How to prevent issues with your garage door?

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How to prevent issues with your garage door?

How to prevent issues with your garage door?

A lot of times, it’s easy to feel you’ve been cheated when your garage door won’t function as it ought to. But the truth is sometimes, the reason for all the hitches you experience may be quite minute and definitely not the insurance kind. Some of the persons who specialize in garage door repairs have honestly seen them all. It’s quite like the law of cause and effect, if there are live rounds in a revolver and the safety is off, firing would only take squeezing the trigger. So if everything is intact with your garage door, you won’t experience a lot of issues.

Some issues like natural disasters cannot be averted and this is why we have insurance policies. At other times, it isn’t necessarily about the parts or the structure of the garage door because everything depreciates with time but a lot of people willfully let these parts to fall into disrepair when they do not look out for them or run checks as they ought to. Some issues can be averted with the right care and maintenance. Let’s look at some of the common problems to look out for and the major ways to prevent these issues with your garage door.
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Regular Checks

A lot of the issues you may be having with your garage door could have been arrested at an earlier time with regular checks. If you start to hear squeaking when you open or close the door, chances are that a lot of friction is ongoing and you should get it checked and lubricated properly. At other times, you may experience a reversal when you want the door closed, ignoring it could lead to an outright failure in the future. It’s really like owning a car. You would have to run a check every day before driving out otherwise you run the risk of your car stopping in the middle of the road. Observing regular checks on your garage door will help you determine the problems you may be facing and whether they’re such that you could handle or reserve for an expert.
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This is pretty obvious right? But a lot of times, it isn’t something you think of at first when you encounter a problem with your garage door. Just like every electrical appliance which needs electricity or power, the garage door remote control or transmitters need live batteries to function. If the batteries are dead, there won’t be effective communication between the transmitter and the remote control and as such your garage door won’t open. If your remote isn’t working, you may be hitting the button when you are out of range or the batteries could be dead. So make sure you turn into your driveway before you hit the button. If this still doesn’t work, you may need to change the batteries.

Try checking if your batteries are still live in your transmitter. Then try opening the garage door with the transmitter on the wall in your garage. If it opens, then chances are that the batteries in the car transmitter are dead so you need to change those. Where it does not open the garage door, you might need to change the batteries in the transmitter on the wall. This is quite easy and is like changing the batteries on your remote. Some transmitters are screwed in so you may need a screwdriver to get it open. Just make sure the batteries align when inserting new ones so you don’t get to think there’s some other problem with your garage door.

Sometimes you may notice that your garage door keeps opening and closing even when you don’t hit the remote. This may seem a bit odd and creepy but a lot of things could cause this. Your remote could be stuck underneath something that keeps hitting the button so you’d need to make sure it isn’t and rule this out. Your neighbors could be operating on the same frequency as yours so when they drive by, their transmitter opens their garage door as well as yours. Where this is the case, you would need to work on getting your frequency changed. Where you have tried all these and still haven’t found a remedy, you may need to reprogram your transmitter. The procedure to do this isn’t the same for all garage door models and you’d need to find that which is peculiar to your door. It could be as simple as pressing and holding the learn button on the transmitter until the light begins to blink. Then you could hit the button on your remote to reprogram it.

Faulty eye sensor

Remember when you were all kids and you would race yourselves anytime the garage door was about to close? You’d hit the close button and try to get underneath as quickly as possible before the door came down. We’ll with the garage doors currently in circulation, that would be impossible to do. Definitely not because you aren’t fast enough but because if the photo eye sensor catches a glimpse of you trying to get past, the door will be reversed. It’s more like a fail safe. Due to the fact that there have been a lot of instances where garage doors close in on people or pets or even properties, the photo eye sensor is more of an innovation to monitor any thing that may be in the garage door’s pathway so as not to crush it. It is quite the welcome innovation but it could also get faulty.

