8 Ways to Make Your Garage Door Last Longer

You can make your garage door last longer despite frequent use and wear and tear. Maintenance and usage habits are critical variables. A garage door can last up to 30 years when well cared for. Otherwise, its life can be significantly shorter. Here are eight ways to extend the lifespan of your new garage door.

1. Inspect the Garage Door System Regularly

Closely inspect your garage door system at least twice a year. As you do, check for worn springs, cables, pulleys, screws, rollers, and other hardware. Tighten nuts, bolts, and screws as necessary. But if any parts look worn, warped, or cracked or a spring or cable is frayed or broken, call a professional to address it (handling high-tension components yourself is dangerous and can result in injury or death).

2. Use the Door Only As Needed

The more you operate your garage door, the faster parts will wear out. Garage doors last for a finite number of cycles. Only use the door if you’re working in your garage or if you’re exiting or returning with your car. And don’t let children open and close it for fun. If you have an older garage door, try to use it sparingly to get more time out of it.

3. Test the Garage Door’s Balance

To test the balance, pull the garage door opener’s release handle. Then, open the door manually. Lift it halfway to see whether it stays in place. If so, it is properly balanced. But if it falls, the system is imbalanced and you’ll need a technician to adjust or repair it. Maintaining the system’s balance reduces strain on the garage door opener and can prevent damage.

4. Test the Auto Reverse Function

Your garage door has an important safety feature that allows it to stop and automatically reverse if something’s in the way. To test this function, place an object in the door’s path and use the controller to close it. If the door doesn’t reverse, check the sensors and clean them if necessary. They may also need to be aligned. Check the owner’s manual for how to do this or call a technician for help. 

If the auto-reverse isn’t working, there’s a risk of property damage, injuries, or damage to the garage door that would warrant replacing it. 

5. Examine the Weatherstripping

A weatherstrip is a barrier that keeps water, ice, and dirt out of your garage. Poor weatherstripping can leave your garage door vulnerable to water damage, rusting, and other weather-related damage. Replacing this rubber strip is a simple task. But ensure it fits perfectly so it can help make your garage door last longer.

6. Clean the Tracks

Even a small amount of dust or debris in the tracks can strain the garage door. Spider webs and small animal nests can also cause problems. Gently brush or sweep them out. But don’t use water or cleaning chemicals, which can cause damage.

7. Wash Garage Door Panels

Neglecting to clean garage door panels can lead to corrosion and decay. Wash them with an all-purpose cleaner to remove as much dirt as possible, and then rinse them with water. You can also mix mild detergent and water and wipe the panels using a soft cloth or sponge. Your garage door won’t only look fresher. It will be protected and can last longer. Also, consider repainting it if the coating is chipped or faded.

8. Schedule Repairs As Needed

Many homeowners delay garage door repairs due to the cost. But the longer you wait, the more likely a repair issue can shorten the lifespan of your garage door. It also risks being injured by a broken part or a door that falls to the ground. Prompt repairs can avoid incidents and make your garage door last longer.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors Today

We install all types of residential garage doors in Southern California. Our trained technicians also provide garage door repair and maintenance services that can extend the system’s operating life. A variety of warranty options are available through our partners. For additional information on how to use and maintain your system, continue browsing our resources, and for service or more advice on how to make your garage door last longer, call 714-947-4528 today.

Tips to Enhance Your Home with a New Garage Door

A new garage door can enhance your home in many ways. But it pays to carefully consider your options. According to a 2023 report by Remodeling Magazine, garage door replacement can yield a return on investment (ROI) of 102.7%, resulting in a profit when selling your home.1 Here’s how to enhance your home with a new garage door (with a little help from Mesa Garage Doors) to get as much out of it as possible.

Match It with the Style of Your Home

The more your new garage door accommodates the style of your home, the more value it will have. Wood carriage house or steel doors are best suited for Colonial and Victorian homes. They’re often found with prominent handles, iron hinges, and other decorative hardware. 

Modern garage doors with stained wood or pebble glass are suited for modern- or contemporary-style homes. Double-hung wood windows are an attractive option for garage doors installed in Craftsman homes. Simply changing the color, material, or design can enhance the look of your home’s exterior.

Restore the Structure’s Original Look

A garage door takes up a lot of space on the front facade, so a worn unit doesn’t help curb appeal. If you have an older home, find out what the original garage door looked like. Or, if the door is showing its age, determine how it was when new. Its replacement can feature a material, paint color, or finish that restores the property to its former glory.

