Garage Door Parts Basics: What can Go Wrong with a Garage Door Opener

Fort Lauderdale homeowners should be aware of how their garage door systems work. One of the most important parts of the system is the garage door opener; it opens and closes your door automatically, which makes things easier for you.  The trouble is that it can also easily malfunction. Here are a few examples of this happening and what you can do about it.

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Garage Door Opener Won’t Activate 

Depending on whether you’re using your remote or the wall switch to make it start, various garage door parts could be broken. One of the reasons could be the batteries in your remote is dry; try using the wall switch to see if your garage door will open. Another reason could be the receiver is faulty. If you’ve tried the wall switch already, but the door still won’t open, the problem might be with the motor. It’s either faulty or is disconnected from power. Check it out and if the wiring is intact, it’s best to call in a professional repair service like Total Garage Repair to get it going again. 

Garage Door Opener Stalls

Another problem is that your garage door opener stalls. This happens either when your garage doors are opening or closing. One of the main reasons for this is a faulty limit switch, which is what indicates how far your garage door move. If your door maintains its awkward position, it can put unnecessary strain on the door’s support structure, especially if your door opens up so you’ll need to repair this quickly. Another reason for your garage door to stop operating is the safety sensors are broken. 

Garage Door Opener is Noisy 

If your garage door opens jerkily and noisily, you’re seeing early indications of a problem with your motor. Cranking noises inside a garage door motor can mean that your main gear drive needs replacement or lubrication. It should be easy enough to apply more grease to gear chain, but a complete replacement of the main gear may require professional assistance so that noting gets messes up. 

Professionals Know What to Do

These are just a few of the problems that can pop up with your garage door opener. With the many moving parts involved, it’s no surprise that they happen. Consult with experts and have them inspect your garage doors regularly to ensure they’re in prime condition. 

Sources
Garage Door Opener Repair: How to Troubleshoot Openers, The Family Handyman
Troubleshooting the Most Common Garage Door Opener Problems, About.com