What To Do If Your Garage Door Won’t Close

What To Do If Your Garage Door Won’t Close
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    While it is wonderful to drive up to your garage, press a button, and have your door open automatically without you having to get out of your car, the smile on your face disappears once you realize the garage door won't close.

    A common problem.


The good news is that there are several things you can do that often solve the problem. To make sure you’re prepared when and if this happens to you, keep these handy tips in mind.

Check the Door’s Sensors

When most garage doors won’t close all the way, it is usually due to an issue with the door’s sensors. On most doors, safety sensors are located near the floor by the door tracks, allowing them to detect pets, children, or objects that may be in the door’s path.

When these sensors become dirty, they can send false signals that prevent the door from closing. By wiping off the sensors, the problem may be solved.

In addition to dust build-up or dirt build-up, there is a possibility that the sensor got knocked out of line. Ensure that the sensors line up with each other so that they are pointed at each other.

Sometimes you’ll need to tighten brackets that hold the sensors in place, that way they don’t get out of alignment again.

If needed, consider replacing the hardware that holds everything in place so that it’ll remain more secure.

Tracks and Rollers

Next to dirty sensors, faulty tracks and rollers are some of the most common reasons why a garage door won’t close. Over time, the tracks may become bent or rollers may get damaged from wear and tear.

Though you can sometimes bend the tracks back into their proper position, it’s often best if you get advice from JTM Garage Door Service LLC to ensure a small problem isn’t made worse. They can typically assist with replacing the tracks, rollers or assist anything else that may be preventing the garage from closing.

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Check Your Remote

When the batteries get low in your garage door remote, this can frequently be the source of the problem with your garage door failing to properly close. Sometimes, the light associated with the remote may still be lighting up, but the sensor is too weak to reach the garage door sensor.

Also, it is possible that even if your remote’s batteries are good, your remote may need to be reprogrammed. Fortunately, this is an easy way to solve the problem. However, should you have difficulty reprogramming your remote, an experienced technician can do it for you.

Adjust the Limit Screws

When your garage door won’t close all the way but does stop without retracting, chances are you need to adjust the limit screws.

The limit screws, which have contacts on them that inform the garage door opener how far to open or close, are often a culprit many people fail to think about in these situations. Easily adjustable, you should be able to find instructions for how to do so in your owner’s manual.

Though it may take a little detective work on your part and perhaps the help of an experienced garage door technician, it shouldn’t be long before your garage door is once again closing all the way.

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