Choose a Color Carefully

The color of your garage door, front door, and house can match, but they don’t have to. If your front door is blue, yellow, or red, a gray garage door is a good match. But any garage door should be a uniform color or it may look dated. The most common colors include:

  • White: Gives a garage door a bright look that many homeowners seek.
  • Soft Gray: A neutral soft shade that blends in with many colors of bricks.
  • Dark Gray/Black: Goes well with a black window trim, while deep black-blue is a trendy alternative.
  • Taupe or Beige: If your bricks are in this color family, choose the same for your garage door.
  • Walnut Brown: A great choice if you like warmer tones; it can also make a door look like higher-end wood.

Add Windows to Your Garage Door

Windows are a popular option on garage doors. They’re welcoming and inviting (on the outside and inside). Plus, they allow natural light in, which is great if you use your garage for storage or as a workshop. You’ll also use less energy on artificial light.

There are lots of options for decorative glass. Many homeowners choose clear glass for their garage doors. Tempered glass is common, as it’s impact-resistant. Tinted, frosted, or mirrored glass are also among the many choices available. 

Make It More Energy Efficient

A well-insulated garage door can help improve home comfort. Foam insulation is more effective than fiberglass or cellulose. Look for insulation with an R-value of 10 or higher for an attached garage. Many garage doors are prefabricated with a layer of insulation.

Even if you’re refurbishing an old garage door, you can replace the weather seal (or make sure your installer provides sealing). Weatherstripping is easy to install and has many benefits. It keeps out drafts and prevents dust, moisture, and pests from getting into your garage.

Update the Keypad

The keypad is a small but important feature. It allows you to enter the garage without a key or remote and improves home security. We advise sharing the code with only authorized visitors. 

Modern keypads are sleek and often futuristic. Some can be integrated with smart home systems to automatically turn lights on when you enter or off when you leave. Depending on the model, you can monitor your garage door from a smartphone.

We Can Help Enhance Your Home with a New Garage Door

Mesa Garage Doors is the #1 garage door company in Southern California. Our factory-trained installers can help you select your home’s best material, color, and options.  They also install traditional, classic, and modern garage doors that accommodate one or multiple cars. We’ll even beat the advertised price of a licensed competitor. To receive a new garage door estimate and get started with enhancing your home, call 714-503-8822 or contact us online.



What’s the Cost of Garage Door Installation?

Installing a new garage door isn’t cheap. However, the cost can be offset by increases in energy efficiency and home resale value. Curb appeal is also a factor whether you opt for metal or custom wood garage door installation. But for most homeowners, the upfront cost of a new garage door is the most pressing concern.

According to Forbes, the national average cost of garage door installation is about $1,200, including labor (as of spring 2023). The exact price can range from $260 to $2,300.1 Why does the cost of garage doors vary so much? The reason is—that many factors affect the price you pay. We’ll look at a few of these below:

Garage Door Size

The size of a garage door is usually not optional, like other cost factors. You must choose a unit that fits the space. A single-car garage door typically measures 8 x 7 feet and costs $400 to $900. A double-car garage door measures 16 x 7 feet and costs $650 to $3,600.1

Meanwhile, the number of doors increases costs. A single door is usually in the $600 to $1,500 range. But a double-door configuration can range from $800 to $3,500. Custom-sized and configured doors will cost even more.1

Type of Garage Door

Homeowners in Southern California have many types of garage doors to choose from. Each comes at a different price point. The most common door types include:

  • Sectional (Start at $700)1: The most popular type, sectional garage doors consist of horizontal panels connected by hinges. This design allows them to roll up along the ceiling.
  • Roll-Up (Start at $650)1: Roll-up garage doors open similar to a window blind. Expect to pay more for labor to install them. A glass roll-up door can cost $3,800 to install.2
  • Single-Panel (Start at $400)1: A single-piece garage door that slides up to open, without bending or curving.
  • Swing-Out/Sliding (Start at $1,000)1: A swing-out garage door is a two-piece system that opens like standard doors. Sliding models rest against garage walls when open.
  • Carriage ($1,000 to $10,000): Carriage garage doors provide a classic style used since the era of horse-drawn carriages. They’re now a luxury option, often made of wood with glass windows.


