garage door opener repair

Garage Door Opener Repair & When to Replace

You press a button, and instead of opening, the door either doesn’t open or begins to, then quickly returns to the closed position. These may be signs that it’s time to contact a professional for garage door opener repair.

Before calling, however, you can run through a few steps to troubleshoot the opener – particularly if it’s not responding to the remote.

First, you’ll want to make sure you didn’t inadvertently press the lock button, which prevents the door from being operated using the remote. The wall switch will still operate the door. Another thing to check is the remote’s battery by swapping it with a new one.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure that nothing is obstructing the photoelectronic sensors and that they are clean, as well as properly aligned. The sensors are responsible for detecting obstacles while the door is in motion and, if one is present, will instantly signal the opener to reverse direction.

If the problem persists, it’s best to contact a professional for garage door opener repair. Professionals possess the skills and equipment required to identify and fix whatever problem, regardless of complexity, may be causing your door or opener not to function safely and reliably.

When to Consider Replacement Instead

While garage door openers are built for longevity, they must be regularly maintained, which includes replacing worn rollers and springs as needed. The latter are designed to last for 10,000 cycles, roughly between three and fourteen years, depending on usage. Failure to maintain the opener is one of the most common reasons for replacement. Additional reasons include the desire for enhanced security, wireless connectivity, or quieter operation. Belt- and screw-drive models are noticeably quieter than chain-drives. 

These devices have come a long way since their invention and today add another element of convenience to people’s lives. Once you’ve connected it to your home Wi-Fi network and created an account in the app, you can use it to monitor and operate the door from anywhere, anytime. You can even receive notifications alerting you to unusual activity in real-time. Consult Garage Door Repair Boise today about replacing your standard opener with a smart garage door opener.

Schedule Garage Door Opener Repair

Garage Door Repair Boise understands how imperative it is for your garage door and automatic opener to function safely and reliably. Our company provides Boise residents and businesses with garage door opener repair, maintenance, and installation at competitive prices. We also employ certified technicians and stock our service trucks each morning with high-quality replacement parts. All new doors and openers are from trusted manufacturers. Schedule an appointment today at (208) 614-4032.

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