If you're in a rush to head out the door, it can be frustrating when your garage door doesn't close properly; you either have to spend time trying to fix it or risk a security issue while you're away.
There are several reasons why your garage door may be malfunctioning. They range from deterioration of the motor and logic board to issues with the door seal. Below are some of the common issues you may encounter.
Limit Switch Issues
A limit switch is a device on your electronic garage door that tells the door how far to open and close. Without this switch, your garage door would not know when to stop and would burn out the motor. Sometimes, when this switch is faulty, it can cause your garage door to go haywire. If your garage door is not shutting properly, this switch could be the issue.
To identify and fix the fault, you will first have to determine what switch is faulty, the up switch or the down switch. If the door doesn't close at the bottom, it's the down switch; if it won't open all the way, you have an issue with the up switch. Identify the switch and adjust it using the clockwise or counterclockwise screw.
A logic board is essentially a motherboard for your garage. It controls everything electrical on the motor side of things. The logic board is responsible for door opening and closing commands and communication with the external controls. These logic boards have a shelf life and will deteriorate over time; however, they can also be damaged by electrical storms and power surges.
If your garage door is not closing correctly, it could be due to several issues, but if it's the logic board, there are a few symptoms to look out for. The opener may not recognize the programmed commands from the external control meaning the door only partially closes. If you're struggling with the control of the door, it's probably the logic board. If your logic board is beyond fixing, but you don’t need an entirely new garage door, a professional can help you with garage door motor replacement for your door.
The threshold refers to the perimeter of your garage door, which may be impeded in various ways, causing issues when opening or closing the door. Many common issues are associated with the weather seals that can wear and cause rainwater to affect the motor or catch the motion detector.
To eliminate or resolve the issue, check the perimeter of your garage door for signs of wear and tear. Also, check the garage floor for signs of rainwater that shows the seal may be faulty. Replacing the motor is an option, especially before the winter months come in. In many cases, however, you might be better with a replacement door.
Keeping Your Garage Door Functional
A faulty garage door is an easy thing to ignore, but as it deteriorates, it becomes more problematic. At the first sign of an issue, it's worth taking the time to diagnose and fix the problem. If you're unsure what the issue could be, or if you think it's time to replace your garage door, contact Midstate Overhead Doors for a professional assessment.