We are continuing our series of articles about common garage door problems since they are the issues that typically confront homeowners. Actually, you can avoid many of these problems by regular check-up and maintenance. But if your garage door is malfunctioning, you can solve the problem by analyzing the cause and choosing the appropriate solution that will ensure that the issue won’t happen again. In that regard, here are some additional problems that may occur in your garage door, and their respective solutions.
- The transmitters are not working
If you punched your remote and the garage door won’t open, you should examine your transmitter. First, see if you are within range of the door. There is a maximum range where the remote can control the receiver of the controls. Trying to open the door if you are out of this range will be unsuccessful. You may just be too far away. So get closer before punching the remote. If the garage door opens, your remote and transmitter combo is working.
However, if you are close enough and still your door does not open, check the receiver antenna. There may be something that is blocking the signal from your remote preventing it from reaching the receiver. Remove the object that is blocking the signal and your door should open when you hit the open button on your remote. It may be that the antenna is broken preventing your receiver from getting the signal. If it is damaged, have it replaced at once with a similar model and type.
But if your garage door is moving even if you are not punching any button on your remote, there might be some problem with the whole system. Check if your transmitter or remote is not pressed under an object inside your car. If that is not the case, check the frequency of your remote. It is possible that the remote control of your neighbor has the same frequency of your transmitter. As your neighbor is opening his garage door, your door could be opening as well at the same time.
If this is the case, you need to modify the frequency of your transmitter. You can check the manual of your remote control on the proper steps of doing this. Or you can ask a professional garage door technician to do it for you. He will be able to reprogram your remote and your garage door receiver so that it won’t cross the frequency of your neighbor’s transmitter.
- The Door Won’t Open With The Wall Switch Nor The Remote Control
If the garage door won’t budge an inch when you press the open button on your remote or even when you press the switch on the wall, there could be a problem with the power source. Maybe the power supply is not reaching the open and close switch of the garage door. First, check if the motor is unplugged from the power supply. If it is, just plug it in and your problem will be solved.
If the plug is not the problem, check the fuse, circuit breaker or the GFCI that is controlling the circuit of the door opener. Maybe it has burned out or has tripped due to power supply overload. When the lights in your garage are not working either, this is likely the cause of the problem. Check the fuse and replace the one that is busted. Or you can just reset the GFCT or the breaker. But if the breaker is repeatedly tripping, maybe the system has a short circuit somewhere. If this is the case, ask the help of a professional garage door technician to repair the short circuit. Ask this technician to also check the motor of the door opener. This could also be a cause of a malfunctioning garage door.
- The Door Closes But Immediately Goes Back Up Again
This is a problem common to old garage doors or newly installed garage doors. The usual cause of this problem is the malfunctioning of the opener’s limit settings. Limit settings determine the extent or distance that the door should travel before it hits the ground. It controls the distance by which the door completely closes. If the limiter is set too high and it hits the floor, it will think that the door has hit something and will go back up immediately to prevent crushing the thing underneath it. Set the limiter to the correct distance and this problem will be solved.