The garage door opener is just like any other system; it will malfunction from time to time depending on a number of factors. On average, homes in the U.S. open and close their garage doors 1400-1800 times a year.
The average lifespan of a good garage door opener that has been properly maintained is estimated at 10,000 times. More often than not, it is likely to be a malfunction of the torsion springs that causes a problem. In case this is the problem, amateurs are advised to stay away from handling the repair. The springs are under high tension, and garage door are very heavy. Put together, very serious injuries could result if you try to mend the torsion springs on your own.
Garage door openers have a slight variation in mechanism of operation depending on the system. The spring does the actual lifting but it is the opener that controls and guides and also boost power. However, when there is a malfunction, these tips can help you to pinpoint a solution. Just avoid anything that actually requires lengthy repair, call a professional in Indianapolis for that. Stay safe.
Where to start
Do not panic when you press the button and nothing happens. Rather try to use little clues to help you trace the cause. For example, if you hear an unusual sound from the motor, or the control pad does not light up, you know the problem is likely there. Track the clues by elimination until you reach an appropriate conclusion:
- The car remote vs. wall unit
If the car remote doesn’t work, try the wall unit and vice versa. If either works, you know the problem is with the other. If neither work, then something else is wrong. You may panic only to discover it’s the batteries which were dead or weak, or the wall unit was unplugged from power. If the remote displays an error code, read the user’s manual to find out what it represents and the possible fixes.
- The batteries and electrical supply
When the remote works but the wall unit doesn’t and you have a battery operated control wall unit, test the batteries to see if they work. If they do, examine the plug or wiring to see if you can find visibly damaged points, e.g. scorched, broken or exposed wires. Do not attempt any fixes on electrical faults, contact repair professionals in Indianapolis and let them know you think it’s an electrical fault. The same applies to electrical faults elsewhere around the house affecting the functionality of your door system.
- Blocked sensors
Lastly, check if the sensors on either side of the garage doors work and remove any obstacles. Ensure they are properly aligned to each other.