DOES IT SEEM LIKE YOUR GARAGE DOOR HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN? HERE’S WHAT TO DO!

Does your garage door open and shut randomly? There are a number of common reasons this is happening:

  1. Test the transmitter frequency. Your neighbor’s remote has perhaps inadvertently been programmed to the same exact frequency as yours. If so, first erase the remote control from the memory of your garage door opener, and then reprogram the remote control and keyless entry.
  2. Look at the transmitter. It could be wedged under something that accidentally depressed your remote control mechanism. In other words, somewhere, there’s a button stuck. The transmitter might be sitting under some things you forgot you left in your car, or under something else you left nearby. If the LED light by the learn button is continually flashing, then your garage door opener is getting a steady signal from the remote control. (You’ll find the learn button above the antenna wire that’s hanging from the motor head, or underneath the light cover. It’s either green, red, orange, purple, or yellow.) Remove the batteries from your remote, and if the light stops flashing, then the issue is a stuck button.
  3. If neither of these is the problem, you may have a short in the wall-mounted door control, which means that unwanted signals are being sent to the garage door opener or to the logic board (i.e., the circuit board).
  • If the garage door opener activates all by itself while the wall-mounted door control panel wires are disconnected, you’ll likely need to replace the receiver logic board.
  • If the opener does not activate by itself while the wall-mounted door control panel is disconnected, then, in all probability, the answer is to replace the wires to your wall-mounted door control panel.
  1. Besides a possible short in the logic board, there might be a short in the wall button wiring, the wall button, the wired keypad, the garage door opener remote, or there are some other electronic problems.
  1. Your remote may be emitting random signals. This is often a sign that the batteries are almost worn out, or that your remote is defective.
  1. Believe it or not, it’s true: A CB radio, police radio, local radio station, or radio tower can all make a garage door close and open all by itself.

Do It Yourself

There are additional issues you can probably solve on your own. If your garage door ever goes on the fritz, there are many possibilities for the troubles you’re encountering:

Does your garage door not open with your remote? There are several reasons for this problem. 1. You could be out of range from your garage door. 2. Maybe you need to recharge or replace the batteries. 3. The garage door motor’s antenna is possibly damaged, or it is blocked from the signal. 4. Your remote requires reprogramming.

Does the garage door opener run a few seconds, yet it turns off? Often this will occur on older garage doors. The garage door is closed, and the garage door motor attempts to lift it, yet it still won’t budge. First, examine the springs. If the springs are not broken, then inspect the track for any tiny obstacles or grime. If neither of these is the issue, check to see if your garage door is the type that has a built-in lock that’s unintentionally engaging.

Does your garage door opener run, but the garage door still doesn’t open? If there’s a power outage, your garage door opener has a disconnect switch, so that you can open or shut your garage door manually. This switch is generally attached to a knob or rope, which can sometimes mistakenly come unhooked. Close or open your garage door all the way, and then securely reattach the hook. Now your transmitter should return to normal.

More Complicated Issues, Requiring Expert Attention

Does your garage door go only part of the way down, yet open again? A garage door is designed with a reversing mechanism to keep it from crushing an object in its path. The reversing instruction is triggered by any item that’s blocking the garage door’s path ~ a garbage can, a bicycle, or a box, for example. Another likely possibility is that there is a build-up of debris on the tracks ~ grime or a minute object ~ which prevents the rollers from moving. For proper repairs, you’ll need the expertise of a garage door repair professional in Mcdonough.

Did your garage door slam down, making a loud bang? You probably have a broken garage door spring, which isn’t properly offsetting the garage door’s weight. Or, the cables could be broken. Either way, this is serious. Call a garage door repair technician.

Your garage door track might have gotten out of alignment. This is also a major problem. When the metal track isn’t in alignment, the garage door won’t move at all. Look closely for any gaps between the rail and the rollers, and find out whether there are any bends in the rails. The garage door’s substantial weight will eventually worsen all these issues, so don’t procrastinate! Your garage door is bound to grow increasingly dangerous. It’s time to hire a garage door repair expert.

It’s not a good idea to attempt to adjust the garage door yourself, unless you’re an engineer! If your garage door is not properly serviced, the garage door springs can go directly through the wall! What’s more, there’s the possibility of serious injury, and even death. The garage door cables, bottom brackets, and drums probably require adjusting also. It’s just not worth it to take any avoidable risks. Unless you already know what you are doing, then your best bet will be to hire a local garage door repair specialist. If you live any place in McDonough, Georgia, then you ought to consider a reputable garage door technician you can rely on, such as a garage door repair mobile specialist on staff at McDonough Garage Door Repair, where free consultations are available.

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