If you can’t open your garage, then you’re probably wondering what’s causing the problem. There are a few primary reasons why garage doors stop working and most can be resolved fairly quickly. While in some cases these issues can be repaired rather easily, in other cases, you’ll have no choice but to replace your whole unit. Here are some of the most common causes why your garage door won’t open.
1. The Eye is Blocked
Many garage doors that we made within the last 20 years may have a laser known as a photo eye that works by detecting if an object is keeping the door from closing completely. This is a laser that shoots across the garage and will interrupt the signal to open and close the door if interrupted. Check if the eye is blocked, damaged, or dirty since it may be the reason why your door is refusing to open.
2. Broken Torsion Springs
Most garage doors have torsion springs which can break over time, especially if they’re older. Broken springs are one of the most common problems and you’ll often notice a loud noise when they break. While this may seem a fairly straightforward repair, you should leave it to a professional repair company. Only trained professionals can help repair your garage door by replacing the spring safely.
3. Sensitivity Out of Adjustment
This problem can occur with newly installed doors and older ones as well. If the sensitivity of the door is either too high or low, then the door won’t move. Read the instructions on how to set the…
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Common garage door repair related FAQ
How long does it take to replace a garage door?
Roughly 3 to 4 hours, if done properly.
How often should my a garage door be serviced?
Your garage door is a large piece of moving equipment made up of many parts. Some families use their garage door more than their front door. We recommend having your garage door and operator serviced every year in order to ensure a properly working door and operator. The noises your door or operator makes are your initial “warning signs” that something is not quite right. The longer you put off the necessary service, the more damage may result.
How long do garage door springs usually last?
The most common torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles (one opening and one closing is a cycle.)
What is the life span of a garage door opener?
The average life span of a door opener can vary from 10 to 20 years depending on the model and usage.