If you own or rent a home, and have a garage door you have probably had, or will have a problem with it. Garage doors can be problematic. Sometimes they won’t go up, other times they refuse to go down. It is possible, however, to fix some of the minor issues that are preventing your garage door from working well, and the best part is for some things, you can do it yourself.
These simple tips will help you determine if you need to hire a garage door repair professional to do the work .
Many garage door problems are related to automatic garage door openers. If your door will not open start by checking to see if the batteries in your remote are bad. Replace them and try the remote again. If that doesn’t solve the problem, it’s time to move on to the next possibility.
Modern garage door systems are required by law to have “safety eyes”. This safety feature makes sure a door doesn’t come down on your car or on you. Safety eyes are required to be placed down near the base of the door. You should see a small box on each side with a small light. These are small laser’s and, if aligned properly, the lights will be “on”. This insures that if something is in the way the door will not shut and will reverse itself. Check to see if anything is obstructing the path between the “eyes”. Then check to see if the sides are lined up. If they are not aligned properly one or both of the lights will be flashing. Line them up and try opening the door again.
If this still does not solve the problem there are still some things to check before calling a professional. Is the door locked? Is the “Lock” switch on at the wall button? These need to be unlocked for your door to work. Sometimes doors are disconnected from their openers. Try opening the door by hand. If it slides right up it is disconnected from the opener. Open the door and push it back as far as it can go, walk over to the rope that hangs down in the middle of the garage and pull it back until you here a click. The door is locked in place now and should work. If none of these things are your problem than you should probably consult a Precision Door professional.