Your door operator is crucial for the safe operation of you garage door. So when you need garage door opener repair services, we’re here to help. Your opener has to pull a lot of weight up and down the tracks. In addition, the opener needs to provide safety features to protect people, pets and property. The opener and the remote can be complex so they are prone to failure. As a result, we get a lot of calls for garage door operator issues. We service all brands including:
Repair Garage Door Opener Components
Your garage door opener is made up of several components providing the functions and safety features required by law. For example, all garage doors must have obstruction detection that prevent closing on people or pets. This safety feature uses sensors to detect an obstruction and prevent closing by reversing the motor. The main parts of a garage door opener system that can be serviced include:
The motor is the core workhorse of any garage door opener system providing the muscle to open and close the garage door. Motors are available with various power ratings expressed in horsepower (hp). For example, many garage doors openers are rated at 1/2hp which is adequate for most residential doors. The electric motor itself provides drive to whatever the door is connected to, opening or closing the door as needed. The electronics associated with the motor tell it which way to move the door. As a result, the motor is a fairly simple part of the system and is easy to test. If the motor doesn’t work, it will need to be replaced. If the control electronics have failed, a new control circuit board may be a possibility.
The remote control allows the opener to be activated from a distance. For example, you may have a remote in one or more cars or mounted on a wall inside the garage. In addition, many openers have coded access remotes for use outside of the garage. Most remotes simply tell the motor to open or close the door depending on the current door position. On a service call, the garage door technician can test if the remote is working or not. Sometimes the remote simply needs a new battery. On the other hand, the remote may be broken and need replacing.
Remote Access Electronics
Some newer garage door openers can be connected to wifi, allowing homeowners to access their doors from far away. The main motor unit will include wifi access electronics allowing control over the internet. This comes in handy for deliveries when you’re not home. For example, if you’re expecting a package, you can have the delivery service call when they’re at your home so you can open the door. When they’ve placed the package in the garage, you close the door and the package is safe. Servicing wifi access can be a little more complex. For instance, the technician will first need to verify that your internet connection is working. With a working internet connection, the technician can then verify the access electronics. If the electronics are at fault, a circuit board replacement may be possible.
Garage door operators use a number of sensors to detect issues that may impact operation. For example, most openers have an optical sensor that is installed across the bottom of the door. The sensor is setup to “see” a sensor on the other side. If something is blocking the path, like a box or a person, the line of sight is broken and the sensor tells the motor there is an obstruction. As a result, the door won’t close preventing any harm or damage. The optical sensors are a fairly common issue. For example, they may be knocked out of alignment or may have debris blocking the line of sight. These sensors are easy to test and realign. If the sensor is defective, it is easily replaced.
All garage door openers are required by law to have a manual release. The release is usually a cord hanging down from the opener shuttle on the track with a pull handle. Pulling the release disengages the shuttle allowing the door to open or close manually. This feature is critical when there is power loss so it should be checked often by the homeowner. If the door won’t disengage from the motor, you should call for service ASAP. It’s likely an easy fix, but it can be a dangerous situation.
Garage Door Opener Repair Experts
Our garage door technicians service all brands of garage door openers and are familiar with the latest technology. As a result, our crew can diagnose and fix your opener system quickly so you can get on with your life. Give us a call to get your opener working again!