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What's Going On? How To Tell When Your Garage Door Opener Needs To Be Repaired

by Matthew Fields

If your garage door has decided to give you problems, it might be time to have the automatic opener inspected. Garage door problems don't always stem from the sensors, remote control, or tracks. Some of the problems you'll encounter with your garage door are caused by a faulty opener. Unfortunately, a malfunctioning garage door opener can present serious safety risks for you and your family. Take a look at the situations described below. If any of them seem familiar to you, it's time to have your garage door opener serviced.

There's an Unusual Sound

When it comes to problems with your garage door opener, sometimes the first sign of trouble will be a sound that you're not familiar with. Those sounds can include loud squealing or deep thuds and clanks. It's important to note that any unusual sound is a reason to be concerned when dealing with an automatic garage door opener. High-pitched squeals can be a sign that the belts are about to break. Thuds and clanking sounds can be a sign that the chain drive is about to malfunction. If you're hearing unusual sounds coming from your automatic garage door opener, it's time for an inspection.

Your Door Keeps Sliding Shut

You might not know it by looking at it, but your garage door is extremely heavy. In fact, it's so heavy that it could crush you or someone you love, should it close unexpectedly. When your garage door opener is working properly, your door should stay open until it's activated to close. When there's a problem with the opener, your door might not stay open the way that it should. If your garage door is sliding shut when it shouldn't, you need to have it looked at right away. That unwanted downward sliding motion is a sure sign that there's a problem that needs to be addressed. Bring your garage door to the closed position and leave it down until you can have the garage door opener looked at and repaired.

There's a Distinct Odor of Burning Oil

Your automatic garage door opener needs gear oil to operate properly. From time to time there may be a problem with the oil. In most cases, you'll know there's a problem by the way your garage door opener smells. If you're noticing a distinct odor of burning oil, you need to have your garage door looked at right away. Your motor could be overheating, which could lead to serious problems.

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