Steel garage doors are extremely common. They cost between $450 and $1,500 on average. While long-lasting, they are prone to rusting in a rainy climate. You can avoid rusting and benefit from improved insulation with aluminum doors, but they can cost $500 to $2,000 to install.1

Wood is also a popular garage door material; it’s easy to customize but pricey. Installation can cost well over $1,000, and regular maintenance is a must. A low-maintenance alternative, composite doors are well insulating and generally less costly; they can start at $750. 

Tempered glass typically adds to the cost of an aluminum or wooden door, but lacks insulation and adds weight (although natural light can boost energy efficiency). However, if you like the appearance of wood and low maintenance, fiberglass and vinyl garage doors cost around $800 to $2,000. 1


Insulation can improve energy efficiency by reducing heat transfer. Depending on the insulation type (polystyrene, polyurethane, or fiberglass), it can add $50 to $500 to the cost of garage door installation. Windows can be an attractive upgrade, but you’ll pay roughly $1,600 more for a new garage door with glass windows.1


If the cost of materials is higher in your area, installing a garage door will be more expensive. Higher demand for garage door installation also increases costs. You’ll also pay more if you reside in a city with a higher cost of living.

Additional Garage Door Installation Cost Factors

Labor is a significant cost factor; expect to spend $200 to $500 per door just for installation. If you have an automatic door installed, you’ll need an electrician to run the wiring, which costs about $75 per hour. Overall, making a door automatic can add up to $1,300 to the project cost (manual garage doors cost from $600 to $2,150).2 Accessories such as keypads, lights, security sensors, and others will also add to the total price.

Call for Your Garage Door Installation Estimate

We install many brands and types of garage doors and garage door openers in homes across Southern California. At Mesa Garage Doors, our installers are factory-trained, so you can expect the highest quality service. We also install custom wood garage doors, entry doors, and wood gates. To schedule your free new door or repair estimate, contact us online or call 714-415-2657.


  1. https://www.forbes.com/home-improvement/garage/garage-door-installation-cost/ 
  2. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/home-finances/reviews/garage-door-cost

7 Most Common Garage Door Repairs

Any garage door, no matter how well-maintained it is, will eventually need repairs. There are lots of heavy moving parts that can wear out and get damaged. Familiar with the most common issues, Mesa Garage Doors provides all types of garage door repairs in Los Angeles. Here’s a look at seven common repairs our technicians perform.

1. Broken Spring Replacement

A broken garage door spring is one of the most common issues we’re called out to fix. Almost every garage door will have a broken spring during its lifetime. Most extension springs last about 10,000 cycles, and torsion springs last about 15,000 cycles. When a garage door spring breaks, the door cannot be operated and must be repaired to restore function and safety.

2. Damaged Cable Replacement

Garage door cables work along with springs to handle the door’s weight. A cable is strained every time you open or close the garage door, eventually weakening it and causing the cable to break. Call a technician if your garage door hangs unevenly on the tracks or gets stuck part-way. A broken garage door cable can be dangerous, so call for help immediately.

3. Track Repair or Replacement

The garage door puts pressure on the tracks as it operates. A sign of a damaged track is when the door won’t open or close smoothly. If the garage door gets stuck, hesitates, or is extremely noisy, call a professional. A bent track may be repaired on-site. A contractor may also recommend replacing a damaged or broken track to ensure the system works properly. 

4. Garage Door Panel Replacement

A garage door panel can be damaged by small impacts. Even a basketball or hockey puck can cause unsightly dents and dings. Accidentally hitting the door with your car can render it inoperable. That doesn’t always mean it’s time to buy a new one. On most garage doors, the panels can be replaced if the system is in relatively good shape. Replacing a panel costs less than replacing the entire door.

5. Safety Sensor Realignment/Repair

Safety sensors reverse a garage door if an object is in the way. But if a sensor is misaligned or malfunctions, the door may stop, get stuck, or reverse even if no people or objects are present. We recommend having the sensors checked by a professional to determine how to fix them. Even a simple realignment can be risky to fix yourself; getting it wrong can affect how the sensors work or damage them.

6. Roller Replacement

The rollers allow the garage door to run smoothly along the tracks. Wear and tear can take a toll over time, causing the garage door to shutter or squeak when you open or close it. A technician can replace warped or damaged rollers to restore smooth operation.

