6 Most Common Garage Door Problems
The average garage door is opened and closed in excess of 1,500 times in a year. Considering this amount of heavy usage, it’s no wonder things go wrong from time to time. Here, we look at the most likely causes of malfunctioning and what steps you need to take to find the problem and address it. Whether you need a roller shutter remote control replacement or are wondering about the strange noises emanating from the door when it opens or closes, this blog will lead you in the right direction. And remember, regularly checking the condition of the door itself and any roller shutter controls attached to it and carrying out a little routine maintenance will generally reduce the likelihood of things going wrong.
Even the most sophisticated garage door will need cleaning and lubrication at least once a year, and changing the batteries in your remote will often keep that up and running without issues too. Meanwhile, here are some of the typical problems you may have to deal with if you own a roller shutter garage door.
Perhaps your opener switch isn’t working – nothing happens when you flip the switch, and the garage door will neither open nor close. This may be because the door is locked from the inside. Check whether your garage door has an overriding lock button and make sure it’s not engaged.
If that’s not the problem, check the motor unit is plugged in. Sometimes, it can accidentally be unplugged or even intentionally by another member of your household to save on energy or reduce fire hazards.
If your garage door has a photo-eye sensor, it could be that the sensor on either the unit or the remote control is clouded by moisture or covered with dirt. Clean both up and see whether this solves the problem. If either sensor is badly scratched – and the remote is often the problem here if you routinely carry it round in your pocket with keys and coins – you may need to replace the whole controller.
Another common problem is that the keypad won’t work. If it’s a new unit, it may be faulty. Alternatively, the battery may be depleted. Try replacing any batteries first, then enter the code and see whether that’s all you need to do.
Occasionally, the keypad may need reprogramming. Each keypad and model combination is different, so check your owner’s manual for how to do this. If you no longer have the manual, you can often get a replacement copy on the manufacturer’s website. Alternatively, here at C Prox Ltd, we have also included many of the manuals for the products we sell on our website for your convenience. Follow the appropriate instructions and see if you can reset it using the default code to make it work.
If your keypad has an antenna, you should also check this. Make sure the antenna isn’t broken and that nothing is obstructing it. It should be pointing downward to ensure it gets the best signal possible.
Remote Control Needs Replacement
Nine times out of ten, it’s the remote control that’s at fault. Anyone who’s owned a remote-controlled garage door is likely to have experienced this from time to time. This is one of the most annoying circumstances for the owner, but luckily, it’s often the cheapest ad quickest problem to resolve.
As noted above, check the batteries – they may still have some power in them, but if they’re severely depleted, they may not have enough to function properly. The batteries can be easily and cheaply replaced. We sell these for as little as £1.50 on our website, for instance. Try replacing the batteries and stand closer to the range of the motor. Also, make sure there’s no interference between the remote and the unit – any interruption in the signal can result in the door not working.
If none of these solutions resolve your problem, you may be looking for a roller shutter remote control replacement fast.
Make sure you buy any replacement remote from a reputable retailer to ensure its quality and security. Unscrupulous sellers can tamper with remote controls, which may lead to burglary attempts or criminal activity.
A noisy garage door is also a problem and can be a tell-tale sign of an underlying issue. Squeaking sounds can indicate that your motor needs lubrication or is beginning to wear out.
If you hear a rattling sound in the motor, something may have come loose inside. Tighten all visible bolts, screws, and nuts, then see whether the rattling sound has disappeared. A popping sound can indicate a problem with the torsion spring – replacing this should be done by a professional.
Slow Working or Failure to Open/ Close
Slow operation is usually a sign of dried-out rollers, or dirt accumulated in the tracks are dirty. To keep this from happening, regularly clean them out and add lubrication.
Again, on occasion, your garage door may not open or close at all. Your first check should be that your remote controller has fresh batteries and isn’t damaged or broken. If you’ve similarly checked the keypad and nothing you have tried will work, then it may be time to call a professional to deal with the problem.
Replacement for Roller Shutter Remote Controls
We understand how critically important roller shutter remote controls are to the safe and smooth operation of your roller shutter. Buying a replacement from a reputable source is essential if you want assurance that it’s high-quality and secure.
At www.quantek.co.uk, we provide top quality components for all aspects of automation and control in your home or place of business. We’ve chosen to stock a range of brands for their high performance and because they meet international standards of quality and security. If you’re looking for the best roller shutter door control box for businesses, you’ve come to the right place.
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We at C Prox Ltd Including Quantek offer next-day delivery on most products. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.