Garage door repair can be intimidating if you haven’t had experience troubleshooting or repairing your garage door opener. While most people don’t pay much attention to their garage door opener when it’s working properly, when it stops working as intended it can be an inconvenience to your everyday life. It’s important to know that just because your garage door opener isn’t working as intended, you don’t necessarily need to replace it. Garage door repair, though intimidating at first, can usually resolve most issues that arise with garage door openers.
We, here at AGS Home Services, have compiled a few tips for garage door repair. If you feel that you would feel more secure with hiring a professional to help with your garage door repair, please feel free to reach out to our offices at (940) 343-7537.
It’s always important to remember that any garage door repair or inspection should be done with the garage door in the closed position. This ensures the safety of you and others in the event that the garage door comes crashing down quickly. It’s also a good idea to unplug the garage door opener for safety reasons. This helps protect you from electric shock as well as injury from accidental activation of your garage door opener.
The first step of garage door repair is figuring out exactly what the problem is with your garage door. With the garage door closed, start by pulling the emergency release cord and try to lift the door open and then close it again to see if it is running smoothly. If the door won’t open or shut, or it is very difficult to operate then there may be a problem with your rollers, tracks, or springs. If the door opens and closes easily without getting caught up along the tracks then the problem likely can be found elsewhere.
If the door is opening and closing without difficulty then the problem likely lies within your garage door opener. If the wall mounted switch is working, but the remote switch is not, then the first thing you will want to do is check the batteries. If new batteries don’t fix the problem then you may need to purchase a new remote. Checking online with the manufacturer is often a great place to begin looking for a new remote for your garage door opener, but there are also universal options available too.
If the remote is working but the wall mounted switch is not, then you may want to consider changing the wall switch and the accompanying wires. This type of garage door repair is fairly simple. You begin by detaching the switch from the wall and touch the two wires together to see if the problem lies in only the switch. If touching the wires together runs your garage door opener, then you simply have a bad switch. However if nothing happens then you will want to consider replacing your wires as well.
Sometimes the problem doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the garage door opener, but instead with the sensors. If your garage door opens like normal but then won’t close unless you hold down the close switch then the problem is with the sensor. Start by realigning the sensors to be sure that they haven’t gotten bumped out of alignment. If that doesn’t work then you’ll want to purchase new sensors to hook to the existing wires.
If it seems like there is no power running to your garage door opener despite it being plugged in and having power to other parts of your garage, then you may have a bad circuit board. Replacing a circuit board isn’t as scary or difficult as it sounds. In fact, it’s relatively easy and should take only ten minutes or less. To do this, you’ll remove the light cover and the lightbulb. Next you’ll want to disconnect the switch and sensor wires before removing the screws that hold the board in place. Finally, you’ll unplug the board and remove it. You can then install the new board.
While garage door repair can be intimidating for someone who doesn’t have experience repairing their garage door system, there are a lot of resources available that can help you along the way. There are many different things that can go wrong with your garage door and if you aren’t comfortable diagnosing the problem or performing any of the repairs yourself, then please, call a professional.