7. Broken Garage Door Drums

Garage door drums don’t break as often as other parts. But these metal wheels are needed to roll the garage door cables. Located in the upper corners of the doorframe, they can be hard to access. For a professional, replacing them is straightforward. New ones should last a while before wear and tear start to affect them.

When to Call a Garage Door Repair Professional

Your garage door can last up to 30 years if kept in good repair. But regular maintenance is essential and includes calling for help whenever you notice the garage door isn’t operating as it should. If it makes more noise than usual, stops and reverses, seems imbalanced, or any part appears worn or damaged, call a repair company as soon as possible. Minor issues can strain mechanical components, so waiting to call can increase the number of repairs needed and their associated costs.

Call Mesa Garage Doors

Our factory-trained repair technicians are ready to help with any garage door issue. Throughout Los Angeles, we’ve provided high-quality repair services since 1989. To receive prompt garage door repair and a free estimate, call Mesa Garage Doors at 714-980-4913 today.

How to Open Your Garage Door Manually

how to open your garage door manually

If you have an automatic garage door, there are times you may need to open it manually. A power outage can disable the opener. Or, the motor may stop working. Nonetheless, you can still operate your garage door. At Mesa Garage Doors, we can fix any problem with the system. We’ll also tell you how to manually open your garage door, so you have access to your garage, your vehicle, and other contents.

Before using the built-in emergency device, make sure your garage door is closed. Then check the springs. If they’re worn out or broken, you won’t be able to lift the door. Trying to will be extremely dangerous. When it seems safe to proceed, follow these steps to open your garage door manually:

Unplug the Garage Door Opener

Make sure there’s no power to the mechanism. Even if the power is out, unplug the opener because, if the motor engages while the garage door is disconnected, significant damage could occur. Keep the garage door opener unplugged until the garage door is reconnected.

Use the Red Emergency Release Cord

The red rope near your garage door is attached to the trolley. When the door is closed, the rope should be at the front. Pulling firmly on the emergency release cord disconnects the trolley from the garage door opener carriage, which moves the door along the boom attached to the opener. Therefore, pulling the cord prevents the opener from moving the carriage, so the garage door can’t automatically open or close.

Lift the Garage Door

To raise the door, grab it from the bottom with both hands; lift it with your legs and not your back to avoid injury. The door should roll up with little effort. When lifting it, don’t be too forceful or the door can open too quickly, hit the top, and then spring back, hit the ground, and break apart. If the garage door feels too heavy or won’t move, there might be a broken spring, so call a professional immediately.

Close the Garage Door

Once you park your car inside or have left the garage, close the garage door by pulling it down, making sure it doesn’t slam against the ground. Closing it is strongly recommended. An open garage door is a security risk as it’s an easy access point for burglars. Safety is another concern. A strong wind can pull it down hard enough to cause damage and injure people nearby.

Reconnect the Garage Door Opener

Now that you understand how to open your garage door manually, here’s how to reconnect it. Once the power is restored or the issue is resolved, reconnect the trolley, enter the garage, and fully close the garage door. Then pull the emergency release cord down and toward the garage door opener (or, you may have to reach up and pull a lever atop the cord).

To reconnect the trolley, activate the garage door opener and let the trolley and carriage run a complete cycle. Both mechanisms will reconnect when they pass one another. You’ll hear a loud click when this happens. If the system still hasn’t reconnected, manually lift the door about one foot until you hear a click. 

To ensure the garage door is connected, use the remote control to open and close it.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors

Knowing how to open your garage door manually can help in a few situations. In some cases, your garage door may need to be repaired. Mesa Garage Doors fixes all types and brands of residential garage doors in Southern California. We also specialize in installation, replacement, and maintenance. To request a repair or schedule a free estimate, contact us online or call 714-586-8943.

Do I Need to Replace a Garage Door That Doesn’t Close All the Way?

Dealing with a garage door that doesn’t close all the way is an aggravating experience. It can leave your garage vulnerable to the elements and put your home’s security at risk. But do you have to invest in garage door replacement? Usually not; in fact, you can often fix the problem without a professional. There are also minor issues a pro can fix to get your garage door to close.

