So your garage door just quit on you. Have you run through the basic troubleshooting steps yet? Sometimes in our rush to solve a problem, we forget to check the most likely causes first. Take a moment and check a couple of things before moving on to the more complex possibilities.
Is it the garage door opener?
First, open up the back of your garage door opener. The best way to see if the battery is weak or dying is to roll it back and forth in the compartment a couple of times. If that fixes the problem and the garage door opens, then you need to replace the battery sooner rather than later. The second source of the problem might be obstruction.
How big of an obstruction does it take to stall the door operation?
The sensors on the door are designed to create a beam that signals the lift mechanism. As a safety measure, if anything disrupts that beam at any point, the door will not operate. It could be something as simple as a shovel or a misplaced tool. Simply move the item out of the sensor range and try using the remote again. While you're there, check the sensors on the door to make sure they are in proper alignment.
The sensors are located about a foot off of the ground on either side of the door. One sensor should have a green light; the other a red. Due to their location and the constant use of the door; it's possible the sensors have been jarred or bumped out of place. A simple readjustment may fix the problem.
What else should you look for before moving on to the operating mechanism?
There is one other possibility that can cause a garage door to stick. Before checking the track and other components, check the spring on the door to make sure it's not broken, loose, or misshapen. If it is, this part can easily be found and replaced.
The track looks funny. What does that mean?
It's a good possibility that the track is out of alignment. Try re-aligning the components so that the door lifts smoothly onto the track. Also, make sure the track stays well lubricated. Keep it well-oiled to avoid functional difficulties in the future. In addition, check the power supply and tension in the cables.
It's very important that these components are well-maintained because they control the speed and force with which your garage door comes down. To avoid breakdowns or injuries, always keep your door in good working order.
If you've tried everything and nothing works, what do you do next?
If you can’t figure out or solve the problem yourself, it is time to call in the professionals. The staff at Willow Creek Overhead Door are experts in troubleshooting, fixing, and replacing broken garage doors. This Amarillo garage door company is all about customer service and affordable prices for all. They'll not only fix the problem, but they’ll also explain how and why it happened, and what you can do to avoid this outcome in the future. To find out more about their products and services or for a free estimate, contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today.
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