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Garage doors generally face a lot of abuse over a year. Between bumps and dents, wear and tear, and general environmental exposure, the average garage door can begin to have problems after only a few months of habitual use. Luckily, many of the most common garage door problems can be fixed with just a little effort.

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Remote Doesn’t Work

The most common problem with most garage doors is a broken remote. Homeowners can get the door to open manually or by using the wall unit, but the remote has stopped working. Most of the time, this is the result of a worn-out battery, but occasionally there has been a miscommunication between the remote and the opener.

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Some units come with an option to reset the frequency of the remote, and homeowners can do this by following the instructions in their user manual. Sometimes the remote has been damaged beyond repair. In these cases, simply replacing the opener’s wall unit and remote can fix the problem.

Refuses to Close

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If the garage door refuses to close, there may be a few possible explanations. The most common reason is the safety mechanisms for the door have been tripped. There may be something blocking the photosensors that monitor individuals or items in the door’s path.

These photosensors may also be malfunctioning due to a power interruption. Check the wires and connections to see if there is a power problem or if a blockage is preventing the door from closing.

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Refuses to Open

The opposite problem can be equally annoying. Garage doors that refuse to open can trap cars and appliances in the garage. Check to make sure whether the problem is with the opener or the garage door itself. Attempt to manually open the door by disengaging the opener and pushing the door up.

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If the door does not open or resists manual force, there may be trouble with the springs or the door’s alignment on the track. Try adjusting the spring tension or realigning the door. If the door still resists manual lifting, a professional may need to come in to rebalance the door.

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The motor on the Opener Won’t Engage

If the door opens fine with manual manipulation, the problem may rest with the opener. First, check to make sure that there is power getting to the opener. The unit should be plugged in and there should be indicating lights to show that it is receiving power. If the motor is making noise but the door isn’t lifting as it should, the opener may not be fully attached to the door.

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The chain that connects the opening unit to the door should be fully attached and should pull the door up. If the unit is properly attached, but there is still no movement, the drive gear may be stripped or there may be another problem with the opener’s engine. It may be necessary to replace the opener.

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Most of these common problems can easily be solved without the assistance of a properly trained and licensed garage door technician. By troubleshooting the problem and attempting to locate the exact nature of the garage door’s issue, most homeowners can save money as they fix the problem themselves.

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