Garage Door Opener Repair Anaheim, CA

The most common answer to the question, “Why won’t my garage door open?,” is a broken garage door opener. That is why our highly trained garage door technicians are always stocked with the tools and parts to perform your garage door opener repair. From our location in Anaheim, we love to serve our community with the best local garage door opener repair.

You’ll notice your garage door is malfunctioning if the keypad or remote won’t open the garage door. However, broken garage door springs or loose garage door cables could also be the reason your garage door won’t open. So, let’s walk through the steps of identifying if the problem is with your garage door opener or another part of your door system. 

First, look on the side of the garage door opener to ensure the light is on. If not, you might just need to reset the electricity to restore it to functioning. Try unplugging and reconnecting the opener to the outlet. However, if the power works, but the garage door still won’t open, your next step is trying to open the garage door manually. If the garage door can’t be lifted manually, the issue is most likely with your garage door springs, cables, or tracks. But if your garage door can be opened manually, then a broken garage door opener is your problem. In this case, you’ll need to schedule garage door opener repair.

 
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Garage Door Opener Repair

Signs You Need Garage Door Opener Repair

  • Garage door won’t open with the remote or keypad.
  • You hear unusually squeaking or grinding noises.
  • You notice the slow opening and closing of your garage door.
  • The garage door has unreliable opening and closing.
  • The garage door begins to close, then reverses.
  • Your opener is reaching 15-20 years old.

Types of Garage Door Openers

Chain Drive Opener

A chain drive opener is the most common and affordable type. This opener type is usually the best choice if you’re looking for a simple system that gets the job done. It operates on a metal chain that connects the trolley and motor. But with this simple and affordable mechanism comes a downside: chain drive openers tend to be noisy. This is because most of the parts are metal, creating a lot of vibration and noisy operation. This means a chain drive  isn’t a great option if you have a room above or beside the garage. 

Belt Drive Opener

A belt drive opener has a similar mechanism to the chain drive, but it operates on a rubber belt instead of a metal chain. This makes them a great smooth motion alternative if you’re looking for an opener with quiet operation. In fact, belt drive is known for being one of the quietest opener options across the board. Beyond just quiet operation, belt drive openers have the added benefit of a long life span because the lack of vibrations reduces wear on parts. 

Screw Drive Opener

With a screw drive opener, a trolley moves along a threaded steel rod while the motor rotates the rod, opening and closing the door. This opener type tends to land as the midrange option between chain and belt drive openers for both quiet operation and longevity. But when it comes time to update your garage door opener, we would definitely recommend a belt drive over a screw drive.

Jackshaft Drive Opener

A jackshaft, or side mount, garage door opener is your modern option for opener upgrades. Instead of being installed on the ceiling like chain and belt drives, a jackshaft opener is installed on the wall beside the garage door. It is a great option if you want high lift tracks or have a heavy garage door. That said, a jackshaft drive is more expensive than most other openers and doesn’t fit every garage door system.

Direct Drive Opener

A direct drive opener is another modern option known for its quiet operation. It is built with a stationary chain inside a steel rail, meaning it has only one moving part located in the traveling motor carriage. This lack of moving parts makes a direct drive a great option if you need to ensure your garage door stays quiet.

What Are Garage Door Safety Sensors?

Garage door safety sensors are part of the automatic reversal system that ensures the safe functionality of your garage door. In fact, safety eyes are the most important safety feature for your garage. This technology works by making sure your garage door stops and reverses if there is anything in the opening. That way, your children and pets cannot be hurt by a lowering door. It works by automatically triggering a reversal if someone or something steps in front of the eye sensors. This safety mechanism is important to a discussion of openers because it should come standard. Your garage door opener will work with the eye sensors to reverse the door so it is necessary to ensure both are functioning. 

How To Test You Garage Door Automatic Reversal System

  1. Open your garage door and then push the wall button to close the door. 
  2. Stand near the garage door and wave a long object—like a broomstick, golf club, or rake—in front of one of the door’s safety eyes to block the sensory beam.
  3.  If it successfully blocks it, the door should reverse.
  4. If it does not reverse and reopen, pull the item out of the path of the closing door. 
  5. Close the door again and clean the sensor eyes with a soft, dry cloth. Then gently adjust them by hand if they look out of alignment. 
  6. Open the door and repeat the sensor eye test. 
  7. If it still won’t reverse and reopen, a trained service technician should take a look at it.

This is a relatively simple, quick test you can perform on your garage door with items you keep in your home. For more information on how to test the automatic reversal system, read our blog, “How to Test the Automatic Reverse on Your Garage Door.” Or, schedule an appointment with Sunwest so one of our certified technicians can perform this test for your garage door. We would love to perform your garage door opener repair!

FAQ

As a general rule, a garage door opener lasts 10-15 years from the installation date. However, this lifespan varies greatly depending on the type of opener, your maintenance routine, and how often you use the opener. For example, a chain drive opener that is used 2-3 times every day may last less than ten years before needing replacement. For an accurate assessment of how many years are left in your garage door opener, set up a maintenance appointment with us at 714-528-5670. Or, schedule garage door opener repair with one of our friendly garage door technicians. 

The cost of your garage door opener repair depends on two factors: the extent of the damage and the brand of opener. In our experience, garage door opener repairs are possible on all the major brands of openers like LiftMaster, Genie, Chamberlin, SOMMER, and Craftsman. For example, small garage door opener repairs like adjusting the eye sensors can be completed at a low rate with no replacement parts. On the other end, if you need multiple replacement parts for your motor, the cost can be near the cost of a new opener. In this case, we can give you several options for garage door opener replacement.

Opening your garage door manually is a simple process you can complete in a few steps. We clearly outlined each step in our blog, “Quick Guide for Manually Operating Your Garage Door.” This is a very useful procedure to know if your opener breaks suddenly, leaving your car trapped in the garage. 

If your garage door starts to open or close and then abruptly reverses, the problem is most likely with your garage door opener safety sensors. These safety eyes are installed on the opening of your garage door to prevent children or pets from being injured by the door. However, they can get out of alignment or dirty, preventing the door from closing. In this case, try readjusting and cleaning the eyes to see if that repairs the issue. If not, you should consider scheduling a garage door opener repair appointment with us at 714-528-5670.

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