Often times when your overhead garage door won’t open up you may be tempted to keep on hitting the open button on your remote keypad, that can actually do a lot of harm to your garage door. There are a few reasons to why this could be happening to you. Neighborhood Garage Door Services of Atlanta, Georgia wants to let you in on some of these reasons, so take a few minutes to take a look over some of these simple but often overlooked problems.
Is Your Remote Pad Working?
Check out your batteries and make sure that there is no corrosion in the battery compartment, if there is any corrosion it can easily be removed by using an emery board or a file of some kind. Also make sure that the battery terminals are making the proper contact with the batteries, the way to test that is to squeeze them and make sure that they have a spring to them and that they bounce back. Also if needed you can reprogram the remote by following the instructions in the manual, if none of these work then it may be time to replace your remote.
Is The Garage Door Locked?
Sometimes people don’t realize that their garage door opener has a lock feature that is usually located on the interior wall station, this function increases the security on your door when you’re away from home for a while such as vacation. There’s can also be a slide lock on the interior of the garage door, this slide locks into a hole in the vertical track for more additional security to your overhead door. These locks could have been accidentally engaged and if so then the door won’t open at all, so give your door a check over it can keep you from spending a fee on a service call.
Are The Safety Sensors Working Properly?
Overhead garage doors have safety sensors if neither of these sensors are working properly then neither will your garage door remote, there are small LED lights on each sensor so make sure that they are lit. If there is a problem with the sensor or the overhead power unit that LED light will be blinking repeatedly indicating that there is a problem somewhere within the unit. You can try fixing it yourself but if none of these items work then you will need to call a repair professional.
How To Troubleshoot The Safety Sensors
- Try realigning them by hand
- Gently clean them with a soft cloth
- Check for loose or rusted wires
- Check all connection
Is There Anything Broken?
Check all of the springs, cables, pulleys, rollers. Etc. make sure that all parts are intact and not broken or bent out of shape, the springs are the main counter balance to your garage door and they are put under a lot of pressure. If you need to have any cables or springs repaired then you will have to call a professional out to repair that for you because they can be complicated and dangerous to fix, it is best to let a trained and certified professional do that.
Is Your Door Exposed To Cold Climates?
Cold and wintry weather can do a lot of damage to your overhead garage door and all of its parts as well, it can also cause the stripping around the garage door to stick to the door and prevent it from opening.
If snow or ice builds up along the bottom it can freeze to the ground, forcing it open can rip off the bottom seal, it could also destroy the garage door opener causing it to take the top part of the door with it. Start by disconnecting the garage door opener and then use a hair dryer or heater of some kind to melt the snow and ice away from the door, continue to keep the area of the door free and clear from the snow as best as you can.
Should you have any further questions regarding this, be sure to contact Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Atlanta, Georgia. We are here to help you any way we can.