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Garage door won't open all the way

Why won’t my garage door open all the way?

Are you frustrated that your garage door won’t open all the way up? Or perhaps your garage door won’t open at all? There are several reasons why this happens.

Your garage door has several components working jointly to facilitate its opening and closing. A problem with either of the door parts could cause the door to not open at all. Or if it does open, it doesn’t open fully.

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Installing a garage door opener for commercial premises. Our technician attaches the door to the opener

Despite the fact that garage door operations are meant to open and close, there is a series of actions that activate the operations. Most often, if you are using a garage door opener or a garage operator, a mechanical hitch in one of their components might render your door useless. You could be locked out of the garage with nothing much to do.

Reasons why the garage door won’t open.

Even though it could be difficult to tell which parts are failing, you can notice and identify problems with your garage door easily. Moreover, it is easy to fix some of these problems without needing a professional’s hand. Well here are some of the reasons why your door will not open;

Ensure the sensors are not blocked.

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Our technician tightens the hinges of a garage door. DIY garage door tune-up

One of the safety mechanisms installed on most garage doors is the safety sensors and photo eyes. These are on either side of your garage door and require no blockage in their sightline.

If there is debris or dust blocking their way, the door will neither open nor close. If you are reluctant to maintain your garage door, you might notice dust built up around these sensors. This would consequently cause your door to run erratically.

To solve this problem, you should dust off the sensors or photo eyes. Moreover, regular maintenance and garage door tune-up services could enhance and facilitate operations of your garage door.

Make sure there are no broken springs.

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Tightening garage door hinges to quiet the door. Replace worn-out door panels

You might have noticed a pair of extension springs on either side of the door, or a torsion spring fitted above the door. A problem with your garage door spring is dangerous for you and your family.

If you notice a slant on your garage door, space between the spring, or hear the door slam harder than usual, it is a sign that the spring is either broken or worn-out. You might want to replace garage door springs yourself, but it should be avoided if you have no skill and the tools.

Moreover, you should not try to open or close the door when the springs are broken. In such a case, you should call a professional garage door company for garage door spring repair.

Plug-in door opener power cords.

Another prevalent reason why your door will not open, is the cords being less plugged in the socket. You might think that it is a big problem with any other component of the door, only to notice there is no power flowing to the motor.

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Also, check that the circuit breakers are not cutting off the power supply, or the GFCI is tripping down the power. You can try to power other components in the garage like the lights, if they work fine, then you need to check your door opener’s power supply.

Garage door opener sensitivity.

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A half-open garage door user closing a roll-up door with its opener remote.

Another problem with your garage door is setting sensitivity too high or too low. In either case, it will cause your door to malfunction. One of the best ways to reset this is by checking your opener manual for directions to set sensitivity.

Also, you should make sure that the close and up-limit screws are in the right positions. If there is no problem with the screws and you set the sensitivity right, then check for other problems with your door.

Is your remote working perfectly?

You could be worried that the door won’t open all the way, but the problem is with your garage door opener remote. There are a few ways in which you can troubleshoot to identify problems with the remote.

First of all, make sure that you are in range. The opener and the remote are designed to work in close proximity. If you are a few yards away, then you could cut off the linkage and render the remote less useful. Also make sure that the antenna of your garage door opener is visible, hanging downwards, and is not damaged. If you are able to run the opener from the wall switch and keypad, then it is a sign that the batteries are dead. Replacing the batteries should restore its operations.

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