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The Top 3 Reasons Your Garage Door Isn't Working - Fagan Door

With many new gadgets being introduced to make our lives easier, home technologies are more advanced than ever. Invented in 1926, the earliest electric garage opener was not quite as sophisticated as the models that exist today.

However, as much they have progressed, the technology can still be finicky. If your garage door opener is not working, there could be a easy explanation!

Here are the top 3 reasons your garage door opener is not working:

1. Your Garage Door

If your garage door opener is not working, the root of the problem could actually be the garage door itself.

Many people do not realize that the garage door and garage door opener are two separate pieces of equipment that are engineered to work together. However, if one is broken, it can throw off the whole system. They must each work properly on their own or else they won’t work together.

In order to run smoothly and continuously, garage doors need proper annual maintenance - especially in cold weather!

The most common reason that a garage door opener won’t lift the garage door is because of a broken door spring. The garage door springs are designed to lift the weight of the garage door, and if the springs are broken or have lost their tension then the opener cannot handle the weight of the door on its own.

2. The Battery

Another common source of a broken garage door opener is the battery. Yes - it could be as simple as a dead battery!

The garage door remote has has a battery inside, sometimes even more than one, and if the battery is drained, your garage door opener won’t work. Extreme temperatures, hot OR cold, can also affect the longevity of your battery.

3. Misaligned Photo Eye Safety Sensors

An often overlooked aspect of the garage door opener is the photo eye safety sensors and when misaligned these sensors can impact the functionality of your door opener.

While the sensors are for the greater good, as they keep our children and pets safe, if they are are dirty or misaligned, the sensor can prevent your garage door from closing.

To override this feature, hold the interior wall station with constant pressure until the door closes. For more information, see how UL safety standards affect garage door openers.

If the problem is the photo eye safety sensors, you can learn how to reset the sensor.

When technology stops working, it can be stressful, daunting, and often times, expensive! However, if your garage door opener is not working, you now have three easy fixes to try.

If your garage door opener is not working, even after testing our top three problems, you may need to replace your garage door opener. Check out Fagan Door’s large selection of garage door openers.

Fagan Door provides professional, experienced garage door and garage door opener service, including repair and installation. Contact Fagan Door online, or stop by their Coventry RI location today!

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