When they are working well, automatic garage doors are the best thing since sliced bread. When they start to play up though, it can be more than a little annoying. Even if you perform routine maintenance on your garage door and opener, sooner or later something will wear out or malfunction. Before you get on the phone to a repair specialist though, follow these 5 tips to see if you can resolve the problem yourself. A little DIY is good for the soul and even better for your credit card if it saves the cost of a technician’s call out fee.
#1 Check the Power Supply
If your garage door opener doesn’t respond at all when you press the open or close buttons, it could be a problem with the electricity supply. Inspect the power outlet which supplies the door opener to make sure the wiring is OK and that the plug hasn’t come loose. If the outlet appears fine and you can establish that there is definitely no power, it’s probably time to call on that technician, or an electrician. If the problem doesn’t appear to be anything to do with the electrical supply, follow the next tip.
#2 Pull the Manual Release
Try operating the garage door’s manual override by pulling on the manual release rope or chain. This should enable you to open the door manually. If this doesn’t work and the door appears to be stuck, move on to the next tip.
#3 Check the Door Tracks
Inspect the tracks in which the door rollers run for any obstructions. Small pebbles, hard-packed dirt and other debris can seriously affect the operation of an automatic garage door. It only takes a small obstruction in the tracks to cause a door to stick fast. Clear out any obstructions you find and test the door. If it still isn’t working correctly, proceed to tip 4.
#4 Check the Condition of the Garage Door
To be sure that the door itself hasn’t sustained any damage, give it a visual once over. The door may have been hit by something which went unreported. If you do discover any significant damage to the door, you will probably need a professional repair. If you find no damage, check the next tip.
#5 Check that the Door Opener Motor isn’t hot
It’s always possible that the motor for your garage door opener has overheated. Carefully check the motor housing with your hand. If it feels very hot, leave the door alone for a while and let the motor cool. Then try the door opener again.
If this alleviates the problem, you will probably be looking at a new motor very soon. An overheating motor typically means it’s reaching the end of its serviceable life. If the door still won’t respond after the motor has had time to cool, contact a garage door technician to perform further investigations.
These are just a few things you can investigate to troubleshoot a malfunctioning door. It’s far from being an exhaustive list. However these tips do cover the most likely problems with your door and opener. If after following them, you still haven’t identified the issue, it’s probably worth calling a garage door repair company to come and cast a professional eye on your door apparatus.