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How Does My Garage Door Opener Work?

If your garage door opener stops working, it helps to know how it works so you can narrow down the cause. Most garage door openers have the same basic parts that work together to make your opener work. You can always call in the team from Neighborhood Garage Door Repair to help you out! We can repair any part of your garage door.

Inside Your Garage Door Opener

Most garage door openers operate on a chain drive. A chain is attached from your door to your opener by a rail that hangs just below the ceiling. The opener has gears inside that turn and catches the chain, causing the chain to rotate and the trolley to slide up and down the chain. It’s this trolley that opens and closes the door. 

As the trolley moves down the chain away from the opener, the springs coil and create stored energy. When you open the door, the trolley moves up the chain and the springs uncoil using that stored energy to lift the door. Most problems inside your opener come from a burnt-out motor or worn gears that no longer have teeth to catch the chain.

Garage Door Rollers and Tracks

While the rollers aren’t directly attached to your opener, they can impact it in big ways. Worn rollers will cause your opener motor to strain as it works harder to open your door. If you have even a slight bend in your track then it can also cause strain on your opener motor since it’ll work harder to bring your door past that damaged section.

It may seem like your door is working fine since it’ll still open and close. However, it’s important to regularly check these parts of your system to make sure they aren’t wearing your opener down. Make sure the rollers spin freely in the shafts and check your track for any damage. You can also disengage your opener and manually open your door to make sure it glides smoothly on the tracks.

Garage Door Springs

Garage door springs provide the actual lifting power of your garage door. Most springs come in two varieties: torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are the newer spring technology and are found in a bar that runs across the top of your door. Extension springs are located on either side of your door and run parallel to the ceiling towards the opener. 

If one of your springs is broken then your door won’t have the power to finish opening, which will cause it to open halfway then close again. You can also see your torsion springs in two pieces or a visual gap in your extension springs. Please remember that springs are under a tremendous amount of pressure and are the most dangerous part of your garage door system.

Call to Schedule Your Repair

If you need a professional to come to take a look at your garage door opener then give our team a call. Neighborhood Garage Door Repair wants to make sure your opener is working again as quickly as possible.

You Can Trust Us for the Job

positive reviews

They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

positive reviews

My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

We Service All Makes and Models of Garage Doors and Openers