If you’re having problems with your garage door, then there is one key question to ask at first: is the garage door itself broken, or is it the garage door opener? You don’t want to fork out for an entire garage door replacement when you might just be able to repair or replace the opener.
We’ve already looked at the common reasons for needing to repair or replace your garage door, so now let’s look at some of the most common problems with garage door openers and when you need to repair or replace it.
Check the garage door
Your first step should be to give the garage door a once over to check that the problem isn’t obviously related to that. Any damage to the door or its springs, or any obvious misalignment should tell you that your garage door is the problem.
If you can open your garage door manually without any problems, then it’s likely that the problem is with your door opener. If it won’t open when connected to the opener, if it only opens occasionally, or if it’s started making strange noises when being opened or closed, then check out the following solutions.
Check the batteries
This sounds obvious, but before you call a mechanic out to diagnose the problem with your garage door opener, be sure to check that the batteries in your remote are still working. The problem could be as simple as replacing the batteries.
Check the connection
Another simple fix is if your garage door has become disconnected from the opener. This might reconnect automatically if you press the close button on your remote while the garage door is closed. If not, then you should be able to pull the release cord toward the garage door to reconnect it. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to call a professional to sort this out for you.
The connection issue may be within the opener itself if the wires have become damaged or disconnected somehow. This problem should be repairable but it’s important that you call a technician as soon as you can to avoid any safety issues with the door closing suddenly by itself.
It needs replacing
In some situations, your garage door opener might simply need replacing, especially if it is an older model or has had ongoing maintenance issues. If your opener suddenly starts making loud or strange noises, then you should call a garage door technician to assess whether it needs replacing or if there is a fix for it.
Here at Carolina Garage Door, we can repair your garage door opener when it faces a variety of issues. We also check your opener when we perform a garage door tune-up, so contact us today to arrange yours.