Titan Garage Doors Quad Cities had a garage door repair project. The homeowner called for an emergency garage door repair service since their garage door stopped working. We responded to their request for garage door repair Quad Cities quickly as the homeowner was looking for a residential garage door repair company.  We were able to make the repairs quickly so that the homeowner could use their garage again.

There are several reasons why your garage door won’t function. You need to learn the causes so that you are prepared to handle the situation once you encounter this problem. Some of the reasons are:

Blocked Photo Eye

Old garage doors aged more than 15 years possess a photo eye that can detect if someone or a thing is blocking the door from lowering all the way. For most doors, the photo-eye-sized like a pea will be around 4 to 6 inches off the ground. This shoots a laser across the size of the garage and, once blocked, will lose the signal used for the garage door to move down and up.

Disrupted power source of opener 

Make sure that your garage door opener is plugged into a working outlet. Outlets tend to malfunction without indications so that you can check your fuse or circuit breaker for electrical power source issues. Sometimes people tend to be unaware that they have unplugged the power source, so check the plug from time to time.

Broken Torsion Springs

You will hear snapping, cracking, and banging like firecrackers or gunshots. These are sounds indicating a garage door torsion spring is breaking. Springs are the first in line that would break in your garage door assembly.

Popped off or snapped cables

Cables can become disengaged at times, just like on a bike sprocket. Generally, when a torsion spring is broken, the garage door cable will snap. It will cause serious injury if someone happens to be in the way of the cable that has snapped.

Sensitivity needs adjustment

Garage doors will not open if the sensitivity level is set to too high or too low. Adjustments should be precise and not out of range. This happens mostly to newly installed garage doors or older models.

Malfunctioned Remote Control

When you use the remote control, and your garage door doesn’t open, there are things that cause the problem:

• Your position may be out of range

• Damaged motor antenna or blocked from signal

• Remote needs battery change if the wall switch can open the door

• Try reprogramming the remote

Limit Setting needs to be adjusted

In an instance where the garage door closes but pops open at once, the limit settings should be examined to help the mechanism determine the distance to move the door to close it the right way. Note that when the settings are not turned on, the door will hit the ground. The opener will assume that the door has touched an obstruction which will automatically backtrack to prevent further damage.

Unseen Obstacles

A sign that the garage door closes halfway but then automatically reverses signifies an unseen obstacle preventing it from closing. Wipe the tracks to dislodge any particle.

Disconnect Button has been turned on

In case of power outages, you can work the door manually by using the disconnect switch. So always check if you disconnected the motor accidentally.

Lock is Engaged

Once the door doesn’t budge, even if the motor is running, check if it is locked. Locate the locking knob so you can use it to disengage in case any metal parts have slid down to bar access.

Now that you are aware of the causes why your garage door won’t function, it is vital to relay what you have observed to professional garage door repair technicians. At Titan Garage Doors Quad Cities, we have built our reputation in repairing garage doors for many years throughout the Quad Cities. Call us anytime at (309) 808-7181 if you need residential garage door repair service, commercial garage door services, or new garage door installation and explore the benefits of allowing highly trained experts to assist you.


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