Common Garage Door Opener Problems

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Garage door openers require constant upkeep and maintenance to help them last longer. When your garage door malfunctions, you can troubleshoot it to identify the issue. If it is not solvable, you can request the help of a repair technician to find out what is wrong. Sometimes the issue is a simple problem and other times it is something more complicated. Here are some of the most common reasons a garage door may no longer function.

The Motor Keeps Running After Garage Door Opens

If you open the garage door and it works but the motor continues to run, this means that the up-limit switch will need to be moved away from the motor unit. This often happens when you first install the garage door opener. The motor can keep running because the gears inside the motor unit are stripped, causing the motor to run without the door moving. If you are unsure how to fix the up-limit switch, you can ask a garage door technician to help.

Garage Door Keeps Reversing

According to J&S Garage Door Service, if you are trying to close the garage door but it keeps opening after it touches the floor, then that means it is a close-limit switch problem. You will have to adjust the close-limit screw on the door opener motor in small increments and keep testing the door until it touches the floor completely. Another reason it could reverse is that the photosensors are malfunctioning, causing the door to open because it registers an obstacle. You can clean the photosensors and reposition them to fix the problem. You must have them replaced if it is not a debris or alignment issue.

Garage Door Remote Not Functioning

Sometimes the garage door remote does not work, and you have to replace the battery. Alternatively, you may have to reprogram the remote by resetting it. If that isn’t the issue, it may be because the remote’s receiver isn’t picking up the transmission. You can hire a technician to help fix this problem.

Garage Door Not Properly Closing

The door may not be able to close because the rollers are damaged, preventing the door from moving along the tracks properly. You can lubricate rollers that are rusty and grinding or replace them if they are damaged. There could also be an issue with the springs, pulleys, or cords. If they are damaged or worn out, they won’t be able to support the door’s weight. You can check to see if those parts need to be replaced.

Garage Door is Loud and Noisy

If your garage door is making creaking, grinding, screeching, or clanking sounds, it can signify that there is a problem with your garage door and it is about to break down. This can be due to rusty parts, loose gears, debris caught in the tracks, or mechanical gears being broken. You can inspect the moving parts of the door to see where the sounds are coming from.

What Do I Do If I Have Garage Door Opener Problems?

If you have a garage door opener problem that goes beyond your technical skill, you can work with a service technician who can help you replace the parts. If your garage door system is outdated, then they can help you pick a new door.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.