For homeowners with garages, the prospect of a malfunctioning garage door poses two distinct possibilities. One is that the door won’t open, leaving you stuck at home without access to your car, or doomed to leaving your car exposed to various hazards out of doors. The other is the opposite problem—the door won’t close, which means that, while you’re free to go anywhere you want in your car, everything in your garage is up for grabs. Both of these situations call for garage door repairs in Rancho Cordova, CA, but the urgency of fixing a garage door that won’t close may trump the problem of one that won’t open.
There may be a number of reasons why your garage door won’t close. Here are some of the more common causes of perpetually open garage doors:
- Travel setting needs to be adjusted. One common problem people encounter with garage doors is that they’ll appear to be shutting normally, but as soon as they hit the ground, they’ll pop right back up. This is generally a problem with the travel setting on your garage door opener, which is designed to operate the door in reverse in the event that something is obstructing its path. This is a great safety feature, but when it perceives the ground as an obstruction, adjustments need to be made. Often, this is an easy fix. Just follow the instructions that came with your garage door opener.
- There’s a problem with the sensors. The sensors for your garage door are typically located near the floor, and any number of problems can result in the sensors not doing their job correctly. Due to their location, it’s not at all uncommon for the sensors to get bumped out of alignment or be obscured by one thing or another. Each sensor also has a delicate lens, which can get dirty or dusty and cause the sensors to malfunction. Even the sun can get in the way of your sensors and trick them into thinking something is blocking the door.
- Check the batteries in the transmitter. This is an almost comically simple problem, with a very easy and inexpensive solution. The transmitter, remote control or wall device batteries generally don’t need to be replaced very often, which is why, when many homeowners find themselves unable to close their garage door, this is rarely the first thing they check. When a battery needs to be replaced in one component of your garage door opener, it makes sense to replace all of them. Often, they were installed simultaneously, so the batteries are likely to run down at roughly the same time.
Some of these situations can probably be handled on your own, if you’re able, and if you feel confident in your facility with tools. However, others may demand a phone call for garage door repairs in Rancho Cordova, CA. There’s no shame in calling for help, particularly if you have any uneasiness about your ability to complete the task yourself. For any and all garage door repairs, call Action Door Service today—we’ll have your door working smoothly in no time!