Automatic garage door openers are a wonderful convenience that most people can't fathom living without. If pressing the button results in the garage door opening, and then slamming down shut, it's time to get the garage door repaired before someone gets hurt.
Why Your Garage Door Fell Down Without You Closing It
A garage door will fall down from the open position when the tension springs are broken, or the tension is too loose. This can pose a serious hazard because garage doors are heavy, and a clunk on the head from a garage door is going to cause damage. A door that falls down from the open position needs to be assessed by a professional who knows how to repair or replace the tension springs.
When Your Garage Door Won't Open
Although it may be tempting, hitting a closed garage door with your car isn't going to make it open. Instead of getting frustrated and letting it get the best of you, understand that garage doors that won't open are often a simple fix. Reasons your garage door won't open include:
- the sensor detached from the motor and needs readjustment.
- the door is frozen to the ground.
- the battery is dead on your remote control.
- the door has been accidentally locked.
- the system is on vacation mode and not responding to your remote.
- the track has a bend in it.
- the electric eye has been covered up.
It is easy to rectify the above problems using common sense, a few batteries and possibly a cleaning rag or two. If you believe your door is frozen the ground, use a scraper or shovel to try and remove some of the ice or snow from beneath the garage door.
To check the electric eye, look for the two sensors on either side of the garage door, usually 18 inches off the ground. If either sensor is red, this means that the two "eyes" are not communicating with each other. Clear off both sensors and make sure that they point directly to each other. If they turn green, you are ready to go.
You may need your users manual to get your system off of vacation mode. Although you were able to get your system on vacation mode accidentally, turning it off again may require instructions.
If you see a bend in the track, a wheel lodged in the track, or you have no idea what the problem is, it's time to call in a garage door repair service such as Girard's Garage Door Services. It isn't worth an injury to try and fix the problem yourself. When you can't get your garage door open, and you've tried all the simple fixes, call in a professional to deal with the issue.