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Common Garage Door Opener Issues

Garage DoorGetting stuck inside or outside of your garage because of a garage door opener problem isn’t a great way to start or end your day. Thankfully, most garage door opener problems can be solved easily. We’ve compiled a list of the most common problems and how to fix them. If you don’t see your garage opener issue on this list, give us a call!

1. Garage Door Remote Isn’t Working

Changing the batteries in your garage door opener will usually solve this problem. Making sure you are close enough to your garage door may also be the solution. Garage door openers rely on radio waves to open and close the door. If you are too far away when you try to use it, the signal may be too weak.

When neither of those solutions works, it’s a good idea to check that the motor for the garage door is plugged in and that the antenna isn’t broke or warped. If none of these solutions solve the problem, your opener may need to be reprogrammed or replaced. You can look up the owner manual online to reprogram it yourself or give Safeway Garage Door a call.

2. The Keypad or Wall Switch Isn’t Working

Lack of power is usually the culprit when the wall switch or keypad doesn’t work. Plugging the garage door’s motor back into the outlet or fixing a blown fuse is usually the solution.

This problem can also occur when the keypad or wall switch needs to be reprogrammed. You can usually do this at home by following instructions in the owner manual online. If none of these solutions works, the garage door’s motor could be burned out. In that case, you will need to have it replaced by a professional.

3. The Door Will Not Close All the Way

Garage Door IssuesDoes the door stop before hitting the ground and then go back up? Often, when this happens, it is because the photo eyes on the door are misaligned. The photo eyes are the safety sensors on the door. They prevent the door from closing on pets, children, and adults. They do this by sensing obstacles in the path of the door and sending a signal to the motor to keep the door open. If you know that nothing is in the path of the door, but it still won’t close, the sensors may need to be readjusted. Manually moving them so that they are facing each other and in line with the door should solve the problem.

4. Remote Works Intermittently

Intermittent problems with your garage door opener may be caused by LED or CFL lights in your garage. These lights can interfere with the radio waves that your garage door opener relies on for the signal to open or close. Switching your lights to name brand lightbulbs (which tend to have fewer problems) or regular incandescent lights should solve the problem.

We hope that this list has helped you. If you don’t see your garage door opener issue on this list, give us a call! The technicians at Safeway can fix it for you! If your garage door opener is from 1993 or before, this might be a good time to upgrade. Safety standards have changed since then. Newer garage door openers are safer especially for homes with pets and children.