What To Do If Your Garage Door Opener is Broken
Possible Steps for Confirming and Repairing a Broken Garage Door Opener
Most homeowners who have installed an automatic garage door opener will attest to the fact that these devices are quite reliable and, in many cases, will wonder aloud why they waited so long before making the decision to add this convenience to their daily routines. Furthermore, a vast majority of these homeowners will likely state that their garage door opener has been in place for a number of years, and used several times a day, with little to no issues or concerns.
In fact, it is the dependability of a garage door opener that can become the issue, in the sense that homeowners may grow complacent with its performance. Until one day, and perhaps at the most inopportune time, their garage door opener fails to respond and the homeowner is left somewhat dazed and confused.
Now they may wonder aloud how and why this happened; they could regroup sufficiently and try changing the batteries in the remote, but if this has no effect, they may come to a dire realization that their very reliable garage door opener just may actually be broken. All may not be lost, however; homeowners might want to try the following steps to make sure that they do indeed have a broken garage door opener:
- Check the power supply – is the breaker tripped?
- Test all remotes in case just the main one is faulty
- Change all batteries in all remotes and test them again
- Check to see if the door opener responds to the wall switch
- Unplug then reconnect the power supply to reset the opener
If the garage door opener fails to function after the homeowner attempts all of the above steps, it would be a reasonable assumption that there is a problem/issue with the device or one of its component parts. Once again though, there are some basic repairs that the homeowner might consider and attempt in a do-it-yourself fashion. These could include:
- Cleaning or replacing the safety sensors
- Replacing the circuit board for their specific device
- Changing the gear-sprocket assembly on the drive shaft
- Investigating and, if necessary, replacing loose/damaged wires
Conversely, if a homeowner suspects that they have a broken garage door opener but cannot identify the cause of the problem, they can call upon the insight and expertise of a garage door repair service provider such as Whitby Garage Doors. Trained technicians from Whitby Garage Doors will be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the reason for the failure or malfunction and remedy the situation to minimize any inconvenience to the homeowner and their family members.
If you would prefer to have a trained technician service your broken garage door opener, contact Whitby Garage Doors at either 905-441-1512 or [email protected] to schedule a service call at your convenience.
Some Garage Door Repairs Will Require the Expertise of Trained Professionals
Sometimes, when a garage door opener does not operate as expected, it may be due to a problem with the actual door itself or one of its component parts. In these instances, activating the door opener can result in far more extensive damage, albeit inadvertently, and in rather expensive repairs or perhaps even full replacement costs.
Several door-related or parts-related factors can contribute to the failure/malfunction of a garage door opener. These could consist of:
- Snapped or loose cables
- Broken or weakened spring
- Door jammed or out of alignment
- Damaged or bent rollers or tracking
- Incorrect horsepower to support door weight
For any such circumstances, homeowners would be well-advised to contract the services of a garage door repairs specialist, like a trained technician from Whitby Garage Doors, rather than attempting any do-it-yourself repairs. This would be particularly applicable to those situations involving a garage door spring, whether directly or indirectly, due to the risk factors that can/will come into play when working with any devices requiring a high degree of tension.
For more information on the complete range of garage door repairs provided by Whitby Garage Doors, including the assessment and repair of broken garage door openers, go to our Services page.
For professional repairs of a broken garage door opener, call the specialists from Whitby Garage Doors today at 905-441-1512 to schedule a service call from one of our skilled technicians.