An off-track garage door can be hazardous. It can fall completely down and can injure someone. It will damage your vehicle increasing your expenses. Like front doors and windows, it gives access to your house leading to break-ins. So it is important to check if it is functional.
The common reasons your garage door won’t stay closed are misaligned sensors and tracks or the maladjustment of limit settings. There are other possible reasons for this issue.
Before you start to fix the door manually. You have to take precautions as it can lead to serious injuries.
- Use a hard hat before you start repairing the entrance.
- Don’t step under the closing door.
- Watch your finger while fixing tracks and panels.
- Check out the rollers and springs first.
- Keep your kids and pets away from the area.
- Use a ladder while repairing.
Causes and Fixes for a Garage Door That Won’t Stay Closed
Here are some main causes your garage door won’t stay shut and ways to fix it.
The Sensors Are Misaligned
There are two sensors aligned parallel to the garage door. The one with green beaming light is the receiver, and the yellow is the sender. The garage can automatically operate only with the assistance of these safety lasers. They are placed six inches off the door.
When the sensors become slightly misaligned, it fails to receive the command. It results in the garage door not being properly piloted.
For this issue, you can adjust the sensors parallel to each other. After aligning, you can notice beam lights blinking to being steady. Try closing the door after. If it still does not show any results. There can be other issues.
Something Is Obstructing the Sensor
The sensor lenses are exposed to dust and dirt. The sunlight can also sometimes hit the leans directly. It will cause it to send the wrong information to the control board.
You can wipe off the sensor with a clean cloth. Let the area dry. In the case of sunlight, you can try blocking the way from where the sun is hitting the sensor. Make sure the wires are connected. Sensor wires can get loose when hit by a car or any object.
The Tracks Are Misaligned
The metal structure in the garage door helps to open and close the door. They must be properly leveled to operate.
The common signs of misaligned tracks are:
- It will make a weird noise when it reaches a spot.
- The speed of closing and opening the door is relatively slower than at other times.
- The hardware has become loose.
Use grease solvent to remove dirt and debris from the tracks. If it does not solve your problem. You can fix it manually with proper safety measures.
When the Door Is Bound
The door is considered bound when it is difficult to open and close. Follow the steps to get rid of this problem:
- Loosen the screw that holds the track with a screwdriver.
- Tap the bottom with a rubber malt.
- Confirm the track is perfectly leveled or not.
- Tighten the screw after alignment
- Adjust the opposite track accordingly.
When the Door Is Not Balanced
If the garage door is crooked or imbalanced. It is better to check its spring and cables. Ensure to replace the cables if it damaged. The broken tracks can be dangerous and lead to injury. In this scenario, call a professional rather than do it manually.
In Case of a Gap Under the Garage Door
If you notice more than a quarter-inch gap under the garage door. You must:
- Inspect the tracks both top and lower.
- Loosen the bolts and
- Proceed to move them left and right.
- Tighten the bolts and make sure they are steady.
- Do it same for the opposite track.
The Limit Settings Are Off
The limit settings are programmed to open and close the garage door according to its height and size. Any wrong input on this setting can lead the door to mistake the ground for obstruction. The door will reverse up as soon as it touches the ground.
If you know how to reset the limit settings you can do it on your own. Call a specialist if you do not have an idea to reset the input.
There Is an Obstacle Present
Garage doors are programmed to shut on flat surfaces. Obstruction like toys, debris, paper, and gums can reverse back the garage door.
It is necessary to clean the garages frequently to avoid obstacles.
The Batteries of the Remote Expired
The garage door operates when it receives a command from the remote transmitter. You can check the operation of the door by manually pushing the button inside the wall of your garage. If it opens, then it is sure that the remote’s battery has expired.
They must be replaced once a year. You can easily purchase the remote battery in hardware stores.
Reset The Opener
Daily activity can mess up the function of the opener. It is possible that the opener will make weird noise if it starts showing issues.
You can reset the opener from time to time to ensure good operation. Sometimes, manual opening to give the opener a short break also works. It is necessary to replace it if it has failed to operate even after resetting.
Metal contractions Due To Cold
If you notice the problem in shutting the doorway in winter. Then, cold temperature can be the reason behind it. Metal contracts in the cold reason making it hard to shut down. It will affect the speed making it slow down or fail at some point. For this complication, clean the metal with a dry cloth. Ensure safety while doing it.
Old openers and remotes are prone to get interfered with by RF frequency. Freezers, gaming systems, and lights can cause issues in the signals. This will disable the remote to command the opener.
You can extend antennas, Wi-Fi door operation, and tri-band signals to get rid of this failure.
The Power Source Disruption
Sometimes simple issues like unplugged cords can be the reason behind the garage entry problem. You can plug in a power source to shut your doorway. It is also possible that the system is overloaded causing a short circuit. This issue has bigger consequences. Call electricians to check if it is the case.
When To Call a Professional
It is a good idea to call an expert if something is not quite right. Weird noises, the off-track balance of the door, or replacing springs on the garage door can lead to bigger damage.
If you have no knowledge of fixing the door. You can call emergency repairs:
- If you need to replace springs and cables. Broken springs can crash down the door.
- If you notice the door is not properly balanced and is off-track.
- You want to replace multiple hardware and hinges.
- You don’t want to put yourself in danger.
- If you have no time to fix it yourself.
- You need to replace the whole door panel.
- You don’t have the equipment and tool to fix the door.