img6Your garage door is a major part of your home. It takes up a large portion of your house exterior, and it often contains important things like your vehicles, lawn maintenance items, tools, and various other essential belongings. When a garage door in New Jersey malfunctions, it can cause a major disruption in your life, particularly when it occurs during periods of extreme weather.

While automatic garage door openerswill usually operate without a problem, they are subject to ongoing wear and tear with each use.

  • The two repairs that people deal with most often when it comes to garage door openers are problems with the main gear on the opener and the springs.
  • On average, garage doors last about 20 years, though springs generally lasts for 5-10 years or 10,000 cycles.  Springs should always be replaced in pairs.

The need for garage door opener repair or replacement will happen eventually, even with well-maintained doors, but there are certain steps you can take to prolong the life of your garage door opener. Small investments in repair and maintenance now can mean significant savings over time when you avoid large, costly expenses and major repairs down the road.

Before maintaining your garage door opener, you need to familiarize yourself with what kind of system you have. The following types of drives are the most popular on the market:

  • Screw-drive. These systems contain a steel rod that is threaded, and which rotates in order to lower and raise the garage door. These systems are most commonly used on single-piece doors that tilt up to open.
  • Belt-drive. This type of system has an electric motor which manipulates a rubber belt to lower and raise the door. Belt-driven systems tend to be some of the quietest systems available.
  • Chain-drive. Among the most common and cost-effective garage door openers, a chain-drive system uses a chain instead of a rubber belt to lower and raise the door. These drives are durable, but tend to be noisier than the belt-drive systems.

Once you know which kind of system you have, you can then determine what kinds of challenges are common to your particular system and how to spot them. Your best resource is often your owner’s manual, if you can find it or access it online through your manufacturer’s website, but a professional who specializes in repairing automatic garage door openers is often a good choice as well, especially when you are facing a particularly tricky problem or unusual repair.

Common Problems

Here are some of the problems you might encounter most frequently that keep your garage door from operating properly and our recommendation on whether to fix them yourself or hire a professional.

img71) The garage door will raise but not lower all the way. In 1993, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued rules for automatic openers to make them safer. This occurred after 54 children aged between 2 and 14 died due to becoming trapped underneath garage doors equipped with automatic openers. For that reason, every garage door from 1993 onward is equipped with sensors which will detect objects obstructing the door. If your garage will not lower all the way, make sure there is nothing blocking the sensor or that the sensor is aligned properly. It can sometimes become jostled when you are moving things around in your garage and become misaligned.

If this does not fix the problem, you may want to have your close limit switch evaluated and adjusted. Rissland recommends contacting someone to do garage door opener repair to fix the problem.

2) The remote control does not work. Often, this kind of malfunction is a simple fix. First, make sure you are close enough to the door that it senses the remote. Also note that your motor is equipped with an antenna that should be hanging down and not obstructed, or it will have trouble detecting the remote as well. Finally, check the battery in the remote – it may be time for a replacement. If all else fails, you will want to contact a professional to evaluate the remote or the opener, as there may be a faulty part involved, such as the transmitter.

3) The wall switch does not work. If your remote works but your wall switch does not, then there is a good chance that there is a problem with the wiring. This sort of repair should be done by someone who specializes in fixing wiring issues with automatic garage door openers.

4) The motor is going but the door is not moving. There are a number of potential causes for this: you could have a worn out gear that needs to be replaced, or the belt or chain may have disengaged or become broken. If you are unable to spot the cause yourself, you should have a professional come and take a look at it.

What other issues have you encountered with your garage door opener? Did you fix them yourself, or did you need someone to come and help you? How was your experience in getting the repair done?

If you address these small types of issues early, you can avoid a bigger repair down the road. You should also contact a professional like Rissland Garage Door Company on an annual basis to perform basic maintenance. They do things like check your belts and gears, lubricate your system where needed, and look for signs of wear and tear that could become a problem so that we can fix it before it causes you any inconvenience. If you want to hear more about our garage door opener repair services and our maintenance plans, contact Rissland today. Theycan keep your garage door running so that you can have peace of mind.