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Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open or Close

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The garage doors are one of the important parts of our homes as they provide security to our vehicles and other belongings. However, there are times when our garage doors refuse to open or close. This can be extremely frustrating, especially when we are in a hurry to leave or enter our homes. There are a few reasons why this happens, and understanding these can help us avoid this frustration in the future.

1. The Photo-Eye Is Blocked, Dirty Or Misaligned

The garage door photo-eye is a small device that is mounted on the side of your garage door. This device allows your garage door opener to detect when someone or something is in the path of the garage door and will prevent the door from closing if there is an obstruction. The photo-eye consists of two parts – a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter sends out a beam of infrared light, and the receiver detects this beam. If the beam is interrupted, it triggers the safety mechanism on your garage door opener, and the door will not close. 

You should always ensure that your garage door photo-eye is not blocked, dirty, or misaligned, as it is a critical safety feature. If you have any doubts about its operation, you should contact a professional garage door repair company for assistance.

2. No Power In the Operator

The most common reason for a garage door opener to stop working is that it has lost power. This can be due to a tripped breaker, a dead battery in the remote, or a malfunctioning wall switch.

Try pressing the wall switch to determine whether the opener has lost power. If the opener starts working, you know that the problem is with the switch or the wire connecting the switch to the opener. On the other hand, if pressing the wall switch does not cause the garage door to open, you know that there is a problem with either the breaker or the wiring between the breaker and the opener.

3. The Transmitter Batteries Has Expired

If your garage door opener is working, but the door itself won’t move, you are probably dealing with an expired transmitter battery. A common symptom of a dead transmitter battery is when the opener button on the wall inside your house starts blinking rapidly. This blinking indicates that the opener is trying to communicate with the transmitter, but it’s not getting a response because the battery is dead.

Some transmitters have a removable cover that allows you to access the battery compartment without removing the entire transmitter from its mount. Other transmitters may require you to unscrew or pop off part of the housing to get to the batteries. You can try replacing the batteries in your transmitter; if that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the entire transmitter.

4. Broken Cables

The cables that help lift and lower the heavy door are under a lot of tension, so when they break, they can make a loud noise and cause the door to stop working entirely. The cables may also become detached and fall, posing a safety hazard.

If you think your cables may be broken, it’s best to call a professional. Trying to fix them yourself could result in further damage and could also be dangerous. Garage doors can be very heavy, and if they fall on you while you’re trying to fix them, you could end up seriously injured

5. Blocked Remote Signal

The remote control sends a signal to the opener to open or close the door. If something is blocking the signal, such as metal siding on a home or interference from another electronic device, the opener may not respond.

It’s important to make sure that there is no obstruction between the remote and the opener. If there is an obstruction, move it and try again. Also, make sure that any other electronic devices near the garage door are turned off to prevent interference.

6. Misaligned Door Track

The door track is the curved metal track that the door rolls along as it opens and closes. The most common causes of a garage door track misalignment are loose brackets or rollers, or a heavy door.

If your garage door has a misaligned door track, it can cause the door to become stuck in either the open or closed position. In some cases, the track may also become bent or warped, which can cause further damage to the door. If you see that the door track is misaligned, you can try to straighten it yourself using a screwdriver or pliers. However, if the track is severely damaged, you will need to call a professional garage door repair company to fix it.

Also Read: Benefits Of A Smart Garage Door Opener

7. Someone Locked the Door Manually

Typically, a lock handle on the inside of the garage can be engaged to prevent the door from being opened from the outside. If this lock is engaged, it will need to be disengaged before the door can be opened or closed. This is an important thing to check when all other things are working just fine.

8. A Gear has Been Stripped

A likely reason your garage door opener isn’t working is that gear has been stripped. When the opener is in the open position, it’s normal for some slack to be in the chain. If there’s too much slack, however, it can cause the gears to strip.

If your garage door opener is experiencing this issue, you’ll probably hear grinding noise when you try to open or close it. To fix this problem, you’ll need to replace the gear(s).

Call Prime Garage Doors

If you’re having trouble with your garage door opener, there are a few things you can try before calling a professional. First, make sure that the power is turned on and that the opener is receiving power. Next, check to see if the remote-control batteries are expired. You can also try to realign the door track if it is misaligned. If none of these solutions work, you should call a professional garage door repair company for assistance.

Prime Garage Doors has years of experience repairing and servicing garage doors and openers. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible service. Call us today to schedule a repair appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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