Garage Door Opener Troubleshooting
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Garage door openers are like any other
mechanical device - they eventually break down and need some
troubleshooting to find out exactly what the problem is and
what is needed to get the thing working again.
If your time is short, you can make a call to any local
garage door company, and they will visit your home for a
nominal service fee and fix any problem you may be
experiencing. But if you're handy and want to spare the expense
then it's certainly possible to solve the problem yourself.
First off, upon discovering a malfunction, you've already
looked around for any obvious problems - unplugged power,
obstructions, broken parks flung across the garage. There's
nothing obvious yet the door still will not function
Digging a little deeper, see if the rollers or channels have
any obstructions that could cause the problem you're
experiencing. Does the door spring appear to be in perfect
working order, or could your lawn mower be blocking the safety
beam. If garage door movement is being blocked, you can usually
deduce the blockage with minimal investigation.
If no obstructions are discovered then check the fasteners.
Check all the nuts and bolts looking for anything loose
probably shouldn't be. Are all the brackets secure? One loose
bracket or one loose hinge can cause your garage door to hang.
Never carry out any maintenance with the garage door up, unless
it has to be. Tighten everything up with the door down;
otherwise it might never close again!
Have a close look at the roller. Make sure they look sturdy
and secure, and that the horizontal tracks are still at the
same level as they should be - that nothing has damaged the
tracks, rollers or trolley. The tracks need plenty of space
between them and the door, at least an inch or so, and if that
is any less then the spring tension might need tightened a
bit. This sometimes happens with new installations, when
the springs are new and settle requiring adjustment.
The problem most people have in understanding is that the
garage door is likely the largest and heaviest part of their
home that moves - and needs regular maintenance. They neither
know how to maintain it nor what to do if it stops working as
it should. What you should do is understand that a garage door
opener is no different from any other moving system that needs
regular cleaning and lubrication. Irrespective of its size, if
you give it the same care and attention as your lawn mower then
it will give you years of trouble free operation.
Garage door opener trouble shooting involves very little
work other than common sense looking around at what is required
to keep moving parts working properly. A little care and
attention to the tracks, rollers, hinges, and springs will
bring many years of trouble free operation.