DIY Garage Door Opener Inspection

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For an ordinary person, an automatic garage door opener and other household equipment such as gas, water and hydro would be somewhat similar and they would treat them in the same way. But, an expert can easily identify the difference. The fundamental dissimilarity is: garage door is a mechanical device whereas, latter items work for different purposes to keep the home inhabitable.

Though, when closer look has been taken, experts also found some similarities between garage door openers and public utility services. Both are responsible for ensuring reliability and convenience. Garage door opener  just needs a person to press a button in order to open/close it similarly, a television can be switched on/off with a remote. When it comes to dependability, the garage door opener efficiently responds in the same way the light brightens the room.

When any of these equipment stop responding, people would have to face difficulties. Their daily routine tasks might be affected and they particularly have to make sure that things are solved as soon as possible and they can get back to their normal routine and work. In case of the garage door opener, it has been observed that it stops working at the worst possible time and traps car inside the garage.

The thing to keep in mind is that if the garage door stops working, the door opener would not only be the real culprit. Instead, people should have to consider the mechanism, device or the door itself as any of the parts may keep the door immovable. So, to trace the actual problems, people should start with examining the door and look for any of the following indicators to land on the root cause:

  • Damaged rollers
  • Blocked/bent tracking
  • Broken spring
  • Broken/loose cable
  • Door is not aligned properly
  • Door is not opening manually
  • Door has been frozen shut in the winter season

Or else, if the door is opening manually, the problem would lie in the garage door opener. In this situation, people should have to check different aspects of the opener that whether it can be repaired or replacement is the only option.

  • Check for the tripped circuit breaker
  • Reset the unit- unplug, re-connect and try again
  • Change/test remote battery in order to observe a response
  • Check the electric connection

If DIY inspection has not given satisfactory result and people are still unable to find the problem, it is recommended to conslt with the experts and let them work on the project. But, homeowners should have to carefully select a service provider as there are many contractors who only claim to be experts but in reality, they are unable to do so. Following expertise should be considered while appointing a professional for garage door inspection:

  • Fastens support rails as needed
  • Proper tension adjustment for the cables/spring
  • Regulate the close-and-open travel limits
  • Safety precautions for setup and testing
  • Proper electrical wiring for particular standards/codes
  • Create balance between door weight and horsepower