This is a guest post courtesy of Neb Aleksic, a Sales Manager at Doorcare.
If you try to open or close your garage door and it just won’t budge, it can be for a number of reasons. Most are relatively simple to diagnose and fix yourself, but some can be more complicated, or even dangerous. Here are seven of the most likely reasons why your garage won’t open and how to solve them.
Many garage doors with motors also have some kind of sensor or laser that detects if there is something, or someone, in the way of the door. If your garage door is open and will not close, make sure there is nothing blocking the sensors. If there isn’t anything blocking it, make sure the sensor is properly aligned.
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Most garage doors with motors come with two torsion springs that do the heavy lifting when moving the door. If either of them break, the motor won’t be able to move the door open or closed. Handling torsion springs can be extremely dangerous, so you should call a company to fix them. It is very common for torsion springs to break, and is the most frequent reason why people call a repair company.
When a torsion spring breaks, they often cause the cable or tension springs to break from the weight they aren’t meant to handle. It is one of the reasons why you should not try to open or fix a garage door with a broken torsion spring, as you can be injured if you are nearby when the cable snaps. Call a professional repair company to fix any broken or dislodged cables.
The first thing you should check is the track to see if it has been bent or knocked out of alignment. If the track is not straight and aligned properly, it can turn into a serious problem that prevents the door from moving at all. This is a complicated and dangerous fix, it’s highly recommended that you contact a repair company to fix this issue.
The Rollers Are Off the Track
One of the more simple reasons for a garage door not moving is because one or more of the rollers have come off the track. This can be because the rollers are worn down enough to pop out of the roller, or due to a problem with the track itself. If there’s nothing wrong with the track, you can try replacing the roller or popping it back onto the track.
If your garage door has a motor, one of the likely reasons for the garage door not moving is because the motor lost its power. If it runs on a battery, check to make sure the batteries are not dead. If it has any power running to it, check the lines to make sure they are intact and working properly. If power still isn’t getting to your motor, find a garage door expert for service so that they can take apart the motors smaller electrical components.
Some garage doors come with manual locks for extra security, so you can keep your garage securely closed if you go away for an extended period. Sometimes you or someone else might have accidentally hit the button for the lock, so you check if the lock is engaged and press the button again to unlock it again if it was.
This is a guest post from Neb Aleksic. Neb is the Sales Manager at Doorcare, a company specializing in home and property improvement projects. He is an expert when it comes to residential garage doors and commercial overhead doors, dock levelers, automatic gates and accessories. Connect with Neb on Twitter.