Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Why Won't My Garage Door Go Down?

Posted by:  Denver Garage Door Company

Everybody's ultimately dressed and prepared to depart. You back the car out, hit the remote, and you're off. Till you realize the garage isn't closed. You reluctantly pull into the driveway, brow furrowing in disappointment. It happens to everybody. Many house owners don't even realize they left it open until they come home.

Why did not it close? Garage doors typically fail to shut as a consequence of the safety sensors being blocked. They're found on each side of the opening, only a foot or so off the ground. Generally each will have a little light that stays lit when everything is going well. If either of the lights are out, simply move whatever is blocking the sensor ( often even cobwebs/small waste may cause safety sensors to malfunction ) or adjust them so that they are pointing at every other again. You can move these around by hand if they have been knocked out of alignment.

If you are still stuck at home, ensure nothing is blocking the path of the door. This can be a common cause for service calls. Always be careful when operating your Denver garage door, but be extra cautious when it's not working in the right way. It is the likely the biggest, heaviest, moving piece of machinery in the house. It's counter balance system is under EXTREME pressure, and when it does not work correctly, it can be threatening. Many of us have been injured or even snuffed out by garage doors, some of them professionals. If yours is sitting crooked in the opening, has come off the tracks, or is not working properly, call a professional garage repair company immediately.

If you're still stuck in the drive, there are two more things to try before calling a professional. Try using the wall button rather than the remote or keyless entry. It's possible the remote's batteries are dead, or the lock function found on the wall button has been enabled. If the garage door itself is working properly, you can pull the manual release on the motor. This may let you close everything manually , although the opener won't be locking it shut the way it normally would.

Some openers have an indicator light that may help troubleshoot any issues. Again, you will need the owner's manual for your model. Many can be discovered online by doing a fast search for your make and model number. You can find the model and manufacturer on the back of the garage door opener.

If all else fails, it could be time to call an expert. Some corporations will be able to give an estimate on possible repairs over the telephone, so let them know what steps you will have already taken. Call some different corporations to ensure their numbers are competitive. Since openers have a predicted life-span of about 10 years, it may also be a brilliant idea to check costs for new openers, rather than correcting an older model. Newer models will have more up to date technology, providing better security and safety features.

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