A Bellevue, NE, resident who needed help with their garage door opener contacted Titan Garage Doors NE. They told us that the door opener remains inoperable despite being turned on. When we got there and checked the opener, we noticed some lights were flickering, which indicated a wiring problem. We disassembled the opener and found that the sensor wires had been shorted due to a damaged circuit board. A closer examination showed that a rodent infestation had damaged some wire insulation, contributing to the device's error. Immediately we ordered the replacement, and after two days, it arrived. We installed the new circuit board the same day and replaced the electrical wiring before performing a test run. The garage door operates easily upon testing, indicating the repair was successful. The client was overjoyed and thanked us for a reliable garage door opener repair.

A functional and reliable garage door opener is important for our homes' security and vehicles' convenience. However, like any mechanical product, problems can arise, and years of use can cause wear and tear. It can especially be frustrating when trying to start or end your day. Here are some common issues with garage doors and how to fix them.

How to Fix Common Garage Door Issues

The Remote Control Is Not Working

Before doing anything else, check the batteries in your garage door's remote control first. This simple but true advice can save you a lot of time and effort. The remote transmitter needs the power to send a signal to your opener, so pressing the button will do nothing without working batteries. Also, be sure you are pressing the button within range of the opener; sometimes, people try to press it from too far away, and it does not work. Try shifting into your driveway before pressing the button to ensure you are close enough.

Unresponsive Wall Switch

The wall switch is an important component of your opener. When it breaks, it can seem like the end of the road. However, in most cases, the issue is solvable. Since the wall switch is wired directly into the opener, there is no need to reprogram or troubleshoot signal issues. The likely culprits for broken switches are the switch itself or the wiring. Most switches have two wires. Remove both from the switch and slowly connect the wires to test them. Doing this will usually tell you whether the switch or wiring is at fault.

The Garage Door Reverses Before It Closes

Around 1993, manufacturers of automatic doors for garages equipped them with sensors that would stop the door from closing if a child or pet was in the way. So, if your door is lowering and then reversing back to the open position, an obstruction may prevent the sensors from functioning properly. Be sure to check both sensors on either side of your door frame. Ensure that they are aimed correctly at each other across the width of the frame.

The Garage Door Does Not Close Fully

Your garage door has a limit switch that determines how far the door should lower to close properly. This switch is usually adjustable, meaning you can change its position to suit your needs better. Typically, a screw on the motor unit can be turned to either increase or decrease the distance the door travels when closing.

Final Thoughts

There are a few warning indications that your garage door opener is about the end of its lifespan. Fortunately, knowing some basic DIY skills may fix many of the most prevalent issues. However, even the best-maintained systems will eventually need to be replaced. So when it is time for a new garage door opener, consider upgrading to a smart model for an even more effortless arrival at home.

Seeing your garage door start to fall apart is a stressful experience. Yet, with Titan Garage Doors NE, there is hope in every garage door situation. Whether your door has been damaged by the weather or an errant car, we have the team to help. Our experience in the garage door industry means we can diagnose any problem quickly. Plus, we have a team of garage door repair experts equipped with the tools and skills to do the task right the first time. 

Whatever your garage door repair needs, from damaged garage door openers to maintenance and replacements, Titan Garage Doors NE is at your service. Call us right away for further details.