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.