In a Sticky Situation: Why Won’t My Garage Door Close?

Published on July 23, 2022

When your electric garage door doesn’t close, it’s inconvenient and dangerous. An open door welcomes animals and potential thieves. You need to be able to close your garage door.

If you’re wondering, “why won’t my garage door close?” we have the answer. Here are seven reasons your automatic garage door won’t close properly:

  1. Physical Blocks

Many homeowners wondering, “why won’t my garage door close?” overlook this obvious problem: something impeding the door and preventing it from closing. Even minuscule objects, such as pebbles, can hinder a door. Check around the door to see if items or debris are blocking its movement. 

  1. Dead Batteries

This might seem like another obvious issue, but homeowners can neglect their garage door openers. On average, garage door batteries last around one to two years, but they can deplete quickly if you use them regularly. They can also discharge if you don’t use them for long periods.

If your garage door doesn’t close with the remote, replace the batteries. If you see the small red light blinking on your remote, this signals a weak or dead battery.

  1. Broken Sensors

Electric garage doors have safety sensors on the bottom to prevent accidental closing. While this is typically a safety feature, it can be inconvenient if your sensors are broken or dirty. Try cleaning their lenses or realigning them.

  1. Faulty Springs

Garage doors will not close properly if they have broken or worn-out springs. Luckily, it’s easy to spot this problem, as the springs will display clear signs of damage. Springs carry quite a bit of tension, so it’s best to call in professionals to handle them safely and avoid injury.

  1. Worn-out Cables

All automatic garage doors rely on cables to open and close. Over time, these cables can snap or break with regular use. As with faulty springs, you can spot faulty cables with a visual inspection, but you should leave the replacement to Canada’s Garage Doors professional service.

  1. Track Issues 

Any track issues can also prevent a garage door from closing correctly. If there is a blockage on the tracks, you can simply remove the item, and your door should function flawlessly. For bent or misshapen tracks, however, you’ll need to replace them.

  1. Limit Screws Need Adjustment

Every automatic garage door uses limit screws to determine how far the door must move to reach the garage floor. If these screws are set incorrectly, the door won’t open correctly. To adjust the limit screws, use a screwdriver to turn them clockwise to increase the limit or counterclockwise to decrease it.

Get Your Garage Door Fixed Today

Now, when you ask yourself, “why won’t my garage door close?” you have many answers. While it can be an easy fix in some cases, attempting DIY repair can often do more harm than good. To get professional services for problems such as faulty wiring or broken parts, speak with our authorized dealer near you.

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