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If you have an automatic garage door opener, you may enjoy the convenience of being able to push a button and operate the door without having to get out and manually open and close the door. However, you may have started having issues lately that have left you wondering whether the unit is going bad.
When you start having trouble with the opener, the first thing you should do is check the remote's batteries to ensure they are not dying and sending the wrong signals. If you are still having issues with the door after changing the remote control's batteries, look for a couple of signs that malfunctioning sensors on the garage door opener are causing the issues.
1. Garage Door Stops Halfway While Closing and Reverses as If Something Is in the Way
One sign that the sensors on the garage door opener are causing your problems is when the door refuses to close completely. As soon as it reaches a certain point while it is moving, the door stops and reverses as if something is in the way.
If this is the case, the sensors may be out of alignment and are reading obstacles in areas other than directly under the door. Or, the lenses may be dirty and need to be cleaned.
2. Door Starts Closing Even If Your Car Is Not Yet Inside the Garage
Another sign that the sensors on the garage door are malfunctioning is when the door starts to close before you expect it to. The door may open completely when you push the button on the remote, but it will start to close while you are still underneath it.
In this case, the sensors may be going bad and are not reading the presence of your car underneath the door. In this case, you may either have to have the sensors checked and replaced by a professional or replace the entire unit.
If your garage door is behaving erratically by refusing to close entirely or trying to close while your car is still underneath it, the problem probably lies with the opener. The sensors may be dirty or misaligned, or they may be malfunctioning. If you cannot figure out the problem or feel it is time to replace it, contact a garage door opener company to speak to someone who can help you figure out how to fix the issue or select a new unit.