There are few things, like pulling up to the garage door at your home and it refusing to open, that really aggravates me. Other than not opening, a malfunctioning garage door opener can cause all sorts of problems, including:
- A door that goes down all the way, then straight back up.
- A door that opens and closes at random.
- A door that closes very quickly, often with a bang.
- An opener that runs but doesn’t open the door.
Types of Garage Door Openers
Garage door openers are available in 3 types:
Chain Drive – Chain driven openers feature a bike-style chain that is slightly slacked when the door in the open position – by at least an 1/2″ above the T-rail. To date, these openers are the oldest, and most popular of the three.
Belt Drive – Belt driven openers feature a Kevlar polymer body, molded into nubby teeth on one side, which rotate through a gear to pull the trolley. The quietness of these openers make them an extremely worthwhile investment.
Screw Drive – Screw driven openers are much quieter than chain driven but nosier than belt driven openers. These openers require much less maintenance than the other options and priced lower than belt driven openers.
Troubleshooting the Opener
Fortunately, troubleshooting your opener is pretty straightforward, despite the differences in openers. First, and foremost, you’ll want to check the batteries in your garage door opener remote. Nine out of ten times, this is the reason for an opener not working, and opening the door for you.
Beyond testing and replacing the remote’s batteries, there is little that you as a homeowner can or should do. Garage door opener repair is NOT a do-it-yourself type of project – no matter how skilled you may be. Always call a professional garage door repair company to handle your opener’s repair.
The Importance of Safety Checks
Routine safety checks, along with comprehensive maintenance measures, can go a long way in ensuring your garage door opener functions optimally. The International Door Association, recommends setting aside a few minutes each and every month, to give you door and opener a visual inspection.