Has your garage door opener suddenly stopped working properly? Not sure what might be causing the problem? How inconvenient! Fortunately, our team at Door Power is here with some answers. We know how irritating a non-functional garage door can be—especially when your vehicle is still parked inside. Below, we’ve outlined a few common culprits behind garage door opener failure and what you can do about them. As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask our team!


Remote Control or Keypad Won’t Operate the Opener

If your wireless remote control or wall-mounted keypad suddenly stops activating your garage door opener, there are several possible causes. Here are a few of the most common ones:


●        You’re out of range. If you’re using a wireless remote control, try moving closer to the garage door and depressing the switch again. Even a few extra feet between you and the opener antenna can interrupt the radio signal that activates the opener.

●        Antenna placement or damage. The opener’s antenna should be fully intact and should point downward. Adjust the antenna to its appropriate position and inspect the component for signs of damage.

●        Dead battery. If your wall-mounted keypad works, but your wireless remote stops functioning, you’ve probably got a dead battery on your hands. Replace the battery and test the remote opener again.

●        Improper programming. Both your wall-mounted keypad and remote control require specific programming to function properly, and sometimes, that programming can go kaput. If you’ve tried everything else and your opener still won’t operate, contact a professional who can reprogram the system.


Wall Switch Won’t Activate the Garage Door Opener

If you depress the garage door opener’s wall switch and nothing happens, the problem almost always stems from a power source disruption. Check the following areas for signs of a power disconnection or tripped circuit:


●        The outlet where the garage door opener plugs in

●        The circuit breaker, fuse panel, or GFCI outlet associated with the opener

●        The power cord that attaches to the garage door opener (look for damage)


If you can’t locate a power disruption at your breaker box or your receptacles, there’s a definite chance the garage door opener motor recently burned out. Diagnosing a non-functional opener motor is a job for the professionals, as is the garage door opener replacement you’ll inevitably require.


Garage Door Reverses Before Closing Fully

Does your garage door automatically reverse before it touches the floor? Here’s what might be going on:


●        Faulty rollers. If the door’s rollers are rusted, damaged, or otherwise compromised, they can create excess friction within the garage door track. When there’s too much friction, the opener essentially “thinks” it should stop the door prematurely because friction means the door has reached its normal stopping point. Examine the rollers for signs of wear, and while you’re at it, clean the interior of the garage door tracks, too.


●        Improper close-force setting. The close-force setting controls how much pressure is necessary to close the door completely. When the adjustment screw that controls the setting is improperly positioned, that also creates excess friction. Similar to a damaged roller situation, a highly sensitive close-force setting can also fool the door into reversing prematurely.


Garage Door Will Not Open Completely

If your garage door raises as it should but won’t open all the way, you’re likely dealing with one of the following issues:


●        Damaged rollers. If the door’s rollers are damaged, rusted, or slow moving, they can stick, which may prevent the door from opening fully. Inspect the rollers for signs of damage or wear and have them replaced, if necessary.


●        Up-limit switch placement. If your garage door opener’s up-limit switch is positioned too far away from the motor unit, the door cannot open all the way. This issue typically presents itself immediately after your garage door installation, so if your door is older, the switch probably isn’t the problem.


Need Garage Door Opener Repair In Norwood? Contact Door Power Today

At Door Power, we’ve been serving homeowners throughout Norwood, MN, and the surrounding areas since 1967. When you trust our team with your garage door opener repair or new installation, you’re not just trusting anybody—you’re trusting a team that truly values the investment you’ve made in your home. On average, all of our technicians have 15 years of experience in the field, so when we diagnose and repair your garage door, you can rest assured we’ll do the job right. To learn more about our services or to schedule your appointment, give our team a call at 952-467-3199 or send us a message online, and we’ll be in touch!