Today’s modern garage doors allow owners to enter with the mere push of a button. In the past, that was not always the case. Up until the middle of the 20th century, someone had to get out of the car even in inclement weather to open and close it manually.
Advancements in technology have brought a new level of convenience to owners, but like anything with mechanical moving parts, it does tend to break down. Here are some tips on how to troubleshoot garage doors.
When your state-of-the-art garage door does not suddenly work for some reason, do not panic. Nine times out of ten, the source of the problem is very simple. Usually the source of the problem is a faulty part. For example, if the controller does not light up or if you hear a weird sound coming from the motor, then you should check that first.
Remote Control Issue
Boardwalk.com.au notes that about 80% of garage door issues are due to a faulty battery on your remote control. Many remote controls feature a blinking LED indicator that displays a code referring to a specific issue. Check the batteries and note the last time that you replaced them. Consult your owner’s manual to get more information.
Rule Out any Electrical Problems
Failing this, if the remote is working, but the wall unit cannot engage the door, check the electrical wiring in your home. Look for some frayed wires or anything that could cause the issue. Examine the fuse box or the circuit that controls the garage door opener. Often the issue is due to a tripped breaker. All you have to do is reset it or simply replace the fuse if you have to.
Breaker seems fine, but the garage door is still unresponsive? Try turning it off for about a minute and then turn it on again to reset the electrical connection. This usually fixes electrical connection problems.
A word of advice: talk to an electrician if you see any damaged or exposed wiring. It is also a good idea to talk to professional garage door installers to fix any problem that you could not do yourself.