Reasons For Your Garage Door Do Not Closing All The Way
Is Your Garage Door Not Closing? There are several reasons.....
One or more of these reasons is likely responsible for your garage door closing partially, but not all the way:
Reason: Something blocking the door
Though this problem should be obvious, it shouldn’t be overlooked. If there’s something blocking the door from closing all the way, a full close will be impossible. Check your garage floor and the area surrounding it for any objects or debris that might be causing the improper close. You may also want to check the tracks, and the garage door itself, for the culprit.
Reason: Faulty safety sensors
First, and perhaps most commonly, your safety sensors could be working improperly. These twin sensors usually sit near the bottom of your garage door, less than 6 inches above the ground. They face each other, sending a signal across the length of the doorway to determine whether there is anything in the way of the closing garage door. If one or both of these sensors are not receiving power, or are not emitting the signal properly, your garage door will respond by failing to close all the way. This is a safety feature, but it can be annoying when there isn’t anything actually blocking the door. If the root cause is a sensor failure, you can purchase a new pair of sensors and replace the faulty ones.
Reason: Safety sensor misalignment
In many cases, the photo eyes are working properly, however, they are sending a perpetual signal to your garage door that something is in the way as a result of misalignment. This can occur if one sensor is struck or moved out of place. Conveniently, most sensors are equipped with a light that informs you whether they’re in alignment or not; when the light is on and solid, both sensors are aligned and functioning properly. When the light is blinking, they’re out of alignment. This problem can usually be corrected by returning the sensors to their proper orientation.
Reason: Broken springs
Garage doors rely heavily on various springs to open and close with ease. If any of these springs are broken or damaged, it could lead to the door becoming misaligned and not closing properly. Fortunately, it’s easy to tell when one of these springs has been damaged; a brief visual inspection, even from a non-expert, will be able to diagnose the problem almost immediately. We recommend leaving all spring repairs to a professional.
Reason: Damaged cables
All garage doors depend on some sort of cabling to lower the door properly. If any of these cables are worn or damaged, they may not be able to complete the task properly. In most cases, a thorough visual inspection should be able to spot any damaged cable. We recommend leaving all cable repairs to a professional.
Reason: Door travel limits
You may also have a problem with the travel distance setting on your door. In most garage door openers, there’s a default setting to tell the garage door how far to close. This can be improperly set upon installation, or slowly drift away from the original setting over time. If the setting is too high, the garage door will stop short of the actual ground. If the setting is too low, the garage door will “think” it’s hit an object when it’s actually hit the floor. Either way, you’ll need to adjust the door travel limit setting. Different models of opener have different means of achieving this, but it’s usually done with knobs on the machine itself.
Reason: Damage to the tracks
Finally, if the tracks responsible for carrying the garage door down have been bent, warped, or otherwise damaged, it may prevent the door from closing properly. If the tracks are blocked, a simple removal of the blockage should be enough to restore working order. Otherwise, you may need a track replacement.
Reason: Fixing Problems on your Own
As you’ve read, some of these problems can be easily fixed on your own. For example, if there’s something blocking the door, you can move the object and hopefully, the door will return to its normal movement.
However, there are some issues that are better left to us—especially if it involves parts of your garage door that you don’t fully understand. Overhead torsion springs, for example, are tightly wound and carry high loads of tension. If improperly handled, they can cause severe lacerations or damage to your house. Plus, if you attempt to fix something on your own without fully understanding your actions, you may end up damaging the garage door even further. Contact us for a free estimate!
Keeping your car in the garage is a smart thing to do in the winter month. There is no snow to clear off the vehicle and even if your garage isn’t heated your still out of that cold winter wind! Your garage door is the only thing separating your car or truck from the elements. So you want to make sure it’s in good shape for old man winter.
When cold weather hits there are several things you need to do maintenance on your heater, roof, and even your garage door. You need to clean dirt off the track, tighten the hardware, and lubricate all the parts.
Winter Time Garage Door Maintenance
The first step to stopping a problem before it occurs and gets out of hand is to look and listen for them. Observe your door every time that you use it. Does it move a little jerky when it opens and closes? Is it struggling to open? Is it scrapping when it opens and makes unpleasant sounds? These are all signs that you have a larger issue going on.
Wipe down the weather stripping and check for cracks
As you’re probably aware, your windshield wipers can stick to your car’s windshield. This is a pretty common occurrence during the winter actually. Well, the same thing can happen with your garage door.
It is possible for your weather strip to get frozen to the pavement. If this happens, you’ll have more than a little trouble opening the door. This is especially true if there are any cracks in the stripping.
So, take the time out of your day to dry your weather stripping to avoid this issue. If you notice that it’s cracked then you’ll want to have it fixed right away.
Clean dirt from the door, track, and rollers
As you use your garage door, dirt and grime will build-up on it, the track, and the rollers. It might not feel like a big deal now, but you will want to clean this dirt off before winter sets in. The reason for this is that the dirt will trap in moisture and this moisture will freeze. When the moisture freezes, you get the same issue as the one above.
Lubricate all moving parts
Once you’ve done the steps above, take the time to lubricate anything on your door that moves. During the winter months, they can get cold and stick. The lubrication will keep them from doing this. Make sure that once you lubricate it to wipe off any access oil. Too much will do just as much harm as not enough.
Tighten up the hardware
Garage doors move up and down thousands of times a year. When you do the same thing day after day, you wear out after a while and the same thing can be said of your garage door. The parts will wear out and start to loosen up. If you don’t tighten these parts periodically, you’re faced with the problem of the parts falling off. Go in with a socket wrench whenever you get the chance and tighten up any brackets and bolts.
Test the door balance
If your garage door balance is off, the opener will be forced to work harder which means you’ll probably have to replace the garage door torsion spring or adjust spring tension. Disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle. This will allow you to move the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay in place then there is a problem with your balance and you will have to call in a professional to get it fixed.
Inspect and replace your garage door rollers
No matter what material your garage door rollers are made out of they need to be inspected at least twice a year and replaced after seven. These numbers go up if you rely on your garage door a lot. When you inspect your rollers and notice that they are cracked or chipped, you will need to replace them immediately. It’s not too difficult to do. You just remove and then reinstall with the garage door hinge.
Replace the weather stripping
If you notice that your rubber weather stripping is cracked or dangerously close to doing so, you’ll need to replace it ASAP. If you don’t you’ll just leave your home vulnerable to the winter elements. Weather stripping is also something that is really easy for you to replace. They sell it by the foot at a majority of garage stores. You just have to cut it to size and then insert it where the old one was.
Check your garage door cables
Broken cables are easy to look for but you should never replace them yourself. They have enough force to kill you easily so it should be left up to the professionals. Check for any broken strands or damage near the bottom roller bracket. If you notice any obvious damage, it’s time for you to get on the phone and contact us to fix it before someone gets hurt.
Garage Door Maintenance That Won't Leave You Out In The Cold
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