No matter how sturdy a garage door opener is, it can still go through the wear and tear of daily use. One day as you’re opening your garage door, you might find that it might not respond or that it makes weird sounds.
If you are encountering the symptoms of a broken garage, here are the steps to follow to do everything yourself without asking for professional help:
Check your door. This is the first step towards any troubleshooting procedure that you will do on your garage door opener. Pull the emergency cord on your opener to test your door manually. Lift it up and down to check if it opens and closes properly. If the door doesn’t open or close, then your springs, rollers, or tracks might have an issue. If this is the case, then you might need to replace these broken parts and properly tune these moving parts regularly.
Be safe. Remember to play it safe when fixing your garage door opener. With broken springs, you might need to pull the emergency cord and clamp down the garage door in place. Make sure to unplug the opener if you’re working on it to prevent electrocution.
The right tools. Having the right tools before you start on your project is a must. Do you have a ladder and a set of screwdrivers? How about wrenches? Make sure you have a core toolbox for any minor repairs that you may need to do on your garage door or for any parts of your home.
These are some of the common scenarios of a broken garage door opener:
• The remote works but the wall switch doesn’t. If your garage door responds to your remote but doesn’t on your wall switch, then there might be an issue with your wires or the wall switch itself. To test which one is broken, unscrew the switch from the wall and touch the two wires together. If your garage door opener responds, then your switch is broken. Make sure that you purchase the right switch for your opener. Those with older models can get away with the simple doorbell button. However, newer ones should get the right replacement wall switch.
• The remote doesn’t work but the wall switch does. In this scenario, there are different tests that you should do. Start by replacing the batteries with fresh ones. If there is still no response from the door, then you might need a new remote. Look for a replacement remote that matches your opener’s model.
• The door goes up but only goes down when you hold down the wall switch. If the garage door only goes down at a certain point and will close when you hold down the wall switch, then check if your safety eyes are in proper alignment. The sensors should light up if there’s nothing blocking the pair. If there’s no light, then you have to replace them.
• There’s no light or sound when the remote or wall switch is pressed, but there’s power to the outlet. Test first if the outlet has power. If it has and the opener does not respond, then you may have broken circuit board. Lightning strikes are the most common cause of broken boards. To replace your circuit board, consider the part number first. It’s also a quick DIY for you that will only take you 10 minutes to finish.
• The bulb doesn’t light up. This is a simple and easy fix for you. It might just be caused by bad light socket. To replace this, just remove the circuit board and pop out the old socket. Make sure that you get the right wattage.
How do I know which garage door remote to get, what if I don’t have an existing remote? Learn more here!