Does your automatic garage door fall all too fast when you lower it?
Does it produce unusual noises while opening or closing?
Most garage door problems don’t necessarily require costly repairs.
In fact, you can easily fix some of these issues sans professional help.
Along with regular upkeep, ensure to keep the following troubleshooting basics in mind so you can easily fix whatever garage door issues you will encounter.
Problem: Everything works well except the lights
Quick fix: Change the light socket
If you think the bulbs are perfectly fine but don’t light up, then the likely problem might be with the light socket.
Change the socket by removing the circuit board.
First, you need to pull out the light cover and remove the light bulb.
Next, disconnect the switch and safety sensor wires and take out the screws.
Lastly, unplug the board.
Once done, remove the old socket by depressing the clip that keeps it in position.
Take out the two wires and put the new socket in place.
Problem: Wall switch works fine but the remote doesn’t
Quick fix: Change the batteries or buy a new remote/receiver
Start troubleshooting by checking if your batteries still work.
If you don’t see any problem with the batteries, more often than not, you need a new remote.
If the model you want is not currently available, a universal remote will suffice.
You may also consider having a new receiver installed.
New receivers nowadays can automatically update old model openers to the new rolling code technology.
All you have to do is plug your new receiver into an outlet adjacent to the opener and run the two wires in the same terminal where the wall switch is connected.
Undoubtedly, this security feature offers added protection against intruders.
Problem: The remote works perfectly fine but the wall switch doesn’t
Quick fix: Change the wall switch and wires
The problem can be attributed to two things: a defective switch or wire.
To effectively identify the culprit, unscrew the switch from the wall and allow the two wires to touch. These wires are low voltage, so electrocution is unlikely.
If the opener works fine, it would be safe to assume the problem is with the switch.
If you have an outdated opener, a cheap doorbell button would be a sufficient replacement.
If you have a newer model installed, it is recommended that you replace it with a model specifically designed for it.
If the opener still doesn’t work after the initial troubleshooting, you can use a small wire and jump those wires at the opener terminal.
If the opener works, the problem is the opener’s wire connection to the switch.
In some instances, the staples holding the wire to the wall can press the wire, and this often leads to a short.
Installing an 18 to 22 gauge wire will prevent a similar scenario from occurring.