The garage door can experience problems from time to time, and if you have a garage with an automatic door opener, it’s important to be familiar with the most common issues.
If the problem is not too serious, there are quick fixes that you can do yourself without having to hire a professional or purchase new parts. Some common problems include:
Garage Door Can Not Close
If the garage door will not close, check that the rubber in the track is in place and smooth against the rail. If it is or if you don’t know what this is, then inspect your automatic opener. Garage doors with openers are equipped with safety beam sensors that monitor how far down your door is while closing. The sensors should line up perfectly when the door is completely shut. If the beams are obstructed, they will not be able to close your garage properly and will send a notification that there is an obstruction.
Inspect the wiring on the opener for frayed wires or loose connections, which can prevent it from functioning properly. Similarly, check the emergency release cord, which is meant to open your door if something goes wrong with the opener.
Garage Door Can Not Open
If you are having issues opening your garage, inspect your automatic opener for obstructions. If there are none, then please refer to the troubleshooting guide above.
There are also various sensors throughout your garage door system. One of these is the photoelectric sensor, which detects when there is daylight and adjusts to prevent your door from closing. If you have a light or camera near this sensor, it may be misreading the signal and not properly identifying that it’s daytime.
Garage Door Will Not Stay Up
Garage doors that won’t stay open may have a broken chain, cable, or spring. This is an issue that can be fixed with replacement parts through most hardware stores.