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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GARAGE DOOR WON’T OPEN OR CLOSE WITH REMOTE CONTROL

Technology was created to help us and mostly, it does. We might be using a power drill on a woodworking project or cooking up a masterpiece with our kitchen appliances. We pay good money for our household tools, appliances, and gadgets and we expect them to work on-demand. When they don’t, they get donated, returned or thrown out. Another household tool that we use a lot and expect to function is our garage door opener remote. Here at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair we often get calls concerning a non-functioning unit. Should the customer get it repaired? Or, should they buy a new one? There are so many questions as to what should be done! In actuality, you may not need to repair or replace your garage door opener! Follow these simple steps and you might just save yourself some time and money!

Garage Door Opener Installation

It never fails!

It never fails to happen when you least expect it; garage door opener remote failure, that is! Maybe you are leaving for a much anticipated dinner date. Or, you might be on your way to your first day on the job. Your mind is pre-occupied with the events soon to befall you, when all of a sudden you notice that your remote doesn’t work. Here’s where the first problem lies; is it your opener that has stopped working, or is it your remote that is the problem? How can you tell and what should you do about it?

First of all

Check your remote’s battery before you do anything else. It may be drained or leaking, and it costs nothing to check on your battery status. If you have a home tester, check the battery for power and if you don’t, you should consider getting one. They are inexpensive and sold by East Cobb, GA stores in the local area. Speaking of local stores, you can take your batteries for free testing at any area Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Target, Home Depot, or Best Buy locations and they will be happy to do it for you with no obligation to buy a new one.

Your terminals

Be sure to check your remote terminals. They may look just fine but be slightly loose and this is often enough to stop your batter from transmitting signals to the main opener unit. Squeeze your terminals together gently so that they hold your remote battery snugly and then see if this helps. If you notice any battery fluid that has leaked onto your terminals be sure and clean that up with a dry cloth as leakage like this can also greatly interfere with your remote’s performance.

Worn remote buttons

Your remote’s buttons may be worn out. Signs of this are having to hit the button several times in order to make the opener work along with the buttons sticking in the process. Unfortunately, if this is the case you will need to buy a replacement from your manufacturer or if you have a spare unit, use that one.

Reprogram your remote

If your remote is older and worn, it may have lost its programming. This causes it to lose its memory and stop working. While this won’t apply to newer remote models, the older ones may need to be reprogrammed. You can refer to your owner’s manual for directions on how to do this or if you don’t have one you can watch any number of online videos that can walk you through the steps.

Photo electric safety eyes

What? Why are we talking about your safety sensors? Some local East Cobb, GA customers have assumed that their remote has stopped working, when in reality it was the safety sensors that were off, and not the remote control at all! Be sure to check your safety eyes and see if the sensor LED beam is lit. If not, or if they are blinking, you may need to call a repairman. Always keep the area surrounding your sensors clutter free as items can fall against the safety eyes and move them out of alignment or cut the wires. Pets should also be kept away from the sensors as wires can be chewed or disconnected from the unit. Spiders love safety eyes to build their webs around. These webs can block signals but also, since they are so sticky, they attract dead bugs, leaves, twigs and other debris that can sensor signals and even scratch the senor lenses. Keep these clean and free from dust, mud and other debris by wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Most safety sensors are made so that you the consumer can align them on your own. Simply adjust them manually until the beam matches up and the garage door works again. Test by using your remote and also by lowering your garage door and intentionally blocking the signal to see if the door reverses.

Lock button

Your opener unit may have a lock button that can stop your remote from working. This lock button is located on the wall switch inside the garage. This is a safety feature designed to prevent anyone from using your remote while you are away on vacation or away from home while the remote is still in the car (or at least, not with you!).  This lock button is sometimes activated and then forgotten about. Or, it may be activated by accident and no one realized it until your remote seemingly stopped working. Check your opener system and if it does include this wall lock button, unlock it and see if your garage door works as it should now.

Call the pros!

If none of these tips work it may be time to call in the professionals. You are always welcome to call our shop, or your favorite East Cobb, GA garage door repair experts, and have them come to your aid. It helps that you tried and tested several of the above tips; be sure and tell your technician what you did. This saves him time and effort since he won’t have to re-do your work.