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How does your remote garage door opener work?

Most people have remote garage door openers installed in their garages, because they make life so much easier for everyone in the family. An automatic garage door in Brisbane is perfect for security purposes and helps immensely when it’s pouring rain outside and you can simply drive straight into your garage without getting wet.

A remote garage door opener is a pretty simple device that’s controlled either manually or by your garage door remote control and is designed to open your garage doors. So how does this all work?

A brief overview of how your remote garage door opener operates

First of all, the remote garage door openers don’t actually lift your garage doors, the opening and closing of your doors is achieved by counterbalance springs that are attached to the doors. The springs are attached to cables, which are attached to the automatic garage door and the tension in the springs causes the door to be opened or closed via the steel cables.

This why you need to ask for help if you think you have a problem with the springs, because as they are under such great tension, you can seriously injure yourself if you don’t know what you are doing.

The steel cables are rolled up in a clockwise direction to open the doors and anti-clockwise to close the doors. Rather than opening and closing the garage doors, the remote garage door openers have limit switches that determine how far the doors open and close and keep the doors closed as well.

The motor for your automatic garage door is attached to the ceiling of your garage at the end of a track. A chain and belt runs between the motor and runs along the track to help open and close the doors. When you press your garage door remote, the motor and the tension spring open and close the doors and the limit switches make sure that the door is either fully closed or fully open.

Your automatic garage door is also fitted with two safety features. The first prevents the door from closing if anything or anyone is detected underneath the door as it closes. The second is a manual pulley that you can use if there is a power cut to either open or close the doors.

If you are in the market for a new automatic garage door in Brisbane, you can get a quote online today.