Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Work

  • 2 years   ago

As a homeowner, you’d want to make sure that every maintenance aspect is being taken care of. This will mean taking a proactive approach so that potential problems are detected early before getting out of hand. There are issues that will come up surprisingly even when you think you’ve dealt with pretty much everything that the house could throw at you. When it comes to the garage door, it is important to identify when it is feasible to fix the problem on your own and when reaching out to a professional will be necessary. There could be a couple of reasons why your garage door won’t work and we’re going to highlight some of them.



Dead Transmitter Batteries

As much as it might appear obvious, your garage door requires power in order for it to function. When the batteries are out, it will be impossible for the transmitter to send signals for the garage door to open. There could be other issues as well but you should make sure it has nothing to do with transmitter batteries. If that is not the case, you might have to look for an overhead door repair and service company to diagnose the problem and come up with a solution. You should start by checking if the transmitter inside the wall is able to open when it is pressed. Changing the battery will be a straightforward process and you don’t need to watch DIY videos.

Misaligned Photo Eye

If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s, you’ll probably remember how you’d run to get inside the garage before it could close completely. Things have changed a lot over the years. Any garage door installed after 1993 has photo eyes that are able to detect if there is anything that would prevent the garage door from closing. This has improved the safety of garage doors but has also come with a lot of challenges. The garage door could be closing normally but nothing happens when you try to press a button to perform the same function. There could be an issue with the light beam being blocked. This can be caused by dirt and debris.

The photo-eyes will need to be cleaned regularly. Make sure not to scratch the eyes. This is because it is made of glass and is easily damaged. If the photo eyes aren't still functioning when they’ve been cleaned, the next thing that you’ll need to check is the alignment. The eye will need to be pointing in the same direction and at the same angle. If you think that this is too complicated to fix, you can look for a garage door repair technician so that you’re not making things worse.

Track Not Aligned Properly

A door that is not properly aligned could lead to serious issues. For your door to move with ease, the metal track will need to be aligned properly. When you start seeing gaps, you know you will be dealing with serious problems in the near future. The weight of the door will only make things worse and that is why the issue will need to be fixed as soon as possible. If the door is not because when the issue is not the alignment, you’ll have no other option but to call an expert as it is not an issue that you’d want to tackle on your own. A garage door technician has the experience and the necessary equipment to provide a fix for the problem.

Broken Springs

You might be having broken springs if you’re the door won’t go or up or down when the transmitters are working perfectly. If you happen to be around when the springs break, the sound is usually characterized by a huge bang. You might think it is firecrackers. You’ll obviously notice the problem as soon as it happens.

Limit Not Set Correctly

If your garage goes all the way up instead of staying in a fixed position, there could be a problem with the setting of the limits. This is a common problem with new garage doors and it could take a while before you get used to it. You can use the dials and knobs to help with setting the limits so that you’re not experiencing such a problem. Make sure to check the manual because the specifications will vary from one brand to another. You might have to try out a few adjustments before you can find the correct limit settings for the garage door.