Why Your Garage Door Continues to Open and Close On Its Own

When your garage door opens and closes on its own, it can be rather dangerous. That is because it could open or close when you do not want it to. It could just close on top of you while you are moving in or out. Worse yet, it could fall on top of one of your loved ones. You may be wondering why this is the case, at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair in East Cobb, GA, we are here to tell you why this sometimes occurs and what you can do to prevent it.

Reasons that Your Garage Door Opens on Its Own

  1. Someone in your neighborhood has the same remote frequency

This will also interfere with your garage door and cause it to open or close without your attempting to do so.

This can be remedied by changing access code on your garage door opener.

  1. A shortage in the button on the all

This is something that should be trouble shot by a professional.

It is necessary to remove the wiring fro the button in order to do so.

  1. Short in the keypad wiring or the wiring that leads to the wired keypad

The keypad should be removed from the opener for troubleshooting.

  1. Short in your sensor’s wiring

The wiring will need to be replaced.

It might be necessary to upgrade from 22” gauge wiring to 16” gauge. When it is too cold, it can sometimes affect the wiring of your sensors. Check for things, such as fraying that can eventually cause the wiring to be cut.

  1. Safety Beam Sensor Shortage

You Safety beam sensors may be damaged.

If you have two of the same type of garage door opener, you should remove the sensors from one opener, apply them to the other to determine if this is the problem.

  1. Short in the Opener Logic Board

The logic board may be damaged.

You should have the circuit board removed in order for a trained professional to troubleshoot the problem. You can troubleshoot on your own by removing the circuit board and applying it to another logic board to see if this resolves the problem.

  1. Receiver board has a short in it

The receive board might be defective.

The receive board should be replaced. Sometimes it is found inside the power head and sometimes is on the outside of the power head.

  1. The external receive may have a short in it

This means there is a receiver board that is defective

You can troubleshoot by placing the openers receiver board on another opener.

  1. The wiring that runs from the external receiver to the opener

This wiring may have a short in it or be defective.

Follow the steps suggested for ‘defective receiver board’ to resolve the problem.

  1. Random signals from your remote

This is an easy fix, it could be as simple as replacing the old batteries with new ones. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, it may be necessary to replace the remote.

  1. Nearby radio tower

It will likely be necessary for you to have the access code to your remote reprogrammed. If the problem still exists, you could try another receiver to see if this is the fix you need.

  1. CB radios causing interference

You can replace your receiver or your transmitter with one that is on a different frequency. You will have to check your frequency on the receiver.

  1. Police Radios

Apply the steps above for ‘CB radios causing interference’ to remedy the problem.

  1. Hospital in the vicinity of your home

Apply the steps above for ‘CB radios causing interference’ to remedy the problem.

  1. Faulty garage door wiring

Try plugging the garage door opener into a different outlet to resolve the problem.

  1. Shortage in electrical outlet

Apply the steps above for ‘Faulty garage door wiring’.

You may have never imagined that you would have to take care of your garage door in order to continue using it without an incident from occurring that could be of harm to you and your family. Yes, caring for your garage is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You should definitely make sure you know what you can expect when you hear strange sounds or when your garage is acting unusual. You certainly shouldn’t ignore it.

We want to do our part in helping you maintain a safe garage and that is why we are offering the following suggestions when you experience the problem with your garage opening and closing on its own.

  • If your door is opening and closing on its own, make sure you unplug your garage door opener upon leaving for the day.
  • Make sure you also unplug the garage door opener whenever you plan on going on vacation.
  • Never leave batteries in remotes that are not working, this can short your remote and send signals to the garage door without your wanting it to.
  • Never share your keypad access code with your neighbors. Whenever you have to do so just make sure you remember to change the code back in order to avoid the door from opening when you are away.
  • If you are still trying to determine why your garage door is opening or closing with out your wanting it to, never go to sleep with the opener still plugged in. Unplug the opener before retiring for the night. This will help you to avoid any uninvited intruders.
  • Use a heavy-duty appliance module so that you are able to control your electrical outlet with your door remote instead of using the garage door opener remote. This will serve as additional security for a faulty garage door.

If you are not good at troubleshooting and would simply prefer for the job to be handled professionally, give us a call at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. We will be happy to troubleshoot and repair the problem so that you can go on using your garage.

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