Titan Garage Doors NE received an early morning call from a homeowner at Tekamah, NE, to report a faulty garage door opener. According to the owner, the garage door would not open all the way. So, the resident took the initiative of replacing the remote’s batteries, thinking they were the root cause. But after replacing them, it did not resolve the issue at all, hence, the phone call. Our technical support team immediately scheduled the dispatch to diagnose what was causing the problem. Upon spot inspection, our service technician discovered the chain tension was overly tightened. That same day, the issue was resolved, and the client felt ecstatic with the way our team handled the emergency repair and how it was resolved quickly.

A Faulty garage door is undeniably stressful and inconvenient. What is even more frustrating is when you are in a rush to get somewhere, and the garage door will not open. Do not lose your calm, though, because a few incredibly effective garage door repair services are available nearby – just a phone call away! Unfortunately, while troubleshooting is applicable for minor repairs involving garage door openers, that is not always the case. This article will identify a few common causes of a garage door opener malfunctioning. 

What causes the garage door opener to fail?

Dead Batteries

A remote’s dead battery is often the cause of a malfunctioning garage door opener. Your garage door transmitters require power to operate. The transmitter will not be able to send a signal to your garage door to open if the batteries in the transmitter are dead. Here’s what you can do: Try holding the remote against the garage door opener. When you press the button on your remote, it should light up if it has one. If it still doesn’t function, the battery in your remote is likely dead. If this is the case, change the battery, and if your remote still does not function, contact a professional garage door service in your area to get it replaced.

RF Interference

Your remote transmits a radio signal to the garage door opener at a particular frequency. Most garage door openers operate on frequencies between 300 MHz and 390 MHz, with 300 MHz, 310 MHz, 315 MHz, and 390 MHz being the most frequent.

If your garage door remote does not seem to operate when you press it, RF interference may be the cause. When this happens, your garage door will not receive the signal from your remote, and there is possible RF interference. Interference frequently occurs in motion detectors, home alarm systems, electrical appliances, and electronic game systems in your garage, home, or nearby area. When the above sources emit signals at the same frequency as your property, it is when RF interference occurs. To investigate the problem, again, you should contact the experts.

Photo Eyes are Blocked or Damaged

Garage doors have a reversing mechanism that keeps them from crushing anything in their path. Objects on the ground blocking their passage, such as garbage bins or anything from your toolbox, can cause your garage door to close partially and then reopen. It could also be due to an accumulation of debris on the rollers' tracks, which prevents them from moving forward. If the door collides with even a minor object on the track, it will rise to avoid crushing whatever is beneath it.

As a preventive measure, make it a habit to check the area around your garage door for possible obstructions. After that, inspect the tracks for any accumulation on the inside. To avoid this type of accumulation, regularly wiping down your garage door tracks is also a good idea. Running a damp rag along each track should be sufficient to remove any remaining debris.

Broken Torsion Springs

You may have broken torsion springs if your garage door suddenly would not go up despite the transmitters operating properly and power getting to the motor. Usually, you will hear a loud bang from inside your garage when this breaks. That is because garage doors may be pretty heavy, and contrary to popular belief, the heavy-duty springs of the door do the hard lifting, not the garage door opener. 

Torsion springs are installed on one or both sides of the door. If either spring breaks, the garage door opener may struggle to lift the door’s weight or fail to open it. If a spring breaks, get it repaired by a professional since this is too risky to work with. Attempt to open the door only after a professional has inspected it and replaced the springs. Springs have a limited number of open and shut cycles before breaking and needing replacement.

Leave Repairs to the Pros!

Would your garage door not open all the way? Won't it open with a remote? Or, if it is something else, it is time to call for help. The reasons why your garage door opener would not function properly are not limited to the abovementioned list. Other potential causes are far more complicated than those that only professionals can diagnose and handle appropriately. Although troubleshooting can solve some minor issues, doing it yourself on other major problems is not good. You may think you can avoid a costly repair service call, but it is the other way around. Getting help from a licensed technician can get your garage door opener working again in no time. 

The next time you encounter a problem with your residential garage door or whenever you require a garage door opener repair and are not sure you can handle these repairs on your own, trust only the experts. Titan Garage Doors have experienced technicians, fully equipped and qualified to repair or reprogram garage door opener until it is time to replace it. We are ready to get your garage door opener and system back on track quickly, allowing you to go about your daily routine without worrying about your garage door. Rest assured that you can get back on the road in no time! Call (402) 513-0255 today for a free quote on our garage door services.