There are ways to tell that your opener has become faulty and needs repair. If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time to install a new garage door opener:

• Your garage door seems to spontaneously open and close.

• When you close your garage door, it does not entirely shut.

• When you want the door to open, it doesn’t respond when you either use the button on your remote or the switch mounted in the garage.

• Sometimes, you find that you need to hit the open or close button multiple times before the door begins to respond to you.

• You have started to hear strange noises that were never present before, during the garage door’s operation.

• When you close your garage door, it proceeds to close partially, then reopen itself.

What Is A Garage
Door Opener?

A garage door opener is a component that automates the process of opening or closing your garage door. It comprises numerous components that work together to create the seamless process flow that the doors have.

There are several different garage door opener types. While they have their unique attributes, they do share one primary feature. This trait is the presence of a garage door motor that moves the trolly. The garage door trolly is connected directly to the door, and its activation causes the door to open and close. The trolly runs along the garage door track to achieve this outcome.

Though the system is built to provide a level of automation, there are several reasons that you may want to open and close the door manually. For this reason, the garage door opener system tends to include an emergency release cord. Using this feature allows you to disconnect the door from the electrical mechanisms that drive it. Once you have done so, you may then open and close your garage door by hand.

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Common Problems of Garage Door Openers

When your garage door opener begins to go out of whack, you can call in a professional to look at what is happening and he’ll decide whether you need to repair your current garage door opener or install a new one all together. While several different things can affect your opener, the following problems are the most common.

- misaligned sensors

The garage door sensors help protect you from harm and property damage by only allowing the door to close when the path is clear. To this end, a photo-eye sensor sits on each side of the garage door, and an invisible electric beam crosses the two. The door can only close when the said beam runs from one side to the other.

Misalignment of the garage door sensors causes the invisible beam to stray from its natural position, giving a false blockage signal, causing the door to either not close when it should or to close when something or someone is blocking the path. As you can imagine, this creates a safety concern that could result in serious injury. To learn more about how to align your garage door sensors, Click Here.

- The Remote, Keypad or Wall Switch Isn’t Functioning

Switches or button-based components that interact with the garage door opener can also present a problem.

First, there is the garage door opener remote. This device is one of the most convenient, as it allows you to easily open and close your door as you are ready to go through it. Having the garage door remote is especially useful when you want to enter and exit your garage from your vehicle’s comfort. Unfortunately, the buttons or the internal wiring can go haywire, or the wireless signal can be interrupted by other devices or remotes on the same frequency.

Next, there is the matter of the garage door opener keypad. This component serves as a security system that requires a code before the door can open. As is the case with any electronic part, the buttons or the wiring responsible for carrying signals can cease functioning properly. When this happens, the garage door keypad stops serving its intended purpose effectively.

Finally, the garage door wall switch can be a problem. This mechanism is meant to provide an alternative that lies on the wall of the garage. Unfortunately, the garage door opener wall switch wiring can stop transmitting signals the way it’s supposed to, which manifests as a problem opening the door. Typically, a garage door wall switch replacement is needed to fix this.

- Broken Gear

A broken gear is another potential problem for a garage door opener. The gear connects the motor to the chain or belt, which is crucial to the door’s smooth movement. When it becomes defective, the turning motion can no longer work effectively. Any garage door opener type can yield this issue, and this includes opener types, such as:

• Chain Drive Garage Door Openers

• Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

• Wall Mount Garage Door Openers

- Garage Door Doesn’t Close Completely

When this phenomenon happens, it is often due to a garage door limit adjustment problem. The door has a switch mechanism that tells the opener when it should stop moving. If your garage door either doesn’t open all the way, doesn’t close all the way, or closes and immediately opens again, it may be a problem with the garage door limit setting.

- Opener Reversing Feature Doesn’t Work

The opener reversing feature is crucial, as it allows the door to stop closing and reverse if anything or anyone is blocking its path. When this doesn’t work, it understandably creates a huge safety concern. A routine garage door safety check can identify this problem by using an object to test the door’s reaction.

- Emergency Release Is Pulled Down

The garage door emergency release cord disengages the opener so you can move the garage door by hand. Therefore, you may find that the garage door won’t open when you try to use buttons such as those on your remote while the release is active.

Types of Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers come in a few different varieties and we install them all. The mechanisms involved and how they work together determine which of the three you have.

Chain-Driven Garage Door Opener

This inexpensive garage door opener type uses a metal chain that drives the trolly, resulting in the garage door's opening or closing. While it is noisy, it garners much favor among homeowners who are not affected by the noise, thanks to its low price tag.

Belt-Driven Garage Door Opener

Instead of a chain, the belt-driven garage door opener makes use of a rubber belt to slide the trolly. The material makes for smooth and quiet operation, and it requires less maintenance than the chain-driven alternative.

Wall Mount Garage Door Opener

This style, also known as a jackshaft garage door opener, tends to be mounted on either the garage door opener's right or left side. The other alternatives highlighted sit overhead. Jackshaft openers raise and lower the garage door using its connection to the torsion bar. Commercial garage doors and residential high lift garage doors tend to be the man contexts where you can find a jackshaft opener installed.

Brands We Work With

When we are installing a new garage door opener, we always stick to Liftmaster. However, our technicians are licensed and qualified to do repair jobs on Chamberlain, and Craftsman openers as well. Our focus on these brands comes from the fact that they all meet a very high-quality standard.

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Why Trust Us as Your Professional Garage Door Repair Company?

Zionsville Garage Door Repair is always going to complete the job correctly when installing your opener. Additionally, we remain acutely aware of the safety standards that go into the process to use them as a benchmark for our work.

As professionals, we ensure that all our technicians are professional, licensed, and experienced. Therefore, we can save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run, as an underhanded job could yield headaches and unwanted common garage door problems that could affect other components of your garage door such as springs, cables or rollers. Trust us to install your new garage door opener and have your garage door opening smoothly the way you’ve always wanted!


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