Your garage door goes up, and it goes down. It all happens with the touch of a button when you have an automatic opener. The device that controls the largest moving part of your home is pretty reliable, especially when you consider how little maintenance it requires.
Most people don’t think twice about these ingenious inventions until the garage door doesn’t work as it should. When an opener malfunctions, it’s kind of the pits. True, you can operate the garage door manually (here’s how) if the opener quits working. But, most of us would prefer to let the remote do the work.
New garage door openers are available in various strengths. Large industrial doors require heavy-duty motors. Some residential doors, particularly those made of solid wood, may also require a stronger-than-average opener. All openers work similarly, but there are some important differences between various models.
Garage Door Opener Issues
There are a number of reasons a garage door opener may not be working as it should. There could be a problem with the garage door itself. The opener motor may be malfunctioning, or even the wiring from the house to the opener could be an issue. Even something as simple as a dead battery in the clicker.
Garage Door Issues
Garage doors can weigh up to 400 pounds or more and openers are not equipped to handle that kind of weight. Torsion springs allow even the heaviest doors to be lifted with ease. If you have a broken spring and you try to use the opener, it could cause failure.
Other issues could keep an opener from doing its job, too. Bent tracks, rollers that no longer roll, and other hardware issues that require garage door service, repair, or maintenance. If the garage door itself can’t be opened with relative ease by the homeowner, chances are the openers will have problems, too.
Although there are various sizes of garage door openers, very few are designed to raise and lower hundreds of pounds. They are in place for convenience. And because Vancouver, WA, gets a dose of all four seasons, not getting out of the car in cold, rainy, windy situations is pretty handy!
All door openers need some kind of power to operate. So if your door is acting a little out of the ordinary, there could be an issue with the electricity. Check to see if there’s power throughout the rest of the home. The next step is to check the electrical panel to see if the circuit was tripped.
It could just be the plug worked its way loose somehow or the aforementioned battery in the remote. If it’s anything beyond those obvious problems, you should probably get an inspection with an electrician. It’s worth it just to make sure everything on that end is working as it should.
Experienced Garage Door Opener Professionals
If you think your garage door opener has reached the end of its lifespan, reach out to Ponderosa Garage Doors and Repair. We will inspect the unit to see if it has any life left in it. If it’s time for a replacement, we have several styles and designs to choose from.
Ponderosa Garage Doors & Repair offers garage door opener replacement, repair, and installation in the Southwest Washington & Greater Portland Area. We can help you buy and install the right garage door opener for your residential or commercial property.
Learn more about choosing the right opener for your home or business. Whether you have an overhead door, carriage doors, or swing-up doors, we’ll have the opener that best fits your needs. Reach out to Ponderosa Garage Doors and Repair to see how we can help.
In addition to opener repair or replacement, we also offer free estimates on garage door replacement, repair, and annual service and maintenance. We also offer the “Ponderosa Promise” on all new garage doors and installations. This covers all workmanship, springs, rollers, and other hardware provided by Ponderosa Garage Doors and Repairs.