Top 5 Garage Door Opener Problems and Solutions

Garage door remote controller not working properly

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There are a lot of factors on why a garage door won’t open or close via remote. Here are some of the possible solutions:

Try moving closer to the door since there is a big possibility that you might be out of range or the battery of your remote control may be weak, check the antenna of your garage door opener motor and make sure that it is hanging down. To check whether your battery is already dead and it is now time for a new one, try examining if all of the functions of the door will work with the wall switch. If everything does not work, you may reprogram the remote.

The garage door springs are worn out

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The most common part to break in a garage door is the garage door torsion springs. The reason behind this is that they simply wear out over time. 10,000 cycles is the typical lifespan of a garage door torsion spring. The life of your spring would depend on the frequency of your use of the door. Spotting a worn out spring is not hard to do because you will notice that there will be a gap in the spring. When the time comes when your spring has worn out, you need to call a garage door specialist as this work is not a do it yourself type.

The Track is Not Aligned Properly

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When you hear a rubbing sound when the garage door reaches a certain spot on the track every time you would open or close the door, then it is very likely that you have a misaligned track. The door could also possibly slow down if it would hit the spot. Gaps could also be spotted between the rollers and rail or there could be bends on the rails. The door’s sheer weight can multiply these issues and worsen it until it becomes perilous to operate the door. If you wish to do it yourself, you may start by loosening the screws that hold the track frame. Next, tap the track gently with a rubber mallet to move it in the proper place. To be sure that it is perfectly straight, use a level. Tighten the screws once you have set the alignment correctly to ensure that the tracks won’t move anymore. If the other tracks are out of alignment, do the same process as the first one. If the door will not move at all because of the alignment issue, then it is better to call a garage door expert. That person would have all the necessary tools for the job. Just hope that the problem is not beyond repair as this would need a new unit to be installed.

Something is on the Path of the Garage Door

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A garage door is designed to reverse if there is an object in its path to prevent the door from crushing it. If you notice that your garage door does not fully close and then goes back up, then there could be a possibility that this is triggered by object surrounding it. Simply clear the area from all obstacles to make your door work properly.

Noisy Garage Door Hinges

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A noisy garage door opener is hard to bear. Not only it is bad for the ears but it is worse for the garage door opener. The reason garage door opener creates noise is that it has dried up of its lubricant. Simply lubricate it twice a year using lubricants that are recommended by your garage door opener manufacturer.

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Garage Door Opener Problems and Solutions

  1. It’s interesting that a rubbing track could be due to it being misaligned. It makes sense that if a track is bent or broken in some way it would cause the door to slow or make noise. My door slows right in the middle and speeds back up but it’s been getting progressively slower so I’ll have to have a professional come take a look.

  2. Our garage door has been having problems opening and shutting lately, and we are wondering if it needs to be repaired or replaced. It is good to understand that a misaligned track could be the cause of a rubbing sound when the door reaches a certain spot. Gaps between rollers would be another thing to check for. We will have our garage door inspected before committing to a new one, thanks.

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