You depend on your garage door. When you push the button, you expect the door to open and close properly. However, sometimes garage doors can develop minor problems that can create quite a nuisance. In most cases, these minor issues can be taken care of quickly once you figure out what the problem is. Here are common problems that you might experience with your garage door.

Dead Transmitter Batteries

You've pushed the button on the garage door remote and nothing happens. Before you call the repair technician, take a look at your remote. You might have dead batteries. If you can't remember the last time you changed your batteries, you should do that now. A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries in your remote each time the seasons change. This will ensure that you always have fresh batteries in your remote.

Misalignment of the Photo Eye

If your garage door refuses to close all the way, the photo eye might be out of alignment. There is an invisible beam that shines between both sides of the garage door. When the beam is out of alignment, the door won't close properly. Get down on the ground next to the sensor and make sure that the beam is shining directly into the sensor located on the other side of the garage. If it's not, adjust it either up or down until it is properly adjusted.

Shared Transmitter Frequency

Your garage door used to work perfectly. Now, it seems to have a mind of its own. It's opening and closing without anyone activating it. If your garage door is suddenly opening and closing on its own, ask the neighbors if they've recently installed a new automatic garage door opener. They might be on the same transmitter frequency as you are, which means your door will open and close whenever theirs does. You can fix the problem by changing frequencies.

Blocked Reversing Mechanism

If your garage door is closing partway and then reversing, the reversing mechanism might be blocked. Garage doors have a safety mechanism that is designed to prevent crushing accidents. If something is in the way of the reversing mechanism, the door will not close all the way. Check under and around your garage door for objects that might be in the way.

If your garage door is giving you trouble, use the information provided here to identify the problem. If you continue to have problems with your door, you may need to have the garage door opener replaced or repaired. 

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