An automatic garage door is extremely useful, but it can create quite a bit of frustration if it won't close properly. There are several causes that can lead to closure failure, and proper diagnosis is necessary so that the right repair can be scheduled.
1. Safety Beam Obstruction
The safety beam consists of two sensors located near the bottom of the garage door. An infrared beam of light arcs between these sensors. If the beam is broken by an obstruction, such as a fallen tool or a pet, then the garage door won't close until the obstruction is removed. The beam can also malfunction or the sensors can be knocked out of alignment, which will require a repair.
2. Loss of Power
A loss of power can occur for a variety of reasons. The automatic door opener motor may have a short circuit or wiring issue that prevents the proper flow of power. Blown fuses can also lead to a power loss, as can a localised power outage. Issues involving electricity are best left to a repair person to address since electrical components can be quite hazardous to troubleshoot and repair.
3. Malfunctioning Remote
The automatic garage door opener remote is a vital part of the system, so its failure may mean a garage door that is stuck in the open position. Sometimes the issue is as simple as replacing the batteries. In other instances, a repair person may need to replace the remote and reprogram a new one to work with your automatic opener.
4. Track Misalignment
A slightly misaligned track can cause a door to become stuck in the open position or simply to close in a jerky and erratic fashion. Generally, the problem track can be realigned so that the door operates properly. If track damage has led to the misalignment, then it may be necessary to have the track replaced completely. Your repair person will also inspect the door rollers to verify that the problem track did not damage them. If damage is found, the rollers must also be replaced.
5. Broken Torsion Spring
Torsion springs aid in raising the garage door. If one spring breaks, then the door may hang unevenly with one side pulled upward and stuck open, while the other side of the door droops down toward the closed position. Replacement of the springs solves the issue, but the repair must be left to a professional as torsion springs are under high tension and can cause injury.
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23 August 2021
Hello! My name is Roger and this is my new blog. Last year, I had some real problems with my garage door. It kept sticking and wouldn't open when I pressed the button on the remote control. In the end, I decided to have the entire thing replaced. I had never chosen a garage door before. I thought it would be easy but in fact, there are lots of things you need to consider. Thankfully, the garage door contractor I went to was really helpful and explained everything I needed to know. Once I had found the perfect garage door, the contractor installed it. I'm really happy with my new garage door.