Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open
The kids are running late, you need to get to work, and the unthinkable happens: Your garage door won’t open. For most homeowners, this is a serious crisis and understanding the reason why your garage door won’t open, and how to fix the issue, can help you get your vehicle on the road and get back to your life as quickly as possible.
Here are a few of the most common reasons why your garage door won’t open, and how to fix the problem.
Broken Garage Door Remote
The problem may be your garage door remote. Check the batteries in your garage door opener, and if necessary, replace them. If this isn’t the problem, check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to reprogram the remote. Your remote needs an interference-free path from it to the unit inside your garage. If there are signals causing interference, your opener won’t work.
If you’ve tried everything and the opener still won’t open, it’s time to have it replaced. A professional can help you choose the right garage door remote for your needs and how to program it correctly.
Broken Torsion Springs or Cables
The torsion spring and cables on your garage door are connected, and chances are if one breaks, the other will break as well. When you open your garage door, the cables pull on the torsion springs, releasing the built-up energy, which allows the door to go up. Both the cables and the springs have a limited lifespan.
If you are inside or near your garage and the torsion springs or cables break, you’ll hear the loud snapping noise it makes. A broken cable or torsion spring lying on the garage floor is another clear sign either has broken. Contact a professional immediately if you suspect the torsion springs or cables have broken. Do not attempt to manually open your door or replace either component yourself.
Broken Garage Door Gears
A grinding noise when you’re trying to open the garage door typically means one thing: the gears and drive that turn to lift your garage door are broken. If the issue is the gears, they can be replaced.
However, if the gear box is out, it’s better to also replace the gears. When you allow the older gears to remain on your new gear box, they will fail more quickly than the gear box, which could lead to unnecessary damage.
Garage Door Fell Off the Track
If the garage door fell off the track, the garage door might lift off the ground a little bit, but it will be shaky. Your garage door might completely fall off and hit the ground. Either way, the issue is that your garage door fell off the track. Here are a few reasons why this might happen:
- Improperly-aligned tracks. Tracks that were improperly installed or are wearing out cannot support the weight of your garage door. They will fail, and the door will come off the tracks.
- The rollers broke. Older rollers can break, or if you have a new, heavier door installed on older rollers, they might snap under the extra weight.
- The cable and torsion springs broke. When the cables and torsion springs fail, it can pull the garage door off the track.
If the garage door is in danger of falling off the track or if it falls slightly, do not go near it and instead, contact a professional. Unfortunately, one of the other main reasons a garage door will fall off the track is if the garage door is hit by your vehicle.
If you accidentally ram your garage door, do not try to lift the garage door or attempt to move it off your vehicle. Garage doors are surprisingly-heavy, and you could wind up hurting yourself.
Bottom of Garage Door Is Frozen
Your garage door is in perfect working order, there are fresh batteries in the garage door opener, but it still won’t budge. If it’s cold outside, the issue might be that the garage door is frozen shut. Do not use the garage door opener to try and force your door open. This could burn out the motor. Instead, try to open the door manually.
If the door still won’t budge, carefully remove the ice by either melting it with a heat source, pour rock salt or ice melt on the affected area, or carefully chip away at it with an ice scraper. Prevent your garage door from freezing shut in the future by removing any ice before it accumulates and by opening the door at least once-a-day, even if you’re not leaving your home.
From a busted torsion spring and cable to busted remote opener or a broken gear box, there are several possible reasons why your garage door won’t open. If you have any further questions, contact the professionals at Plano Overhead Garage Door.