Garage Door Repairs
- 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.
Genie garage door openers are one of the most widely used openers on the market today. However, there’s been a recent spike in consumer complaints about their Genie garage door system.
If your Genie garage door opener is malfunctioning, continue reading to learn more.
Your garage door is made up of many parts. When one or more of those parts malfunctions, it can cause the entire system to stop working. To determine why your garage door isn’t working, you need to figure out which part is at fault.
In this post, we take a closer look at the most common garage door parts that need to be replaced. However, it’s important to remember that attempting to repair your own garage door can be extremely dangerous. You should always consult a professional garage door repair company like Precision Door Houston for expert service.
Have you ever been in a rush only to find that your garage door won’t open? It’s a frustrating scenario to say the least, but you’re not completely helpless. Troubleshooting the reason why your garage door won’t open could end up saving you time and money.
First, you’ll want to make sure the door is completely closed. If it’s open at all, you should call a certified professional right away. Attempting to move a door that’s in the up and open position is extremely dangerous and could result in extensive damage.
If the door isn’t open, then you’re ready to start troubleshooting. Read through the following tips carefully to diagnose the problem. If you’re in a hurry, skip to the Disconnect Manually section below.
Some homeowners like to believe that they’re more than capable of taking on a variety of home repairs. Leaky faucets, a loose tile in the shower, and other small projects are usually simple to fix, but when it comes to garage door repair, you should think twice before breaking out the toolbox and ladder.
Your garage door is like a moving wall, and more than 20,000 injuries are reported each year due to people who aren’t qualified trying to fix their own garage doors.
In this post, we’ll explain some of the reasons why you should avoid trying to repair your own garage door and why you should hire a professional repair company instead. Be sure to read to the end of the article to learn about our FREE eBook The Homeowner’s Guide to Garage Door Repairs, which includes information about the many types of repairs your garage door may need.
The springs are an important part of your garage door system, helping to raise and lower the door evenly and smoothly. However, when the springs malfunction, it can make using your garage difficult and dangerous.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the warning signs of faulty springs so you can tell if garage door spring repair is needed.
Be sure to read to the end of the article, where we’ll tell you how you can get a free copy of our guide to garage door repairs. This useful eBook answers some of the most common questions when it comes to repairing your garage door system.
In the meantime, let’s get started by reviewing the two types of springs that you’ll find on your garage door: tension and extension.
Imagine this: You’re driving home after a long day. You pull into your driveway and hit the button on your garage door remote, but nothing happens. You hit it again. Still no response. You get out of the car and inspect the door only to realize that you don’t know the first thing about garage door repair. It’s time to hire a professional.
But before you decide to hire just any garage door repair company, you want to be sure that it’s one you can trust. To help you find a reputable repair company, we’ve come up with 9 critical questions to ask your garage door repair company.
Chances are, if you’re wondering if it’s time for a new garage door, it probably is. But in case you’re not entirely sure, our team at Precision Door Houston has outlined five telltale signs that your current door is on its last panel. If any of these indicators sound like something you’ve seen at the top of your driveway, then you might want to start seriously thinking about replacing your garage door.
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.
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.