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Many homeowners have a garage that they may use not just for keeping their vehicles in, but also for other household items. A garage may also be used as a playroom, media room, and for many other purposes. Just like any other room in your home, you want your garage to be a secure and safe place. Generally, garages come with doors that are different than the regular doors in your home. The garage door has many different parts that work together to open and close it. But sometimes, you may find that, unfortunately, your garage door opener has stopped working completely, or works intermittently.
So what do you do? Before you start calling for professional help, there are things that you can do yourself to see is you can fix the problem. Here are some useful garage door opener repair tips. Remember, even though you can try to repair your garage door opener problem yourself by using these tips, but when things get too complicated, it is best to hire a reputable garage door repair company. In Florida, for example, Garage Door Pros is the leading garage door repair Weston.
- Does the remote control or the wall switch operate the opener? When your garage door does not budge with either of these, you can assume with a high degree of certainty that a power source has been disrupted. To resolve this issue, you should check to see if the motor unit is unplugged. Make sure the cord is not unplugged or loose and is plugged all the way in. Another reason could be the circuit breaker, fuse, or GFCI controlling the door opener circuit getting tripped or burned out. You can reset the breaker or GFCI, or replace the burned-out fuse to solve the problem. Repeated tripping of the circuit breaker or GFCI, however, signals that there is a short circuit somewhere in the system.
- Are the sensors blocked? Safety sensors are mounted on either side of your garage door about 10 to 12 inches from the ground. Each beams a light across the garage door opening. When either or both beams are obstructed for some reason, the garage door opener will fail to engage, or sometimes stop in mid-operation. The simple fix for this issue is to remove any obstacles or objects in the path of the light beams and make sure that the sensors are directly pointing towards each other. Another tip is also to clean the “eyes” of the sensors to make sure there is no dirt or debris on it that is preventing them from working properly. After this, attempt to open the garage door again to see if it works. If it does, your problem is solved!
- Is the garage door opener too noisy or the door vibrates a lot? This issue may be caused due to a hardware problem. You may hear rumbling, or chains rattling, or springs creaking, besides other noises. These may result from loose nuts or bolts, or due to other parts of the door, rails, drive, or springs. Tighten, adjust, and/or lubricate any components as needed. This may make the garage door work smoothly again. For replacing springs, rail system, or even the garage door itself, you will need to call for professional help since these are complicated jobs that require proper equipment and expertise. In Weston, garage door repairs are performed by our experienced team of professionals who have done many repair and installation jobs on garage door opener systems.
- Does your garage door reverse before or after closing? Checking the close limit switch for this issue may be a good idea. This is a necessary and required safety device for all garage door openers so that the door does not close down on people. But with wear and tear over time, the setting of this switch may need to be readjusted so it does not make the door function improperly.
If you can fix your garage door opener problem on your own, it will certainly save you time and money. For other problems, contact the best garage door repair company Weston has – Garage Door Pros at 954.830.9661.