At the time of us writing this, it seems like the world, including here in Houston, has turned upside down. So when you do have to go venturing out to get your essential things, or you’re still having to go to work because you are one of those essential workers, the last thing you want is for your garage door to stop working. If that has happened to you, don’t panic. Here are some possible reasons your garage door has stopped working properly.
Your Garage Door Safety Sensors Are Not Working Properly.
If your garage door seems to be stuck open, one reason could be your safety sensor. Garage doors have a safety sensor on both the left and right sides, and they are usually designed with a special lighting sensor. When you are closing your garage door, if the sensors show some blinking lights, it means that it is sending the wrong signal to the opener about the alignment. In order to fix the issue, you can simply push against the metal bracket, and when the lights come back to solid, the opener should work accurately.
Also, with this being Houston and since we have a huge dust and pollen problem as well as humidity, these things may settle on the sensor due to the wind. In this case, you may need to clean the sensor to prevent the issue.
Lack of Power to Motor
One of the more common reasons your garage door has stopped working is lack of power to the garage door motor. Check to make sure your operator is plugged in and there is no damage to the cord.
Your Garage Door Tracks Are Bent or Misaligned.
If your garage door movement is not aligned and has gotten stuck, it could possibly be that your garage door track has gotten bent or misaligned. If one of them is slanted towards the garage door, causing hindrance to the normal operation, this issue can be adjusted with the help of a screwdriver and wrench.
Power Overload Due to Power Surge.
The Houston area has a history of strong storms. An unexpected power surge due to a storm could cause a surge to a shared power grid. This can sometimes cause garage door openers to malfunction and cause the issue of unexpected opening and closing. If you do not have your garage door opener on a surge protector, this could cause damage to the circuit board or the opener.
You Have Rusty Rollers.
If your garage door stops before touching the ground, it could be your rollers are rusted and need to be changed. Rusted rollers create friction, which can trick the garage door and makes it believe that the door has reached the ground before it touches it.
You Have a Heavy Garage Door.
Your garage door, especially if it’s a wooden door, can get swollen and heavier over time. It is possible that it has tried to close too hard for the sensors, causing the door to go back up. This could also cause the springs to wear out sooner.
Your Garage Door Springs May Have Given Out.
As just mentioned, it is possible that a heavy door, rust or even just time may have done your garage door springs in. Your garage door springs are designed to counterbalance the weight of the door making the door almost weightless for both manual and opener operation. If the spring(s) is broken the door will become extremely heavy and difficult to open. This can lead to garage door opener motor damage as well.
Your Garage Door Opener Has Worn Out
Though we would love for things to last forever, after about 10 to 15 years, a garage door opener just might give out. In this case, it might be best to just replace the garage door opener due to advancements in garage door technology that allow for features like garage door monitoring, and a quieter opener.
If your garage door has stopped working properly, it can cause a headache even in the best of times. If the situation is frustrating you, call us at 281-748-9542 and schedule a free appointment to come to assess the situation. Here at Spectrum Overhead Door LLC, we do not have a trip charge and have garage door experts on hand ready to assist you with your needs.
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