Garage Door Openers
Updated: May 13
Your garage door opener repair is one of the last things you'd want to go out on you, because if it does that means you'd lose the convenience of your garage door opening at will. You couldn't just pull into it with ease like it was built to do, and no one wants to manually open a heavy door every time they want to get in their car! Now you need garage door opener and the concern for cost or your ability to do it yourself is in the front of your mind.
There are several reasons a garage door won't open. Here are the most common:
The sensors are not working or are blocked.
The door is dislodged from its track.
The torsion springs are broken.
The Sensors Are Not Working or Are Blocked
Garage doors have a photo eye which detects if a person or object is blocking the door from lowering all the way. It shoots a laser across the length of the garage that, if interrupted, will cut off the signal used to lower and raise the door. This is an important safety mechanism.
Check to see if the cord attached to the eye is cut or damaged; occasionally, a rainstorm or leak can damage the photo eye. Dust and dirt can clog the eye and block the laser beam, so a thorough cleaning with a tissue can sometimes solve this issue.
The Door is Dislodged From Its Track
Make sure the door is rolling smoothly along its metal track. Check the track for bends, bumps, gaps, or obstacles. Listen to and watch the door's progress: Do you hear any squeaks or areas of friction? Does the door seem to slow down or get stuck along the way? If so, you'll know that section of track is misaligned.
The Torsion Springs are Broken
Garage door springs are the first to go on a garage door. You'll know that their broken by the noise of what sounds much like a gun shot. We recommend that you not try and repair these yourself, but seek out a professional to replace it.