Why Won’t My Garage Door Go Down?

garage doorYour garage door is an important entryway into your house–not to mention the fact that many people often store expensive items in the garage. When the garage door won’t go down, it’s often a serious problem that can leave you struggling to get it down again. Why won’t your garage door go down? There are several simple reasons.

1. Something is in the way of the sensors.

If your garage door light simply blinks when you press the button and the garage door won’t lower, check the sensors. At the bottom of the garage door’s path, near your garage floor, you’ll find two sensors that are designed to point at one another. When the beam of light that passes between them is uninterrupted, the garage door usually lowers easily. If something interrupts that beam of light and the sensors no longer connect, the door won’t move.

This is an important safety feature that prevents the garage door from coming crashing down on kids and pets, not to mention preventing it from trying to close on your vehicle as you back out. Unfortunately, leaves, stuff piled up in the garage, and even dust can all get in the way of the sensors, making them think that there’s something in the way of the garage door when in reality, you just need to shift things away.

2. The sensors are misaligned.

Just like when there’s something in the way of the sensors, if the sensors become misaligned–which can be as simple as a kid running past them and bumping into them–they no longer connect properly, and they can’t tell if there’s something in the way of the garage door or not. If you’re struggling to get your garage door down, take a look at the sensors and make sure they’re properly aligned. Sometimes, you can ease them back into position yourself. Other times, you may need a technician to come out and look at them for you.

3. The door has come off its track.

The door went up just fine. Unfortunately, getting it to come down again is more of a problem. If the door is no longer seated properly on the track, it becomes unbalanced. Sensors within the equipment may then prevent the garage door from coming down again. If you notice that your garage door has come off its track, stop trying to raise or lower the garage door. Instead, contact a qualified garage door repair technician to come out and fix the door for you.

4. Electricity has been interrupted.

If your power is out, your electronic garage door opener won’t work. You can disconnect the garage door opener and manually raise and lower the garage door, but this makes it difficult to prevent access to your home while you’re out: anyone can simply walk up and raise the garage door. In some cases, the power might be on, but damage to the electronics within your garage door opener can prevent it from working as it should. Call a garage door technician to come out and check on your garage door. The technician can often get your garage door up and running again–and if they can’t, they’ll be able to handle the repairs for you.

Keeping your garage door running smoothly is an important part of maintaining access to your home for you and your family members and preventing access for people you don’t want in the house. If you’re struggling with your garage door, don’t try to handle it on your own! Instead, contact us today to schedule maintenance or repairs on your garage door.