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Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open or Close

People use the garage as an access point to their home, a place to store their car, a place to work, and for storing various household items. So, if you suddenly find that your garage door won’t open or close, it can be a real inconvenience. Either you can’t get access to what you need or everything inside the garage is left unsecured when the door won’t close.

There are lots of reasons why you might find yourself stuck in this predicament, some more serious than others. So, let’s look at some of the most common reasons why your garage door won’t open or close.

Low battery

The simplest cause of this and the easiest to fix is when the batteries in your opener remote have died. Simply change the batteries for new ones and you should be good to go. You can also open your door manually if you don’t have any batteries in the house.

Blocked photo-eyes

Photo-eye sensors are a safety feature that helps to stop the garage door from closing on someone or something in its path. If something is obstructing these sensors, then your garage door will not close. Make sure nothing is in the path of the garage door and clean the photo-eyes so that nothing is tricking them into thinking there’s something in the way.

Broken garage door springs

A more complex and dangerous problem is if your garage door springs are damaged. This will probably cause your garage door to stop opening and closing properly, especially if the damage is severe. As this is a high-risk repair, you should call a professional technician to replace your garage door springs for you.

Snapped cables

Similarly, a snapped garage door cable will prevent the opener from lifting your garage door open. A garage door with snapped cables could come crashing down if it’s in an open position, so keep everyone clear of it and call in the professionals.

Misaligned garage door

If your garage door becomes misaligned or its rollers come off the tracks, then your door will likely be crooked when you open it and might not open completely. If you keep opening and closing your garage door, this misalignment could become worse, so you should call a technician to adjust your garage door and get it back on its tracks.

If you’re stuck with a garage door that won’t open or close for any of the above reasons, then call Carolina Garage Door for professional servicing and garage door repair. We can diagnose and fix the problem as efficiently as possible. And don’t forget regular maintenance to prevent this from happening again.

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​Replacing Your Garage Door is a Valuable Remodeling Project​​​​

Renovating and remodeling your home can be a costly endeavor, but if you’re making home improvements with the idea of selling it in the future, then they can also be profitable. But it can be difficult to know which renovations are worth the money. You’ll be pleased to know that it’s not always the most expensive or extreme makeovers that bring in the bucks. Small changes can make a big difference, and one of the most profitable of them all is installing a new garage door.

New garage door return on investment

Exactly how profitable is replacing your garage door? According to HomeAdvisor, the return on investment from a new garage door is a whopping 97.5%. This means you recoup almost all of the money you’ll spend on buying and installing that new garage door during resale. And with the average cost of replacing your garage door standing just above $1,000, you won’t have to spend a fortune on the job initially, either.

Why is it so profitable?

Selling your home is all about curb appeal. Your interiors might be stunning, but the way the front of your home looks is what gets them interested and in the front door. If the front of your home looks shabby, then much fewer people will show interest and take a tour of your home in the first place. Improving areas like your garage door, front yard, and porch boosts your home’s curb appeal and draws in interested buyers.

Buying a home with a brand-new garage door is also financially appealing. Anyone moving into that home knows that they’ll have minimal problems with the door in the coming years as it should be in excellent condition. They know that it will be a long time before they have to worry about replacing it, which can be expensive.

What if you’re not selling?

Even if you’re not planning to sell your home, replacing your garage door is still a sensible investment. Garage doors are long-term investments, lasting more than 20 years before needing replacing. So, as we mentioned above, you won’t have to worry about replacing it again any time soon. And since your new door is in great condition, you won’t have to spend as much maintaining it or paying for repairs when something goes wrong.

So, put that $10,000 bathroom remodel on hold and invest in a new garage door for a better return on investment. Contact Carolina Garage Door for your new garage door and installation around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.