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bumfuzzled

05:58AM | 11/13/02
Member Since: 11/12/02
3 lifetime posts
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My new bride's garage door is acting weirdly. When the button in the garage is pushed it doesn't always open the door all the way. Sometimes the door lurches briefly and stops. Another push on the button might open the door 40%, where it will stop. (You have to repush the button to get it to close again, so you can start trying to open it all the way again). What is the problem with this system?
Thanks.

ACD

06:48AM | 11/13/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
it may be one or more things causing it. First check to see if the door itself opens freely. Disconnect the opener from the door and open and close the door. if it moves freely, go to the opener itself. There are adjustments for force. You can adjust the ipforce a little at a time as needed until it opens all the way by itself. Be careful though that you dont mess with the reversing adjustment, and make sure the door reverses properly after you get the opener to open freely. I have 8' garage doors and had the same problem with both openers. The door took a bit more force to get past the first section, but moved OK after that point mainly due to its weight. I could probably adjust the springs but thats a dangerous thing to do without the proper tools. If you find the door is too heavy for you to lift easily, call a garage door service company to come out and inspect the tracks, rollers and springs.

rpxlpx

09:23AM | 11/13/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I suspect most people rarely or never maintain their garage doors. The rollers and all hinges need lubrication. Also the chain, if it has a chain drive. Sometimes just lubrication will make a big difference in how well a garage door opens.

Another thing to do is to make sure all bolts and screws in the door are snug. Mine work loose every other year and that prevents the door from working smoothly.

One more thing: The rollers can wear out and wobble on the stems, or even break free of the stems. Check them all. They're cheap and easy to replace, but do that one at a time with the door closed so it doesn't fall on you.

jes1reg

03:40PM | 06/08/07
Member Since: 06/07/07
1 lifetime posts
One of the windows(I think it is fiberglass) fell off the garage door. How can I replace it?
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