Keep Your Garage Door Opener Working Properly: 4 Problems To Look For During A Safety Inspection

Posted on: 7 June 2017


If you've got an automatic garage door opener, you might not know that it needs a routine maintenance check. Your maintenance check will allow you to identify issues that will need your attention. The last thing you want is to be stuck outside late at night, or in a rain storm, because your garage door won't open properly. While you're conducting your inspection, here are some problems you should look for. If you notice any of these issues, you should contact a repair technician as soon as possible.

Door Opens but Won't Close

While standing a safe distance away from your garage door, engage the opener. The door should open smoothly. Engage the opener again. If the door doesn't close, you have a problem with the safety beam sensor. First, look to ensure that it hasn't been unplugged accidentally. Next, make sure that there isn't something blocking the beam. If there is, move it and then try to close the door again. If the door still won't close, your safety beam sensor is faulty.

Wall Switch Not Working

If your remote control is working fine, but your wall switch won't engage the opener, there might be a wiring issue inside the wall. First, check your electrical breaker box to see if the circuit has been tripped for that power switch. If it hasn't, you'll need to have the wiring checked in your wall switch.

Opener is Working but Door Won't Open

When you flip the wall switch, or push the button on the remote, your garage door should start moving. However, if you're hearing the motor running, but the garage door isn't moving, there's a problem with the connection between the door and the opener. First, look to see if the chain drive is securely attached to the door. You can see that by looking up your door. You should be able to see the chain attached to the door itself. If the chain drive is attached, the gears or sprockets may be worn out, or damaged. It's time to have your opener serviced.

Door Reverses Without Warning

If your garage door opens fine, but reverses without warning while it's closing, look at the area under the door. There may be something obstructing its operation. Garage door openers are designed to reverse if they sense crushing danger. If the door isn't obstructed, the safety sensitivity limit could be set incorrectly.

You need your garage door to work properly. Routine safety checks can help you identify potential problems so you can get them taken care of quickly. Contact a company like Affordable Garage Door Repairs for more help.