Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has developed a troubleshooting checklist to locate the cause of the problem.
The first place to look for a phantom problem is your remote. Put a new battery in to see if that stops the problem. An aging battery could be causing the remote to randomly fire.
Aging remotes get dirty causing keys to stick. A key getting stuck in the ‘on’ position could cause the door to randomly open. It might be time for a new remote.
Are you are leaving the remote somewhere that something could accidentally hit the remote? Perhaps in a drawer or a shelf where something could trigger the remote.
An older door might be sharing code with your neighbor. While unlikely but still possible, you could be sharing the same door code with a neighbor. Your door could be opening when the neighbor uses his remote. Newer opener systems change codes every time making this impossible to happen.
Safety Beam Issues
Since 1993 garage doors have sensors prevent door closure when they are out of alignment. The sensors are small boxes attached to the side rails about 6” to 9” above the floor. When working the sensor lights should be solid green. If misaligned one of the units will have an orange or red light or could also have a green flashing light. Realignment might resolve the problem.
Check the base of your garage door and keep it clean. Leaves, rocks, snow or ice around the door could cause the sensors to stop operation of the door.
The garage door openers circuit board may no longer be functioning correctly due to a thunderstorm or power surge. You’ll need a professional to fix this problem.
A power surge from an electrical storm may have scrambled the door opening codes. Newer door openers change codes every time. A professional can help with this problem.
A broken wire from constant use or a mouse chewing through wiring could have happened. It is going to take a professional going through your system to find the problem.
Before you drive away, watch your door to make sure it closes. Addressing remote and sensor problems yourself is easy. If the door opener is the problem a professional repair technician will be needed.
Call Us if We Can Help
For help determining the cause of your phantom operation give your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team a call. Our technician will check out your system to get your garage door operational and secure.