Reasons Garage Door Won’t Close or Open
If your garage door won’t close, it can be frustrating and even dangerous. There are a few different things that could be causing the problem but don’t worry, we’re here to help you troubleshoot. We’ll walk you through some of the most common reasons why a garage door might not close, and how to fix them.
Garage Door Sensors Misaligned
There are a few different reasons why your garage door might not be closing properly. First, let’s check the sensors. If the sensors are dirty or misaligned, they might not be able to properly detect obstacles in the door’s path. To clean the sensors, just use a cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris. If the sensors are misaligned, you can usually fix them by gently pushing them back into place.
Garage Door Torsion Springs Broken
Garage door torsion springs are one of the most important parts of your garage door. They provide the counterbalance that allows your door to open and close with ease. If one of these springs breaks, it can be a major inconvenience. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot a broken garage door torsion spring. First, check to see if the spring is loose. If it is, you may be able to tighten it yourself. If the spring is completely broken, you will need to replace it. You can purchase a replacement spring at most hardware stores. Be sure to measure the spring before you purchase it so that you get the correct size. Once you have the new spring, simply follow the instructions that came with it to install it. With a little bit of effort, you should be able to fix your broken garage door torsion spring and get your garage door working like new again.
Please note that garage door torsion springs operate under high tension and can be very dangerous to replace. Call Garage Door Pro for help, don’t risk your health.
Garage Door Opener Disengaged
If those things don’t solve the problem, there could be an issue with the opener itself. Sometimes, if the opener is failing to properly engage with the track, it can cause the door to have trouble closing. This is usually an easy fix. There is a cable with a red tag that controls the engagement of the opener. Please consult your owner’s manual for instructions on how to engage the opener.
Garage Door Tracks Bent
Next, let’s check the tracks. If the tracks are bent or obstructed in any way, that could definitely cause the door to have difficulty closing. You can try straightening bent tracks with a rubber mallet or a hammer (be careful not to damage them), and you can clear away any debris blocking the tracks with a vacuum cleaner or a broom.
If your overhead garage door is in open position and cannot be closed please don’t force it and don’t stand under the opened garage door, it is very dangerous. Call Garage Door Pro for help, don’t risk your health.
We hope that this short guide has helped you troubleshoot your garage door issue. Remember to check the sensors, springs, opener, and tracks if your garage door won’t close. Most likely, one of those four components is causing the problem. However, if you’re still having trouble after trying those solutions, please contact a professional for help.