One garage door malfunction that is very frustrating is when it will not open. Home owners say that they can hear the motor running, but the opener simply will not operate the door. There are a number of possible causes. It is best to troubleshoot the issue to determine the appropriate solution. This will require a bit of time, but it is pretty simple to accomplish. Busy professionals and families should consider calling in a specialist, if they cannot spare the time.
The first step is to locate the emergency release and disengage it, do it only if the garage door is completely closed. Detach the opener by pulling the emergency handle downward. The next step is to attempt to open your garage door manually. This will determine if the issue is connected to the door itself or the opener.
If you are able to raise your garage door easily, it is not the problem. This indicates that something in the opener system has malfunctioned. A professional garage door technician will be able to tell you whether it is best to replace the opener or repair the old one.
Rule Out the Opener
The most common opener malfunction is related to an issue with the sprocket or possibly a gear has been stripped. A certified garage door specialist will be able to help you find the best deal on a new opener system with the latest technology. On the other hand, if it is difficult to manually lift your garage door, it may be an issue with the door itself.
- Check to determine whether the garage door is locked or not. Believe it or not, people panic and become frazzled without realizing that the fix is this simple.
- Inspect the area around the garage door as well as along the sides and in its track. It is possible that something has fallen into the track. This too is a really simple fix that is often overlooked.
- Check the garage door springs to see, if they have broken. For double torsion springs, examine the area between both springs for significant gaps.
- Check to see if anything has loosened and become hung in the springs, if they are located at either end of the garage door. Always call an expert garage door tech to replace your springs. This is an extremely hazardous project.
Other common causes are pulleys which have become jammed and cables that have snapped. Examine the pulley looking for anything that is bent no matter how minute. Inspect your safety cables to ensure that no part of them has fallen down and appears to be dangling. Call a garage door pro, if you are not familiar with repairs in these areas.
Tip: If the emergency release was previously disengaged be sure to reconnect it. Align both trolleys together and it will snap back into place automatically.
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