What To Do If Your Garage Door Won’t Close
Trying to close your garage door only to have it stop midway or to not move at all can be stressful. What can you do to see what is causing your system to not work properly? Thankfully, it’s easy to determine what is causing the problem and finding out what you can do to help solve the problem only takes a few minutes of your time.
Here are a few of the most common reasons why a garage door will not close:
Check the power
It’s essential to ensure that the electricity has not gone out in your home. This can be easily done by going into a room and testing the lights or even accessing the electric panel to see if the fuse has tripped off. If so, all that needs to be done is to reset it to bring back the power and close your door.
Adjust and align the safety sensors
If the door moves but fails to close there might be a problem with the safety sensors. These sensors are part of every garage door installed in the past 25 years and they work by putting out a beam that detect if an object or person is in the path of the door. If there is an obstruction, it automatically prevents the door from closing to avoid any damage.
Check to make sure that the safety sensors are aligned. With time, the sensors might become misaligned or loose which could lead the beam to not align correctly. This can easily be solved by moving the sensor back into position or adjusting the screws.
Check for any debris or sunlight on the safety sensor
Some safety sensors might be covered in dust or other debris as a result of a recent storm or just due to wind blowing dust into the sensor. A quick wipe with a paper towel or wipe should be enough to clear the debris without any issue.
Sunlight is an often unexpected culprit that could be causing your garage door to not function correctly. Sunlight can be entering your garage when you open the door and can interrupt the beam from reaching the other sensor. In these cases this can be fixed by simply moving the sensor to another place or just covering the sunlight to block it from coming in.
Is the track aligned correctly?
The metal track that your door rides needs to be straight in order for the door to move up and down properly. This makes the alignment of the door essential for it to work correctly and avoid any problems that could cause it to run into issues.
Garage doors are heavy and can be dangerous to work on so attempting to repair it yourself could be dangerous. In these cases, it’s important to call a garage door professional who has the necessary tools and knowledge to safely realign and repair the door without any issue.
Broken cables or springs
If you heard a loud bang upon closing the door and you no longer are able to operate the door, this could mean that the springs or cables that lift and lower the door might have cracked or are broken. If this is the case, contact a professional and do not attempt to repair it yourself. Under no circumstance should you try to replace the springs yourself. The door is heavy and could cause serious damage if it’s worked on by someone who is not sure of how to repair it.
How do I close my garage door?
Every garage door opener will feature a disconnect switch that can be pressed in order to close the door manually. It can be a simple knob that can be turned to disconnect the system or a rope that can be pulled to disengage the opener.
If the door doesn’t close but the motor runs normally this could mean that the disconnect switch is engaged. This can be solved easily by engaging the opener once more.
Need help repairing your garage?
While manually closing your garage door can work in an emergency, it’s essential to call a garage door professional to get your door fixed. This will not only allow for it to work flawlessly but will also give you a chance to determine if anything else needs to be fixed.