When your garage door refuses to open, there are a few possible things that could have gone wrong.

Before you assume it’s the result of your opener, give your door a quick assessment. Look out for broken springs, and make sure that the door isn’t misaligned.

If your door does look fine, though, then you have an opener problem. If the wall light for the opener is off, then you have a tripped circuit breaker.

If that isn’t the case, then you might be dealing with a faulty logic board or stripped nylon gears. These can be costly to fix, so try and reset your opener by plugging it out and in again, first.

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Why Choose Castle Fort Garage Door Repair?

We pride ourselves on the quality of service that we provide to all of our customers. We operate on a policy of same day service. We don’t want you sitting around all day waiting for a repairman to arrive, unable to leave. Therefore, when we get your call, we’re going to get someone out to you as soon as possible.

In keeping with that motto, we also run all of our services seven days a week. There’s no use if you call us up on Saturday, unable to get your car out of the garage, but get through to an answering machine. We operate as long as we can, as often as we can.

We also have some of the most affordable prices around. Garage door repairs can get expensive. We understand that not everyone can afford extortionate prices, so we aim to charge as little for our services as we can.

All of our technicians are certified, too. Moreover, not only are you getting an affordable price, you’re getting professional-level quality to have your garage door opening correctly again in no time.

What is a Garage Door Opener?

For those that don’t know, the garage door opener is a device that is designed to open your garage. The door mainly works off of a garage door motor, which is the main force behind the automatic system that opens and closes the door.

In most typical garage door openers, you’re going to have a radio buzzer that you can use to activate the motor from a distance. However, you also have the option of activating the system by using the switches that are on your garage door wall.

There are actually a few different types of garage door openers:

  • Chain drive openers have a bike like chain connection that connects the garage door trolley to the garage door opener.
  • Belt drive openers operate on the same garage door trolley system, except with a rubber belt instead of a chain.
  • There are screwdriver openers that have a long screw inside the track that connects to the garage door trolley.
  • Direct drive openers have the garage door motor installed on the trolley itself and uses a gear wheel to pull the trolley along.
  • Jackshaft openers are mounted onto the wall at either end of the torsion bar.

In essence, a garage door opens by using an automated motor to pull the door along the trolley, rather than you doing it yourself. Contrary to popular belief, though, it’s not the electric motor that does most of the work. Instead, most of the door’s weight is handled by the counterbalance springs that are installed at either side of the door.

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• Misaligned Sensors

The garage doors sensors hooked up to your garage door system is a vital part of the motors safety features.

It acts as two sensors; one emits a beam of light, while the other one receives it. When that beam is broken, the door presumes that something is underneath it. In particular, this is important when it comes to people underneath the door.

When the garage door safety sensor is misaligned, it’s a safety concern so don’t waste time in getting it fixed.

• The Remote, Keypad, or Wall Switch Aren’t Functioning

If your garage door remote, garage door keypad or garage door wall switch aren’t working, then more often than not, the issue is electrical. While not as an immediate safety concern as a misaligned sensor, it can cause problems if you don’t get it fixed.

With a garage door remote, it might be as simple as changing the battery. For the keypad or wall switch, it’s unlikely that the issue is that simple. Likewise, you might need to contact a professional to come and help you out.

• Broken Gear

A broken gear doesn’t happen too often, but when it does happen, it needs to be replaced ASAP. This is an issue that is more common in the likes of Chamberlain garage door openers, Liftmaster garage door openers, and Craftsman garage door openers.

Which door opener type you have is going to determine what kind of gear you’re going to need. Unfortunately, unless you know what you’re doing, there isn’t really a way to fix this issue without the help of a professional.

• Garage Door Doesn’t Close Completely

This is due to an incorrect garage door limit adjuster. If this happens, you need to have your garage door limit settings adjusted to be correct with the level that it needs to come down. There are screws at the top of your door that you can adjust to change the limit, but you shouldn’t unless you are comfortable with what you are doing.

• Opener Reverse Feature Doesn’t Work

In the event that your opener reverse feature isn’t working, then you should treat it as an immediate safety concern and get a professional out to look at it as soon as you can. Again, it is possible to fix this by yourself, but unless you are trained to do so, you risk seriously injuring yourself by attempting to.

• Emergency Release is Pulled Down

When the garage door emergency release cord is pulled down, it causes the garage door opener to be disengaged. If the emergency released was activated accidentally, you can call up a professional to see how you should be going about resetting it, or if you need an expert to come and help you out.

Types of Garage Door Openers

Chain Drive Garage Door Opener

Chain Drive Garage Door Opener

Belt Drive Garage Door Opener

Belt Drive Garage Door Opener

Wall Mount Garage Door Opener

Wall-Mount Garage Door Opener

• Chain-Driven Garage Door Opener

A chain-driven garage door opener operates on a simple system. It uses a chain pulley, similar to chain-links on a bicycle, that is attached to the garage door motor on one side, and the trolley on the other. The motor pulls the chain, and the chain, in turn, pulls the trolley, which rolls your garage door up.

• Belt-Driven Garage Door Opener

Belt driven garage door openers are very similar to chain-driven openers. The only main difference between the two is that the chain is replaced by a rubber belt.

• Wall Mount Garage Door Opener

The wall mount garage door opener, also referred to as the Jackshaft garage door opener, is primarily only seen in commercial garage doors and residential high-lift garage doors. This kind of opener is mounted next to the torsion bars on either side of the garage door.

Brands We Work With

We have a unique partnership with Liftmaster, and we work with them when it comes to installing garage doors in new homes.

However, our technicians are fully qualified and licensed to fit Chamberlain, and Craftsmen openers, too. All of these brands are of equally high quality, so don’t worry too much about picking one over the others.

Why Trust a Professional Garage Door Repair Company?

Garage doors can be hazardous, so it’s essential that you get a qualified technician to install yours. There are several safety regulations that the door needs to comply with, so don’t cut corners when it comes to it.

Making use of a fully licensed and qualified professional company is not only going to make your garage door safer, but it’s going to save you time, money, and headaches in the long run as you aren’t going to need as many repairs.

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