If the garage door stays partially open, try the following methods before calling a repair company:

  • Inspect the Photo Eye Sensors: Located near the floor on both sides, these sensors detect when children, pets, or obstructions block the door’s path. Clean the sensors if they’re dirty. If a sensor is blinking, loosen one and adjust its position until both are aligned and the light stays on.
  • Check the Tracks and Rollers: You can usually remove dirt or obstructions from the tracks. If a track is bent, use a hammer or clamps to force it back into position. Stuck rollers can be lubricated with white lithium or silicone-based grease. When a few are sticking, the garage door opener may react as if something is in the way.
  • Adjust the Limit Screws: If your garage door doesn’t close all the way, the limit screws may need to be adjusted. Contacts on the screws determine how far the garage door opens or closes. Using a ladder, reach for the rear flap or light cover on the garage door opener and open it. Adjust the two plastic screws (labeled “Up” and “Down”) a quarter turn at a time with a flat screwdriver.
  • Continue making adjustments until the door closes all the way. If the door bounces back up after closing, reverse the “Down” adjustment in small increments until it closes properly.
  • Inspect the Trolley: The trolley may have been left in bypass mode the last time you disengaged the opener, or someone could have triggered it by accident. You can fix this by pulling the hanging rope toward the door. The trolley latch should engage and the garage door opener should work normally.
  • Change the Remote Control Batteries: Dead batteries will prevent the remote from closing the door. If replacing the batteries doesn’t help, reprogram the remote. To do so, press the “Learn” button on the garage door opener and wait for a light to flash. Then press a button on the remote.
  • Lubricate Moving Parts: Aside from the rollers, lubricate other moving parts such as the hinges, screw or chain, springs, bearing plates, etc.
  • Tighten Loose Components: Screws and bolts can loosen due to vibration and cause misalignments in the garage door system. Tighten any loose hardware or fasteners you find.

When to Call a Repair Technician

If none of the above methods get your garage door to close all the way, pull down on the bypass rope to disengage the trolley. You should be able to close the door manually. To lock it, secure bolts through any built-in locking latches.

Your garage door may not need to be replaced. But it may need repairs if:

  • The safety sensors don’t work after adjusting them
  • An extension spring is broken
  • A cable is worn or damaged
  • A track is severely dented, misaligned, or twisted
  • The rollers appear bent, cracked, chipped, or loose
  • The door doesn’t stay in position when you test the door balance
  • The garage door shudders, rattles, or makes loud noises

Contact Us If Your Garage Door Doesn’t Close All the Way

Mesa Garage Doors can fix virtually any problem with your garage door. But if your garage door requires constant maintenance, is excessively noisy, responds more slowly, or lacks the efficiency and safety features of new garage doors, contact us to discuss garage door replacement. We will provide professional advice and a free estimate. To get started, call (714) 988-6883 or contact us online.

What Should I Do About Rats in the Garage?

Finding rats in your garage, or evidence of them such as droppings, signs of gnawing, nesting materials, foul odors, or scratching/light thumbing sounds is never a delightful experience. Dead or alive, rats can carry diseases and be destructive. They can damage cardboard boxes, machinery, wiring, and vehicles. If you have rats in the garage, you must get rid of them and prevent them from coming back.

How to Get Rid of Rats

If your garage is already infested, here are some ways you can deal with the problem:

  • Set Traps: A snap trap captures a rat with a heavy-gauge steel bar as it steps on a trigger plate. When a rat steps on a glue trap, a strong adhesive prevents it from getting away. If there’s a single entry point, you can place a one-way exclusion funnel that prevents a rat from getting back in. You can also set traps outside the garage where they can lure rats outside or control them before they get inside.
  • Use Rat Poison: While it’s highly effective at killing and repelling rats, poison is not the best solution if you have kids or pets. Carefully consider if rat poison is the right option for your home and use it only out of reach of children and pets.
  • Get a Cat: Cats love to capture rats and are great at it. A cat or two will find a few. And being the intelligent creatures they are, rats will leave an area where they are in danger. But don’t leave out other methods of deterrence, prevention, or cleanup; nests, odors, and droppings will remain, increasing the risk of future infestations.

Calling a professional rat exterminator is another option. Their expertise and equipment can help fight off any type of infestation. An exterminator will determine how to eliminate the problem and avoid future issues. They’ll also clean up debris from rats and any residue from the extermination process.

