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Common Problems with Garage Door Openers

08/22/2014 Back To Blog

Most garages today make use of garage door openers to automate the opening and closing of the door. Since the door is heavy, openers offer comfort and convenience since homeowners shouldn't go out and manually lift the equipment upon entering or going out of the house. Like other electrical devices, openers can also malfunction.

Trouble with Openers


These are the commonly reported troubles faced by owners with their door openers:

• Door closes then reverses quickly. If your opener is equipped with sensors that cause the door to reverse instead of falling down when there is an object below, then it needs attention. Perhaps the sensors are misaligned. It can be resolved by checking the infrared or photo eyes at the bottom of the door. Most of these use indicator lights. Green light means it is working fine, but if they are blinking or are colored red, there might be an obstruction so make sure it is clean and free of even the smallest dirt.

• Door is not moving even if the motor is fine. This is perhaps due to the chain that has jumped off the track. The chain sprocket should also be checked. If the sprockets are loose, it is best to replace them.

• Door does not open all the way. You might need to close the limit switch for it has to be adjusted. Fine-tuning can be done through garage door maintenance.
In case you encounter problems with the garage door opener remote and find difficulty finding a new one, you can try using universal remote controls.

These devices are compatible with as many types of openers.


Some remotes could be reprogrammed to work again. It is best to read the manual of your opener to be informed of how you operate it when sudden power outage occurs, for this could be very annoying.

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