Have you hit the garage door clicker and had the door refuse to close? If so, you are not alone. A common complaint about garage or overhead doors is that they will not close properly. Some will go down to a certain point and stop. Others will go down, then pop back up. Others will not even start to close.
What could be causing the problem with your overhead door?
The problem is not necessarily the door itself. Every modern garage door must have a safety sensor system in place before government officials will sign-off on installation. This sensor system is designed to prevent the door from coming down and hurting a human or animal standing under it. If you look at the bottom of the overhead door track, you will find sensors. On one side, the system sends out an invisible beam to a receiver on the other side. For the door to come down completely, there can be nothing breaking that beam and no problems with the sensor system itself.
What can cause the sensor system to stop the door from closing?
Normally, it can be one of three things:
What can a property owner do to try to fix the problem?
The simplest fix for such a problem is to verify that nothing is blocking the sensor beam. No human or animal should be standing close to the door when you are trying to close it. Make sure no objects are sitting in the beam's path. Verify the sensors are clear of bugs and debris. If it seems the beam is clear, the next step is to check the alignment of the sensors. You may find one side obviously out of alignment. Gently move the sensor back towards its original position. If troubleshooting does not find the problem, call in the professionals.
What can a professional do that a property owner should not?
If simple troubleshooting does not find the problem, call in the professionals. A professional overhead and garage door company has the equipment and tools to test the sensor system. The employees can quickly find the potential problem and propose a solution. The sensor system is critical for safe operation of the door. That is why a homeowner should not undertake such repairs.
If you are having any problems with your overhead or garage door, give us a call here at Willow Creek Overhead Door. We are a full-service garage door company in Amarillo, Texas that handles all repairs, maintenance, and installation of garage and overhead doors. Contact us today for a free estimate.