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Your garage door is one of the most used entrances/exits in your home. While it’s normal for some everyday wear and tear to happen, there are certain things that may happen to your garage that cause a need for more expert repairs. In this blog, we will be going over some of the reasons why your garage door may not be opening and how to fix them. We will also discuss the severity of these reasons and whether or not you should seek professional help. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, make sure to contact your local garage door repair service, Door Doctor, INC. Keep reading to learn more! 


The Photo-Eye is Blocked, Dirty or Misaligned

One of the most common reasons that your garage door won’t open or close is because the photo-eye is either blocked, dirty, or misaligned. This safety feature is on most, if not all, garage doors as a safety feature. However, if you’re living in an older home your garage may not have one of these. The photo-eye is the two components that are aligned with one another that are placed across from each other on each side of the garage door. From those, a small laser beam is sent from one end to another to make sure that there is nothing blocking the sensor, therefore closing the door safely. Most of these sensors are relatively sensitive, adding to their safety, and if something got accidentally bumped or blown in to cover these sensors, they won’t close. Sometimes your garage door light may blink to signal that the door won’t close. This is a very easy fix, simply check to make sure that there is nothing blocking the sensor and that the glass over it is clean. 


The Operator Isn’t Receiving Power 

This is another simple fix. If your door isn’t operating like it usually does, double-check and make sure that the operator has a power connection. Maybe you decided to clean out your garage and unplugged the power cord to plug in the vacuum or if you’ve been moving things lately, maybe it got bumped by a heavy box. You’ll also want to check to make sure that the fuse isn’t blown. If the cord got unplugged, simply plugging it back in should do the trick but if its an electrical issue, you’ll want to call for help. Any time you’re dealing with electricity, make sure that you let professionals do it. Trying to fix it on your own could be a safety hazard.   


Broken Door/Extension Springs 

If the garage door is not opening but the motor is running, the issue may be in the springs. Broken garage door springs are another common issue that can happen, but you want to be careful when dealing with them. If a spring has broken, you may have heard a loud pop that often resembles a gunshot. This alarming sound may be due to the fact that your springs have expired or ruptured. Either way, it can be dangerous so you’ll want to make sure that you’re calling your local garage door repairmen. 


The Remote Signal is Blocked

A dead battery is not the only thing that can prevent your automatic remote opener from working. If you’ve pressed the button, make sure that the signal is in range. Something may be blocking the signal or you may be out of range. There is also a possibility that the remote antenna or signal has been damaged or obstructed. Sometimes all it takes is a new tree branch growing that will block the signal. Try using the remote from a few different angles and see if it works from any view. If it doesn’t the antenna may be broken and you may want to call a service person. 


The Door Tracks Are Misaligned 

When it comes to a garage door system, the operating mechanisms that activate the door making it open and close are the cables and springs manage the tensions. But if these aren’t centered along the garage doorway and the ceiling, the tracks may be misaligned. Make sure that the tracks on your garage door are centered and even on both sides. Over the years, the track may become worn or misaligned, slowing the door. If you’re hearing a squeaking sound, this may also be an indication of its misaligned. You want to make sure that you’re taking care of this as soon as possible, as misaligned tracks can lead to bigger problems that are a pain to deal with and can also be expensive. 


Lock Mode Has Been Activated 

Depending on your garage door opener, some of these openers have a lock feature. While most of us just click the button once, holding the button down may have activated some type of lock feature on your remote. If you still have it, check the instruction manual that came with your remote and see if yours has this. While this is a relatively simple fix, you may have accidentally bumped something. If you have turned on the lock mode, pressing down on the button like normal will no longer activate the door. Try holding down the button down again, and that may bring the door out of lock mode. 


These are just a few reasons as to why your garage door may not be opening but if you are experiencing garage door issues, make sure that you’re contacting the garage door experts at Door Doctor, INC. We provide a wide array of services that you can find on our site. For more information regarding garage door repairs and replacement, connect with us today