Posted on 2015-06-19 by Author admin
You're in a rush and head to your car then hit the garage door opener you hear a grinding and feel a sudden halt. The door won't open. Don't panic! Pull the appropriate cord or lever and open the door manually. But, know this is a temporary solution and understand that your garage door opener needs some tender loving care.
Taking care of your garage door opener can easily be a do-it-yourself job, simply by breaking down your problem into sections of the garage door's inner workings. When your garage door opener makes a grinding noise but the door fails to move completely or at all, here are some useful tips to identifying and fixing the issue.
1. Check Your Lubrication
First, the easiest fix is to determine whether the system is dry, meaning in need of lubrication, or some good old grease. The most common areas to lubricate are the main gear and screw gears. The main gear can be found about in the center of the opener box at the top of your garage.
Simply grab a ladder and detach the cover and look for the wheel and spool. The grease should be something like a lithium spray and cover both the spokes of the wheel and the connection between the spool and grommet. Using a lithium spray ensures longevity. It is not recommended that you use WD40 because its lubrication is short-lived.
The next place to lube is the screw drive, which has a spiral patterned cable, or chain, which uses teeth that run into individual chambers, that raises the door. Doors that use chain drives use lube best found at a motorcycle or bike shop. Don't forget to put a little grease on the door joints as well, as this will minimize additional creaking as the door lifts.
2. Check Motor Parts for Wear and Tear
Another common problem to look for while you are inside the opener case is a stripped or chewed gear. When a gear is worn out, you will likely see shavings around the motor house. This may not be obvious when in place, so it is important to take apart your garage door opener and check this and other parts. Furthermore, you should check the belts that move between gears for fraying. Finally, look at the teeth of the drive sprocket. If they are not symmetrical, but rather appear hooked, then the chain has been stretched and both need to be replaced.
3. Check the Pulley System for Damage
If the door is difficult to lift manually, you should check the springs for damage. Without springs that can contract and open, the door will stall either part of the way or entirely. Next, make sure the rollers are not off track, or that bearings are not broken on the pulleys. These are found along the long track from the door to the garage door opener.
All in all, garage door repair doesn't have to be costly. If you have a handy side, you can simply order the part from a garage door service or online. Though it requires some basic tools, a do-it-yourself repair is not out of the question.