You may run into occasional issues with its performance if you have an automatic garage door. With a quick fix at home, you can solve most automatic garage door issues, however, professional attention may be required by other problems. Especially during the summer months, whether components can overheat, is one worry many homeowners have with their garage doors. Today, we at AAA Action Doors would like to discuss overheating problems.
Overheating Garage Door
Your garage door can overheat, just like any electronic device. Especially if you’re opening and closing your garage door frequently within a short period, this scenario is particularly common in hot weather. The opener mechanisms can become overworked and begin to emit heat very quickly when you excessively operate your automatic garage door. Overuse and problems with the door’s mechanisms are the two most common reasons for garage door overheating. For the longevity of your garage door opener system, finding the root of the issue as soon as possible is critical.
Can a Garage Door Motor Overheat?
A garage door motor overheating with excessive use, particularly in hot weather. When the garage door gets too hot, the motor will automatically shut itself down. An overheating opener motor could be the culprit if you try to remotely open your garage door with no success. For several reasons, garage door motors occasionally stop working. Your garage door motor needs to cool down before you can use it again if you’ve been using your garage door frequently within a short period, it’s summer or a combination of both. Before attempting to open it again in this scenario, experts recommend waiting 20-30 minutes.
What Causes a Garage Door Opener to Overheat?
The garage door opener overheating is possible since the garage door motor is part of the opener itself. If the motor gets overheated, the opener’s operation will cease as most garage doors have automatic thermal overload features. The primary way you can tell whether your residential garage door opener is overheated from frequent use comes from this safety feature. You may see smoke if you have a serious technical problem with your garage door opener that causes it to overheat. It’s important to shut your garage door opener system down and unplug it immediately before contacting a garage door professional to inspect the problem when this happens. The motor has already been damaged beyond safe use even if your garage door still functions after the opener cools.
How Can I Make My Garage Less Hot?
Limiting the frequency of use during warmer months is the simplest way to prevent your residential garage door from overheating. For instance, avoid operating your garage door more than once within 15 minutes during the summer. Potential overheating can occur by running the garage door motor more than a few times within an hour. Refrain from using it for at least 20 minutes, and longer if your garage is especially hot when you suspect that your garage door is overheating. You need to call a garage door professional who can diagnose the issue and make necessary repairs if you see smoke coming from the opener or your garage door still won’t open after a significant amount of time has passed.
What to Do if My Garage Door Does Not Work when its Hot?
The metal on the bracket and rails expands in a way such that the safety sensors become misaligned when the weather gets hot. In order to help them align, experts recommend applying a heat-resistant lubricant to your garage door brackets.
What Makes a Garage Door Opener Smoke?
You most likely have a blown starting capacitor if your garage door opener has started to smoke. Power flows to the starting capacitor and builds up enough charge to supply the torque to open the door when you energize the motor by activating your garage. Your capacitor has malfunctioned and needs to be replaced immediately if you see smoke.