The average life of a garage door opener is 10 to 15 years. Providing the maintenance, such as lubricating moving parts, can help increase the lifespan. Most garage door openers are controlled by a switch on the wall, as well as remote controls carried by the operator. In the closed position, the garage door opener acts as a lock for the door.
Automatic reverse is one of the safety features incorporated into garage door openers after 1991. It will stop the door if it encounters something in its downward path, and automatically send the door to the fully opened position. This could happen if someone walked under the door while it was in motion. This safety feature should be checked occasionally to make sure it is working properly by placing a cement block, bicycle, or other inanimate object in the path of the door.
An electric eye is mounted on the door’s track system. It emits an infrared beam of light while the door is closing. If anything breaks the beam by passing between the sensor and the light, the door should stop and reverse to the full open position. Be sure nothing bumps the sensors to misalign them. To test this feature, roll a ball under the door while it’s closing. If any of these features fail, contact a garage repair in Alpharetta.
It eventually happens to everyone at one time or another. A storm knocks the power out, and you can’t get the car out of the garage to go to work, or wherever you needed to go. Or maybe the door was already open, and the rain starting blowing in through the door, but the switch wouldn’t work to close the door. You need to pull hard on the red cord that hangs in front of the garage door opener. This will disengage the system, allowing you to manually open or close the door.