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Easy Fixes to Common Garage Door Problems

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Although we recommend calling for professional help when faced with serious garage issues, most problems related to garage doors can be resolved with a little tinkering. The key to resolving garage door issues of any kind is to determine the source of the problem! In today’s post, we are listing down easy fixes on common garage door problems:

Garage Door Won’t Go Down with Transmitters

If a garage door won’t go down despite holding down the wall button, faulty infrared sensors could cause the problem. When the infrared sensors are malfunctioning, only one of the sensor lights is blinking. To resolve the problem, you have to determine what’s causing the malfunction. Usually, accumulated dust, dirty sensors, loose wires, or a damaged motorhead could be causing blocked path between the sensors. Sometimes, cheap sensors could also cause operation issues.

If the garage door won’t go down, check the eyes of the sensors and clean them. Check if the wires are secured and connected to the sensors and motor head. Try unplugging the garage door opener and re-plugging the unit again to reboot the sensors.

Garage Door Randomly Closing and Re-Opening

A garage door that closes halfway and then re-opens again is a common issue among automated garage doors. Usually, the problem lies within the open and close limit of your garage door opener. The limits set the distance the door opens and closes before stopping. If say, the limit is set beyond the point at which the door closes in the down direction, the door will hit the floor, triggering the safety feature of the door so it backs right up.

To resolve the problem, check the transmitters and see if everything is in order. Check if something is stuck within the transmitter that’s depressing the control mechanism. If everything is in order, check your transmitter’s frequency. It is possible that the frequency is the same as your neighbor’s and your garage door is opening and closing along with your neighbor’s garage door.

You can also set the limit closer to the motor so the opener shuts off at the right time. Use a screwdriver or a chain glide unit to adjust the limit to the motor.

If the problem persists, try removing the wall button wire located near the motor head to check for a short. Try operating the garage door using the transmitters only. If the problem is resolved, replace the wires and test the wall button again.

The Door Opener Runs but the Door Won’t Move

All garage door openers come with a disconnect switch. The disconnect switch is used as a power backup in case electricity fails. This way, you can close and open the garage door manually. If the door opener is running but the door won’t move, check if the switch is accidentally left unhooked. Close or open the door all the way and then reattach the hook securely. Then, try opening or closing the door again using the transmitter.

Garage Door Closes too Quickly with a Loud Bang

A broken tension spring or a broken connecting cable could cause the garage door to close too quickly, causing a loud bang. The connecting cable is attached to the tension spring. Such issues should be left to the professionals to avoid injuries or accidents.

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