While there are several reasons why your garage door may stop working, here are a few tips to help solve the most common issues.
The most common reason a garage door will not close is because of an obstruction in front of the photo eyes. Designed as a safety feature to prevent your garage door from accidentally closing on any object that may be in the door’s path, these parallel devices emit a signal between each other to ensure the safe closing of the door. Your photo eyes should be located across from each other, approximately 6 inches from the ground along the vertical track on each side of your garage door. For proper closing, make sure these eyes are aligned and free from any leaves, dust or other debris.
If your garage door is not opening, first make sure there is power to your door and check the batteries in your garage door opener. If this does not solve the issue, you may have a broken torsion spring. While these springs are rated for daily use and a high number of opening and closing cycles, over time they may break or need replacing. It is important to remember that if you have a broken spring, you should never try and open the door as it can be extremely dangerous.
These repairs and others should only be done by a trained professional with the proper tools and skill set. For more information, contact A1 Garage Door Service at 928-298-5043 or a1garage.com.