There are many reasons why your automatic garage door might stop working. However, in today’s article, we would like to list six most common issues. If you can’t diagnose the problem yourself, contact specialists from Automatic Garage Solutions.
Your Photo Eye is Blocked
Most garage doors from the past 10-20 years have a photo eye installed which detects if a person or object is blocking the door from going down all the way. The photo eye is usually located about 4-6 inches off the ground and it’s the size of a pea. The laser is shot across the garage and if interrupted with any object, it will affect the signal used for lowering and lifting up the door.
Inspect if the eye cord isn’t damaged or cut as it happens sometimes with bad weather conditions. Sometimes dirt and dust can block the eye from shooting the laser beam, so it’s recommended to clean
regularly with a wet tissue.
The operator’s power source is disrupted.
It happens often that people accidentally unplug the power source of their garage door and then wonder why it fails to work. Outlets sometimes go out without warning, so you can check the problem by trying to plug another device. Also, check your circuit breaker or fuse.
Broken Torsion Springs
Garage door torsions usually break with a very loud noise that sometimes sounds like a firecracker or a gunshot. No matter what, if your springs are broken, you should NEVER try to open your garage door yourself. It can be extremely dangerous and should to felt for a professional. Springs are designed for a certain number of cycles and the first thing that will break in your garage door assembly.
Remote Control Malfunction
When the garage door won’t open with the remote there are few thing that can be causing the issue.
- It might be out of range
- The antenna on the opener could be damaged
- Flat battery
- Try reprogram or reset the system
Snapped Automatic Garage Door Cables
It happens commonly when the springs break as well. The garage cables snap under a large amount of energy that gets released with the break. Sometimes it also makes damage to a vehicle and wall. If a person happens to be in the way of cables, a serious harm can be made.
That’s why the best way is to contact a professional from Automatic Garage Solutions.
Problems with Sensitivity
If sensitivity is set too high or too low, the opener won’t open because it will not sense that the door has enough weight or too much. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to test the sensitivity.
You can limit switch to the right level and you should have no problems.