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4 Reasons Your Garage Door Isn’t Closing Properly

It is very frustrating when your garage door isn’t working as it should. Imagine waking up one morning, or coming home from work, and your garage door won’t open or close.

This kind of garage door problem is a headache. Late for work, garage door companies are closed at night, etc. Such a hassle.

Some people might try to fix it themselves before calling a professional. This can be dangerous, or at the very least, can make the problem worse. Unless you know what you’re doing, you probably won’t be able to fix it.

Calling a professional garage door company is the best course of action if your garage door isn’t opening or closing properly.

Why Won’t My Garage Door Open?

There are a few reasons why your garage door isn’t opening or closing properly. Below are a few possible causes:

1. Photo-Eye Obstructed

Most garage doors have a photo eye that detects an object underneath your garage door that prevents it from closing all the way. The photo-eye is a safety feature that prevents a child or valuable object from being crushed by the heavy garage door. It works by shooting a laser light from one end of the garage to the other. If something gets in the way of the laser, it will automatically open back up if it’s closing.

The photo-eye is located about 4 inches above the ground. It needs to be aligned with the other photo-eye on the opposite side of the door. Sometimes readjusting this is all it takes to get your garage door working properly. If the photo eye is actually broken, you’ll need a tech to fix it for you.

2. Your opener is unplugged.

This has actually happened to a customer of ours, who called us out because her garage door wasn’t working and all we had to do was plug it in! She felt a little silly but it happens to the best of us.

If your garage door won’t open or close, before you call a tech check that the door is connected to its power source. A good indication that your power is disconnected is if you don’t hear a sound when you attempt to open the door.

If you discover the power isn’t connected, just plug it in! Should work like new!

3. Malfunctioning Remote Control

If your power is connected, next look at your remote. You can try replacing the battery on the remote to see if that helps. If it doesn’t, time to call a tech!

4. Broken Springs

Your torsion springs could be to blame for your door not opening or closing properly. Springs work to make your garage door easier to lift open and shut. If the springs weren’t there, the door would be too heavy to open with the garage door opener.

If the spring breaks, the garage door won’t open.

If you see a broken spring or suspect this is the case, don’t try and fix it! This can be dangerous. If the spring is not fully broken, it can snap at any point and fall down on you or anything in the way. Be safe and call a tech.

If you try any of the above “fixes” and they don’t work, or you discover that a spring is broken or your photo-eye is out of alignment, the best bet is to call a professional, licensed tech who can properly assess and fix your door.

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Replacement of Damaged Section vs Replacement of the Entire Garage Door

It can cause a bit of confusion when home owners are contemplating whether they should replace their garage doors or simply replace one panel. In some cases, small repairs can be enough to have your garage door operating smoothly again. There are situations when the only option is to replace the whole door. There are a couple of key points which can help make the decision much less complicated.

Inspection and Detection

The first step in making this important decision is to visually inspect the entirety of your garage door. Look for dents, scratches, and warping. In most cases, this type of damage is considered cosmetic in nature. These types of issues may only require a bit of fixing and perhaps a single panel replacement. Even though this is simple it should not be postponed. Any type of repair should be completed as soon as possible.

A small amount of damage, if not addressed immediately, could result in further damage to the garage door as well as additional repair costs. In the event that this delay causes further damage to the structure or safety features, it could jeopardize family safety. Garage doors are extremely heavy objects under immense pressure and one slip could mean grave bodily injury and/or death not to mention property damage.

  • If more extensive damage is found upon inspection the entire garage door may require replacement. Look for deep scratches and/or dents as well as structural damage. Damage that has been caused by an impact should be inspected by a trained professional.
  • A garage door which does not open and close properly may only need a few specific parts to be repaired and/or replaced. One simple fix for this is to reset the switch for the motor casing assembly.
  • Depending upon the local climate, the garage door may need adjustment between seasons. Be sure to make these adjustments in very small increments or it could damage the door further and the whole door may have to be replaced.
  • Common components that often require replacement are rollers, springs, and/or its tension rods which traverse horizontally or diagonally on the inside of the garage door.
  • Garage doors require proper routine maintenance which includes cleaning and lubrication. Debris and dirt can literally gunk up the works and cause the garage door to operate slowly or even simply not operate.

Call a Garage Door Pro

The first consideration should not be to replace your entire garage door. Many times the panel may not even need replacement for minor cosmetic damage. It is often best to contact a professional garage door technician to sort this out. Our knowledgeable team at *insert name* is waiting for your call now. The difference in the cost of replacing your entire garage door and replacing a single panel can be several hundred dollars. Allow us to assess your situation to determine which is best for your family.

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