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Garage Door Opener Troubleshooting Hints

Are you experiencing problems with your garage door? The repair team at Madden Door has you covered, with garage door opener troubleshooting hints to help you get your garage door back in action fast.

Stay Safe – Turn Off Power Before Working on Your Garage Door

Unplug the opener to prevent surprises from family members attempting to open your garage door while you’re troubleshooting it. Make sure the door has completely descended before attempting to inspect your door. If you start with the door raised and pull the emergency release cord, it could come crashing down.

Verify Your Garage Door Opener is Not Working

To make sure the problem is with your garage door opener and not the door itself, pull the emergency release to disconnect the door from the opener. If the door does not operate correctly with the opener out of the equation, the problem is likely with the door itself. See our quick fixes for garage doors for help.

Determine Which Garage Door Opener Component is the Problem

Remote works, but the wall switch doesn’t

If your garage door remote works but the wall switch doesn’t, you may need to replace the switch or wiring. You can check it yourself or call a garage door repair technician to do it for you. To test, unscrew the switch and touch the two wires behind it together. If your door springs to life, you need a new switch.

Wall switch works but the garage door remote doesn’t

If the wall switch works but your remote doesn’t, start by replacing the batteries. If this doesn’t work, you may need a new garage door remote.

Garage door won’t descend (safety sensors)

Misaligned safety sensors, or sunlight shining on the sensors, can cause erratic operation. If your door will go up but will only descend if you hold the wall switch down, make sure your sensors are aligned. Aligned sensors will remain lit when the path is clear between them.

Power to the outlet, but no action with switch or remotes

This problem is typically a fried circuit board. Our garage door service technicians frequently see this issue following lightning storms. 

Have you tried all our garage door opener troubleshooting hints, but your garage door is still stuck? Contact Madden Door & Sons at 925-208-4907 to schedule emergency garage door service for your Fairfield, Vallejo, Brentwood, Lafayette, Hercules, El Cerrito, Brentwood, Antioch, or American Canyon home today.

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Garage Door Safety – Do Not Run Your Car in the Garage, Even with the Door Open

To ensure garage door safety, do not run your car in the garage, even with the door open. At Madden Door & Sons, we know this practice can be dangerous and potentially deadly. Many people don’t realize carbon monoxide (CO) buildup can occur in garages even when the garage door is open. Fifty-seven percent of unintentional CO deaths are associated with automobile exhaust. Because CO is colorless and odorless, people often remain ignorant of poisoning until it’s too late. 

Your Open Garage Door Does Not Offer Sufficient Ventilation for Exhaust

The passive ventilation of open garage doors is not enough to clear the extremely high concentrations of CO produced by your car. Most unintentional automobile-related CO deaths occur in these circumstances. CO fumes build exceptionally quickly within your garage, taking a long time to dissipate without an adequate exhaust fan setup.

An Iowa State University study showed that warming your automobile for just two minutes with your garage door open raises CO concentrations within it to 500 ppm. Ten hours after removing your car, a measurable level of CO remains. If your home has an attached garage, CO fumes could also drift into the living space. Recent news exposed that inside the closed confines of a home, levels can build so quickly your family could collapse before they realize there’s a problem. 

CO Exposure is More Common in Cold Weather

Though CO exposure occurs year-round, it’s more common in cold weather, when internal combustion engines produce higher levels of CO over a longer time period. During the first 1-2 minutes of operation, levels can reach over 80,000 ppm. After warming up 5 or more minutes, levels drop significantly to 1,000 ppm. Could a CO detector help? Within the home, they can alert you to dangerous CO levels. They do not work reliably in the garage climate, however. 

Best Practices for Warming Up Your Car

If you must let your car run to warm your vehicle or for some other reason, the following practices will ensure your safety:

  • Move your car to a wide-open space.
  • Ensure toys, pets, and children are nowhere in the area.
  • Lock your doors after leaving your car.
  • Remain present, in view of your car, until leaving.

Practice garage door safety – do not run your car in the garage, even with the door open. Stay safe in your Livermore, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Vallejo, Richmond, Moraga, Lafayette, or Berkeley home with the help of Madden Doors & Sons today.

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