Six Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Close

Your garage door won't close? Here's why!

If your garage door won’t close or won’t close all the way, don’t panic. While it may seem that the issue is serious, it is fairly common. It could be due to several reasons ranging from the door not being properly aligned with the track and motor to a malfunctioning sensor. Sometimes, you may be able to fix the issue yourself, but it is best left to the professionals. To help you better understand your garage door issues, here are the top reasons why your garage door won’t close:

Dead transmitter batteries

If your transmitter batteries are dead, it won’t be able to send a signal to the garage door to open. The first thing to do is to check if the transmitter can still open and close the garage door. If yes, all you need to do is to replace the batteries.

Misaligned or damaged tracks

If the garage door tracks are not aligned properly and are not precisely parallel, the door won’t open properly. It won’t be able to run over the metal track. So, look for any gaps between the rail and rollers, and see if the tracks are bent, clogged, damaged or warped. It is important to identify such problems early on and have them repaired. Otherwise it can cause extensive damage and you may have to get the tracks replaced.

Something blocking the remote signal

Like any other remote, your garage door remote has a tiny antenna that communicates with the antenna on the garage door opener. When there is an obstruction in the path, the communication will break, and the door will not open on your command. Check the antenna on both your remote and the door opener, and clear any obstructions that you see.

Problems with garage door sensors

Garage door sensors detect if something or someone is in the path of a closing garage door and prevents it from closing on them. If the safety sensor system is not receiving power, is knocked out of place, or has been installed/setup incorrectly, the garage door won’t close at all or it won’t close all the way. The best way to identify a sensor issue is to check if the door goes up. If it does, but doesn’t go down, or immediately reopens after closing down, it is a sign of problem with the sensor.

Damaged springs and cables

Garage doors rely on various springs to open and shut. If any of these springs are damaged or broken, the door can become misaligned and may not close properly. Another culprit could be damaged cables.  As the doors rely on cables to lower the door properly, any damage to the cables can prevent the door from closing. Just have a look at the springs and cables to see if they are broken or damaged. If they are, call the repair professionals immediately.

The limit setting adjustment

If your new garage door closes but then reopens right away instead of staying closed, check the limit settings of the door opener. The limit defines how far the door needs to move to close all the way. If it opens immediately after closing, it could mean the limit is not set properly.

These are just some of the problems that can prevent your garage door from closing properly. There can be several other mechanical and electrical problems that can affect its proper functioning. If you are facing garage door problems and you can’t figure out what’s wrong, it is best to request service from professionals. Get in touch with us now to book a service.