Garage door openers are designed to stop working if anything goes wrong. While this is a great safety feature, it can make some problems harder to solve. The good news is that aside from a breakdown, most garage door opener problems can be resolved with minor adjustments.
Most manufacturers recommend that you inspect your garage opener once every two months. Inspect the springs and mounting hardware for the door itself. Refer to your owner’s manual for procedures to test the door balance and contact reverse. The contact reverse is a safety feature that lifts the door if it encounters an obstruction.
Troubleshooting Your Garage Door Opener
Garage door opener doesn’t work from the wall control
Check the circuit breaker and wiring connections. Look for breaks in the wires-nails staples and other fasteners can cut insulation and short wiring.
Garage door opener starts for no reason
Erase and reprogram the remote control memory. Check to see if the wall control buttons are sticking. Check all wiring for shorts.
Garage door starts down, then stops and goes back up
Check to see if the safety LED system is blocked or misaligned. Try adjusting the Close Force setting per the owner’s manual.
Garage door opener will close, but not open
Check the wiring on the Open Limit switch. Try adjusting the Open Force setting per the owner’s manual.
Garage door opener will open, but will not close
Check to see if the safety LED system is blocked or misaligned. Check the wiring on the Close Limit switch. Try adjusting the Close Force setting per the owner’s manual.
Garage door starts up but stops before it’s completely open
Make sure the door, springs and garage door opener are all lubricated and in working order. Check the wiring on the Open Limit switch. Try adjusting the Open Force setting per the owner’s manual.
Garage door opener runs, but door doesn’t open
Check to make sure the carriage hasn’t been disconnected from the drive. Check Open and Close Force settings per the owner’s manual.
Remote control only works at short range
Replace the battery. Try placing the remote in another position in the car. Reposition garage door opener’s antenna.
- Increase the value of your home.
Replacing an old garage door with a new stylish maintenance free door will do wonders for the value of your home. Many Real Estate agents will confirm that it is easier to sell your home when the garage looks good.
- Improve the appearance of your home.
Some garage doors come in as many as 15 colors in a baked-on paint finish, many different styles and a wide variety of windows, all of which can give your home a new look.
- Lower your heating and cooling bills with an R-16 garage door.
A properly insulated garage door can pay for itself over time by reducing your energy costs by keeping the heat out in the summer and the cold out in winters. This savings will occur when you have living quarters above the garage or when the garage is being used as a work shop.
- Reduce your maintenance time.
Many metals doors are low maintenance when you choose a pre-finished color. They require only mild soap and water for cleaning. So say goodbye to painting and scraping and hello to more leisure time.
- Protect items stored in your garage from the elements.
Many people use their garage for storage. To protect those items from the damage caused by extreme heat and cold, choose an insulated door with a thermo barrier that prevents heat or cold from travelling from the outside surface to the inside surface. You can also combine this with a PVC weather-strip with screw cover and double fin rubber weather-strip.
- Increase the use of your garage.
With the use of an insulated garage door between R-12 and R-18, you will find the garage a more pleasant place to work in. Your garage can be used as a workshop, art studio, playroom or a heated storage room.
- Increase the security of items stored in your garage.
It is much easier to kick in or drill through a wooden or metal non-insulated door which is at least 1 3/4 ? thick and has a metal skin front and back. This can be enough to deter a thief from trying to break through a metal insulated door.
- Prevent easy access to your home.
The garage door is the largest access to your home. Many new garage door openers come with the rolling code technology, which makes it far more difficult to gain access when the opener uses one of 100 billion new codes each time the door is opened.
- Reduce the risk of injury.
Photo eyes, which are now mandatory, sense when something is in the way or passing through the opening when the door is coming down. This has two benefits, when the light beam is broken, the garage door will reverse back up when coming down to prevent an injury and/or turn on a light so you will see where you are going when it is dark.
- Buying a garage door is a long-term investment.
A new garage door increases the value of your home, the uses of the garage and reduces the risk of injury.