Why Isn’t My Garage Door Closing?

Nothing is more annoying than a stubborn garage door that won’t close. A garage door that’s stuck can drive up your heating bill and leave your home susceptible to debris accumulation and critter intrusion.

Read on to learn why you should fix your garage door as soon as you notice a problem.

Why Should I Fix My Garage Door Immediately?

Your garage door is likely one of the most neglected parts of your home, but it deserves to be a priority. If it doesn’t budge, you must fix it right away to prevent theft or damage to any valuables you store in your garage. Fortunately, there are a variety of problems you can troubleshoot and repair on your own.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the most common problems garage doors face and how you can fix them.

Dead Transmitter Batteries

Your car’s transmitter needs the power to work, and if its batteries are dead, it won’t be able to send signals to your garage door. Check if the transmitter on your garage’s wall still opens your door when you press it. If this works, it’s likely your car’s transmitter needs a battery replacement.

Changing a transmitter’s batteries is simple. Usually, all you need to do is slide the transmitter’s back door open to remove the batteries. Others may be screwed in for added security, so be sure to have a screwdriver at hand.

Misaligned Track

The metal track your garage door runs on must be in perfect alignment for it to be able to slide. If there are gaps between the rollers and rails or bends in the rails themselves, then you may have a problem. Your door’s heavy weight can worsen this issue to the point where opening it can become dangerous.

You’ll know your track is misaligned if you hear a rubbing noise when the garage door reaches a certain point on the track each time you open and close it. Here’s how to realign it:

  • Step 1: Loosen the screws that hold the track to the frame.
  • Step 2: Gently tap the track with a rubber mallet to nudge it back into its proper spot. Ensure it’s perfectly straightened.
  • Step 3: Once you’re confident about its alignment, tighten the screws securely to prevent the track from wobbling when you open and close your garage door.

Broken Torsion Springs

Every garage door comes with two torsion springs, and if either of them breaks, your door opener may not be able to support the weight of your door. Broken springs are difficult to detect, but if you happen to be home when one breaks, you’ll hear a loud bang from your fallen garage door. Your neighbors may even think you’re popping firecrackers inside your home!

Most people think garage door openers do all the heavy lifting; however, it’s those two small yet heavy-duty springs that do most of the work. It’s best to leave broken torsion springs to a professional because they’re tricky to switch out, and you may not have the right tools for this procedure.

Contact The Garage Door Man

Although you can fix many garage door problems on your own, you should let a professional handle the more severe ones. The Garage Door Man is fully licensed and equipped to offer you a wide range of garage door services. We’re here for all your maintenance, repair, and garage door replacement needs, and we’re proud to offer 24-hour emergency service. Contact us today.