3 Reasons Why Your Garage Door Is Not Opening

6 April 2016
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A faulty garage door can be the source of much annoyance. Luckily, there are a few ways you can pinpoint the reason why your garage door isn't budging. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about a few of the most common reasons why your garage door will not open.

Blocked Senor Or Photo Eye

A photo eye, or sensor, is a set of two mechanisms that rest about five inches above your garage floor on either side of your garage door. They emit an infrared beam which will cause the garage door to stop moving on its tracks if anything is cut in the infrared's line of vision. Sometimes, a bit of debris or smudging will cause the sensors to believe that an individual is in front of it and will not open. In order to sufficiently clean a blocked sensor, simply take a dry rag and wipe it off. It could also simply be the case that an object is caught between the two sensors. Simply look in the area in which the sensors make their home and remove the offending item.

Adjusting Sensitivity

A garage door's sensitivity is a setting that will determine when your garage door will move from an open to a closed position or back again. It can be adjusted via the electronic components on your garage door or sometimes on the remote of your garage door. Take a look at your owner's manual and see exactly where the mechanism that adjusts your garage door's sensitivity is located. The manual will also guide you on how to adjust the sensitivity on your specific garage door opener.

Dead Batteries In Transmitter

This is a quick fix. Simply check to see if the batteries are dead on your garage door's transmitter. If you are able to open the garage door by hand, but the transmitter is not opening your garage door, then the problem is most likely not a mechanic one, but an electronic one. If the transmitter's electronics are not receiving power, then they are effectively useless. Try taking the batteries out of the transmitter and running them through a battery tester. If you do not have access to one, simply put in a new set of batteries and see if they work.

Hopefully, this brief guide has given you some idea of what could possibly be wrong with your garage door. For more information, consider contacting companies like G & R Door & Gate Mission.