Why Your Garage Door Opener Needs A Surge Protector - Starlite Garage Doors

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Why Your Garage Door Opener Needs A Surge Protector

At Starlite Garage Doors, we perform service calls for all kinds of garage door opener problems. A common cause for some of the problems we encounter is a power surge. There’s a very simple precaution you can take to prevent these problems in your home. Here’s why your garage door opener needs a surge protector, and how you can get one.

Power Surge Damage

Power surges can cause many different kinds of damage to your garage door opener. It can affect various components within the opener system, leading to lots of different symptoms. You may encounter any of these issues after a surge:
● Safety sensor LED’s not lit
● Remote or keypad not working, or only working sometimes
● Garage door won’t open, or only opens sometimes
● Garage door opens spontaneously
● Circuit board light on opener is blinking

These symptoms can be caused by a damaged circuit board, burnt wires, or burned out motor. Any one of these can require very expensive repairs. In many cases, you’d be better off replacing the entire garage door opener.

What Causes Power Surges?

Power surges are sudden spikes in the electrical current in your home. Some surges are small and don’t cause any noticeable problems in your appliances. Others can cause massive damage throughout the home, or simply damage one electrical item.

These surges can be caused by natural sources, particularly lightning strikes to your home or a nearby transformer. They can occur from outside sources such as when the utility company is conducting power grid switching. Surges can also happen when high powered appliances like refrigerators or air compressors kick on.

Preventing Power Surge Damage

Preventing these issues is very easy to do by making one small purchase: a surge protector. Spending less than $20 on a surge protector now can save you from having to purchase an all-new opener later. Surge protectors can be found in any electrical store or even general retail store. Plug the surge protector into the nearest outlet, then plug the opener into the surge protector.

The surge protector has a fuse inside that is rated to fail at a certain power level. This creates a physical break in the electrical connection so that a power surge doesn’t ever make it to your device. If this happens, you’ll notice that your garage door opener stops working, and the indicator light on the surge protector is out. Now, instead of calling for a repair company to fix or replace the opener, you just go buy a new surge protector.

Call Us for a New Garage Door Opener

You may already know that your garage door opener needs a surge protector because you’ve already had a power surge. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, give Starlite Garage Doors a call right away and we’ll come assess the problem right away. We can repair the damage or replace the entire garage door opener system for you. Call us anytime, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and we’ll set up a convenient time to start working on your problem.

Customer Service is our #1 Priority

Starlite Garage Doors

2346 S Lynhurst Dr Ste. 503,
Indianapolis, IN 46241


We pride ourselves in taking care of garage door repairs right away. Our technicians are committed to using top quality tools and parts so you can have long-lasting repairs.