There’s nothing more frustrating than pulling into your driveway and hitting your garage door opener while the door remains shut. You think it could be the battery in the remote, something blocking the photo eye, or some mechanical error that’s not the easiest fix. While you’ll still be able to get into the house, you won’t want to go too long without a functioning universal garage door opener.

At Precision Garage Door of Delaware, we’re here to help homeowners in Delaware and North Maryland diagnose a problem with their garage door opener so they can know when to schedule a universal garage door replacement.

Common Garage Door Opener Issues

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There’s a plethora of reasons that your garage door opener isn’t working. You may rely a lot on this opener to park your car in the garage, or to simply get inside when you get home from work. Acknowledging the issue that’s preventing your garage door opener from working properly is the first step, but you’ll also want to diagnose the problem.  Here’s a few common issues:

  • Remote Needs New Batteries: This is an easy fix because all you need to do is replace the batteries. Once the new batteries are in, the door should open once you press the button. If the problem still persists, contact a garage door service specialist to determine if it’s the remote or other factors.
  • The Track isn’t Aligned Properly: In order for your garage door to move up and down, its track has to be properly aligned. You can spot this issue by noticing any gaps between the rails and rollers, or even any bends or dents in the rails. The movement of the door can make these problems worse, so look carefully to see if professional service is needed.
  • There’s Something in Your Garage Door’s Path: This is another common issue with an easy fix. Most modern garage doors have photo eyes as a safety precaution to reduce the risk of injuries from a closing garage door, so it could be something just blocking the eyes.
  • The Springs or Cables are Broken: The springs and cables work to slowly and safely close/open your garage door. This is particularly noticeable when your garage door closes very fast and creates a loud noise when hitting the ground.
  • Your Garage Door’s Photo Eyes are Dirty or Misaligned: If your garage door opens pretty normally, but doesn’t close when pressing the button, there’s a chance it has something to do with the photo eyes. These sensors can easily get dirty, so you can carefully clean them to fix the issue. However, they can also become misaligned, which may require some professional assistance.

Knowing When It’s Time to Replace Your Universal Garage Door Opener

garage door openerAs you’ve read above, there are plenty of issues that can have a negative effect on your garage door opener. However, the more serious issues may involve extensive repairs, or even a full replacement, depending on the severity of the damage.

When there’s an issue that doesn’t have an easy fix, like cleaning a photo eye or replacing batteries in the remote, you can always call us at Precision Garage Door of Delaware. We’ll be able to take a look and diagnose the problem and determine if it’s a simple fix, or if you need a universal garage door replacement.

Having issues with your garage door opener? Give us a call at Precision Garage Door of Delaware. We’re here to help homeowners in Delaware and North Maryland with their garage door issues.