Sometimes, when your garage door won’t close, it could be because of the photo eye sensor. It could be blurred or in some insane case, an insect may have built a nest shielding its view. So if the eyes are dirty, you could try cleaning them but you’d have to be gentle to avoid scratching and permanently distorting the view. Sometimes even when the eyes are clean, you may still encounter difficulties getting the garage door to close if the photo eye sensors aren’t aligned properly. Since they are two in number, they have to be facing the same direction which is at the garage door and also at the same angle. Where they are off and not pointing in the same direction, either of them would assume the other eye isn’t functioning and that will cause the garage door to remain open. You could use levels to get them to point at the same angle. Where you are experiencing difficulties getting them to align, you may need to call the attention of the experts. When they are properly cleaned and aligned, your garage door will work perfectly. Again, regular inspection would reveal any insect nests and dirty eye sensors you may have.

Winter weather

So there are some problems you could encounter with your garage door during the winter and of course this is as a result of the cold and wet season. If your garage door refuses to open, it could be a challenge where you need access to your car in an emergency situation. So first of all, check to see if your rollers have been insured. It’s easy to gloss over this bit but in a bid to prepare for the winter season, make sure your rollers are insured with your insurance company so that in the case of a thunderstorm and a tree is lunged in the way of your garage door and eventually damages your rollers, you won’t be left with a very expensive bill. A lot of times, the rollers could get stuck or stiff as a result of the cold weather and may refuse to open the garage door. In such instances you should try to lubricate the rollers so they respond better.

Another thing to look out for is electricity. Most often, the power is cut off during thunderstorms and this could be a problem where you can’t access your car. Some garage doors have the option of disabling power and using it manually but others do not. Some even have the option of replaceable batteries where the power goes off. This is what you need so you can avert being denied access to your car. Winter could be a tad tricky for your garage doors but make sure to keep your rollers lubricated and a backup battery.

Opening and Closing the Garage doors

Sometimes, your garage door may not open all the way or may close but not completely and this may pose a problem. Basically both of them have similar causes. When this happens, you would need to check your rollers. You could have damaged rollers or they could be rusty hence the clog in rolling the doors up or down. Where they are damaged, you will need to replace them. If they are rusty, then try to lubricate them properly.

Where your garage door does not open or close fully, it could also be as a result of the limit switch. Every garage door has a limit switch which detects how far up or down the door should go. Where it doesn’t close properly, the switch could be too far up and you’d need to adjust it so the door closes. The same thing happens when it does not open completely. Sometimes, when the door closes all the way and immediately reverses and goes back up, it may be because the door is closing faster than the motor thinks it should and hitting the ground way before the time. This could make the door think there’s something in it’s pathway and so it reverses the movement. Of course adjusting the limit switch would remedy this. Adjusting it could be done with the screw on the motor unit. This would enable you move it appropriately until your door closes or opens completely whichever may be the case.
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Track Alignment

So you know the rollers on your garage doors run on tracks from top to bottom. If the rollers miss these tracks then your door could be stuck forever. Sometimes operating garage doors with this problem may be very dangerous. Where you hear some hissing sounds when the door gets to a particular spot or the door slows down, it could be because it has indeed missed its track. Usually where this happens and the door is still moving, it is something you could tackle on your own however where the door seems stuck and won’t move because the track is misaligned, then you would need to seek the help of an expert as this isn’t something you can handle on your own. Where you intend to repair or align your tracks, you will need to loosen the screws on that track and tap it to alignment. If your tracks can’t be aligned and are beyond repair even by a professional, you may need to install new tracks.

Tracks are limited

It has already been mentioned that where the photo eye sensors detect movement or an object in the pathway of the garage door, there will be a reversal and the door won’t close. Sometimes it could be that there are toys that were left unattended when the door was open or a maybe debris from mud or sand or any other thing. At other times, it could be a mess created by pests or rodents and this needs to be checked to avoid further damage. This could also be the reason why the rollers are stuck in the tracks. You would need to inspect the pathway of the tracks to see if there’s any buildup there and also check to see if there’s anything blocking the photo eye sensors. You should also try to clean up the tracks once in a while to avoid such problems with the garage door.

These are some of the common problems that plague garage doors and though it isn’t exhaustive as there are a lot more, these should be looked out for. Oh and where you can’t find the appropriate DIY method to resolve the issue, contact your installer or a professional.
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