Many people get frustrated when their garage door will not open or maybe not even close. The good news is that you can do a few things to Troubleshoot The Garage Door to figure out what is causing the issue.
If your garage door isn’t opening or closing, you will want to start with making sure that the opener is plugged in and that the circuit breaker is in place. Also, double-check to ensure that the garage door has not been manually locked. If you are using a keypad or remote control with batteries, check those too.
If the garage door remains closed despite whatever you have tried, the best thing to do is to pull the emergency release cord. It is usually a red color rope hanging from the trolley. Once that’s pulled, you can open the garage door manually.
Note: Never pull the release cord if the garage door is open since it will cause it to fall down.
Garage Door Does Not Close
Check the Safety Sensors
If you see that the garage door isn’t closing all the way or opens up immediately, you might have a faulty safety sensor(s). The sensors are meant to prevent the door from closing if a person or object is in its way.
To start with, you want to make sure that the safety sensors are pointing at each other and are aligned properly. A soft cloth paired with a mild cleaner is all you need to clean the sensors gently. You want to clean off all the dirt on the eye.
You also want to remove any obstructions from its path, like toys and flower pots. Check the small light that shines when there are no obstructions in its way. At times direct sunlight can throw off the sensor; in that case, check the sunscreen.
Check the Safety Sensors
Adjust the Limit Switches
A safety feature with many garage door openers is what’s called a limit switch; it tells the motor when to stop as it is closing or opening. If the limits are set incorrectly, they can often prevent the door from closing or opening.
Most garage door openers have a lever or some type of screw that allows you to set the limit. Make sure to refer to the garage door’s manufacturer’s instructions.
Check the Mechanism
If you see that the garage door opener is getting power but not operating normally, you could be dealing with a mechanical failure. If the garage door isn’t opening, but the engine certainly sounds like it might be running, you might have a broken gear drive, which needs to be replaced.
If you notice the trolley carriage moving but the garage door stays in place, you have a broken carriage that needs replacing. But if you see nothing happening at all, it is most likely that the circuit of the motor needs replacing.
Now, if you have a garage door with a chain drive opener, you will want to ensure that the chain has the right tension. If it has too little tension, it can cause the chain to slip the sprocket, which may fail to move the trolley.
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