Do you happen to find yourself in a situation where your garage door opens by itself even after you made sure to close it previously?
If the answer to this question is yes, then we may be able to help you out.
When your overhead garage doors suddenly open by themselves, it can be quite troublesome and very much of a security risk.
It leaves your homes vulnerable to anyone who happens to pass by your area.
When this happens to your overhead garage doors, then it is most likely due to issues with your garage door remote, limit settings, circuitry, frequency programming, sensors, and etc.
And since we know what is causing this dilemma, then that just means that there is something you can do to resolve the problem at hand.
And if the problem is extensive enough for you to deal with it, then surely a garage door technician will be able to sort things out for you.
However, if you do indeed find yourself in a situation like this, what are the things you should check and what can you do to remedy the problem?
If you are interested to know, then keep reading below and check out this checklist of things you should look out for when your garage door opens by itself.
Garage door remote and wall-mounted switch
There are two things in your vicinity that can open your garage doors — your garage door remote and your garage door wall-mounted switch.
If your garage doors suddenly open or close by themselves, then this could be one of the culprits for such an occurrence.
Check your buttons if for some reason they are lodged in or stuck to its housing.
Also, when pressing the open button on either your garage door remote or your garage door’s wall-mounted switch, check if they stick briefly before bouncing up again.
If this is the case for your overhead garage doors, make sure to have it checked and repaired immediately before it escalates into something even worst.
Remember, if you have stuck buttons, your garage door remote or switch will continue to send signals to your garage door opener and will continuously open and close your garage doors until the button is fixed.
This can result in the wearing out of the other components of your overhead garage doors as well as comprise the safety of your homes.
Identical frequencies and/or codes being used by your neighbors
Your garage door remote functions in a way that it transmits and communicated on a specific frequency using a supposedly unique code that is pre-programmed with your garage door openers.
However, there are instances, although uncommon, wherein your neighbors are using the same frequency and code as you do and thus accidentally triggering your garage doors to open and close.
Well, this case is really very easy to identify, all you need to do is ask yourself this question — does their garage doors open when I open my overhead garage doors?
If your answer to the question is yes, then you should definitely do something about it.
To fix this problem, all you need to do is reprogram your garage door’s remote and you should be good to go.
Reprogramming your garage door remote and opener should be unique for each model and brand so to help you out, go and check your opener’s user manual.
After you reprogram your garage door’s remote, make sure and check if it still opens your neighbor’s garage when you open yours.
If not, then there you go, problem solved.
Misaligned or faulty sensors
Your garage doors have safety sensors that automatically reverse opens your garage door whenever there is something on its way or if the receiver cannot receive the transmitted beam of infrared light.
Now, when you close your garage doors and they suddenly open again, then this could be due to this.
To check and fix this problem, all you need to do is make sure that there are no obstructions on the way and the sensors are not misaligned at all.
Now aligning your garage door’s sensors can be a bit tricky and challenging to do so if you do not know how to do this, then your garage door technician should be able to help you out.
So if you suspect that this may be your problem, do not hesitate to reach out to the closest garage door repair company near you and seek professional help.
Damaged circuitry or wirings
Aside from the previously mentioned causes, it is also possible that there is something wrong with your garage door’s electrical circuitry or its internal wirings.
When this happens, it tends to do weird antics and habits such as suddenly opening and closing your garage doors.
In a situation like this, the best thing you can do is contact your garage door repair technician or the nearest garage door repair company and have them assist you with fixing this problem.
There is nothing wrong with doing this yourself however it is not recommended to do so as it can be dangerous if not done correctly, most especially if you are not familiar with electrical circuitry or wirings.
Incorrect Limit Settings
Another feature of your garage door openers that could cause them to open by themselves is your open and close limit settings.
These settings are responsible for telling your garage doors the distance between the bottom and the top of your garage doors before it completely opens or closes.
Now, if your garage door keeps opening suddenly after it has already closed, then this may be because of your close limit settings.
Basically, what’s happening is that the setting inputted on to your garage door openers may be more than the actual distance between the top and bottom of your garage doors so when it hits the floor, it perceives it as having hit something on the way and thus it automatically retracts and opens itself again.
Now, solving this can be relatively easy.
All you need to do is correct the limit setting of your garage door and make sure that this time, the distance is accurately inputted and your doors should stop opening again once it hits the floor’s surface.
Whatever the problem may be, we can surely have it fixed for you in no time.
We understand how important your garage doors are for you and we wouldn’t want to leave them vulnerable to unwanted factors.
Aside from emergency garage door services, we also cater to garage door installation requests and garage door maintenance services.
If you are interested in learning more about our company, you may contact us in our main office in Edmonton and we will be more than happy to assist you with your inquiries and questions.
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