Reasons your garage door won’t open

For many-a-home across the UK, the garage door is the most used entrance and exit and because of this, it will be subject to daily wear and tear. As a result of this, the door will more than likely experience functional issues that will negatively affect its performance from time to time, and it’s important that you act upon these.

When the door isn’t functioning properly, the problem could come from a number of areas. Now, whether the door isn’t opening at all, making strange noises or not operating smoothly, it’s important that you can recognise the most common causes of each issue and if you would need to call a professional to solve it. The team here at ABi Garage Doors Ltd are here to help.

Photo-eye blocked

Photo-eye sensors were brought in to the garage door industry in 1993, when a new law came in that requires all garage doors to have the sensors fit on them due to new safety requirements.

On either side of the garage door opening are two sensors, around six-inches off the floor which detect when an object moves past it. If the sensors detect something, it will send a signal to the garage door which will reverse its movement.

Your garage door may not be opening or closing because there may be something blocking these sensors, so we suggest wiping the sensors with a cloth to remove and dust or debris. If this doesn’t work, get in touch with one of our garage door repair specialists.

Transmitter batteries expired

Power is required on both ends of activation when it comes to garage doors and therefore, if your transmitter doesn’t have sufficient batteries, the operation won’t be going swimmingly.

If your garage door won’t open or close through your remote control, but will open or close through other avenues, then your remote could be the issue.

The first thing you should check is the transmission receiver on the inside wall of your garage. If you manually press this and the door activates, then the remote control’s batteries aren’t working and they need replacing.

Broken torsion or extension springs

If you’re experiencing an issue where the garage door isn’t opening, but the motor is still running, then the problem is more than likely lying with the torsion or extension springs. Broken springs are the most common issue when a specialist gets called out to a residence to repair a garage door.

They are not only the most common, but possibly the most dangerous problem that can occur with a garage door. It is caused by general wear and tear and is therefore inevitable that it will happen to your door at some point.

It’s important to know that you should never attempt to fix this problem yourself (unless you’re a repair specialist) – always call a professional as you could injury yourself pretty badly.

Snapped cables

There’s one problem that is more dangerous than a broken torsion or extension spring, and that is if the cable snaps. You will know if the cable is snapped and that’s due to the extremely loud noise it makes – something along the lines of BANG CRASH SNAP.

The extension springs provide the tension when the door is opened and lowered, the cables (which align each tension spring) are responsible for the physical movement of the door. Therefore, if the cable snaps and you aren’t careful, the whole door could fall on you – which is why it’s important that you call a specialist for the repair.

If you’re looking for a garage door for your home because you’re experiencing similar problems, look no further than the team here at ABi Garage Doors Ltd. We have been supplying garage doors to the Doncaster area for the past 30 years, so our experienced, knowledgeable team will be able to aid you in your decision. Feel free to give us a call on 01302 511372.