Nothing can ruin your day like a broken garage door opener causing you to miss work. As with any motorized device, garage door openers will eventually break down over time. Still, it is surprising how many people overlook the most obvious signs that their garage door opener needs attention. This article lists some common symptoms telling you you need a garage door opener repair.
Indications That Your Garage Door Opener Requires Repair
The door reverses when closing
One of the most obvious signs that your opener is on its way out is when it starts working inconsistently. Is your garage door getting into the habit of going partway down and then reversing and going back up again? It almost always happens when the safety eye of your garage door’s small infrared sensor that prevents someone or something from getting crushed by the door becomes dirty, obstructed, or out of alignment. The solution is to adjust the alignment, clean the sensor, or get rid of the obstruction. However, if the door reverses after several tries, it could mean the electronics within the opener are failing. It could also be a symptom of a more significant issue, so it is better to call an overhead garage door repair technician to let you know what needs to be done.
The garage door opener makes loud, unusual noises
Older garage doors are likely to be noisier than newer models. No matter if your garage is old or new, the noises it makes should be expected and reasonable. Improper garage door opener installation could be the reason behind the noise. The vibration and noise levels of the opener are influenced by how it was mounted on the ceiling. The grinding noise of your garage door opener could also be coming from broken or worn gear. It takes a trained ear to tell where the noise is coming from, and a certified garage door technician can remedy the problem without needing to replace the garage door opener.
The door opens and closes randomly
A garage door that randomly opens and closes is a cause for concern. This could be due to a faulty opener button or damage to the antenna. Exposed wiring could also be the culprit. In any case, it’s best to call a garage door service technician to inspect the problem and make the necessary repairs.
At Fixxed Garage Doors, we know exactly what to look for when assessing the condition of your garage door. Whether you are experiencing any of the issues listed above or something else entirely, our technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency repair services for residential and commercial garage doors. We also offer new garage door installation and maintenance services. So call us today for free estimates.