Imagine coming home one day and pressing the button on your garage door opener’s remote control, only to find that nothing happens. Confused and somewhat annoyed at the inconvenience, you park your car outside and try to figure out what’s wrong.
As you can imagine, the whole point of having an automatic garage door opener is to make it quick and easy to get your car in and out of your garage. What you don’t want to do is get out of your car and open it manually, especially during a torrential downpour!
Thankfully, problems with automatic garage doors not opening can get narrowed down to a few specific causes. The following are three of the most common reasons why your garage door isn’t opening:
1. Remote Control Problems
Arguably one of the leading causes of broken garage doors that don’t automatically open is the remote control. When you press the ‘open’ button on your remote control, you expect your garage door to spring into life and open itself for you.
When that doesn’t happen, it makes sense first to investigate problems relating to the remote control. The most common reason for remote control failure is depleted batteries - and that’s something you can quickly and easily resolve.
Other remote control-related problems include the remote control itself - the circuit board inside the unit could be damaged due to water ingress and corrosion. Another possible reason might be a dirty or broken remote control antenna by the garage door.
2. Photo Eye Problems
Each automatic garage door has two photo eyes located on either side of the door and is situated roughly six inches off the ground. The ‘eye’ on each sensor is the size of a pea, and one side projects an invisible light beam across to the other side.
The purpose of those two photo eyes is to detect any interruptions to the garage door opening and closing sequences. Should that beam of light get interrupted, the garage door will stop moving for safety reasons.
Your garage door’s photo eye sensors can sometimes get dirty, and in this case, they could be fooled into thinking there’s an obstruction hence why your garage door is not opening. Cleaning the sensors with a clean cloth and some glass cleaner can often cure the problem.
3. Damaged Garage Door Components
The one final reason why your automatic garage door is not opening could be down to damaged components on the garage door itself. Your garage door comprises many parts, and any of them could have failed for various reasons.
For example, the rollers and bearings might be the culprit. Rollers can get worn and need replacement, while bearings could seize due to a lack of lubrication. Another component that could be damaged is the garage door opener system.
In any event, it’s best to have your garage door components checked by a professional. That’s because some parts may require expert replacement, especially where there is live electrical wiring.