3 Possible Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won't Open


Having an electrical garage door can be very convenient. However, that convenience can turn into frustration when the garage door refuses to open. The solution for your garage door opening problems can be simple or it can be complex, depending on what is causing it to malfunction. Here are three possible reasons why your garage door won't open.

1. Problems with the garage door remote

One of the most common reasons a garage door won't open is because there is an issue with the garage door remote. You should try changing the batteries in the remote. If this solves your problem, then you can rejoice with the ability to open your garage door again.

However, if changing the batteries doesn't fix the problem, there could be other issues with the remote. At this point, you should see if you can open the garage door using the system control panel on the wall in your garage. If it doesn't open, then your problem is not with the remote at all. But, if it does open, then it could mean you need to clean the battery contacts or the eyes on the remote and the receiver.

2. A broken torsion spring

The torsion spring is what helps lift all of the weight of your garage door when it is opened. If you went through all of the troubleshooting with the garage door remote and you found that it wouldn't open even by using the wall-mounted control switch, then you could likely have a broken torsion spring. Without a functioning torsion spring, there is nothing to help the mechanical garage door opener lift the bulk of the garage door.

You can replace torsion springs yourself, but many people opt to call a garage door repair professional in their local area. If you are in doubt about your ability to replace the broken torsion spring, then it is best to contact a professional to do the job.

3. The garage door has come off the track

Another problem that can cause your garage door not to open as it should is if it has come off the track. In order for the garage door to open, the rollers on the garage door have to be fitted correctly on the tracks. If they become misaligned, then the garage door won't open or close as it is meant to.

Fixing the garage door track alignment can be a do-it-yourself job if you know what you are doing. The important thing is to know when you are in over your head and call a professional, like those at Garage Doors Of Naples Inc, to come help you out.


1 July 2015

repairing garage door damage from auto impacts

I thought the most difficult part of teaching my son how to drive would be out on the roads, but I didn't think about what he could do to my garage door before he even left the driveway. It took one small tap with the car to damage the garage door. Even though the garage door itself looked to be fine, the impact had caused some damage to the mechanical components, and we couldn't use the garage for a while. My blog explains what we had to do to make the repairs and will give you some tips for avoiding this type of accident around your home.