Malfunctioning circuit boards, a power surge or a thunderstorm are potential causes of a garage door opening by itself. In rare cases, a neighbor may accidentally open a homeowner's garage door, especially if the door has been operating for more than 20 years already.
The reasons a garage door might not open include broken springs, low batteries in the remote control and worn cables. Broken springs are a common problem for garage doors. Motors cannot lift garage doors on their own if a spring breaks or snaps. Installing new springs fixes this issue.
Common problems with garage door openers include problems with the remote control, out-of-adjustment limit switches and problems with the close-force adjustment. Many of these problems are within the ability of the homeowner to fix.
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Garage doors typically range from 9 feet to 20 feet wide and 7 feet to 8 feet tall. Popular widths for one-car garage doors are 8 feet, 9 feet or 10 feet, while those for two-car garage doors are 12 feet, 14 feet or 16 feet.
Installing a garage door opener is a two-person job that requires removing the old opener, mounting and aligning the new unit and securing the motor. Read all instructions on the new unit before beginning installation.
If the garage door opener has a keypad, change the code by erasing the old one from its memory and entering a new one into the pad. For garage door openers without keypads, change the code by changing the switches inside the remote and setting the ones on the opener unit to match. The slide switch t
Retailers such as Loews, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Sears that sell garage door opener systems also generally sell replacement parts. As of 2014, each of these retailers also sells universal garage door opener remotes that are compatible with most garage door opener systems.
The internal settings on garage door openers are connected to the garage door receiver, and once they are connected to one another, the remote uses a rolling code to connect to the receiver. The remote changes the connection code after each use so that the code cannot be stolen and replicated.
Some different types of garage doors for the home include short and long raised-panel doors, flush panel doors, garage doors with grooved panels and carriage house styles. Additional garage door types include aluminum and glass styles, insulated doors and full glass doors. Sectional steel doors, rol