Who doesn’t want the convenience coming with electric garage door openers? With a press of a button the lights are turned on in the garage and we drive in with comfort and perfectly safe. Is the power out? We are not even concerned about such matters since our backup battery will still open the door and turn on the lights.
We enjoy the great features of the new electric openers and have already forgotten about manual doors. We rather keep our mind in the future and possible new accessories, which could suit our needs. Though, we often make one small mistake! We fail to understand that such systems need care and maintenance. We do expect them to work perfectly but forget that they must not be taken for granted.
The electric garage systems are excellent as long as they work. Once they start malfunctioning, they become our curse. The secret to enjoy trouble free garage door operation is to inspect the opener parts often. It’s best to prevent than suddenly discover that the sensors won’t reverse the overhead door. It’s vital to remember that functional openers don’t promise just convenience but, most of all, safety.
Learn which parts to troubleshoot
All parts of the electric system are important. Most definitely, if the motor stops working, the whole system will be useless till it’s replaced. The technicians of Homeland Garage Doors know well that this is the soul of the opener but the motor is not the only component, which is important.
• The door won’t collapse on anyone as long as the sensors work properly. The eyes of the sensors will see your child or car and reverse the door. So, it is important to keep them well-maintained. This means that they must be adjusted so that they will face each other and their beams will meet under the door. The green and red light must be on and they must be protected from the sun.
• Make sure the backup battery is charged. It can be of great convenience during power outage. These batteries are usually replaced every two years.
• Check the wires of the opener and their end parts for damages.
• The arm of the opener on the door must be tightened. All hardware must be tightened. If the opener is mounted on the ceiling, check to see that the angle iron is properly secured and the brackets are not loose or the unit will vibrate every time the door is opening and closing.
• It’s equally important to examine the condition of the release rope. Make sure it is tied well and learn how to use it if you don’t know how. Pull down and towards the opener to disconnect the opener and in diverse direction to reconnect it.
• Make sure the lamps are replaced.
• Clean the garage door remote and the inner circuit and replace the batteries.
• Lubricate the chain.
• Make sure the door opens from both the remote and the wall switch.
Preventive checking and maintenance will save you from problems, emergencies and unnecessary repair costs.