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Garage Door Not Opening Or Closing? 3 Reasons Why

by Kaylee Craig

Your garage door has a lot of moving parts, which means that it is susceptible to experiencing issues with opening and closing at various points in its lifetime. Depending on what is wrong with the garage door, you may be able to perform the repair yourself. However, in other cases, you may need to contact a professional. In order to determine whether it is a do-it-yourself job or something to be left to an expert, you need to be able to determine what it is wrong with the garage door. Here are three of the main reasons why your garage door may not open or close.

Issues with Your Remote

The first thing that should be checked is your garage door remote opener. If the remote is not opening or closing the garage door but you are able to use the manual button inside of the garage to open the door, then the problem lies within the remote opener. First things first, change the remote's batteries, resync the remote with the door, and thoroughly clean the lens. If you are still having issues with the garage door opening and closing, you may need to talk to a garage door service about a replacement.

Broken Spring

If a garage door spring snaps, you may hear what sounds like a loud crash or gunshot. Of course, if you aren't home when the spring breaks, then you may not hear this sound, which means you may not have the slightest clue as to what occurred and why you the garage door isn't working properly. So, you should inspect the garage door for indications of a broken spring. If you find a damaged spring, the spring will need to be replaced. You can usually order replacement parts online or through a local garage door company. However, when it comes to replacing it yourself, things can get rather complicated, so you may want to leave this job to the professionals.

Inaccurate Settings

When your garage door is installed, it is preprogrammed with settings that determined how far the garage door is going to move when it is opened and closed. These settings are known as force and travel settings. If these settings are programmed incorrectly, then the garage door will malfunction. If the setting is informing the garage door to move too far when the door is closing, then the door will open when it touches the ground. If the setting isn't telling the door to move far enough, then the door won't open or close all the way. You can attempt to readjust the settings yourself by reading instructions in the garage door manual, or you can opt to hire a professional to adjust them for you.

For more information, contact a garage door service near you.


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About Marcus Thompson

My name is Marcus Thompson and about 8 years ago I found myself raising 3 children on my own. Before becoming a single father, I was too busy in my corporate world to even realize my home was falling apart. However, as I began spending more time at home, I began to notice all of the issues that were quickly causing my home's value to decrease. I couldn't afford to hire a contractor to fix these issues, so little by little, I began learning how to fix these problems myself. Over the years, I became a dedicated DIY enthusiast who is capable of fixing any issue I may encounter in my home. Creating this website is my way of sharing everything I have learned over the years with other parents and homeowners so that they too can begin taking control of any issues they may experience with their home.