Garage door has difficulty closing

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  1. Steven

    Steven Guest

    My garage door opener can open smoothly, but it only closes about half
    way - seemlingly encounters resistance - and then the door re-opens.
    I disconnected the automatic opening system and tried to close the
    door manually - it worked but I could feel resistance when pulling it
    down around half way. The system seems fine - springs, cables,
    rollers, etc. (I just installed a new SEAS garage door opener two
    weeks ago and it worked fine until two days ago. It's an old door
    abotu 15 years old and the old garage door opener was replaced. I
    also lubricated the components of the garage door system.)

    Any suggestions? Thank you.
     
    Steven, Feb 12, 2008
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  2. Steven

    DerbyDad03 Guest

    On Feb 12, 12:24 pm, Steven <> wrote:
    > My garage door opener can open smoothly, but it only closes about half
    > way - seemlingly encounters resistance - and then the door re-opens.
    > I  disconnected the automatic opening system and tried to close the
    > door manually - it worked but I could feel resistance when pulling it
    > down around half way.  The system seems fine - springs, cables,
    > rollers, etc. (I just installed a new SEAS garage door opener two
    > weeks ago and it worked fine until two days ago.  It's an old door
    > abotu 15 years old and the old garage door opener was replaced.  I
    > also lubricated the components of the garage door system.)
    >
    > Any suggestions?  Thank you.


    Is it significantly colder compared to when you installed the opener?

    My Craftsman has a habit of balking when it gets really cold. I have
    to increase the up and/or down force to get the door to travel it's
    full distance. I should note that my opener is about 20 YO, however,
    it has been doing it since the first cold winter.
     
    DerbyDad03, Feb 12, 2008
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  3. Steven

    Joe Guest

    On Feb 12, 11:24 am, Steven <> wrote:
    > My garage door opener can open smoothly, but it only closes about half
    > way - seemlingly encounters resistance - and then the door re-opens.
    > I  disconnected the automatic opening system and tried to close the
    > door manually - it worked but I could feel resistance when pulling it
    > down around half way.  The system seems fine - springs, cables,
    > rollers, etc. (I just installed a new SEAS garage door opener two
    > weeks ago and it worked fine until two days ago.  It's an old door
    > abotu 15 years old and the old garage door opener was replaced.  I
    > also lubricated the components of the garage door system.)
    >
    > Any suggestions?  Thank you.


    Keep looking...you missed a roller or two or a track misalignment. Get
    up closer and have someone move the door for you and the fault might
    be more obvious. Good luck.

    Joe
     
    Joe, Feb 12, 2008
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  4. Steven

    Guest

    On Feb 12, 12:36 pm, Joe <> wrote:
    > On Feb 12, 11:24 am, Steven <> wrote:
    >
    > > My garage door opener can open smoothly, but it only closes about half
    > > way - seemlingly encounters resistance - and then the door re-opens.
    > > I  disconnected the automatic opening system and tried to close the
    > > door manually - it worked but I could feel resistance when pulling it
    > > down around half way.  The system seems fine - springs, cables,
    > > rollers, etc. (I just installed a new SEAS garage door opener two
    > > weeks ago and it worked fine until two days ago.  It's an old door
    > > abotu 15 years old and the old garage door opener was replaced.  I
    > > also lubricated the components of the garage door system.)

    >
    > > Any suggestions?  Thank you.

    >
    > Keep looking...you missed a roller or two or a track misalignment. Get
    > up closer and have someone move the door for you and the fault might
    > be more obvious. Good luck.
    >
    > Joe


    The resistance is either binding or the springs have too much
    tension. Since it used to work, I'd suspect it's binding. As
    suggested, have someone work the door while you look for where it may
    be binding. Could be anything from the track and rollers to the
    track having moved and the door now hitting the side of the garage.
     
    , Feb 12, 2008
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  5. Steven

    Guest

    On Feb 12, 3:32�pm, wrote:
    > On Tue, 12 Feb 2008 09:24:11 -0800 (PST), Steven <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >My garage door opener can open smoothly, but it only closes about half
    > >way - seemlingly encounters resistance - and then the door re-opens.
    > >I �disconnected the automatic opening system and tried to close the
    > >door manually - it worked but I could feel resistance when pulling it
    > >down around half way. �The system seems fine - springs, cables,
    > >rollers, etc. (I just installed a new SEAS garage door opener two
    > >weeks ago and it worked fine until two days ago. �It's an old door
    > >abotu 15 years old and the old garage door opener was replaced. �I
    > >also lubricated the components of the garage door system.)

    >
    > >Any suggestions? �Thank you.

    >
    > In addition to the other suggestions take a look at the garage door
    > opener track. If it's a two piece track the connection in the middle
    > may be misaligned and cause a hiccup in the middle.


    whens the last time somone lubed the door tracks rollers etc?

    often its never.........
     
    , Feb 12, 2008
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  6. Steven

    Guest

    On Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:48:25 -0800 (PST), "" <>
    wrote:

    >On Feb 12, 3:32?pm, wrote:
    >> On Tue, 12 Feb 2008 09:24:11 -0800 (PST), Steven <>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >> >My garage door opener can open smoothly, but it only closes about half
    >> >way - seemlingly encounters resistance - and then the door re-opens.
    >> >I ?disconnected the automatic opening system and tried to close the
    >> >door manually - it worked but I could feel resistance when pulling it
    >> >down around half way. ?The system seems fine - springs, cables,
    >> >rollers, etc. (I just installed a new SEAS garage door opener two
    >> >weeks ago and it worked fine until two days ago. ?It's an old door
    >> >abotu 15 years old and the old garage door opener was replaced. ?I
    >> >also lubricated the components of the garage door system.)

    >>
    >> >Any suggestions? ?Thank you.

    >>
    >> In addition to the other suggestions take a look at the garage door
    >> opener track. If it's a two piece track the connection in the middle
    >> may be misaligned and cause a hiccup in the middle.

    >
    >whens the last time somone lubed the door tracks rollers etc?
    >
    >often its never.........


    It's okay to oil the bearings in the rollers, but putting lube or grease on the
    track or roller surface is usually not helpful. It just attracts grit, and gets
    sticky when cold.
     
    , Feb 12, 2008
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  7. Steven

    Dan Espen Guest

    Steven <> writes:

    > My garage door opener can open smoothly, but it only closes about half
    > way - seemlingly encounters resistance - and then the door re-opens.
    > I disconnected the automatic opening system and tried to close the
    > door manually - it worked but I could feel resistance when pulling it
    > down around half way. The system seems fine - springs, cables,
    > rollers, etc. (I just installed a new SEAS garage door opener two
    > weeks ago and it worked fine until two days ago. It's an old door
    > abotu 15 years old and the old garage door opener was replaced. I
    > also lubricated the components of the garage door system.)
    >
    > Any suggestions? Thank you.


    Another poster mentioned Sears openers and the cold.
    Mine is a Sears about 2 years old.
    Just today I had to adjust the down force
    otherwise it would start to close then move back up.
    First really cold day of the year.
     
    Dan Espen, Feb 13, 2008
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