Common Garage Door Opener Problems

Posted on: 6 December 2021

It is impossible to enjoy the convenience of having a garage door system if your garage door opener has problems. A faulty garage door opener will force you to open your garage door manually. Fortunately, you can solve most garage door opener problems on your own, but if the problem persists, you might want to call a professional garage door service to solve it.

This article will cover the most common garage door opener problems you are likely to encounter, and some tips you can use to troubleshoot the issues.

Remote Won't Work

You rely on remote controls to open your garage doors. Unfortunately, the remote control may fail to communicate with the garage door opener, meaning you have to use the wall switch. 

If you encounter such a problem, there is a likelihood your remote batteries aren't working. As such, you should replace them with new batteries and try opening the door once more. Also ensure you close the distance between the remote and garage door opener. If that doesn't work, call a professional to reprogram your garage door opener and remote. 

Malfunctioning Sensors

Garage door openers come with sensors that control how garage doors operate. These sensors receive signals from the remote control. Therefore, if your garage door opener has malfunctioning sensors, you'll have a problem closing or opening the door. If your sensors have a problem, they won't stop the garage door from closing even when there's an obstruction. 

Once you determine your garage door sensors are faulty, check whether the lenses are dirty. If they are covered with dirt, wipe them using a soft cloth and mild cleaner. You might also want to check whether the sensors are out of alignment. Remember that each sensor has an LED light on the exterior, and if the light is blinking, it means the sensor is out of alignment. 

The Motor Keeps Running

Your garage door motor should only run when the door is opening or closing. Once the movement stops, the motor should stop running as well. However, sometimes the motor will continue running even when the door is closed or open. This happens when there is a problem with the limit switch. It's either the limit switch has been moved, or it's faulty. 

The limit switch needs to be adjusted to solve this problem. That said, call a garage door expert to make the necessary adjustments on the limit switch.

Never ignore garage door opener problems because they might ruin the entire system.