Nothing is more annoying than getting stuck outside the house waiting for your garage door to open. We wish at times there was some magic word like ‘open sesame’ that would just fling the door open. After years of usage, automatic doors tend to start having problems. They need regular maintenance if you expect them to work properly.
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Most of the issues with the doors are usually small and can be fixed easily. The moment the door does not open, don’t jump to the conclusion that it needs to be professional repaired at once. The problem may be simple and easy to resolve without the need for a technician. Try out these simple methods first to see if it works. These are some of the most common reasons why a door does not open.
Check the Remote: Check the remote to see if it is working. Often the issue gets sorted out when you check the remote for battery power. If you’re able to open the garage door manually but not with the remote, then you know where the problem is.
Operator or Power Cable is Not Plugged In: This is a very common issue. When the door does not open, first check if the door motor is powered on and plugged in. If it is, try plugging it into a different power socket. Sometimes there may not be enough power supply in the original socket.
No Line of Sight: Automatic doors have photo detectors that need a clear line of sight to operate. These sensors are placed to detect an obstruction, like a person standing in the way of the door while closing. It is very similar to how an elevator door operates. If the sensors’ connection is disrupted, the door will not open or close. So, first check to ensure that there is nothing in the way of these photo eyes or sensors. Sometimes the lens also gets dirty or murky. As a part of door maintenance, clean the lens with a clean damp cloth regularly.
Torsion Problems: There is high possibility that the springs lifting up the garage door are not working properly or are broken. If this is the case, do not attempt to open the door. Try contacting a garage door repair specialist. You can get springs over the counter, but we do not suggest trying to replace it yourself. This task needs expertise to ensure that the door is safe for use.
Cable Problems: If the cables that move the door are broken, they need immediate replacement. It is a good idea to replace cables through a periodic maintenance program for the door. Cables can snap anytime and it is dangerous to have weak cables doing the job of opening and closing the door.
Remember to check these things before you call a company offering garage door repair services. If, however, none of the above solves the problem then it’s time to call in the professionals to do the job. Do not attempt to do it by yourself as that may only lead to further damage and unnecessary costs.