Garage Door Openers manufactured from 1993 to present, have an infrared photo eye safety system, that responsible to reverse the garage door when it is closed, if there is something in the way of the door.
Sometimes the “light beam” is obstructed by the stuff we keep in the garage, in particular around the door tracks such as hockey sticks, brooms, gardening tools.
In some cases, a spiderweb can obstruct the beam of the photoeye sensor.
It is possible for the sensors to get misaligned, this will cause the door to reverse immediately, or in some cases when they are just a bit out of alignment, the door may travel half way before reversing.
Inspect sensors regularly for obstruction.
Check if the lighted indicators located on the sending and receiving eyes are both light on. If either is off or flashing/blinking, it may have to be realigned.
Most of the time, a garage door won’t open manually or with the motor, because of the counterbalance mechanism that isn’t functioning properly, such as a broken extension or torsion spring.
If there is an electric garage door opener, and no noise can be heard when activated, try to disconnect the opener by pulling the emergency release (red cord) and manually lifting the garage door.
If the door goes up and is not heavy, the problem is most likely related to the garage door opener.
Make sure there is power in the outlet supplying the opener and if there is, then a service call from a trained garage door technician is required.
If there is some problem with the counterbalance mechanism, repair should be made only by a qualified garage door specialist Langley.
Modern steel garage doors, have a unique joint design to each manufacture,r that has to match for the door to seal and close properly.
Garage doors manufacturers change this joint design every 5-10 years, so if your steel garage door is older than 10 years, there is a big chance your door manufacturer doesn’t make those garage door panels anymore.
If it is a wood door, we recommend in most cases to use a private carpenter to do a repair or to completely replace the door.
In some cases, the most economical option is to replace the entire garage door.
Only if you are experienced at replacing garage door springs.
If not, they should be replaced with a qualified garage door spring specialist in Langley.
Keep in mind, that the garage door spring / counterbalance system, is engineered to lift doors on average weighing in excess of 300lb or more!
A tremendous amount of torque is generated by a torsion spring, and should be avoided at all cost by an inexperienced individual.
Extension springs, carry a great amount of potential energy, and many people have been injured un-necessarily when trying to repair it themselves.
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