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5 Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open

You have come home after a long day at work followed by grocery shopping at the nearby store. You desperately want to get inside the house, dump grocery bags on the kitchen counter, and lie down on your bed for at least half an hour. You are too tired and your eyes are calling for the shuteye for too long now.

When you reached your home, you click on the remote to open the garage door. Nothing happens. You click on it again, this time a little bit forcefully. Nothing happens. Frustrated, you get off the car and retry. No luck!

There can be plenty of reasons why the garage door won’t open. Let’s have a look at some of the most common one.

1. Operator’s Power Source is Disrupted

This seems like a ridiculous mistake to make, but you will be surprised to know how often this can occur. Sometimes, people forget plugging the door opener with a working outlet and then curse under their breath when the garage door won’t open and they find themselves locked out of the house. Before leaving the house, be careful not to unplug the power source.

2. Broken Springs

The first problem that your garage door may incur is broken springs. You may hear a very loud sound coming from your garage – similar to the gunshot or firecrackers – that will indicate that the door’s torsion springs have been broken. If you face the problem of broken springs, don’t try to open the door and call the professional as soon as you can to get the problem fixed.

3. Sensitivity Needs Adjustment

You have to make sure that the sensitivity is set at a moderate level. If the sensitivity is set too high or too low, you may incur problems while operating the door. But this isn’t a grave problem and you can also get it fixed on your own.

4. The Door is Off the Track

Your door can derail from its original track, making it difficult to slide properly. If you hear sounds of squeaks while moving the door, be sure that the door is facing problems. Even though it is advisable that you ask for help while readjusting the door, you can try it on your own if you can balance the weight of the door. The process is simple: you will have to loosen the screws that hold the door to its track and place the door back on its track. Tighten the screws immediately to prevent the door from losing its position.

5. Your Remote Is Not Working

It can be possible that the problem doesn’t lie in the garage door and its complicated system, but in the tiny room that you are holding in your hands. A remote may not work if it is not within the range, out of batteries, or has damaged antennas. Regularly check your remote to avoid any inconvenience in the future.


The garage door can create problems for various reasons. While some of the causes are manageable and you can fix them on your own, it is always better to avail the services of a professional company for getting your garage door repaired.