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Why Won’t My Garage Door Open

Reasons Why Won’t My Garage Door Open

A garage door that won’t open or close is one of the most common problems our Sacramento garage door contractors see. We can understand how frustrating this can be. So, you may be wondering why won’t my garage door open? Well, there are several reasons why. In the article below, we discuss what could be causing your garage door to stop working. 

The Garage Door Is Blocked By Something

If your garage door closes partially and then returns to its original position, it could be because something on the ground is restricting its passage. Examine the path for any objects that may be in the way, such as tools, toys, or athletic equipment. Run a moist rag along each track to remove any debris that may be in the way.

Power Source Is Distributed 

Sometimes the problem is easier to solve than we think. The inability of a garage door to open or close might just be caused by a lack of power. Double check that your garage door opener is plugged into a functional outlet. If this is the case, double-check your breaker box to ensure you did not blow a fuse.

An Error Has Occured With Your Remote

The following are common reasons why your remote garage door opener isn’t cooperating:

  • You’re out of reach. Check that you’re close enough to your garage door for the remote sensor to detect.
  • The batteries are dead. An easy repair that may leave you shaking your head.
  • The signal is not reaching the motor’s antenna. Examine the antenna to ensure that it is correctly hung from the motor.
  • LEDs are used in your garage door opener. Despite being energy efficient, LEDs frequently block the communication from your remote to your opener, preventing your garage door from opening.
  • If your remote continues to malfunction, try reprogramming it. Our friends at Specialized Audio and Video, who offer smart home automation, recommend using a smart home garage opener. This will pinpoint any problems you have.

Garage Sensors Are Down

Many garage doors have sensors that keep the garage door from closing on things. It’s common for your sensors to develop issues over time. They may become blocked, misaligned, or disconnected. The sensors can be tricky. Furthermore, they have to be aligned in the same direction/angle for them to work. Can’t figure out what’s causing the problem? Contact LMS Garage Doors today. Our garage door techs will happily help.

Broken Garage Door Springs

Many Sacramento garage door companies fix garage door springs daily. You’ll know you’ve broken the garage door springs when you hear a loud noise, almost like a firecracker or gunshot. So, if a spring breaks, do not attempt to adjust or remove it on your own since this can be highly dangerous. Instead, contact us so that one of our qualified professionals can inspect your door and repair the springs safely.

Door Cables Have Snapped or Loose 

When a torsion spring snaps, the cable on your door usually snaps as well. This can cause your garage door to close very quickly. Therefore, it’s critical that you remove your vehicle and yourself from the garage until a professional can solve the problem. Read our recent blog post about whether or not DIY Garage Door Repairs Are Safe.

The Door is Out of Order

If your track is not properly aligned, your garage door will not be able to move. Examine the rail for bends or gaps between the rollers and the track, and listen for rubbing noises. So, if any of these occur, please contact LMS Garage Doors to schedule a garage door repair service. 

Garage Door Is Locked 

Some garage doors have a lock handle on the exterior of the door that can be manually locked. Examine the metal parts to check if they have shifted downward. If this is the case, simply locate the locking knob or lever and use it to unlock your garage door.

Regular garage door maintenance can help prevent frequent problems and increase the life of your door. Our qualified specialists at LMS Garage Doors are always available to help with any garage door issue or maintenance service. We service the Greater Sacramento area, including Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and more. Contact us today to schedule a garage door service in Sacramento.