“My garage door opens by itself” — a very rare problem but nevertheless a very true and possible occurrence.
When your garage door starts to do what we refer to as phantom operations, it can be really unsettling and bothersome especially to the involved parties.
This is because the phantom operation can leave our garages and our home vulnerable to unwanted visitors and factors alike.
But why exactly does your garage door open by itself and what can you do about it?
Common reasons why your garage door opens by itself
Although very rare, there are indeed situations where some of our clients call us and ask why their garage doors open even if they remember closing it properly the previous day.
The good news is, although it can be really troublesome, fixing a problem like this can be relatively easy to do depending on the cause.
As long as you know what may be causing these situations, then solving the problem should be fairly easy to do.
Some say that when your garage door opens by itself, it is because a plane is passing by over your home messing up with your garage door openers.
But that really is not the case, or at least, not anymore.
So what exactly causes this phenomenon we know as ‘Phantom Operation’?
Well, to answer your question, here are some of the possible scenarios for your situation.
Modern garage door openers have two safety mechanisms that function when your door closes, both of which can contribute to your garage door opening by itself problem.
These mechanisms are made such that if it reaches a certain condition, your garage door automatically reverse opens itself.
If you have observed that this is what’s happening to you, then this could be really simple to deal with.
In order for your garage doors to no reverse open, once you close them, all you need to do is make sure that nothing is obstructing your garage door’s path and that your photoelectric sensors are by no way misaligned or interrupted.
As long as you do this, then your garage doors will eventually go back to working the way they use to.
Another possible reason as to why your garage doors are opening by themselves could be due to your incorrect limit settings.
Garage door openers have what we call a limit setting which indicates and tells your opener the distance between the floor to the top of your garage door and when the wrong distance is inputted, then the door perceives hitting the floor as having hit an obstruction resulting in it to open again.
It is also possible that a storm surge or power surge has accidentally damaged your garage door panel’s electrical circuit causing it to send open command involuntarily to your garage door opener.
Lastly, it could be possible that the reason why your garage doors keep opening themselves suddenly because a neighbor of yours uses the same code and frequency as you do.
The chances of this happening are very rare however, it is not possible as we have had encounters with situations like this.
To confirm your theory, check around if any of your neighbor’s garage doors open when you open your garage door.
What can you do about your problem?
Although having your garage door open on you suddenly is unsettling, it is not like there is nothing you can do about it.
In fact, there are a lot of things that you can do and try out if you ever find yourself in a situation like this.
First and foremost, while ii still isn’t repaired, make sure to lock your garage doors on your garage door panel.
Doing so will make sure that it remains closed even when the ‘open’ button is pressed since the only way to deal with it is to disable it again.
This will give you a better chance of protecting your garage door opener if you plan on going out for quite some time.
Another thing you can do is have a garage door monitor installed somewhere you can see it a lot so whenever your garage door opens itself again, you are well informed and can have it closed immediately again.
Lastly, there are some features of your garage door opener that can help you deal with a situation like this.
You can enable your door’s feature to send you a notification via email whenever your garage door is opened or you can program it to have your garage doors closed right away after it is opened for a while.
By doing this, you can minimize the risk that comes with exposing your homes to unwelcome visitors.
In order to fix this situation permanently though, you may have to consult with your local garage door repair company and ask for assistance regarding your problem.
Leaving your garage door open and vulnerable is never an option.
After all, garage doors were made to protect and secure your homes.
So when a situation like this happens, stop delaying the problem and contact your local garage door repair company to have it fixed right away.
We have been in this industry for quite a while now and has been providing great and quality services to the residents near the area.
Aside from repair services, we also provide garage door installation and garage door maintenance services.
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