Basics that Can Help you With your Garage Opener Repairs

The garage door is what keeps out all the dirt and the storm. A garage door is a necessity for all garages and along with garage doors, come garage door openers. These door openers are operated by motors and levers. All these parts of a door opener need good care and maintenance to keep them functional and even after that, your garage door opener tends to need repairs from time to time. If you call professionals every time the opener stops working, you would have to shell out a lot of money merely for small garage opener repair. The working of the garage door opener is not that complicated and so, you can easily conduct garage opener repair yourself. There are also some easy tricks that you may want to check those to save you the trouble.

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Garage Opener Repair

Here is The List of Things You Should Check First When your Garage Door Opener Stops Functioning:

  1. Make sure the door opener’s plug is properly connected and check for any connection issues like a damaged wire or a burnt socket.

  2. Check the batteries of the remote. Many time people forget to check it and assume that the door opener is not functioning.

  3. Check the sensor of the remote and the garage door opener. Most of the times the problem is with the sensor.

  4. In case the garage door is stuck, and you need to get your car out, you can pull the red level and open the door manually.

After all these tips do not work, you can establish for a fact that you need garage opener repair. Most of the basic garage opener repair can be easily conducted by homeowners. But for this, the trick is to know the garage door opener machinery well.

Here is a Detailed Summary of How the Garage Door Opener Works:

A typical garage door opener consists of

  1. A power unit

  2. A track

  3. A trolley

  4. A motor

The power unit consists of a power supply that is connected to an electric motor. The shaft of this motor is connected to a pulley with a notch that is connected to a trolley through a belt or a track. This trolley is what is attached to the garage door that opens and shuts the door. This is a basic construction and the drive which governs the complete functioning is decided by the type of the garage door opener.

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Garage Opener Repair

There are 5 Types of These:

  • chain drive

  • belt drive

  • screw drive

  • direct drive

  • jackshaft

The chain drive has a chain that connects the trolley and the pulley which is similar to the chain of a bicycle. The belt drive has a belt in the place of a chain and the direct drive has a motor installed within the trolley itself along a fixed chain. The screw drive has a long screw inside the track to govern the trolley. The jackshaft drive is the only unique one. It has openers mounted on the wall at either end of the torsion bar. Along with all these drives, sensors are connected that lets the user operate the garage door from within the car. These sensors are usual transmitter and receiver type sensors. In some cases, where there is no remote, there is a switch which drives the garage door opener.

Once you get the hang of the complete machinery and working of the garage door opener, it is easy to troubleshoot simple problems. Sometimes it is just a worn-out belt or a lack of oiling. You can also do basic repairs on the motor if you have good knowledge about electric motors. This way, you can conduct garage opener repair all by yourself. In case you cannot get it to work even after that, you can always call the garage opener repair experts.


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