Daylight savings is a great reminder to take care of some maintenance around the house you’ve been putting off. While you are testing your smoke detectors and flipping your mattresses, don’t forget to give your garage some attention too. Here are some tips for maintaining your garage door opener when you Spring forward this year.
-Surge Protector: Make sure to check or even replace your garage door opener’s surge protector. Any garage door opener can be vulnerable to lightning strikes and power surges. The wiring for the photoelectric eyes and the wall buttons can even act as a lightning rod, pulling energy into the opener and damaging the circuit board, which would leave your garage door opener dead. You’ll want to make sure the surge protector is working properly to avoid any risk of your opener being fried by electricity.
-Garage Door Remotes: Just like you will be replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors, you should consider changing the batteries in your garage door remotes. If you are like most homeowners, you will use your garage door opener at least 1,500 times per year. On average, the batteries in your garage door remote should last at least a year. However, if you are opening and closing the garage door more frequently, those batteries could drain much more quickly. Better to swap out the batteries a couple times a year than be caught outside in the elements. Here are some signs that you need fresh batteries:
- Inconsistent operation: If you are pressing the button on your garage door remote, but it only responds some of the time, it’s likely that the transmitter signal is weakening due to dying batteries
- Door doesn’t budge: If you are pressing the button on your garage door remote, but the door isn’t responding at all, it could be because the batteries are dead and the remote can no longer send its signal to the opener.
- Control panel still works: If you are pressing the button on your garage door remote, but it is not responding, be sure to try the wall-mounted control panel. If the control panel operates the door, but the remote does not, try replacing the batteries and then test the door.
-Light bulbs: You never want to be stumbling around your garage full of tools and other potentially dangerous objects in the dark. Which is why it makes the most sense to change the bulbs in your garage door opener before they ever burn out. However, some LED light bulbs have been known to cause interference with garage door openers, reducing the range of remote controls and wireless keypads. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, your light bulb may not be compatible with your garage door opener:
- The remote only works when it is close to the garage door opener
- The remote or keypad will close the garage door, but won’t open it
- Unable to program a new remote or keypad
If you are experiencing any of these issues, replace the bulbs with CFL bulbs, or use a compatible LED bulb as listed below. BUT you should NOT use:
- Bulbs exceeding the recommended wattage for your opener. Refer to the product manual for the correct bulb size
- Halogen light bulbs
- Short neck or specialty light bulbs
Here is a list of light bulbs compatible with your garage door opener:
-ECO SMART ECS A19CW 60W E120
-ECO SMART ECS GP19 W27 40WE FR 120 DG 2PK