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When Is a Garage Door Opener Repair Worth Doing?

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When Is a Garage Door Opener Repair Worth Doing?

When the garage door opener stops working suddenly, it could be something very simple. The solution could be easy for any DIY handyman or woman tofix. In this article, we will discuss some fundamental troubleshooting steps for garage door opener repair. If none of these work, it might be time to call the Garage Door Doctor for a professional diagnosis and prescription for repair. In some cases, garage door opener repair might not be cost-effective, and you might need to buy a new one.

Troubleshooting Tip #1 for Garage Door Opener Repair – Nothing Is Working

When the garage door does not move at all with the remote or wall switch, and there is no noise coming from the unit, not even a click, there is probably a problem with power to the unit. Check the wall plug to ensure it is still plugged in securely, then check the fuse box, circuit breaker or the ground-fault circuitinterrupter (GFCI).

When no other electric in the garage is working, chances are it is a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. If the necessity of turning the circuit breaker or GFCI back on or replacing a fuse happens repeatedly, there might be a short circuit, and you should contact an electrician. If other electrical items in the garage are working, call the Garage Door Doctor to find out if you need a higher-level garage door opener repair.

Troubleshooting Tip #2– Remote Control or Keypad Is Not Working

Of course, you know the first thing would be to check the batteries. That’s a given. Check the antenna on the opener to make sure it is not blocked, particularly with older models. If it’s still not working and the wall switch is, the remote might need reprogramming. Check the owner’s manual for instructions, check online or get some help.

Troubleshooting Tip #3 – Door Does Not Close All the Way

All garage doors have a safety switch called the close-limiter switch. Once again, get out the manual and adjust the set-limit switch. Many doors have different adjusting methods; the most often used is a screw that when turned one way or the other allows the door to close farther.

Also, there are safety sensors near the bottom of the door’s track; if either eye gets blocked by debris, the door will not close completely. Or, you might need to grease or oil the garage door rollers, but more frequently the track gets bent. You might be able to straighten it with pliers or a pair vice-grips and not need garage door opener repair

Repair or Replace? That Is the Question!

There are a few occasions when it is better just to replace the opener rather than repeatedly pay for garage door opener repair, such as when the door does not have a safety reverse switch. It has been mandatory for new doors since 1993, so if your door does not have one, it might be time to replace rather than repair. Likewise, if your door is making a lot of noise opening and closing, and it has chain drive rather than a belt drive or screw drive. If the door opener is not equipped with a “rolling code” changer, you should replace it. It’s old and no longer secure. Clever burglars can copy your code. In addition, if it does not have an LCD keypad or battery backup for when the power goes out, it is better to replace it than pay for a garage door opener repair repeatedly.


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