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Understanding how automatic door openers operate

You might not believe it, but automatic door openers have been around for a long time, however, it’s only over the past twenty years or so that they have become affordable for most Australians. In fact, they have become so popular that it’s unusual to see a home without an automatic garage door opener in most Australian cities.

If you have an automatic garage door in Brisbane, have you ever wondered how they operate? Well, most of us don’t give much thought to our automatic garage doors – residential home owners just click the button and away they go!

You might be surprised however, to learn that it’s not the motor that actually takes the weight of the doors as they open and close. That honour goes to the torsion spring, which is the first culprit we look at if your automatic door openers have stopped working.

How does your automatic garage door opener work?

When you click the button on your remote control, the motor attached to the ceiling of your garage is switched on. The motor is usually a half horsepower, which is plenty of power to operate a system of pulleys and torsion springs that open and close your automatic garage door in Brisbane.

When the garage doors are in the closed position, they cannot be opened unless a signal is sent from your remote to turn the motor on and start the pulley system working. Some newer models also have a manual system that overrides the motor and allows you to open and close the doors if there is a power cut.

Maintaining your automatic door openers

As you can appreciate, the motor, pulleys and torsion springs all work together to open and close your garage doors. Any problem with any of these three components and your doors will not operate properly. Problems can also occur with the wall sensors that prevent the garage doors slamming into the ground on closing or closing when there is an obstruction under the door.

It’s always a good idea to have your automatic garage door opener serviced regularly, just to be sure that everything is in good condition, particularly if you have a family. Garage doors add a sense of security for home owners, so you always want to make sure that they are in tip-top shape.

To book a service for your automatic garage door in Brisbane, call us on 07 3869 2525 or get a quote online.