Keeping Rats Away for Good

After you find rats in the garage and eliminate them, it’s time to take steps to keep them out. These are the most effective strategies for permanently rat-proofing your garage:

  • Seal Holes: Rats usually get inside through holes. Inspect the walls and garage door for these holes, fill them, and place caulking around the edges. If necessary, contact a local garage door repair company to seal any holes or cracks in door panels or spaces around the edges. 
  • Keep Food and Water Out: No food should be stored in the garage. No matter how well it’s sealed and packaged, rats can smell it anyway. They’re also always searching for water, which they need to survive. Avoid storing water here and fix any leaks right away.
  • Don’t Clutter the Garage: Clutter provides rats with shelter and hiding spots. If you have a lot of debris and unused belongings lying around, clean up your garage and store items neatly. This will make the environment unattractive to rats.
  • Use an Electronic Rat Deterrent: An ultrasonic device emits sound at a frequency humans can’t hear but that rats find irritating. It will make your garage an intolerable place to be for them.
  • Fill Holes: Rats may have used or created holes in the past. If you find new holes dug near your garage, fill them quickly. But make sure no rats remain. They won’t be able to leave and may die and decompose inside your garage.
  • Inspect the Attic: Many infestations start in the attic, especially if tree branches touch the structure. Trimming branches back can help prevent rats from reaching your home. Also, do what it takes to address the problem inside your garage.
  • Fix the Garage Door: Rats can chew through the rubber seal that weatherizes your garage door. This should be intact for many reasons. But if it’s degraded, rats can squeeze through it, so schedule garage door repairs whenever you find any issues.

Call Mesa Garage Doors If You Have Rats in the Garage

We can fix your garage door fast, whether it’s stuck, has a broken spring, or is off the track. Our team can also repair holes, cracks, and worn weatherstrips. Rats in garages often get there due to issues with your garage door system. We can resolve any damage and rat-proof your garage permanently. To schedule a free repair estimate, book service online or call (714) 613-0646.

How to Deactivate a Garage Door Opener

Did you know you can disconnect your garage door opener from the garage door? It can be done in just a few simple steps. First, we’ll look at why you’d want to know how to deactivate a garage door opener in the first place. Some of the reasons for it include:

  • You’re going away on vacation
  • You plan to be away from home for a while
  • The power has gone out
  • A storm has disrupted the local power grid
  • The garage door isn’t working properly

Why Should I Deactivate My Garage Door Opener?

This is a question many homeowners overlook. But if you’re away from home or not, many things can happen that affect your garage door. 

A power surge can damage the transmitter. As a result, the door could open on its own. Thieves can manipulate exterior keypads; they can also find a garage door remote, especially if you left one in a car parked nearby (disconnecting the opener prevents them from operating it). Or, if the electricity has gone out, you can disconnect the opener and open or close the garage door manually to access your car.

How to Disconnect Your Garage Door Opener

Triggering the manual override for your garage door requires just a few simple steps and can be done relatively quickly. To do so:

  • Make Sure the Door Is Fully Closed: It’s easiest to disconnect the garage door opener when the door is closed. This is also the safest way to deactivate the opener system.
  • Pull the Emergency Release Handle: Most garage doors have a release handle that hangs from a red rope. Pull on the handle firmly, as it’s designed to be operated with intent. You should hear an audible snap or click as the trolley release arm moves to a vertical position.
  • Operate the Garage Door: The garage door opener will be deactivated once the release handle has been pulled. You should be able to easily open or close the garage door (if not, it may have a faulty spring and require immediate repair).

If you’ve deactivated the garage door opener before going away, install a padlock on the track or use a sliding bolt. These will prevent forced entry. But be sure to remove the padlock or push back the bolt before using the garage door again. Otherwise, it could be severely damaged.

How to Reconnect the Garage Door Opener

Reactivating it is similar to how to deactivate the garage door opener. Whether you’ve returned home or the power was restored, simply pull on the emergency release handle again. Then press the garage door opener remote button. The trolley should move back to its original position and reconnect with the door. Depending on the model, the garage door may need to be lifted manually for the trolley to reconnect.

If you’re uncertain about how to use the emergency release handle or operate your garage door manually, review the system’s manual. Call a professional if you’re still uncertain or are unable to deactivate the garage door opener or reconnect it.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors

If you discover any issues when you deactivate the garage door opener, such as the door feeling too heavy or being difficult to move, we can help. Our experienced technicians can quickly repair garage door springs, cables, and tracks, as well as garage door panels and garage door openers. To receive a free repair estimate and schedule garage door repair in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, or San Bernardino County, call (714) 844-5741 today.

