The average modern home is equipped with garage doors that can be opened and shut with a remote-control garage door opener. Most of us have come to rely on the ease and convenience provided by these small gadgets. However, the day may come when your garage door opener suddenly stops working. The advice below will help you to address this problem.

            How Does A Garage Door Opener Work?

            Garage doors, weighing approximately 300 pounds, put a great deal of wear on the torsion spring—the long, coiled spring that runs horizontally above the door. The strain applied to the spring is the most common cause of failure.

            When you push the button on the appropriate remote control, a radio code commands the motor of the garage door to operate. The motor immediately engages the drive system. The drive system, an essential part of every garage door opener, provides extra power and guidance for the tension spring. There are three types of drive systems, each with a unique method of operation:

  • Screw drives. Screw drives employ a long steel rod to pull or push the door into position as the rod turns.
  • Belt drives. Belt drives use rubber belts to lift and lower the door.
  • Chain drives. Chain drives, the oldest system in use, use a chain much like the chain on a bicycle to control the garage door.

            Troubleshooting Garage Door Issues

            If you pull into your driveway after a long day at work and find that no matter how many times you push the remote, the garage door won't budge, don't panic. The problem is likely to be small and easy to fix.

  • Does your remote actually work? Check to see if the wall unit will open your garage door. If it does, your problem is solved: the batteries in your remote have died. Some remotes display a blinking LED light when the batteries are dead.
  • Check your electric box. The electric box, also known as the house breaker box or the fuse box, is the next place to check. If the breaker is tripped, turn it back on. An easy way to tell if the breaker is tripped is to check for misalignment in relation to the other breakers.
  • Check the sensors. Newer models of garage door openers use safety sensors to prevent the door from shutting when there is an obstruction in its path. Ensure that the sensors, located on opposite sides of the door, are in alignment. If they are not, reposition them.

When All Else Fails

If none of the above methods work, you should contact an overhead door opener specialist, such as All Kind Door Services Ltd. Hiring a professional will help you avoid damage to your garage door and a stream of headaches and complications that may follow.