5 Tips to Troubleshooting Common Garage Door Opener Problems

The garage door opener is one critical component of your garage door. Unless you are prepared to have a steady workout every time you open and close your garage door, then forget about ever installing a garage door opener. However, if you like the security, convenience, and ease of use of today’s technologically-advanced garage door openers then it would be wise to listen to what experts tell you about troubleshooting common garage door openers.

Ascertain it is the Door Opener that is the Problem

In order for you to troubleshoot garage door opener problems, you need make sure that the door opener is what is causing your problems in the first place. To do this, you need to have your garage door completely closed. Activate the emergency manual override system then lift the garage door. If it opens and closes smoothly, then that is one sure sign that you may have a problem with your garage door opener. However, if manually opening and closing your garage door is proving to be rather difficult, the problem often lies in the supporting structures namely, the rollers, the springs, or even the tracks, and not your door opener.

Remote OK, Wall Switch Not OK

Sometimes using your remote control operates the garage door. But when it comes to using the wall switch, your garage door won’t even budge. The problem? It’s the wall switch. To troubleshoot, remove the covering of the wall switch and unscrew one wire. Use this to touch the other terminal and check if the garage door opener will run. If it does, the problem is the switch. If it doesn’t run, the problem might be the wire itself. To make sure of this, use another piece of wire to jump both wires at the terminal. If this runs the opener, that confirms the diagnosis of busted wire. You can then change either switch or wire, depending on what is causing the problem.

Wall Switch OK, Remote Not OK

If the reverse occurred, then the problem is most likely in the remote unit. You can replace the batteries, buy a new remote, or buy a new receiver. If changing the batteries won’t solve the problem, buying a new remote or a receiver might.

Door Works Well Up, but Needs Assistance Going Down

If your garage door has no problems opening yet will require holding down the wall switch to close it completely, you may have a busted sensor. To troubleshoot, you need to check if the safety sensors are in perfect alignment. Make sure that each sensor’s small lights are lit especially when there are no obstructions between them. If these lights are off, then you need to replace your safety sensor.

There’s Power but No Sign of Life

Absence of sound or lights upon activation of either the wall switch or the remote despite the presence of power should lead you to suspect a problem with the circuit board. To replace it, you need to remove it from its casing by disconnecting several safety sensor and switch wires, removing several screws, and unplugging the board.

These are just some of the more common problems of garage door openers. Troubleshooting is quite easy, actually. You simply need to understand what you are doing. If not, at least call the professional garage door repairman.