will be a problem if there are bends in the rails or if there are gaps between the rollers and the railing. In either case, it’s best to get professional help.

4. Random Opening and Closing

If the door opens and closes at random times, you should check the transmitters. Be sure they are not underneath something that is triggering the control mechanism. If this is not the case, test the frequency. It’s possible that a neighbor’s transmitters have the same frequency, so they’ll be opening your door at the same time they are opening their own.

5. Door Partly Closes then Opens Again

Garage doors are designed in such a way that they never crush anything in their path. This may be triggered by something on the ground or through an accumulation of debris on the tracks. So, that said, check the tracks and give them a good clean.

6. Door Refuses to go Up

Garage doors have either a single torsion spring or two torsion springs. If your door has two and one of them is broken, the door may fail to open. These springs can be dangerous to work with so call a professional for help.

7. The Garage Door Closes too Rapidly

There are a couple of possibilities here. The first – broken torsion spring; the second – broken cables that should, on some doors, connect the torsion spring. Again, it’s wise to call in a professional in either case.



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