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Door Goes Down All the Way, Then Opens Again

One of the most frustrating situations home owner face is malfunctioning garage doors. Garage doors do not fall into the fix it and forget it category. They must receive routinely maintenance and repairs of some sort will be required before the inevitable time when the entire system must be replaced. One of the most common issues is improperly set limit switches.

Limit Switch

A garage door limit switch is responsible for directing your door to raise, lower, and exactly where to stop. When the garage door limit switch is not set correctly it can inhibit the door’s proper functioning. One symptom is that your door refuses to either raise or lower completely. In other cases, it causes the door to reverse its direction on the descent.

The garage door safety feature which is almost always responsible for this common malfunction is the limit switch. This mechanism was put in place to prevent garage door injuries. In most cases, this feature simply needs to be reset to correct this annoying behavior.

Identify Type

The first step it find where your garage door’s limit switch is located. It will be found on its tracks on some models. It may also be found within the opener mechanism. Examine the rear of the motor head to locate the switch or try looking behind the cover for the light bulb lens. The garage door owner’s manual should show its exact location. You will need a flat screwdriver and a ladder to make these adjustments. Follow the precautions listed in the manufacturer’s booklet.

Complete Adjustments

Locate the two white knob switches featuring slots for adjustments and use your flat screwdriver to turn the knobs. To increase the travel distance turn the switch clockwise about ¼ of a revolution and to decrease it turn it counterclockwise.

It should only be turned in very small increments as one complete revolution is equal to 3 inches. Raise and lower your garage door to test your adjustment. Continue this process until you have reached the result to suit your situation. Keep the torsion and weight in mind while making these adjustments.

Door Operation Sensitivity

Lower your garage door while applying pressure to create a bit of resistance. If it fails to reverse, you most likely need to make adjustments to the safety force. This requires you to adjust the down limit screw by turning it clockwise and retest. You will need to repeat this until it functions properly. Be sure to schedule a block of time for this project. It requires patience and anywhere from a few to several hours.

Though these are simple adjustments, they are much more important than they may seem. Your garage door weighs a great deal regardless of its size. Even the smallest doors are extremely heavier. It is important that only experienced individuals be allowed to make any type of adjustments to your garage door. These are serious projects and one little mistake could cause horrible injury.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repair is highly skilled in all garage door areas. This includes professional installation, repair, and maintenance tasks. Give us a call and let us know what your garage door needs are. Our team is also prepared to correct your emergency issue any time 7 days a week.

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Automatic Garage Door Opener Runs but Door Doesn’t Move

One garage door malfunction that is very frustrating is when it will not open. Home owners say that they can hear the motor running, but the opener simply will not operate the door. There are a number of possible causes. It is best to troubleshoot the issue to determine the appropriate solution. This will require a bit of time, but it is pretty simple to accomplish. Busy professionals and families should consider calling in a specialist, if they cannot spare the time.

Emergency Release

The first step is to locate the emergency release and disengage it, do it only if the garage door is completely closed. Detach the opener by pulling the emergency handle downward. The next step is to attempt to open your garage door manually. This will determine if the issue is connected to the door itself or the opener.

If you are able to raise your garage door easily, it is not the problem. This indicates that something in the opener system has malfunctioned. A professional garage door technician will be able to tell you whether it is best to replace the opener or repair the old one.

Rule Out the Opener

The most common opener malfunction is related to an issue with the sprocket or possibly a gear has been stripped. A certified garage door specialist will be able to help you find the best deal on a new opener system with the latest technology. On the other hand, if it is difficult to manually lift your garage door, it may be an issue with the door itself.

  • Check to determine whether the garage door is locked or not. Believe it or not, people panic and become frazzled without realizing that the fix is this simple.
  • Inspect the area around the garage door as well as along the sides and in its track. It is possible that something has fallen into the track. This too is a really simple fix that is often overlooked.
  • Check the garage door springs to see, if they have broken. For double torsion springs, examine the area between both springs for significant gaps.
  • Check to see if anything has loosened and become hung in the springs, if they are located at either end of the garage door. Always call an expert garage door tech to replace your springs. This is an extremely hazardous project.

Other common causes are pulleys which have become jammed and cables that have snapped. Examine the pulley looking for anything that is bent no matter how minute. Inspect your safety cables to ensure that no part of them has fallen down and appears to be dangling. Call a garage door pro, if you are not familiar with repairs in these areas.

Tip: If the emergency release was previously disengaged be sure to reconnect it. Align both trolleys together and it will snap back into place automatically.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repairs  is proud to offer our services to you and your family. We welcome you inquiries and are available to inspect your garage door in order to provide you with the absolute best deal possible. Our team has experience installing, repairing, and performing maintenance on all types of garage doors. Call on us anytime for your dire emergencies 24 hours each day, 7 days each week.

 

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Garage Door Opens/Closes Randomly

One issue that home owners sometimes deal is the garage door randomly opens for no reason at all. This is not a common problem; however, it is not entirely impossible either. While this can be rather frustrating, it can also be dangerous for a number of reasons.

