Top 10 Reasons Why Your Garage Door Does Not Work

Posted 2/8/2020

The garage door is the biggest piece of machinery in your home and it can be very impractical when it stops working properly. So we've compiled a quick list of the ten reasons why your garage door may not work properly. There can be plenty of other reasons, of course, but these ten are the most common, and when you call a professional, they can be fixed quickly and easily.

The first reason may seem really obvious, but you will be surprised how many times people forget to check the batteries in their remotes or transmitters. So before you assume the garage door won't open because it's broken, make sure your battery-powered device hasn't lost power first.

If your garage door closes too quickly, you probably have broken springs or cables. Some garage door solutions may be a DIY, but we would recommend calling a professional if this is the case, as handling cables and springs in garage doors can be dangerous.

A sign that your garage door is not properly aligned on its tracks may be a rubbing sound when it reaches a certain location when you open or close it, or it may slow down when it reaches that location. You may also see gaps between rollers and the rail itself or bends in the rail itself. In that case, this is a serious problem and can eventually become dangerous if you do not fix it right away. Call again a professional who handles this so you do not put yourself or your family at risk.

If your garage door opens properly but does not close when you press the button on the remote, it may be because your photo search sensors are dirty or incompatible. These sensors are in place so that when something crosses the invisible beam along the ground under the garage door when it closes, it will automatically return and open again. This is in place to potentially save lives, so never close the door for someone, like your child or even a pet. If the sensors are dirty, they may not be able to see each other and therefore cannot send a beam back and forth, causing your garage door to think it should not close. When you clean them and it still does not close, it may be because they are not adjusted properly. Be sure to place them at the same height and adjust their angles to fit each other.

If your door starts to close but then stops and turns every time, it could be because something is blocking the door path on the ground, like toys or trash, or because something is blocking the door on the course itself. First, make sure there is nothing near the garage door when it closes, and second, check the track itself for any accumulation of dirt, dust, etc. Drying the lane with a damp towel or cloth should solving this problem and regular cleaning of the track will prevent this from being a problem in the future.

If your garage door does not lift at all, it is probably due to a broken torsion spring. These springs are what make the heavy lift when you open your door and like any piece of machinery can wear or rust over time. Sometimes people are at home when the springs break and it can make a loud bang. If this is the case, call a professional right away and do not try to fix this or try to open the door. The springs need replacing and can be dangerous, so leave it to the experts.

If you hear the garage door opener run for a few seconds but your garage door does not open, make sure to check for the above problems and if none of them are the problem, double check to see if your door is is locked manually. Many garage doors have a manual lock and can often be found in the middle of your door. Be sure to unlock the door before trying to open it again automatically.

If you hear the engine in the opener running full time, it would take to open or close the garage door, but the door is not moving, the power switch may have been activated. All garage door openers come with this switch, so if the power is ever off, you can manually open or close the door. The switch is often attached to a rope that can be pulled or a button that can be turned, and sometimes the rope can be accidentally detached from the switch. If this happens, the door is disconnected from the engine. Open or close the garage door all the way, reattach the rope, and then try to open the garage door with your remote or transmitter.

If your garage door is opened and closed at random, one of two things can happen. First, make sure your transmitter is not jammed under something or pushing up against something in a bag or glove compartment, which will push the button at random. Second, the frequency of your transmitter can sometimes be mixed with one nearby, just like your neighbor's garage door remote, so when he or she uses their remote, it also opens or closes your door. It is possible to change your garage door frequency or reprogram it, either by consulting your user manual or by calling a professional to assist you.

If your garage door closes properly but opens immediately instead of staying closed, it's usually because of the open and close limit setting on your opener. This boundary setting is an interval that tells your opener how far the garage door should move to be fully closed, and if the settings are incorrect, the garage door assumes that when it hits the ground to close, it is not fully closed and instead is to hit something in its path, causing it to flip automatically. This range can be adjusted on your garage door motor with some knobs or knobs. See your user manual for the specific range needed for your particular model, and you may need to test it a few times before finding the perfect setting. If none of this works and your garage door still doesn't close, call a professional and have them look at it for you.




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