Garage Door Problems Homeowners Usually Encounter

Studies show about 55% of homeowners say their garage is the main entryway into their house. Most garage doors open an average of 3-5 times a day, which adds up to about 1,500 times per year!

Your garage door gets a lot of wear and tear throughout the year. Garage door maintenance is a must if you want to extend the life of your door(s). 

If you’re having garage door problems, you may be asking yourself if it’s fixable or needs replacement.

Let’s dive into common garage door repairs and how to figure out the next steps to get it fixed.

Opener Switch Stopped Working

Many homeowners have sudden issues with their garage door opener switch not working when they press the button. When this happens, you need to troubleshoot to figure out what is causing this.

First, check to see if your garage door is locked. When the lock switch is turned on, your garage door won’t budge.

Find the lock button and disable it. Then try your door opener again. 

Motor Unplugged

Another reason you’re not getting any response is due to an unplugged motor. The motor is suspended from the ceiling and is usually attached to the light near the ceiling. Plugging it back in could fix the problem.

If you had a bad storm, it might have caused the circuit breaker to trip. Check to see if a fuse burned out. 

Another common problem is when the photo-eye sensor at the base of the door is damaged or blocked. You may need to clean the photo-eye sensor if it is clouded or covered up.

Remote Control Won’t Work

Another common problem faced is the garage door remote not working. This is an easy fix and usually just means replacing the batteries for the remote. 

If you replace the batteries and it still doesn’t work, check to make sure the battery contacts are clean and dry. You can do this by using a clean towel or cloth and wiping the contacts, then placing the batteries back into position.

Keep in mind the remote control also must be within range of the garage door for it to work. Move closer to the garage and try the remote again. 

Keypad Broken

Garage door keypads do become faulty, so if yours stopped working suddenly, it might need replacement. Before you go through the trouble of buying a new one, first replace the batteries and see if that does the trick.

Keypads also need reprogramming from time to time. You won’t need garage door services to do this. Simply check your keypad’s manual to see how to reprogram it.

If you can’t find the manual, look up the model of your keypad online. Usually, there are PDF copies available online.

Faulty Motor Antenna

If none of these options work, try checking the antenna on your motor. This is how the motor receives the keypad’s signal, and if it is faulty, then it won’t work. Make sure the antenna on your motor is pointing straight down.

Tried everything above, and it still won’t work? You may need to call a specialist in garage door installation services to fix it.

Motor Runs, But Your Door Won’t Move

When the limits are off, your garage door’s motor might start running, but the door isn’t moving. This can occur whether you’re opening or closing your door. You need to adjust the limits to tell the motor when to stop running.

Whenever you are attempting garage door repairs yourself, be careful. Garage door accidents cause about 2,000 emergency visits each year. If you’re not comfortable with working on garage doors, it’s best to call in a professional to take a look.

Fix Your Garage Door Problems

We hope you found these tips helpful in solving your garage door problems. If your garage door issues don’t have a simple solution, then you may need professional assistance.

We can provide various garage door services to help you fix a current problem or prevent one through garage door maintenance. We can also help you with custom garage doors.

Have an emergency? Call us 24/7 to get your garage door up and running fast!