Garage Opener Doesn’t Work
When the garage door opener doesn’t operate at all when activated, there could be a few issues at work. First, if you tried to turn it on using a remote, be sure to start by checking the batteries in the remote. In many cases, new batteries are all that’s needed to restore function of the opener. If the opener remote isn’t at fault, it could be that the chain drive or screw drive that moves the door may require lubrication. Use a silicon-based lubricant on the entire length of the drive to get everything moving once again.
When you turn on your garage door opener and hear the grinding sound of metal on metal, it can be somewhat disconcerting. Squeaking and squealing as the door opens and closes can be irritating as well. The best course of action is to immediately turn off the opener to prevent further damage. Usually, sounds that come from your door opener are the result of a lack of lubrication on joints and moving parts. Try to isolate the source of the sounds and apply a good silicon-based lubricant. In some cases, a spray lubricant is easier to apply.
Door Closes Then Opens Again
Another common issue with garage door openers can be maddening if you don’t know how to fix it. If your door closes but then immediately opens again, there’s likely an issue with the alignment of the photo eyes your garage door opener uses to assess potential obstacles to closing safely. They prevent the door from closing on people, pets, or property using a laser and the two photo eye sensors. If the photo eyes are out of alignment, they may incorrectly read an obstruction and immediately reopen. To remedy the problem, either realign the photo eyes or ask your garage door service provider to handle it for you.
While closing then opening is usually tied to the photo eyes, the converse is normally associated with spring issues. If the door opens partially then closes immediately afterwards, it’s probably because there’s a problem with the springs at the top of the door. In this case, the only fix is spring replacement. Don’t attempt to replace the springs yourself. It’s a dangerous procedure if you don’t have the proper tools and know-how to execute the repair and is best left to professionals who specialize in garage door service. Also, you can save money in the long term by replacing all the springs at once.
These common garage door opener problems can wreak havoc on your frustration levels, but with a little understanding and a good garage door tech, all of them can be overcome easily. To learn more about some of the common causes of garage door opener problems and garage door repair in Marietta, contact IDC Garage Door at (678) 363-0701.