When you’re in a hurry to leave, a garage door that won’t open can be frustrating. Although most garage door repairs should be left to a professional due to the inherent danger of the heavy door and its powerful springs, there are a few things you can check before resorting to a service call.
Make sure children and pets are clear of the door, then check for the following issues:
1. Dead remote batteries
If it’s been a while since you last checked the batteries in the remote, try replacing them. Even if the batteries aren’t very old, poor-quality batteries or accidental button presses could drain the batteries faster than normal.
2. An engaged manual lock
When you have a garage door opener installed, the manual lock is rarely used, but it may have been turned by accident or by curious children. Try unlocking it and make sure the lock bars retract fully.
3. A malfunctioning photo sensor
If the sensors on each side of the door are dirty or not aligned properly, the light beam that detects objects in the path of the door could be interrupted, preventing the door from working properly.
Try cleaning the sensors and aligning them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If that doesn’t work, you may need to schedule garage door repairs.
4. An unhooked disconnect
If your garage door opener is running but the door isn’t moving, the disconnect may have been unlatched, which allows the door to be operated manually. Simply re-engage the disconnect and press the button to open the door again. If the door still won’t move, call your local garage door professional for repairs.
5. Misaligned tracks
The tracks at each side of the door guide the door up and down using a set of rollers that ride inside the track. If the track is bent or the rollers have come loose from the door or the track, the door may bind and get stuck.
Track repairs should be left to a garage door repair company because if the door falls or comes loose, it could cause serious injuries.
6. Broken springs
The torsion springs for your garage door hold most of the door’s weight as it moves, reducing the amount of force you need to raise it. If these springs break, your garage door opener may not have enough power to lift the door successfully.
Because the springs are under extreme tension, it’s important to call a professional garage door service for spring repairs or replacement to avoid any chance of injuries.
Garage Door Repairs & Replacement in Indianapolis
When you need help with your garage door in Indianapolis, Muncie, or the surrounding areas, call Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis and Muncie. We offer garage door repairs, garage door replacements, garage door opener repairs and more.