The garage door is a shield or first defense for families and their valuables. It could be disastrous, if your garage door decides to open for no apparent reason. Criminals will have easy access to your property. Worse than that, if it opens while family is resting in bed, criminals will have access to your family.

Inferior Technology

There are a number of reasons why your garage door suddenly opens on its own. Older garage door openers can be activated by the neighbor’s automatic opener. Today garage door openers are equipped with a feature referred to as a rolling code.

Each time you raise or lower your garage door the remote generates a new code to prevent thieves from entering your home. Those which are 20 years old or older were not designed with a large assortment of codes. It is therefore more likely that the neighbor’s remote is the culprit of your garage door’s strange behavior.

There are a number of possible causes and knowing which the culprit is may help identify an appropriate solution. For example, in 1993 garage door opener companies redesigned their products with safety features. One of these is a sensor mechanism and it was added to prevent accidental garage door injury. The sensor eye may need to be cleaned or the beam may be misaligned.

Interestingly enough, older garage door openers from Stanley were engineered with flawed circuit boards. This defect common caused doors to spontaneously open. It is best to contact your local garage door expert to have a modern opener installed.

Other Culprits

  • Power surges from wiring defects may cause this odd behavior as well.
  • Lightning storms are another cause of power surges and odd garage door behavior.
  • Another cause can be items that the opener is stored with, especially plain old traditional junk.
  • In some cases, the garage door opener can be triggered by the frequency that neighboring military equipment uses.

Note: In the event that there is an issue with the wiring, you should contact a professional to inspect the system to resolve it. This includes the garage door system as well as the power source it is plugged into.

Frequency Issue

It is uncommon for anything to accidently activate your garage door opener. This does not mean that it is entirely impossible. There are numerous common devices which can trigger it due to the frequency those devices employ. Below is a list of several; however, it is not all of the possibilities. It does lend insight into the type of devices which do utilize frequencies and therefore may trigger the opener.

  • Neighboring airports
  • Wireless Wi/Fi Networks
  • Radio, TV, and/or Cell Towers
  • Wireless Doorbells
  • Plug-in Transformers like Security Systems
  • Cordless Phones
  • Ham Radio

It may not be possible to figure out exactly why your garage door operates itself.  In most cases, home owners opt to replace the garage door auto-opener system completely, especially if, the system is outdated. Call us at Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repair to schedule your opener installation project today.

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Assessing Garage Door Noises and Resolutions 

Garage doors are designed with many working components and all of them have the potential to cause strange noises. The noise is not necessarily indicative of a serious problem; however, with garage doors it is better to treat it as if it were to be safe. It is all together possible that it could result in a major accident. It is always better to be safe than sorry especially when it concerns family members.

Certain noise causing issues are very simple to correct and just about any do it yourselfer will have no problems implementing the resolution. Others may be somewhat more serious and require consulting a garage door tech. The first step is to try to determine the source of the sound.

Noisy by Nature

The type of garage door that you had installed could be the cause of the commotion. Certain types of doors are designed to be quieter than the rest. Others are just plain noisy by nature. The three basic types of garage door openers are belt, screw, and chain drive. Chain drive are by far the absolute noisiest; however, many home owners prefer them because they also offer many benefits.

Chain drive opener is extremely durable and stand up well in harsh weather environments. There are also very affordably priced. Noisy chain drive openers may be quieted some by lubricating all of the moving mechanisms. While it will dampen it, this will not eliminate the noise completely. Screw drive openers are moderately noisy which can intensify with the years. Home owners prefer belt drive openers because they are the quietest option.

Imbalance

An unbalanced garage door will produce a certain amount of noise. This condition is extremely hard on your garage door. It may cause it to malfunction permanently, if left unattended. Pull the emergency cord to manually operate the door. Lift your garage door to the midpoint of its path. A balanced garage door will remain in place, while one which is unbalanced may fall rapidly.

Hinges & Springs

Hinges and springs alike will produce annoying sounds, if damaged. Worn springs present a garage hazard. In the event that the springs snaps, it could injury someone or kill them. Home owners who discover broken springs should seek professional consult before replacing the springs.

Faulty hinges can also produce quite a racket. Applying lubrication to the hinges generally corrects squeaky issue. Hinges that make a grinding noise may actually need to be replaced. The sprockets and gears within the chain drive opener may be faulty. Contact a garage door specialist or ensure that the power source for the unit has been disconnected before attempting any resolution.

Pulleys & Bearings

Bearings make a ruckus when they become worn and the best fix may be replacing the bearings or the pulley. Replacing the bearings is not a layman’s project. It is best to ask a garage door repair company about this issue. Bent spring coils can be rather noisy and it is important to replace all of the springs at once. Metal rollers can be bothersome as well and replacing them with those made of nylon should rectify this noise.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repair is extremely familiar with all of the possible causes of noises from your door. We would be happy to visit you and inspect yours to determine the exact causes. We offer a wide range of comprehensive professional garage door services. Call us any time to seek emergency garage door history.

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