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Understanding How Garage Door Openers Work

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You probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about how your garage doors go up and down. But by learning more about them and, more specifically, by educating yourself about your specific garage door opener, you can learn how to avoid the need for residential garage door repair. Check out the different parts of your garage door opener and what each of them does below.

Operator
The operator is the heart and soul of your garage door opener. It includes a motor and gears, a backup battery in case the power goes out, and everything your garage door opener needs to function. If you have a problem with your operator, your entire system will likely shut down, and you will need to have garage door repair done immediately.

Drive Mechanism
Every garage door uses either a belt or a chain to open and close the door. The gears in your opener’s operator will pull the belt or chain back to open the door or push it forward to close the door. The belt or chain runs along a drive guide, also called a T-rail, throughout the process. You should monitor your belt or chain and lubricate it regularly to keep it working properly.

Spring
One of the most common problems with garage doors involves the torsion springs that are used to lift them. These springs can wear out over time and will either need to be repaired or replaced. When they are working properly, though, the spring helps with the heavy lifting associated with bringing your garage door up or letting it down.

Sensor
Today’s garage doors are required to have an emergency sensor near your floor that will tell your operator if there is anything blocking a door’s path. If there is, the door will stop closing and begin opening again immediately. Test the sensor occasionally to make sure it’s doing its job.

Star Overhead Doors specializes in residential garage door installation and repair. You can call us at (281) 936-0030 today to get help with your garage door in Houston.

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