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Fixing common garage door opener problems

Garage doors endure lots of work through daily use, so it’s only natural that it goes under repair and maintenance. Simple troubleshooting can go a long way in terms of maintaining the functionality of your garage door.

When your garage doors suddenly stop working, you may be thinking of an expensive repair. While there are problems you can’t fix on your own,  there are some issues you solve on your own.

Let’s take a look at the common problems that garage door openers encounter.

Remote control or wall switch won’t operate the opener.

When you press the remote or the switch and the opener doesn’t budge at all,  it is almost certain that the problem is the power source.  The most common problem is that it has not been plugged. When your garage door opener doesn’t open after pressing the remote or the switch, check the outlet and make sure the cord is plugged all the way.

If the cord is plugged, but the opener still won’t open, check the lights in your garage or other electrical circuits if they are operating or not. If not, then the problem may be in your circuit breaker, fuse or the outlet that powering your garage opener may have tripped or burned out. If this is the case, then you need to reset your breaker or replace the burned-out fuse. 

It’s also possible that the motor of the opener has been burned out that is why it’s not operating at all. This problem requires you to call a professional from garage door repairer based in sydney to replace the motor.

Garage door won’t close properly.

If your garage door won’t close completely or will close then open again, it’s really a problem since it is a security issue. In this situation, you need to look t the following:

Close limit switch – garage doors have switch limit switch that instructs the motor as to when to stop running; this is for both opening and closing. If the close limit is not set properly, it may prevent the door from closing all the way. Adjusting the close limit switch will prevent your garage door from misbehaving. 

Safety sensors – you may need to check the sensor or realign it.  There are sensors near the bottom on both sides of your garage door that require a clear view in order for the door to close completely. If there is something that is blocking the electronic eyes, then the door will fail to move down all the way.  So make sure that there is nothing blocking that can caught the eyes of the electronic sensors. The most common things that block the sensors are leaves, small rocks and other debris.

Rusted or damaged rollers – rollers issues can prevent the door to bind on the track. Lubricating the rollers or replacing the damaged ones can fix this problem. 

Annoying noise

Squeaky or cracking sounds are common problems for garage doors. This kind of issue has simple solutions. Generally, noises from your garage doors mean it needs lubrication. Look for the parts that produce cracking or annoying sound and lubricate the parts.

Rust formation

Rust can compromise the quality of your garage door. Aside from it can tarnish the beauty of your door, it can affect your garage doors’ ability to resist dirt and other elements from the environment. When the iron part of your garage door is exposed to water or air for a long period, rust is formed. To remove the rust, you can clean the affected area with a dishwashing solution. You can then rub the rusted area with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Rust can be avoided by doing regular maintenance, especially during spring or fall.