Titan Garage Doors Quad Cities was called to a home in Bettendorf, IA, to repair a garage door. The homeowner's garage door would not open, and they heard odd noises from the door opener. We immediately sent a technician, who discovered the issue was the opener's broken gear sprocket assembly. Fortunately, we had an identical sprocket and gear kit in our inventory, so we could fix the issue immediately. We finished the garage door opener repair in under an hour and tested the door to ensure functionality. It was another successful project for us for the week.
Garage door openers are a handy invention that makes life much more convenient. However, to keep it running smoothly, you must perform regular maintenance. Otherwise, it may start behaving oddly. One thing that can happen is that it stops opening the door when you tell it. It can be a problem with the motor, but there could be other causes, like a bent, misaligned, loose track, or dirty or misaligned sensors. Motor problems usually need professional help.
First, check the basics. Ensure that the unit is plugged in and that the door is unlocked. Then, check the batteries in the remote (assuming you are using one). Next, reset the breaker controlling the door opener, as it may have been tripped. Finally, ensure that the door is engaged with the trolley—someone may have pulled the emergency cord.
Do not try to open the door manually when the garage door chain is not moving. It can cause serious injury. Instead, you can detach the door from the trolley by using the emergency cord. Next, identify the problem by checking for a bent or loose track or roller. Any defective part will need to be repaired or replaced. You may also need to spray lubricant on the door rollers.
Start pressing the remote or switch on the wall to check whether your garage door opener is working properly. Next, listen for the motor to start and watch the chain movement. A humming motor with a stationary chain indicates a problem with the motor. A working motor with no chain movement may mean the sprocket needs servicing. Lastly, check the safety sensors to see if they are out of alignment.
It is important to check the safety sensors to ensure they are functioning properly regularly. Both should have a steady light, indicating alignment and proper operation. However, one or both lights may be off or flashing occasionally. It could be due to dirt, cobwebs, or leaves in front of the sensor lenses, so cleaning the lens as necessary is important. Additionally, you may need to realign the sensors until the light is steady manually. It may involve tightening one or both vertical door tracks with a screwdriver or wrench.
The house circuitry or the motor casing may have an electrical disconnection, preventing the door from opening. First, check inside the motor for loose wires. Then, unplug the door opener and tighten any loose wires you find. Also, check the circuit wire for connection problems using a voltage tester.
When your garage door opener hums but the chain does not move, it is imperative to get professional help. It can be the result of a bad capacitor. A test can determine whether or not it needs to be replaced, but the test involves discharging the capacitor, which can be dangerous. Even if the motor works, you should still get professional help if the chain is not moving. The repair may require taking the motor apart.
Is your garage door giving you trouble? Do not worry; it is not just you. Garage doors are vulnerable to wear and tear because of how often they are used. But do not fret; Titan Garage Doors Quad Cities is here to help. We provide garage door opener repair and emergency repair services in Bettendorf, IA. Our skilled professionals and cutting-edge equipment are the best in the business, so you know your garage door is in good hands. Call us now for free estimates.
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