DOES YOUR GARAGE DOOR
HAVE A MIND OF ITS OWN?
THERE’S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO!
Is your garage door opening and closing at random? There are numerous reasons this is going on:
- First, test the transmitter frequency. A neighbor's remote may have accidentally been programmed to the exact same frequency as yours. If that’s the case, erase the remote control from the memory of your garage door opener, and then reprogram the keyless entry and remote control.
- Second, inspect the transmitter. It might be wedged under something that inadvertently pressed your remote control mechanism, which means, somewhere, a button is stuck. The transmitter may be sitting under something you forgot you left in your automobile, or underneath something else you left close by. If the LED light by the learn button is flashing continuously, then your garage door opener is receiving a steady signal from your remote control. (You’ll find the learn button above the antenna wire hanging from the motor head, or under the light cover. It’s either red, orange, purple, green, or yellow.) Take out the batteries from your remote, and if the light stops flashing, then the problem is a stuck button.
- If neither of these is the culprit, there may be a short in the wall-mounted door control, which means that unwanted signals are going out to the garage door opener or to the logic board (that is, the circuit board).
- If your garage door opener activates by itself while the wall-mounted door control panel wires are disconnected, you’ll probably have to replace the receiver logic board.
- If the opener doesn’t activate by itself while the wall-mounted door control panel is disconnected, then, in all likelihood, you’ll need to replace the wires to your wall-mounted door control panel.
- Besides a short in the logic board, there could be a short in the wall button wiring, the wired keypad, the wall button, or the garage door opener remote; or, there are some other electronic issues to be dealt with.
- Your remote might be emanating random signals. This is often a sign that the batteries are nearly worn out, or that the remote is faulty.
- A police radio, CB radio, local radio station, or radio tower can make a garage door open and shut by itself.
There are some additional problems you can likely resolve all on your own. If your garage door ever goes on the blink, there are many possibilities for the difficulties you’re facing:
Does the garage door opener run for several seconds, but then turn off? Often this will happen on older garage doors. The garage door is shut, and the garage door motor tries to lift it, but it still doesn’t move. First, look at the springs. If the springs aren’t broken, then examine the track for any grime or minute obstacles. If neither of these is the issue, maybe your garage door is the kind that has a built-in lock that’s engaging by mistake.
Does the garage door not open with the remote? There are several reasons this is occurring. 1. You could be out of range from your garage door. 2. Perhaps you have to recharge or replace your batteries. 3. The garage door motor’s antenna is likely damaged, or it’s blocked from the signal. 4. Your remote must be reprogrammed.
Does the garage door opener run, but the garage door still will not open? If there is a power outage, your garage door opener has a disconnect switch, so that you can manually close or open the garage door. This switch is usually attached to a rope or knob, which can sometimes unintentionally get unhooked. Open or shut your garage door all the way, and then reattach the hook securely. Your transmitter should be back to normal.
More Complicated Problems, Calling for Professional Attention
Does the garage door slam with a loud bang? Then in all probability, you have a broken garage door spring, which isn’t offsetting the garage door’s weight properly. Or, the cables might be broken. In either case, this is bad. Call a garage door repair technician right away.
Does your garage door only go part way down, but open again? A garage door is designed with a reversing mechanism to stop it from smashing an object in its path. The reversing instruction is activated by any item that is blocking the garage door’s path ~ a bicycle, a trash can, or a box, for instance. Another possibility is that there’s a build-up of debris on the tracks ~ a tiny object or grime ~ which keeps the rollers from moving. The expertise of a garage door repair professional is required.
The garage door track may be out of alignment. This is also a big problem. When the metal track isn’t in alignment, the garage door isn’t going to be moving at all. Check for any gaps between the rail and the rollers, and also look closely to see if there are any bends in the rails. The garage door’s significant weight will worsen all these issues eventually, so don’t procrastinate! Your garage door is bound to grow more and more dangerous. It’s time to hire a garage door repair expert.
It’s never a good idea to try to adjust your garage door yourself ~ unless you’re an engineer! If your garage door isn’t serviced properly, the garage door springs can go straight through a wall! Furthermore, there’s the possibility of serious injury, and even death. The garage door bottom brackets, cables, and drums will likely also need adjustment. It’s not worth it to take any risks. So unless you already know exactly what you’re doing, then your best bet is to hire a local garage door repair technician. If you live anywhere in Roswell, Georgia, then consider hiring a reputable garage door repair company you can count on, such as a staff mobile garage door repair specialist at Roswell Garage Door Repair, where free consultations are available.