12 Reasons a Garage Door Won’t Close

When your garage door doesn’t close, your home will be vulnerable to intruders, water entry, and other threats. But not every reason for the issue requires calling a professional. Some causes are easy to fix; others are not. Here are 12 reasons a garage door won’t close to help you decide what to do.

1. Something Is In the Way

An obstruction can block the path of the photo-eye sensor, preventing the door from closing. This is a built-in safety feature to avoid damage or injury. It’s included in most garage doors built in the early 1990s and later. If the door doesn’t close, look around for furniture, a toy, debris, or anything else in the way.

2. A Sensor Is Misaligned or Malfunctioning

The photo-eye consists of a transmitter and receiver that face each other from opposite sides. If the beam is blocked by dirt or a sensor is out of alignment, the signal won’t be received, and the door will stop midway or fully reverse and open again. It’s also possible a sensor has been damaged by moisture or its mounting is broken.

3. The Operator Isn’t Powered

If the power is disconnected from the garage door operator, the garage door won’t close or open. The operator may have been unplugged accidentally. In this case, plugging it back in should get the door to close. However, a tripped circuit breaker, overloaded circuit, or faulty outlet can also prevent the operator from working.

4. The Keypad Isn’t Synced 

Sometimes, the garage door opener remote needs to be reset. But when the remote works fine and you have trouble with the keypad, resetting the code can sync it with the opener system. Check the user’s manual or a troubleshooting guide for steps on addressing the issue.

5. A Disconnected Motor

A disconnected motor is another reason a garage door won’t close. The motor has a disconnect switch that lets you open the door without the opener (if this is activated, the door won’t close but the motor may still run). This feature is useful during power outages. Or, the cord can get caught and become unplugged from the socket. Check the switch or the cord before calling a professional.

6. An Extension or Torsion Spring Is Damaged

A torsion spring helps the door open and close smoothly and runs horizontally between the two cable drums. The extension springs are mounted on the sides of the track and extend and contract as the door moves.  Both of these store tension when the door is closed and release it as the door opens. A broken spring can prevent the garage door from closing and must be replaced by a trained technician.

7. A Garage Door Cable Broke

If you have torsion springs, the cables connect to the drum and rotate a winding cone to lift the door. Extension springs have cables inside them to prevent damage if a spring fails. Over time, these cables can wear out and break due to age, rust, impacts, or poor installation; the door won’t close or may fall to the ground. The door should close again after the cable is replaced.

8. The Garage Door Track Is Bent

A damaged track can prevent the door from moving. If it’s bent or misaligned, it will put pressure on the garage door and stop it from closing. Pressure and wear and tear contribute to the problem, and when one track is not aligned, it puts pressure on the other and can cause additional damage. Contact a specialist since handling a garage door track can be dangerous.

9. The Remote Transmitter Needs a Battery

Here’s a simple reason a garage door won’t close that you can fix yourself. If the transmitter’s batteries have expired, it won’t send a signal to the garage door opener. To determine if this is the issue, press the button on the wall receiver. If the door works, replacing the dead battery should resolve the issue. Depending on the remote model, slide off the back cover or unscrew the locking component to access the batteries.

10. The Signal Is Blocked

Even if the battery is good, a blocked signal or remote that’s out of range can prevent the garage door from closing. Check whether the opener’s remote antenna is obstructed and clean it off if necessary. Dirt, objects, or tree branches can block the signal. Trim any interfering branches away but call for help if the antenna appears damaged.

11. Lock Mode Is Turned On

Check whether you accidentally locked the garage door. If so, the motor may run momentarily and shut off. Disengage the lock to get your garage door to close. If manual locks are installed, turn the handle until the horizontal bar is disengaged (you’ll hear an audible snap). The door should now operate normally.

12. The Opener Has a Stripped Gear

The garage door opener can be strained by daily use. A stripped gear will prevent the opener from functioning so, if the door is open, closing it won’t be possible. Unfortunately, the only solution is to replace the garage door opener. Call for help if the door won’t move but the opener makes a humming sound.

Contact Us for Garage Door Repairs

Based in Anaheim, CA, Mesa Garage Doors has installation and service teams across the region to address customers’ needs. Our technicians are factory trained and insured and provide any type of repair on most garage door makes and models. They promptly address common issues and fix them quickly. Whatever the reason your garage door won’t close, call us 24/7 at (714) 844-5741 to schedule your free repair estimate.

