Troubleshooting Guide: Why Won’t My Garage Door Close?

Let’s be honest, we all take our garage door for granted . . . until it doesn’t work. Are you facing the frustrating problem of your garage door refusing to close? Before you panic, here are some common reasons why your garage door might not be closing properly and what you can do about it.


Dead Remote Batteries:

One of the simplest explanations could be dead batteries in your garage door remote control. If it lacks power, it can't signal the garage system to operate the door. If your remote seems to work sporadically, it's likely a sign of weak batteries. To test, try using the wall controls to close the door. If it works, replace the batteries in the remote.

Damaged or Misaligned Tracks:

Over time, the tracks that guide your garage door may become misaligned due to various factors. Misalignment can prevent smooth operation and even pose safety risks. If you notice tracks that aren't parallel, contact a trusted garage door service provider promptly to prevent accidents. Warped or bent tracks can also hinder door movement, requiring replacement.

Obstructed Sensors:

Your garage door is equipped with photo eye sensors on each side to detect obstructions. Dirty or misaligned sensors can disrupt the signal, preventing the door from closing. Wipe the sensors clean and ensure they're properly aligned. Sometimes, objects between the sensors or glare can also interfere, so clear the area around them.


Broken Springs or Cables:

Tension springs and cables assist in smooth door movement, and if they're broken, your door won't close correctly. This poses a significant safety hazard, as a malfunctioning door can crash down unexpectedly. If you suspect broken springs or cables, refrain from using the door and call us to schedule service. Do not try to repair a broken spring if you are not a trained garage door technician.

Blocked Door Path:

Debris or objects in the door's path can impede its movement. Whether it's dirt, leaves, or misplaced items, clearing the path is essential for proper operation. Ensure your vehicle is fully parked inside and remove any obstructions from the door's path. Installing weather stripping can also help prevent debris from entering your garage.

Activated Disconnect Switch:

Check if the disconnect switch, which allows manual operation during power outages, is engaged. If it's activated, the door won't move automatically. Simply disable the disconnect switch to restore normal operation.

Working on a damaged garage door can be dangerous. Please leave it to the trained professionals. If you’ve worked through all these possible reason for your door not closing, it’s time to call for professional help to resolve the problem and restore convenience to your daily routine.

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