You’re running late for work; with your coffee in-hand, you jump into your car—but wait, your garage door won’t open.
You’ve just come home, and want to relax, have a drink—but your garage door won’t let you in. It’s jammed.
It happens to the best of us, and it happens at the most inconvenient of times.
We list out the most common reasons why a garage door won’t open.
The lock handle Is Engaged
When the lock handle is employed, it does not let the garage door open automatically. If your garage door does not open, start by checking the lock handle and make sure it is not engaged.
The Garage Door Opener Batteries are dead
If you open and close your garage door multiple times in a day, your garage door opener will need to get its batteries replaced occasionally. Even the backup opener runs on batteries. So if you haven’t replaced the batteries for a long time, replacing it now is a good idea.
The garage door tracks are misaligned
If there is a gap between the rollers and rail, or the rails have a bent in them, then this can be a serious issue. The weight if the door will make this issue worse, making it dangerous to open the door. For this, you will need to call a professional to fix it.
Springs are broken
Over time, the springs may become worn out and break—a very common occurrence. Broken springs could lead to broken cables. They need to be replaced as early as possible.
The door sensors are not aligned or the eye lens are not clean
There are two sensors on each side that have a laser between. Whenever the laser is broken, the garage door does not shut, or changes direction if it is closing.
This is to prevent the garage door from closing on people and objects, an important safety feature.
This could be due to two reasons. The sensors are misaligned and not facing each other; Or the eye lens of the sensors are not clean; for this you will need to call a commercial door company to get it cleaned.
We have highlighted the most common causes, however there can be many other problems holding that door. It is always advisable to have a professional take a look, as attempting to solve certain problems on your own can be risky as well as worsen the situation. Give us a call if you’re in San Diego County!