- Out of alignment
- Wiring problems
- Obstructions to sensors
- Sensor is dirty or covered with spider webs
- Cluttered garage items blocking one or both eyes
- Door is off track
- For Marantec brand safety eyes, there’s a lock collar around the eye of the sensor. First, unlock the collar by twisting it with your fingers. Then, move the eye of the sensor around until the light comes back on.
- On LiftMaster® safety eyes, there’s a wing nut thumb screw that can be adjusted. Loosen the wing nut, move the eye until the light returns, and then tighten the wing nut back up.
- Genie brand safety eyes slide on and off the garage door bracket. You can get the safety eyes back in sync by sliding the eye back onto the bracket or by bending the bracket so that the eyes are once again aligned.
- Garage door is too heavy: Check this resource to see if your door is showing symptoms of being out of balance. If so, perform a balance test as instructed in the post.
- Damaged door alignment from a collision: If your car and garage door recently had a close encounter, the door alignment may be out of whack, causing the door to be stuck in the open position.
- Frayed wiring and shorts in the electrical system: Over time, your door system’s electrical inner workings wear out, and frays and shortages can occur.
- Broken garage door springs or other damaged moving parts on the door: If you see a part detached or hanging down when you look up at your garage door, this is a cause for concern. Consult this post to identify a broken spring.
- Damaged door opener: Your garage door’s opener is what’s ultimately responsible for starting, slowing, and stopping the door’s movement, and consists of many parts, including the garage door motor.
- Incorrect opener limits: The opener limits tell your garage door’s motor when to stop running. If these limits are set incorrectly, it could cause the door to stop very short of its target travel distance and remain open.
Automatic garage doors can be a terrific addition to any home—unless they stop working. If your garage door isn’t closing properly or doesn’t close at all, you could have a potentially dangerous situation on your hands. Not only is your property inside your garage unprotected, but a faulty garage door can be a serious threat to the safety of you and your family.
You don’t just want any garage door repair man or installer in your garage, working on your system. The importance of certification and training is something we pride ourselves in, here at Precision Door. Being certified to install or repair garage doors is no small feat. It requires skill, patience, and scrupulous diligence, and all of our technicians have extensive hours of training, experience, and on-site proficiency to get the job done right. Too often, Houston companies will send unreliable and questionable technicians to your home. Don’t make the same mistake of going with another garage door service company which does not hold to the same industry standards and requirements as Precision Door.
Do you spend your nights dreaming about what your home could look like? Do you drive by your neighbor’s houses and wonder how they achieved such amazing curb appeal? The answer to your dilemma is installing new garage doors with Precision Door. Installing new garage doors is a relatively easy and simple technique utilized by homeowners the world over to update their home and add elegance, beauty, and instant curb appeal.
Here in Houston, we face many garage door challenges with the heat and the upkeep of garage door maintenance. But with a few tips and strategies to keep in mind, you too can keep your home protected and your garage door running without a hitch. We’ve compiled a list to ensure you get the most from your garage doors, and are fully protecting your home and property.
A garage door that won’t close is troubling from a home security standpoint, and not to mention highly inconvenient for your schedule. It’s one door issue that homeowners should get taken care of as soon as they can.
In this blog, we’ll run through the common causes for a faulty door opener and help with some ways you can work toward pinpointing the problem, or confirming that you need a professional repair. This post is ideal for LiftMaster®, Chamberlain, Sears, Genie, Marantec, and Precision brand openers. Below is what to do first.
Inspect Garage Door’s Safety Eyes
Occasionally, a garage door will refuse to move from the open position when you press the wall unit or remote button. There are plenty of reasons this occurs, but the most likely culprit is your safety eyes.
The small laser, located low to the ground next to your door track, requires an uninterrupted path across the garage opening for the door to move. If the beam is broken, the door will either remain open or reverse during operation and return to the open position. Below are common reasons safety eyes refuse to allow your garage door to close:
You should be able to trace the beam to the mirror on the opposite side. Remove any obstructions that may be interrupting the beam (sports equipment left out, tools, leaves, etc.). If the beam isn’t pointing at the mirror, you can attempt to realign it by using the following instructions.
Realign Safety Eyes
The safety eyes are precise pieces of equipment and important parts of your garage door’s safety checks and balances. Be very careful when handling them.
If you’re still not sure how to realign your door’s safety eyes, check out this video by a Precision expert for more help.
Remove Dirt and Cobwebs
If the safety eyes are aligned as far as you can see, a cloudy lens could very well be the root of your issues. Remember, the lens is a sensitive piece of equipment and it requires careful handling.
Try wiping both the laser and mirror on the opposite side with a clean (preferably microfiber) cloth. This should remove any smudges, dirt, or cobwebs from interrupting the beam.
Troubleshoot Other Potential Issues
A garage door’s adamant choice to stay open isn’t always a problem with its safety eyes. If the above steps didn’t get your door to resume normal function, one of the following scenarios may explain its behavior:
Contact a Professional Garage Door Technician
We hope this post helped you get your garage door to close as it’s intended or give you more insight into where the issue lies. If you’re still not able to get your garage door to work properly, it’s best to call a certified technician, like the Precision Garage Door of Houston’s team of experts!
Remember, garage doors are extremely heavy to handle and dangerous when not operating as they should be. Keep children, pets, and yourself away from the door until it’s repaired.
For more information on practicing safe garage door upkeep, download our free eBook, Keeping Your Family Safe: Garage Door Safety and Maintenance. This in-depth guide is a great resource for homeowners who are experiencing a new garage door issue. Get your copy today.
Remember what it felt like pulling into your home’s driveway for your first time? As years go by appearances lose their charm and become a bit stale. Installing a brand new garage door will make an immediate and noticeable impact, providing the spice you need to fall in love with your home all over again.
Many of us have been at home during a thunderstorm and heard the ominous zap of a power outage. In our home state of Michigan (especially this year) it’s not uncommon to experience outages for up to a week because of snow and ice. You may have all the bottled water, canned food, and flashlights ready, but how are you getting in and out of your home?
There never seems to be enough room for all of the things we keep in our garage. Tools, cars, and everything else in the garage seem to fill it up rather quickly. There are plenty of things you can do to save space, but most of us usually forget about the area above our garage door. When utilized correctly, this area provides the perfect storage spot for cumbersome or rarely used items. Unless you are a carpenter or experienced tradesman we recommend you seek professional counsel for a projects like these. Poorly installed shelves can cause severe damage and injury.
Our impact on the environment is something that has become a much hotter issue in the last decade. For those considering garage work, it’s never a bad idea to keep such an issue in mind. In this article we have tips to help those who are just starting out as well as those who just want to make some eco-friendly improvements to turn your garage green.