There are many reasons why a garage door opener fails. The most common reason is that the track line is misaligned. Another reason is that the chain is either too tight or too loose. Garage door springs are another common ailment that will ultimately kill a garage door opener if not maintained. Lets go into a few of these reason in detail and share with you some of the solutions.
How to Repair a Garage Door Opener
First of all lets talk about what happens to your garage door opener if the tracks are misaligned. Misaligned tracks cause the door not to roll up and down smoothly and evenly. The whole point of of having the tracks is to put the least amount of resistance on the garage door opener motor unit. If the tracks have been damaged or become uneven, bad pressure will be put on the garage door opener. This extra resistance is very bad on the motor and will ultimately burn it out. Most motor burnouts are caused by this simple issue of making sure your tracks are stable and aligned to minimize garage door resistance. Tracks are super easy to fix and maintain. They are made of aluminum or steel tracks and brackets can be adjusted very easily with the turn of the screw. If the track is wiggling or shifting, simply add a few more support brackets which will cost you only a few dollars at a hardware store.
The second garage door killer is the chain itself. Yearly maintenance on the chain will help your garage door motor to last for a very long time. If the chain is too loose it will cause the motor to slip and get out of its rhythm. If the chain has slipped and the door opens faster than normal the motor will continue to turn according to its timer. If the motor continues to run once its open you will burn out the motor because its like putting a brick wall in front of a moving car, its just not good. Simple tightening or loosening the spring will adjust the tightness of the chain. Make sure the chain is tight, meaning no slack, but don’t over tighten it as it will put additional pressure on the sprocket mechanism.
How to Troubleshoot Common Garage Door Opener Problems
The third thing is the coil springs. These are very dangerous to maintain by yourself as there is a great amount of pressure being contained in the spring. Experts say that you should replace your springs every 5-7 years. The safest and best plan is to have a garage door repair service come out and check them out every 2 years.