5 Troubleshooting Tips For Garage Door Openers

This will cover 5 troubleshooting tips for garage door openers. For the most part, garage door openers are simple device, but they can have problems like any other mechanical device. Most of the troubles you can have are the result of a simple problem that can be fixed quickly and easily. If these tips do not cover the problem, consult your owner’s manual or call the help line.

  1. Garage door opener does not operate at all. This is the first troubleshooting tip for garage door openers. If the garage door opener does not operate at all from either the remote or the wall switch, the first thing to check is the power. Make sure the unit is plugged in. If it is plugged in then check to see if a circuit has tripped. If all of this checks out then check to make sure your safety beams are reading properly.
  2. The door will not open or close all the way. The troubleshooting tip for garage door openers is about the same for all makes and models. For this problem, it is either going to be a limit switch that needs moved or an adjustment to the force settings. If you have a model with limit switches, you will need to locate them. Measure the distance that the door needs to move and move the limit switch the same amount on the rail. For instance if the door stops six inches before closing then move the limit switch closes to the door six inches toward the door and retry. Keep moving the switch until the door closes. If your model does not have limit switches, you will have to adjust the force. Locate the force adjustment knobs on the housing of the unit.
  3. The door reverses immediately after it hits the floor. The problem here is going to be the force adjustment. Again, this troubleshooting tip for garage door openers requires you to locate the force switches on the motor housing. Turn the down force back a little. Remember slight movement of the knob is all that is needed.
  4. The garage door does not open all the way. This is the same troubleshooting tip as before except that you will be adjusting the close force knob this time. You will want to add a little force.
  5. The remote will not operate the door. This troubleshooting tip for garage door openers should also be an easy fix. First, check to see if the door will operate with the wall button. If the wall button operates the door then you need to replace the battery in the remote.
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