How to Troubleshoot a Belt Driven Garage Door Opener


Genie was the first manufacturer of screw-drive, belt-driven garage door openers. Genie garage door openers can be installed professionally by dealers, or there are do-it-yourself installation versions that you can buy boxed at hardware stores. Both types can be maintained and troubleshot by a homeowner. Routine monthly maintenance is worth doing to keep problems to a minimum and primarily involves lubrication.

Things You'll Need

  • Batteries
  • Oil
  • Check the power source if the opener doesn't run from the wall button. Try plugging something into the outlet that the motor uses. If the appliance runs, then the problem isn't with the power supply to the motor. If the power supply is okay, check for any broken, snagged or damaged wires between the wall button and the motor.

  • Try using the wireless remote control. If the wireless remote control doesn't open the door, replace the batteries in the remote control.

  • Open and then close the door with the freshly powered remote control. If the door starts down and then stops and goes back up, there's a problem with the Safe-T-Beam system. The Safe-T-Beam is an invisible bean that's used to check for obstructions. Clear any obstructions. Clear snow and ice, too.

  • Try the door again, if the door starts down and then stops before it is closed, or the door won't close, check the garage door for binding. Adjust the close force. The close force adjustment is on the side of the motor.

  • Perform maintenance. Lubricate the belt-driven garage door opener's moving parts if the door starts up but stops before it's fully open. Play with the open limit adjustment. The open limit adjustment is on the motor.

  • Tighten up all the fasteners if the door's operation is noisy.

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