Troubleshooting Common Garage Door Opener Problems
4 Common Garage Door Opener Problems
Has your garage door opener suddenly stopped working properly? Not sure what might be causing the problem? It can be such a pain when this happens! Fortunately, our professionals here at ProLift are here for you.
We know how irritating a malfunctioning garage door can be—especially when your car is still parked inside and you’re almost late for work. As you read on, you’ll discover the different problems your garage door opener can experience and how we’ve outlined a few common culprits behind these failures. We’ve also gone ahead and listed down what you can do about them. As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask our dedicated team of professionals. We’d be glad to help you out!
Your Garage Door Won’t Open All The Way
If your garage door raises as it should but won’t open all the way, you’re likely dealing with one of the following issues:
● Damaged rollers - If the door’s rollers are damaged or rusted, they can stick, which may prevent the door from opening all the way. Inspect the rollers for signs of damage or wear and have them replaced.
● Up-limit switch placement - If your garage door opener’s up-limit switch is positioned too far away from the motor unit, the door can’t open all the way. This issue typically presents itself immediately after your garage door installation, so if your door is older, the switch probably isn’t the problem.
The Remote Control or Keypad Doesn’t Work
If your wireless remote control or wall-mounted keypad suddenly stops activating your garage door opener, there are several probable causes. Here are a few of the most common ones:
● Dead battery - If your wall-mounted keypad works, but your wireless remote doesn’t, you’ve probably got a dead battery on your hands. Replace the battery and test the remote opener again.
● Improper programming - Both your wall-mounted keypad and remote control require specific programming to function properly, and sometimes, that programming can go kaput. If you’ve tried everything else and your opener still won’t operate, contact a professional who can reprogram the system.
● You’re too far - If you’re using a wireless remote control, try moving closer to the garage door and depressing the switch again. Even a few extra feet between you and the opener antenna can interrupt the radio signal that activates the opener.
● Antenna placement or damage - The opener’s antenna should be fully intact and should point downward. Adjust the antenna to its appropriate position and inspect the component for signs of damage.
The Wall Switch Won’t Activate the Garage Door Opener
If you depress the garage door opener’s wall switch and nothing happens, the problem almost always stems from a power source disruption. Check the following areas for signs of a power disconnection or tripped circuit:
● The outlet where the garage door opener plugs in
● The circuit breaker, fuse panel, or GFCI outlet associated with the opener
● The power cord that attaches to the garage door opener (look for damage)
If you can’t locate a power disruption at your breaker box or your receptacles, there’s a definite chance the garage door opener motor recently burned out. Diagnosing a non-functional opener motor is a job for the professionals, as is the garage door opener replacement you’ll inevitably require.
The Garage Door Reverses Before Closing Fully
Does your garage door automatically reverse before it touches the floor? Here’s what might be going on:
● Faulty rollers - If the door’s rollers are rusted, damaged, or otherwise compromised, they can create excess friction within the garage door track. When there’s too much friction, the opener essentially “thinks” it should stop the door prematurely because friction means the door has reached its normal stopping point. Examine the rollers for signs of wear, and while you’re at it, clean the interior of the garage door tracks, too.
● Improper close-force setting - The close-force setting controls how much pressure is necessary to close the door completely. When the adjustment screw that controls the setting is improperly positioned, that also creates excess friction. Similar to a damaged roller situation, a highly sensitive close-force setting can also fool the door into reversing prematurely.
Remember that fixing your garage door is something that you don't want to postpone. Not only will the damage be compounded if you continue to use your garage door with broken components, but the security risk of an opening to your home will also keep you up at night. Call the professionals here at ProLift to get the job done for you.