After a long day at work and sitting in rush hour traffic, you finally get home — and as you’re waiting for the garage door to close so you can get inside, it suddenly reverses back to its open position. While this is inconvenient and it’s tempting to just leave the door open and address the issue the next day, you should identify the reason the door won’t close to avoid safety and security issues.
Sometimes, simply replacing the batteries in your transmitter remote can help the door close completely. In other instances, your garage door refusing to close could indicate a more severe repair issue. Several part inspections can easily be performed by homeowners, but if you’re not an experienced handyman, then intricate repairs should be completed by a professional garage door repair company.
What to Do If Your Garage Door Won’t Close
When your garage door is stuck open and won’t close completely, inspect the following to identify the potential problem:
- Misaligned Photo Eye Sensors: If the garage door won’t close completely, the photo eye sensors at the bottom of your garage door may have become misaligned. Inspect the bottom of the door to make sure there’s nothing blocking the path of the door and that both sensors are properly aligned.
- Opener Limits Set Too High: The opener limits tell the machine how far the door travels downward before meeting the ground. If the setting is programmed too high, the opener senses an obstruction in the path of the closing door and reverses its motion. Reprogramming this setting is easy — consult your owner’s manual to understand how to properly readjust the opener limit.
- Damaged or Dirty Garage Door Tracks: If the door still won’t close, check the condition of your garage door’s tracks and rollers. Clean and lubricate the metal rollers and remove any built-up debris from inside the tracks. After cleaning the rollers, if the door still won’t close, consult with a professional repair company to identify the issue with your system.
Signs You Need a New Garage Door Opener
Sometimes, if your garage door won’t close or open smoothly and reliably, then you may need to replace your garage door opener with a more modern and efficient machine. Note the following signs to easily determine whether you could benefit from a new garage door opener:
- The opener is approximately 10 years old or older
- Loud noises from the machine while operating
- Slow-moving door while raising or lowering
- Random and inconsistent garage door opening and closing
- Vibration while the garage door moves
Schedule Garage Door Repair With The TF Draper Company
At The TF Draper Company, we offer the most responsive and reliable garage door repair services for homeowners throughout the Portland, OR, area and beyond. If your garage door won’t properly close, you can reach out to our team to perform prompt 24-hour emergency repairs. Our fully equipped team will arrive at your home quickly to identify why your garage door is stuck and begin making repairs using the best parts and tools available for lasting performance.
To schedule emergency repair services, call us today at 503-357-1103 or fill out our online contact form.