Having an electric garage door opener can be extremely useful. When your garage door won’t open or close, the remote breaks down, or the keypad acts up, however, this can be inconvenient and troublesome. A malfunctioning garage door opener can make it difficult to access anything stored inside and present a problem if you use the space to park your car.
What can you do? By adhering to the following tips, you may find you can fix the issue yourself. This could take time and some tools, on your part. For a professional fix, contact a garage door technician to repair your system for you so you can enjoy optimal performance that lasts.
Your Garage Door Remote Won’t Work
If you push the buttons on your remote and nothing happens, you could simply be out of range or the batteries need to be replaced. Another reason things aren’t working is that your garage door sensors may not be properly aligned.
Your garage door has a safety feature with sensors placed near the ground on either side of the door just inside the garage. These work by projecting beams of light to one another. If these sensors aren’t aligned properly, the door won’t close. Wipe their lenses and check their positions. Wiggle them around and see if this fixes the issue. If not, you may need a replacement.
The Wall Switch Doesn’t Work
You’ve tried to close or open your door using the wall switch and it won’t budge. Some switches come with a lock option. Check to see this is activated. If so, deactivate it.
You should also ensure the motor running your garage door on the ceiling is plugged in. If it isn’t, this could be the problem. It could also be that you have somehow blown a fuse. Check your circuit breaker and reset it if necessary.
The Keypad to Open Your Garage Door Is Malfunctioning
Typically, when the keypad at the front of your garage doesn’t work, it’s because the batteries inside it are dead. Installing new ones can do the trick.
It could also be that your keypad needs reprogramming. Check the manual on how to reset the keypad system. If that doesn’t work, check the antenna on the motor on the ceiling to make sure it’s pointing in the correct direction. If necessary, realign it based on what the manual says.
Lose your manual? Don’t worry, there are many online resources to help. Just look up your garage door opener model and you should be able to find it’s manual online. If not, you can always call your trusted garage door repair company for help.
The Motor Is Running, but the Door Won’t Move
When the motor runs, but your garage door stays put, it could be because the door is disconnected from the belt. This can happen if someone has pulled the emergency release cord in the past. Reconnecting the belt can potentially solve your problem. If not, you may need to call a technician to come diagnose the problem.
At The Door Company, we are a leading provider of garage door repairs and installation in California. We are experts in both residential and commercial garage doors of all types, as well as driveway gates.