Ever entered your garage on a random day, to grab some supplies or to head out with the family and notice that it’s not budging to open?
Or maybe even the garage remote won’t help at all?
You might need a garage opener repair One of the common reasons for a malfunctioning garage door could be the lack of cleaning or a short circuit in its system.
Fortunately, there are always guides that could help you in repairing your garage opener without an urgent call from a professional.
Check the wiring
One of the apparent reasons as to why your garage isn’t working is probably because of the wiring.
After noticing that the opener couldn’t work after using its remote, check whether it has been plugged out of the electrical outlet and plug it back on.
If it works, then good.
But if it still doesn’t, further inspect the wiring whether the cord could have gotten loose or is showing signs of possibly damaging.
You may also check the area around the electrical outlet to see if it could be one of the reasons as to why the plug won’t work; signs of cracking and rust could mean that the outlet is faulty and needs a check sooner or later.
Consult your manual
It is always essential to read the user’s manual for further understanding on handling your dilemma with your garage.
Take the time to read the manual to see the missed instructions that you didn’t notice in the first place upon installing your garage.
Most of the time, an electric garage comes with a wall switch or lock system, scan through the user’s manual to check on the system and try to unlock the garage through it.
However, if it still doesn’t show signs of working, try checking your remote and its batteries.
The malfunctioning of the lock system could be the cause of dead batteries and in need of a replacement.
Check for batteries
If the remote doesn’t work, it could be because of the batteries that are in it.
Try getting a new set of batteries to replace the old ones in your remote.
If this step still doesn’t work, check the user’s manual to read on how to reset your remote’s system function.
If your remote is wholly damaged, it’s time to buy a new remote.
Garage opener repairs might sometimes be quite complicated.
Clean the sensory system
Garage are convenient due to the sensor system that comes along with it, but a loose sensor could also be at fault.
Check the wiring of the sensor, if it’s plugged correctly.
Also, check the sensor’s lenses, dust that cover its lens could be one of the causes of the malfunction, which leads to blockage with its connection to the garage’s motor.
Cleaning the garage’s sensory system weekly could reduce having to experience more problems.
Check the assembly system
One of the parts of the motor system is the chain that lifts the garage door to open.
If the problem of the garage opener is that it only opens up halfway through and could not be closed down entirely, it could mean that the chain needs to get replaced.
Inspect whether the chain has gotten tighter or loose, and having a professional to get it done could solve things easier.
Check the motor system
After checking the garage opener’s assembly system, inspect the motor system.
Before doing so, make sure that the electricity inside your garage is turn off.
Tinkering with the motor without turning the power off could lead you to get electrocuted.
Try manually closing and opening
Find the garage’s emergency release cord that could assist you in not having the garage to fall apart.
At the same time, you slowly try to test the smoothness of the garage’s door upon opening or closing it.
However, some are outdated and do not provide itself with a release cord.
Consult your user’s manual to check if there be any more ways to have the garage to open and close by hand.
Some come by pulling down a handle, clicking on a spring-loaded clip or unbolting the arm between the door and the opener.
Operate your door by hand until fixed
If you’ve done all the manual steps and nothing still works out. Seek an electrician or contact the department store where you’ve purchased your unit.
For now, settle with operating with your garage opener by hand until the professionals could get it fixed.
Spending on repairs mostly cost around an average of $125 – $250.
Overall, a garage door opener would always be a convenient investment in the modern-day household.
Garage opener repairs are worth the price.
Not only will you be able to fix your problem, you’ll also minimize the risk of causing additional damage if you do the repairs yourself incorrectly.
Garage Door Repairs tips, recommendations and frequently asked questions
Why does my garage door opener light bulb keep dying?
First, check for any shaking of the garage door during operation. Usually, excessive vibration can cause the filament in your opener's bulb to prematurely expire.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should ALWAYS be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
Does my garage door require maintenance?
Yes. How often you will require garage door maintenance all depends on how much the door is being used. Generally, we perform the following to ensure your garage door is working properly and tuned up: We do a visual inspection of all the moving parts. We ensure the tracks; rollers and hinges are clean and lubricated properly. We make sure all nuts and bolts are tight and clean. We manually run the operator and door through a cycle to make sure it is running quietly and smoothly. Also, We check the door balance at various opening heights. If the garage door passes all these test, congratulations, you do not need a tune-up.
Can I use the old tracks for a new garage door?
Using old garage door tracks with a new garage door is quite dangerous. Surprisingly or not, many home and business owners try to reduce costs on a new garage door installation by reusing their old garage door track with new panels. While this might reduce the cost, the new door can get damaged faster than normal and derail.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous. You should call a professional garage door technician.
How long does it take to change a garage door?
if done properly, roughly 3 to 4 hours.