As part of your home's garage door system, you may have an opener that works using a remote control you keep in your vehicle. However, you may have been having trouble working the remote opener and are wondering if there is an issue with it.
When you have issues with the garage door, the first thing you should do is to make sure that there are fresh batteries in the remote. If this does not solve the issue, there may be a problem with the garage door opener itself, which is indicated by one of the signs below.
1. Door Moves until It Is Almost Halfway Open and Then Reverses Its Course and Closes
One sign that your garage door opener is malfunctioning is when you notice that the door reverses its course while it is moving. When you hit the remote to open the door, it may open halfway but will quickly start to close before it has a chance to open completely.
If this is the case, the problem most likely lies with the photo sensor's eye. While dirt over the eye can cause the issue, if you clean off the eye and the door still operates erratically, you should have a professional examine it to see if it needs to be replaced.
2. Opener Makes a Screeching Noise Every Time You Use It to Open or Close the Garage Door
Another sign that your garage door opener is causing the issues is when you hear a screeching noise every time you use it to open or close the door. While standing inside the garage, work the opener with the remote to see whether the sounds are coming from the tracks or the garage door opener itself.
If the opener is making noises, there is likely an issue with the gears or motor within it. A repair technician can find out which is causing the noises to see if the gears need to be replaced and lubricated or if the unit needs a new motor.
If your garage door only opens part of the way before it suddenly reverses and closes, the photo sensor's eye may be damaged and need to be replaced. Or, you may hear a screeching noise every time the garage door is in motion, indicating a problem with the opener's motor. Because these issues need to be handled by a professional, contact a business that offers garage door opener repair services to schedule a service call to have them examine and fix any issues they find with the unit.
Reach out to a garage door repair technician for more information.