Guide to Choosing a Driveway Gate

A driveway gate helps control access to your property. But it’s more than just a security feature. It can have personality and add curb appeal. There are many considerations when choosing a gate for your driveway. In this guide, we’ll look at the types of gates, design elements, accessories, and other things to consider when planning to add or update your driveway gate.

Choose a Material

At Mesa Garage Doors, we’re known in Southern California for our custom wood gates. We use mahogany, redwood, and the finest materials to ensure every driveway gate we install meets your functional and aesthetic needs. Wood provides flexibility for customization and can accommodate various colors and textures, but other materials can be used, such as:

  • Steel: Powder-coated steel is easy to manufacture and customize and is preferred for its durability and security.
  • Iron: Iron has the strength and durability of steel and has aesthetic benefits; it’s also long-lasting if well-maintained.
  • Aluminum: Being lightweight suits aluminum for larger gates; it’s also rust-resistant and affordable.
  • Glass: Glass can add a contemporary look to a driveway gate (within an elegant steel frame), be finished in almost any color, and be decorated in sophisticated ways.

Decide on a Theme

The gate should blend in with your home’s exterior. Wood or steel work with a modern-style home, while a picket fence and gate go well with Craftsman-style homes. Other gates are suited for European, gothic, colonial, and other styles. Many gates have an open picket design, but if you prefer privacy, you can choose a more solid material, which also protects against people and animals from outside.

Select a Size and Shape

The required width is straightforward to measure. But the height of the gate is often your call. A standard height is fine if the gate isn’t meant to stand out. If you prefer large and grandiose, go with a taller gate. But remember the taller and larger the gate, the more material you’ll need, and generally the higher the cost.

Driveway gates can also incorporate almost any kind of shape. Most residential gates have vertical pickets surrounded by a solid frame. Simple rectangular gates have a flat top. Arch-top gates are also common. They can have a smooth top or the pickets can extend above the top, creating points that extend above the arch.

Operational Considerations

Driveway gates can be manual or electronic. Many people don’t mind walking to the gate and opening it by hand. If you have a long driveway and often have visitors, that might not be the case. An electronic gate offers the benefit of remote control operation. Other features and options include:

  • Direction of Movement: Whether you want the gate to open to the left or right is a matter of style and available space. If space is at a premium, a sliding gate is best.
  • Remote Access: For your convenience, some gates can be set up with remote entry, so you can use your phone to open, close, and lock/unlock it.
  • Gate Alarms: An alarm can alert you if someone tries to tamper with the gate, climb over it, or break into your home. 


Numerous accessories are available for driveway gates. The most frequently used accessories include:

  • Sensors: Motion sensors can activate lights and video, while vehicle sensors trigger the gate automatically when a vehicle enters and exits. Photo beams can add safety for occupants and visitors.
  • Programmable Timers: Using a timer, the gate can be shut and locked automatically or opened during specific time frames.
  • Access Controls: A basic pin pad allows one to enter a passcode to open the gate. Card readers let anyone with a card quickly gain entrance. With a wireless intercom, you can communicate with visitors without going outside.
  • Maglocks: Able to withstand great force, magnetic or solenoid locks engage electronically, so provide more security than other locking systems.
  • Solar Panels: Standard gates operate via electricity, but some gates can be wired to solar panels so you can rely on clean energy.

Professional Installation

Installing a driveway gate yourself isn’t a good idea. Hiring a professional ensures installation is done properly and all requirements are met. The job requires a variety of skills, including metalworking, hardware installation, and software programming. Electrical, masonry, and landscaping work may also be required. A professional will make sure the gate is set up properly and runs smoothly and safely.

The installation process is generally as follows:

  • A design consultation with your contractor
  • A review of design ideas, materials, and accessories
  • Receive an estimate for the installation
  • Sign the contractor’s agreement and authorize them to begin the project
  • Grading, leveling, wiring, and other types of preparation
  • Installation of your driveway gate
  • Testing of locks, safety controls, and other functional elements

Contact Mesa Garage Doors

We install high-quality driveway and pedestrian wood gates, all fabricated in our Southern California shop. Our team works with your ideas and can provide an array of custom options. To request a consultation and estimate, call (714) 844-5741 today.A driveway gate helps control access to your property. But it’s more than just a security feature. It can have personality and add curb appeal. There are many considerations when choosing a gate for your driveway. In this guide, we’ll look at the types of gates, design elements, accessories, and other things to consider when planning to add or update your driveway gate.