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How do you fix your Martin Garage Door?

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August 18, 2011 5:06PM

Fixing your Martin Garage Door may not be as complicated as you think.

After consulting with several dealers and some service people, at the Salt Lake City manufacturer, here are some common questions they help people resolve. As you will note, most of them deal with photos eyes, which is a problem fairly easy to resolve.

My remote does not work but my wall button does. What's wrong?

The battery in your remote is probably due for replacement.

My garage door does not work unless I hold down the button on the wall. What's wrong?

Have you replaced the battery in your remote recently?

Photo-eye light is flashing and wall button remote does not close or open the door. What's wrong?

The light flashing on the photo eye suggests your photo eyes are not properly aligned. When aligned properly one will have a steady green light and the other a red light. A flashing or blinking red sensor shows that it has been knocked out of alignment, or that the lens on your photo eyes may need to be cleaned.

My door isn't working. Why?

The first step is to check the photo eyes. Located near the floor on the sides of the door, one sensor should be green and the other red. A flashing or blinking red sensor shows that it has been knocked out of alignment, or that the lens on your photo eyes may need to be cleaned.

Why does my door stop going up, before it is completely open?

Are the sensors on your garage door on? Located near the floor, one sensor on one side of the door should be green, the other red. If the red sensor is flashing or blinking on or off, your sensors are probably out of alignment or the lens needs to be cleaned.

Check overhead to see if your spring is broken? If so you'll need to have it replaced by a professional.

Why won't the door go down? Or I've raised my door, but why can't I close it?

Check overhead to see if your spring is broken? If so you'll need to have it replaced by a professional.

The light on my garage door opener is flashing or blinking. What is wrong?

A blinking light usually signals some sort of problem with your photo eyes. Is something in the path of the two photo eyes, or has the alignment on your photo eyes been bumped or do the lens' on the photo eyes need to be cleaned. A cobweb or a speck of dust can affect the sensors and cause the blinking light to indicate there is a problem. The door also may have hit an object while going down.

What do I use to lubricate my garage door?

Martin manuals suggest a high-quality 10/40 motor oil on the hinges and other moving parts. Do not use a de-greaser like WD40. Oil yearly for a smooth operation. You may also want to rub candle wax on the jamb/wall where the door slides against.

How do I clean the parts on my garage door?

As needed, use a lightly oiled cloth to wipe galvanized parts to help retain a clean galvanized look. In damp, wet areas, galvanized parts the door may require painting to help prevent rust.