Garage Door Troubleshooting
As a garage owner, you’ll be surprised at what kind of issues you’ll run into from time to time when it comes to the successful operation of your door. After all, a garage door is part of a complex system that can seriously injure you if you’re unaware of all the bells and whistles that accompany using it correctly.
That’s why we created these videos – to help you better understand the operation of your garage door and to help you troubleshoot any common issues on your own.
How to Align Garage Door Sensors
Misaligned garage door sensors are a common issue for homeowners with garage doors that will not close. This is also one of the simplest fixes. The problem occurs when you attempt to close the door, and the lights on both sides of the sensors start flashing.
Ideally, you should see two brightly illuminated lights: an amber one at the back (that’s the receiver) and a solid green light up front (the sender). If that green light’s flickering or missing, it’s time for alignment.
You’ll want to visually inspect the sensors and adjust both wingnuts until they align. Remember, for safety codes, keep these sensors within six inches from the ground—they’re your silent guardians ensuring safety for you and your loved ones!
How to Lubricate a Garage Door
Keeping your garage door in working condition also includes providing the necessary lubrication on all the parts that help open and close it. This is a process you should consider completing every 6 to 12 months. This little act keeps those dynamic components operating smoothly, minimizing resistance and ensuring your door works correctly!
Also, it’s vital to purchase the right product. While WD-40 has been a staple in homes for decades, it is not the best choice for your garage door since it’s a solvent. Instead, you’ll want to buy lubricants made explicitly for garage door components. You can find those in your favorite home center.
When it’s time to lubricate the parts, start with the rollers. Focus on areas where metal meets metal, like hinges, drums, and springs. Give them a gentle dab of lubricant, wiping off any excess to avoid attracting unwanted grime. Next, lubricate the springs, paying particular attention to each rung. Finally, ensure your cabling system and the motor rail also receive lubrication.
Once you’re done, continue to operate your garage door as usual. After about a week, you should notice smoother operation and less noise.
How to Use Your Garage Door Emergency Release Cord
Sometimes, your garage door’s system will seize up, leaving you stranded inside unless you know how to engage the emergency release cord. Luckily, it’s a simple operation you can perform easily.
It’s as easy as a tug to disengage the door from the motor, allowing you to manually lift or lower it—simple, right?
But here’s the twist: rejoining the door to the motor can be a bit like solving a puzzle, depending on your garage door’s mechanism. Some models reset automatically once you operate the door.
However, others might need a bit of finesse. Picture this: you pull that red handle, and there’s a lever or a piece that’s out of place. To reconnect, you’ll need to reset that piece, usually by nudging or pulling the handle towards the back of the garage.
Once you’re sure the lever is in the correct position, use the door’s remote control to bring the trolley back and re-engage the door seamlessly.
Need More Help? Contact Caliber Garage Doors Today!
Caliber Garage Doors is here to help with garage door issues if you cannot use the above troubleshooting tips. There’s nothing wrong with admitting defeat if you can’t fix the problem.
Caliber offers premium garage door repair and services for homeowners who need that extra bit of help. If you’ve exhausted all your options, contact us today to get the help you need.