3 Common Garage Door Opener Malfunctions12/19/2016 Back To Blog
There are a number of reasons why the garage door opener may malfunction. Understanding the cause of the malfunction can make it easier for a homeowner to deal with the problem of a faulty door. In some cases, the opener can be easily fixed while in others the repair work may be complicated and could require the expertise of a professional technician. If you notice the following opener malfunctions, you should call in a technician to get the problem fixed as soon as possible:
1) Misaligned Safety Eyes
The safety eyes are basically the sensors that are positioned at the bottom of the door on either side. Since the 1990s, government regulations have made it mandatory for homeowners to use the safety eyes. That being said, some people have not replaced their garage door opener in decades. If you are one of them, there is a high chance that you may have an opener which does not contain the safety eyes or one where the safety eyes are misaligned. The absence or misalignment of these sensors can create repetitive problems in the movement of the door. Hence, you should seek professional help for correcting this defect if you want to restore the function of your door.
2) A Faulty Receiver
The garage door opener consists of a receiver box that is designed to receive and process signals transmitted by a remote control. If the receiver malfunctions, then the signal will never be processed and passed on to the control box. It is not advisable for you to try to dissect a door opener in the hope of fixing the repair box on your own. It is a fairly complicated component, which is why it requires the attention of a professional technician who has had years of training in repairing different forms of receiver boxes.
3) A Broken Circuit
In order to initiate the movement of the door, the control box of the gate opener must receive the converted signal and then use it to activate a specific circuit. This circuit (like any other circuit) is prone to malfunctions. A broken circuit inside the opener would render the entire device useless. If the circuit fails to activate, then you will not be able to use your remote control to the start the movement of the door. This could lead to a scenario where you are unable to gain access to your garage and move your vehicle outdoors.