After you’ve made sure you’re hitting the right buttons on your remote and you’ve replaced the transmitter batteries, you may be at a loss as to the next steps when your garage door won’t open. This may be a common problem, but the root problem isn’t always easy to find. Here are a few of the usual suspects, and what you can do about them.
Clean the Photo Eyes
There’s a laser beam that detects if anything is in the way of the garage door, and dirt and dust can disable it. The actual eye is about the size of a pea and typically found about a half foot up from the very bottom of the door. Wipe it down with a clean cloth, and then retry the door. You may also want to check the state of the cord it’s attached to, and replace if necessary.
Check the Disconnect Switch
Sometimes when you’re doing something unrelated in the garage, you end up hitting the disconnect switch by accident. Some doors come with an emergency red lever that’s hard to miss, but others come with a less obvious switch. This switch is what allows you to work the door by hand in the event of a power outage, and it may come in handy even if it’s not the underlying problem. For example, if you’re in a rush to get to work and need to open the door right away.
Reset the Sensitivity
Your door has certain sensitivity levels that it responds to before it starts to move. If they’re not set correctly, then your garage door will stay where it is. Check the owner’s manual and see if resetting the limits solves the problem.
Reprogram the Remote
This tip is obviously not as simple as replacing the batteries, but it may not be as difficult as you think. While each remote is different, you should see Menu options to make changes or to reset the original settings on the remote.
Use Your Eyes
A lot of the work you’ll do to maintain your garage is tied up in how well you can visually inspect the components of your door. The cables, bolts, and springs all play a large part in how your garage door functions. You may just need to tighten up a support bracket to get your door to open again. And it can never be stressed often enough: never try to fix the springs on your own. Just one mistake can prove fatal for the curious homeowner.
Call a Professional
Whether you know the problem and aren’t sure how to solve it or you have no idea what’s happening, calling a garage door professional can help. Aladdin Doors Kane County is here to take care of any issues you may be having with your garage. We specialize in garage door maintenance, repair, installation, and more.