A garage door that does not close properly is not just a safety hazard; it also compromises the security of your home. If your garage door doesn't close fully, there are several small issues that may be causing the problem. At Door Power, we know how important it is that your garage door functions safely and provides protection for your home. To help you better understand why your garage door won't close, we've listed a few of the most common reasons behind the issue. Take a look.
The Photo Eye Is Blocked
If your home has a modern garage door, it likely has two photo eye sensors that will prevent the door from closing when obstacles are present in the door's path. If an unknown object is blocking the photo-eye sensor, your garage door will refuse to close.
If you don't find an object in the path of the sensor, dirt and dust accumulation may be blocking the sensor's beam. If you've cleaned the photo-eye and the door still won't close, your sensor or its power cord may be damaged. If that's the case, we can inspect your door, locate the damage, and perform a garage door opener repair.
The Garage Door Opener is Malfunctioning
If you're operating your opener within range of your garage door, but the door doesn't respond, it's time to inspect your garage door opener. First, verify that the unit contains operational batteries. If new batteries don't fix the issue, the antenna on your opener motor may be damaged or otherwise blocked from the signal. Make sure the antenna hangs downward so it can recognize the signal from your remote. If all else fails, it's time to contact us for a garage door opener repair or recalibration.
The Limiter Needs Recalibration
A garage door's limiter controls the up and downward movement of the door, along with its movement speed. If the settings are not accurate, your door may close, hit the ground, and reverse upward because the system perceives a collision with an obstacle.
To reset your limiter, you'll need to locate the limit switch adjustment dial. If the door doesn't close fully, adjust the limiter down; if it doesn't open fully, adjust the dial up. Keep in mind: you'll need to make tiny, incremental changes to avoid over adjusting the door and causing it to slam open or shut.
The Rollers Are Misaligned in the Garage Door Track
If something has caused the rollers in your garage door track to become misaligned, your door may move slowly, become stuck, or may not move at all. Misaligned rollers and misaligned tracks can also cause grinding or rattling sounds during door operation. If you've recently noticed odd noises while attempting to close your door, a garage door track problem is likely your issue. We can inspect your rollers and tracks, clear any debris, and, if necessary, perform repairs. If the tracks are bent or damaged, they may need to be replaced.
Need a Garage Door Repair? Contact Door Power Today
At Door Power, we've been servicing garage doors since 1967 for homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro. Whether you need a door inspection, a garage door spring replacement, a new cable, or recalibration of your opener, our experienced team is here to serve you. We pride ourselves on our friendly, prompt, and transparent service, and we'd love to make you our next satisfied customer. To learn more about our products or repair services, give us a call at 952-467-3199 or feel free to message us on our contact page.