A garage door opener is a motorized device responsible for opening and closing a garage door controlled by switches. Most garage door openers include a handheld control that allows you to simply open and close the garage door from a short distance away.
Over the use of an extended period, a garage opener can start to have problems and break. When this happens, you will start to notice problems such as the garage door not opening with a remote or just stops operating properly.
Understanding Broken Garage Openers
As such, it is important to understand garage openers and how they function so that you can have a rough idea of what is happening to your garage door before trying to fix it.
When you run into problems with the garage opener, you should check your door first to see if the problem lies with the opener or rather the tracks, springs, and rollers of the door. Afterward, test the remote, wall switch, power, trolley carriage, rail, and chains to see if there are any abnormalities.
It is wise to note that before troubleshooting the garage door and opener, you should take measures and precautions to ensure that no one comes under the garage door. You would never know when it might start crashing down, hence we recommend that you work with the garage door down.
Common Causes of Broken Garage Openers
There can be several factors contributing to a broken garage opener. Below are some of the most common causes.
- Extended Use
Regardless of the quality of the garage opener, it is bound to be subject to wear and tear after the many years it has been in use.
- Lightning Strikes
Lightning strikes are known to cause damage to circuit boards, which are the housing that holds wire terminals and light bulbs. When this happens, the remote, sounds, and lights will not function even if the outlet has power.
- Rail and Chain Issues
Rust can accumulate over time which results in additional friction that in turn damages the rail and chain itself. As such, we recommend that you apply lubricant to the rail, especially the area that is in contact with the trolley carriage. A loose or overly tightened chain can also cause problems to the operation of garage doors.
How Can We Help
Other than the above common causes that cause damage to the function of garage doors, many other scenarios can play a part. As such, we recommend that you consider seeking professional help in repairing your broken garage opener. It is best to play it safe, a partially repaired garage door can come crashing down on your car at any time.
New England Overhead Door provides a wide array of services relating to garage doors such as installation and repair work. Our team of professionally trained experts will also explain to you the repair work and conduct a test to reassure you that the garage door opener is fixed before we leave.
Why Choose New England Overhead Door?
With almost half a decade’s worth of experience, we are knowledgeable and able to advise on almost any kind of issue relating to garage doors.