Causes of Faulty Garage Door: Springs, Disconnect Switch

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common reasons why your garage door might be failing to operate. There are several possible culprits in a faulty garage door, some of which will cause operational issues, others of which will cause safety concerns, and still others of which will cause both simultaneously. 

At Overhead Door Company, we offer robust garage door repair and maintenance services throughout Utah, ensuring your door is both safe and fully operational at all times. What are some of the other possible reasons your door might be having issues, and what can be done about it — either by you or by our garage door repair specialists? Let’s dive in.

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Broken Garage Door Springs

A broken garage door spring is one of the most common reasons why your garage door will not open. If your springs are more than ten years old, it’s a good idea to replace them, as they can start to weaken and break over time.

While some homeowners may be tempted to attempt this sort of fix on their own, we strongly recommend against this unless you have specific garage door repair training. The risk of serious injury while working on your garage door springs is high; in the event that one breaks while someone or something is underneath the door, there could be serious injuries or even fatalities.

Improper Open and Close Limit Settings

Garage doors will be set up with open and close limit settings, which tell the door opener how far the door should move before it’s fully opened or closed. If these settings are too high, the door will not be able to open or close, and if they are too low, the door may jam when opening or closing.

If you’ve just had your garage door repaired and it won’t open all the way, this is likely what’s going on. We can adjust these settings to get your door back into proper working order.

Garage Disconnect Switch is Enabled

Another possible cause of a non-operational garage door is the enabling of the disconnect switch, which serves to shut off power to your garage door opener. This is a safety feature that is usually enabled during any sort of repair or maintenance work on your garage door, including adjustments to the open/close limit settings we discussed above.

If you hear the garage motor running as it normally would when you press the button, but it will not move, locate and toggle off the disconnect switch (our pros will help you find it if needed).

For more on how to deal with a faulty garage door by recognizing its causes, or to learn about any of our garage door repair or maintenance services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.