Here is a situation that might sound familiar: you open your garage door and move your car in or out, then click the button on your remote… but nothing happens. Or perhaps your garage door starts to close but then stops and opens back up, leaving your cars and belongings exposed.
What do you when your garage door is stuck open, and how do you get your garage door closed by hand?
Reasons Your Garage Door Isn’t Closing
There can be several different causes behind a garage door that refuses to close. Diagnosing the cause can help you find the right fix and avoid damage to your garage door. Some of the most common reasons a garage door refuses to close include:
- Dead batteries in the garage door remote.
- A lack of power to the garage door opener.
- A blocked or damaged door sensor.
- Misalignment between the garage door sensors.
- Stuck or stubborn rollers and hinges.
Diagnosing Power Problems
If your garage door refuses to close at all, there could be a few simple reasons. One of the most common causes of a garage door not closing is because the garage door opener isn’t getting power. To see if this is the reason your garage door won’t close, try the following steps:
- First, check the battery in your garage door opener’s remote. This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised how many people forget this simple step.
- Check to see whether the outlet that powers your garage door opener has power. Unplug the opener and plug in another device, such as a light, to see whether the outlet is providing power.
If your problem does turn out to be electrical, you may want to call a garage door repair company such as Advanced Garage Door Solutions. We can help make sure your garage door opener is getting the right amount of power and that it’s installed and operating correctly.
Sensor and Roller Track Problems
Another common issue with automatic garage doors is when they start to close but then open back up on their own. In these cases there are usually a few things you can check:
- Ensure the sensors on your garage door are not blocked and that they are aligned correctly. Dirty or misaligned sensors could keep your garage door from closing.
- Check if there is any dirt or debris in the garage door track. If something is blocking your door’s path, it might refuse to close.
Sensor and roller track issues are common, especially as your garage door starts to get older. Fortunately these problems are usually easy to catch and fix.
How To Close Your Garage Door By Hand
Of course, in some cases you won’t be able to tell what issue is keeping your garage door from closing. Other times you won’t be able to fix the problem by yourself. In these cases you can always close your garage door manually while you wait for help to arrive.
To close your garage door manually, you will need to follow a few simple steps.
- 1. Locate the emergency cord on the overhead track of your garage door opener.
- 2. The emergency cord will release a lever that connects the door itself to the garage door opener track. Pull the cord firmly. You may hear a loud noise as the lever disengages from the track.
- 3. Once the lever is disengaged you should be able to open and close your garage door by hand. It should move smoothly and only require a little force to open and close.
A word of warning: If you pull the emergency release lever while the door is open, you can cause the garage door to shut rapidly. Make sure nobody is standing under the door when you pull the emergency cord. You can also prevent it from closing too quickly by pulling back on the cord slightly instead of straight down.
In some cases, the garage door won’t move easily even after you pull the emergency release lever. This could indicate a problem with the rollers or the torsion spring. In these cases you should contact a garage door repair company immediately. Never attempt to service your rollers or springs yourself, as serious injury could result.
Get Your Garage Door Fixed Today
Opening and closing your garage door by hand is fine in a pinch, but it’s not something you want to have to do every day. If you’re having trouble finding out why your garage door won’t close properly in the Twin Cities area, contact Advanced Garage Door Solutions today. We’ll help find out the problem with your garage door and ensure it’s fixed whenever you’re ready. Call us now to schedule your no-obligation visit.