When your garage door is not closing properly, it creates a significant safety hazard. In addition, the security of your home is compromised because of the door not closing completely. When it comes to solving the issue of why your door is not closing, there are a few different culprits. Here are a few of the most common ones.
The Photo-Eye May Be Blocked
Most modern garage doors are equipped with two separate photo-eye sensors that will keep your garage door from closing if there is any kind of obstruction in the path of the door. So, examine the path of the sensor. If you do not find anything its way, then there may be an accumulation of dust or dirt on the photo-eye sensors causing the beam to be blocked. Clean the sensors and see if the problem is resolved. If it is not, then the sensor or its power supply may be damaged, which would require professional repairs.
The Door Opener Is Malfunctioning
If you are using your garage door opener within appropriate range of your door and the door is not responding, then the opener needs to be inspected. However, your first step should be to make sure the batteries are functional. With that being said, change them out with new ones and see if that solves the issue. If it does not, the antenna on the opener motor could be blocked or damaged. Check to ensure the antenna is hanging downward, which will allow it to capture the signal from your garage door remote. If none of your troubleshooting works, then you will need to contact a professional for recalibration or repairs.
The Limiter Requires Recalibration
The limiter is responsible for controlling the up and down movement and speed of your garage door. If the settings are off, then the garage door may strike the ground, close, or reverse upward due to system observing a collision. To perform a reset of the limiter, the limit switch adjustment dial needs to be located. The limiter needs to be adjusted down if your garage door is not fully closing, but the limiter should be adjusted up if your door is not fully opening. Only make small changes so that you do not over-adjust your garage door and cause the door to slam shut or open.
If you require assistance with your garage door issues, contact a garage door repair service in your area.