Are you looking for a garage door repair in Alexandria VA or a garage door repair in Arlington VA? Look no further than Next Day Garage Door, a garage door repair company that prides itself on expert professionals and top-notch service.
We’ve been in the business for over 10 years, and we’re hoping to help out homeowners that are struggling with common garage door repair issues.
We want our customers to be well-informed homeowners that make intuitive decisions. Have you come home and discovered your garage door is open, despite the fact that you’re sure you closed it when you left?
Have you heard the garage door open from the comfort of your home, and wondered how it happened without your help? Garage doors that seem to have a mind of their own are said to be in “phantom operation.”
In addition to giving you some unwanted anxiety, it can also be an unwelcome security risk — leaving everything in your garage available for all to access. It is likely an issue with your remote opener, frequency programming, electrical circuits, limit settings or sensors.
While some of these problems are more extensive than others, a garage door technician can help solve all of them.
Remote and Wall Button/Opener:
The remote you use to open your garage door from your car is called a transmitter because it transmits the signal to the door to open.
Make sure all the transmitters you use to open and close the garage door are working properly — pay close attention to buttons that could be sticking briefly or permanently.
Don’t forget to check the wall buttons/openers. Stuck buttons can cause the signal to continue to fire, and the garage door to appear to randomly open or close.
Stuck buttons and fresh batteries are two simple solutions, but when the buttons aren’t sticking and the batteries don’t make a difference, call a garage door professional to inspect your transmitters and your entire garage door system to fix whatever is broken.
The signal transmitted to open your garage door travels on a specific frequency and uses a specific code to program. There’s a small chance a neighbor may be using the same garage door opener frequency or code.
This problem only occurs in older garage door openers that were programmed using positioning clips. This case is easy to test — when they open their door, does yours open, too? If you discover this is the problem, your garage door will need to be set to a different frequency or your remote transmitters will need to be reprogrammed.
The solution is to clear the history and reprogram your transmitters. Each garage door opener manufacturer has a different way of reprogramming and/or switching the frequency, so reaching out to a garage door professional to make sure your frequencies and codes are set properly is the best way to get your garage door opening and closing on your time, not your neighbor’s.
Debris and Buildup:
Have you ever tried to close the garage door from the inside and run out, only to discover the garage door stops and opens back up?
Your garage door has a safety feature known as a reversing mechanism — it’s a sensor located near the floor of your garage, right where the door closes. This sensor was designed to keep people and belongings safe from being crushed by the door — when it senses something in the way,
it reverses the closing motion of the door, opening it again. While this is a great feature, it can also be a nuisance. If your garage door is closing, and the sensor identifies a stick, rock or some other kind of debris, it will trigger the reverse mechanism.
Look for debris or any items you store in your garage that might be too close to the threshold and preventing your garage door from closing all the way. A buildup of snow or ice could also be enough to block the sensor and trigger this mechanism.
Weather is frequently the culprit of causing your garage door to keep opening on its own. Sometimes, it’s damage from weather. To make sure you don’t have build up or damage from weather interfering with your garage door operation, call in a professional to inspect it and fix anything that may be causing it to open and close on its own.
Misaligned Safety Sensors:
If you clear all debris and any buildup from the sensors near the floor of your garage door tracks, but the motion of your garage door tends to be partially closing and then reversing and opening again, you may have a misaligned sensor.
Your garage door most likely uses two sensors to trigger its reverse mechanism. These two sensors, often referred to as eyes, are located on either side of the garage door opening, and in some cases, they shoot a beam of light across the door.
These sensors must be connected and aligned correctly in order for the garage door to work properly. For more information on your sensors, please visit our blog post about the ins and outs of your garage door sensors.
Damaged Electrical Circuits:
Weather can also have a negative impact on your garage door in another way. Thunderstorms, windstorms and other conditions can cause power outages and electrical surges.
If you’ve recently experienced a power outage or surge, it may have damaged the electrical circuits that are responsible for opening and closing your garage door. This type of damage can lead to the garage door opening on its own — usually in a completely erratic manner.
There’s no easy fix for this issue. If you suspect recent weather conditions or other power inconsistencies may be at the root of your garage door opening on its own, you should call a professional to come in to diagnose and resolve the problem. Calling Next Day Garage Door will help alleviate the problem!
Damaged Control Wiring:
In your garage, there is a wire that runs from the motor unit — located in the center of the tracks on the ceiling — to the opener that’s mounted to your wall.
There are also wires that run between the motor unit and each of the sensors on either side of the garage door tracks, near the floor. If any of these small-gauge wires have a bare spot or a short circuit, it could be the reason your garage door keeps opening on its own.
Most garage doors have what are called open and closed limit settings. These settings tell your garage door how far up the track to go when it’s completely open and how far down to go when it’s completely closed.
When the garage door reaches the open or closed limit, it stops. If your garage door keeps opening by itself after you closed it, you may have to adjust your closed limit settings. If these limits are set too high, the door will hit the ground before reaching the closed limit.
The same thing can happen with the open limit — once the door is all the way open on the tracks, if that limit is set too high, it doesn’t register and will continue in motion until you have a partially closed door. If you suspect your limit settings may be the culprit, contact a Next Day Garage Door to come in and reset the settings for you.
A broken spring being a key part of the garage door operation, when it’s broken everything stops. Springs vary in size but they are the work horse of your garage door function. A broken spring being a key part of the garage door operation, when it’s broken everything stops.
You can often times see the spring broken, but don’t try to touch it investigate. If you think this may be the cause of your garage door not opening, call a Next Day Garage Door to come and take a look at it. Garage doors are heavy, and trying to replace a broken spring on your own can be dangerous. Instead of risking injury to try to find or fix the problem yourself, it’s important to let the professionals handle it.
At Next Day Garage Door, we promise to provide the very best service possible and offer a myriad of affordable options to help you make the smartest choice possible. Our ultimate goal is for all our customers to be informed homeowners.
As this blog progresses, we will continue to help homeowners diagnose and perhaps even fix their garage door repair on their own. We offer Garage Door Repair Maryland and Roll Up Garage Door Washington DC. We also serve Garage Door Repairs all over Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We have technicians available 24/7 to service any of your garage door repair needs.
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