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.