One issue that home owners sometimes deal is the garage door randomly opens for no reason at all. This is not a common problem; however, it is not entirely impossible either. While this can be rather frustrating, it can also be dangerous for a number of reasons.
The garage door is a shield or first defense for families and their valuables. It could be disastrous, if your garage door decides to open for no apparent reason. Criminals will have easy access to your property. Worse than that, if it opens while family is resting in bed, criminals will have access to your family.
There are a number of reasons why your garage door suddenly opens on its own. Older garage door openers can be activated by the neighbor’s automatic opener. Today garage door openers are equipped with a feature referred to as a rolling code.
Each time you raise or lower your garage door the remote generates a new code to prevent thieves from entering your home. Those which are 20 years old or older were not designed with a large assortment of codes. It is therefore more likely that the neighbor’s remote is the culprit of your garage door’s strange behavior.
There are a number of possible causes and knowing which the culprit is may help identify an appropriate solution. For example, in 1993 garage door opener companies redesigned their products with safety features. One of these is a sensor mechanism and it was added to prevent accidental garage door injury. The sensor eye may need to be cleaned or the beam may be misaligned.
Interestingly enough, older garage door openers from Stanley were engineered with flawed circuit boards. This defect common caused doors to spontaneously open. It is best to contact your local garage door expert to have a modern opener installed.
- Power surges from wiring defects may cause this odd behavior as well.
- Lightning storms are another cause of power surges and odd garage door behavior.
- Another cause can be items that the opener is stored with, especially plain old traditional junk.
- In some cases, the garage door opener can be triggered by the frequency that neighboring military equipment uses.
Note: In the event that there is an issue with the wiring, you should contact a professional to inspect the system to resolve it. This includes the garage door system as well as the power source it is plugged into.
It is uncommon for anything to accidently activate your garage door opener. This does not mean that it is entirely impossible. There are numerous common devices which can trigger it due to the frequency those devices employ. Below is a list of several; however, it is not all of the possibilities. It does lend insight into the type of devices which do utilize frequencies and therefore may trigger the opener.
- Neighboring airports
- Wireless Wi/Fi Networks
- Radio, TV, and/or Cell Towers
- Wireless Doorbells
- Plug-in Transformers like Security Systems
- Cordless Phones
- Ham Radio
It may not be possible to figure out exactly why your garage door operates itself. In most cases, home owners opt to replace the garage door auto-opener system completely, especially if, the system is outdated. Call us at Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repair to schedule your opener installation project today.