Garage doors are abruptly active and then at rest for a long time.
It is always opening and closing at any given time and then remains closed when not in use.
Because of its weight, the complexity of its components, and its surroundings, there are many factors why the garage door suddenly malfunctions.
When an overhead door suddenly starts to malfunction, such as it won’t close, then it may be time to do an inspection.
If your door suddenly won’t close, it is time to call for a garage door service.
The reason we encourage that you don’t do the inspection or fixing yourself is that garage doors weigh 250-400 pounds on an average scale.
If something goes wrong, that door might go down and crush anything below it, making it a hazard.
Here are some reasons as to why your garage door won’t close.
Broken Torsion Springs
The Torsion Springs are the springs wrapped around a torsion shaft that twists around it as the garage door opens.
When the torsion spring is broken, either the door feels heavy when you try to raise it manually or it won’t close at all.
The torsion spring causes the door to not close because of the misaligned pressure.
To remedy this problem, the springs need to be replaced.
There is no reparation when it comes to broken springs, and you don’t just replace one torsion spring when it is broken.
Both springs need to be replaced.
We encourage that you do not do torsion spring replacement on your own.
This is because torsion springs are complicated and if something goes wrong, the door will collapse and crush anything below.
Also, a broken torsion spring can also lead to
Snapped cables are common with broken springs.
When this happens, the garage door won’t close fully or would not close at all.
The force on both sides is uneven.
The snapped cables, both worn and damaged, cause the door not to lower properly.
When the overhead door won’t close, that is a sign that the problem is already severe.
If the problem is truly snapped cables, the garage door will have to remain open.
Once the cables snap, it can pull down the pulleys and axles that hold it.
This is why when it is the cables that have gone wrong, it should be noted that the garage door should not be left unsupervised.
That and you should not try to fix the door, let alone leave anything under it.
Misaligned tracks cause the overhead door to not close securely.
It produces screeching sounds as the door tries to open or close.
When there are misaligned tracks, there are a few problems that could’ve caused it.
First, it could be dry rollers.
If the rollers are dry, the simple fix is to apply silicone or lithium-based grease to your trackers to make it run smoothly.
However, if the problem is the track itself, then it is best left to professionals.
Track replacement is a complex task that can be a safety hazard.
Both vertical and horizontal tracks need disassembling.
The wires, cables, and metals that surround it, once touched wrongly, can lead to electrocution.
Transmitter Antenna Problems
Your garage door may be close to your neighbor’s overhead door.
That or there’s a radio nearby, or television, anything that emits radiofrequency.
That radiofrequency messes up the signal when your remote tries to reach for your transmitter.
It could be that you just need to remove any obstacle near your antenna to get it receiving signal better.
If that does not work, you may need a signal jammer to help separate the frequency from another device from yours.
You will also need to change the frequency of your garage door.
If that does not work, it will need a complete reprogramming and inspection.
All of this can be done by a professional garage door technician.
Garage doors can last up decades if taken care of properly.
These problems cannot be avoided, but it can be prolonged through proper maintenance.
Simple tune-ups and inspection done quarterly can help in maintaining the overhead door’s good form.
We at overheadoors.ca do tune-ups, maintenance, and reparation, making garage door ownership convenient for you.