There are few things in life that are as annoying as when your garage door opener starts working. It seems like it would only be a minor inconvenience, but it becomes incredibly annoying when you have to actually get out of your car and lift the door manually. You may have to contact a garage door opener business to come and fix your door. If the problem is particularly bad, you may even need a garage door replacement.
You have to be careful with garage doors when they do not open correctly. On one hand, you do not want to call a repairman if it is not necessary. On the other hand, you do not want to try to fix it yourself only to find out that you actually made the problem much worse. The general rule of thumb is to try to fix the easy stuff, but leave the harder stuff to the pros. If it is the controller on the wall, the problem might be fixed just by flipping the breaker switch. You should also check to be sure the tracks are clear. If none of these fixes your problem, it is time to call in the pros.
One of the biggest reasons you should have professionals come and look at your problems is because the door is really heavy. The door is not properly stabilized when you are trying to make adjustments to it, it could fall. The door is heavy enough so that it could really do some damage or cause a serious injury if it fell on something or someone. Professionals are also better at making the adjustments to the tension too. If you do not set this right, it could strip the teeth of the unit causing you to have to replace the whole thing.
There are several things that you can do in order to reduce your risk of having problems with your garage door opener. Like almost anything else, if you take good care of the door and its components, it will last a much longer time and it will work better even as it gets older. The best way to make sure that you do not get stuck outside is to keep the batteries fresh. If you do not keep fresh batteries in your controller, you know it is going to die on the coldest day of the year after you had to work for 12 hours straight.
Another thing you can do in order to prolong the life of your garage door opener is to keep all of the pieces properly lubricated. If the gears, pulleys and track are lubricated correctly, everything will operate smoothly and there would not be any jerking. This means there will be much less strain on the motor as well as the pieces of the unit. Another important part of maintaining the effectiveness of your garage door opener is to check the weather stripping. This would not necessarily keep your unit functioning for a longer time, but it will be more effective at keeping the cold and critters outside.