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Causes of Faulty Garage Door: Springs, Disconnect Switch

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common reasons why your garage door might be failing to operate. There are several possible culprits in a faulty garage door, some of which will cause operational issues, others of which will cause safety concerns, and still others of which will cause both simultaneously. 

At Overhead Door Company, we offer robust garage door repair and maintenance services throughout Utah, ensuring your door is both safe and fully operational at all times. What are some of the other possible reasons your door might be having issues, and what can be done about it — either by you or by our garage door repair specialists? Let’s dive in.

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Broken Garage Door Springs

A broken garage door spring is one of the most common reasons why your garage door will not open. If your springs are more than ten years old, it’s a good idea to replace them, as they can start to weaken and break over time.

While some homeowners may be tempted to attempt this sort of fix on their own, we strongly recommend against this unless you have specific garage door repair training. The risk of serious injury while working on your garage door springs is high; in the event that one breaks while someone or something is underneath the door, there could be serious injuries or even fatalities.

Improper Open and Close Limit Settings

Garage doors will be set up with open and close limit settings, which tell the door opener how far the door should move before it’s fully opened or closed. If these settings are too high, the door will not be able to open or close, and if they are too low, the door may jam when opening or closing.

If you’ve just had your garage door repaired and it won’t open all the way, this is likely what’s going on. We can adjust these settings to get your door back into proper working order.

Garage Disconnect Switch is Enabled

Another possible cause of a non-operational garage door is the enabling of the disconnect switch, which serves to shut off power to your garage door opener. This is a safety feature that is usually enabled during any sort of repair or maintenance work on your garage door, including adjustments to the open/close limit settings we discussed above.

If you hear the garage motor running as it normally would when you press the button, but it will not move, locate and toggle off the disconnect switch (our pros will help you find it if needed).

For more on how to deal with a faulty garage door by recognizing its causes, or to learn about any of our garage door repair or maintenance services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.

Causes of Faulty Cache Valley Garage Door: Simple Issues

There are a few components in any home or building that owners can’t afford to go without for even a day or two, and a good example here is a working garage door. A garage door that won’t open or close properly, or is undergoing safety issues while doing so, will not allow for basic security and protection of the structure – luckily, though, the problems that tend to cause these results are easily identifiable and simple to fix in most cases.

At Overhead Door Company, we’re here to help with these and many related needs. We offer comprehensive garage door repair and garage door maintenance services in Cache Valley and other parts of Utah, ensuring that certain potential garage door issues never take place in your home or building – and, in rare cases where issues are already present, that they’re handled properly and affordably. What are some of the top potential causes of a non-working garage door, and what can you do to avoid or remedy each of them – either on your own or with the assistance of our pros? This two-part blog series will go over a primer.

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Transmitter Issues

A vital component in any garage opener system is the transmitter, which sends the signal to your garage door to open and close when needed. There are a couple things that might be going on with the transmitter:

  • Dead batteries: One of the most common culprits here is also the simplest to fix: The transmitter batteries are dead. Batteries for in-car transmitters last a while, but not forever – they’ll eventually wear down and die. If your wall-mount transmitter is still working but your in-car transmitter is not, replace the batteries for the latter.
  • Other problems: Other transmitter issues are also possible, including trying to use the transmitter while you’re too far away from the door. There can also be antenna, obstruction or blockage issues contributing here.

Track Alignment

Garage doors open and close via a metal track, and this track must be aligned properly. If there are gaps, bends or other problems here, opening and closing will be tougher or even impossible in some cases. If you notice any of these problems, contact our team for immediate repairs.

Photo Eye Concerns

Garages also use a photo eye sensor, one that recognizes if objects or people are in the area below the door as it closes – and stops it from closing if this is the case. The simplest issue here is eyes that are out of alignment – there are eyes on each side of the door, and they need to connect to work properly. This is usually something you can adjust on your own.

For more on the common causes of a non-operating garage door, or to learn about any of our garage door repair or preventive maintenance services in Cache Valley, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.