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When I push my inside of garage button for the door to close, the door attempts to go down, motor light flashes and door goes back up again. I had to keep holding the wall button for the door to actually go down and close.

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Check the owners manual, the pattern with which the lights flash often indicates the problem. – Tester101 Aug 17 '13 at 4:07

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The garage door will automatically reverse if it encounters too much resistance or if the sensor beam is interrupted.

To check for resistance, start with the door closed and pull the red handle. Then open and close the door. The movement should be fluid with no tough spots. If you encounter difficult spots, you likely have a bent track or a broken wheel. Call a professional.

If the door opens with the opener fine, but reverses almost immediately when you try to close it, then you likely have a problem with your sensor alignment. One sensor should have a light on all the time. This is the transmitter. The other, your receiver, should light up when it has an unobstructed view of the invisible light beam the transmitter sends. It's easy to bump a sensor and move it out of alignment. Just bend it back in to position. Use the light on the receiver to help you so that you don't have to try and close the door to check your adjustments.

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Here is a video explaining the process: I was able to fix my door with the same problem. – yya Mar 27 at 21:30

Besides @longneck's excellent points, if the garage door or opener is a new installation and has not worked before, it could be that the opener's internal "tension sensor" is not correctly set.

If the door can be reasonably easily opened and closed by hand, but the opener balks at closing the door, the tension setting probably needs to be increased. See the installation manual for details how to adjust it. Usually it is a nut inside the unit, or sometimes a thumbwheel.

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I had this issue last week. The lights on the sensor were fine. The issue was finally traced to loose connections at the sensors. Disconnected the sensors, re-stripped the wires and reconnected them. Door closes fine now.

I think the sensors were working fine until the garage door starts moving, when the electrical supply to the sensors were getting interrupted due to faulty wiring.

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This helped me a lot. My sensor was loose and moved off from its position in the casing. I just placed it right and tightened the screw and viola!, everything started working. Thanks a lot. You saved me a lot of money.. – V K Oct 2 at 22:16
You should up-vote me, so I can get some badly needed reputation :) – Do Will Nov 18 at 19:09

3 most common problems with garage doors that won’t close are:

The sensor is either blocked by an object The sensor caught some dirt. The sensor is not aligned

What to do when your garage door won't close

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When nothing here works...determine what is spoofing the auto reverse. I have an insulated door. Part of the sheeting over the insulation are peeling away due to excess heat (and kids pickng at it). The flap of sheeting on the lower most panel was triggering he reverse when the door got to within an inch or two from closing. Trimmed the flap of sheeting back and presto...worked every time.

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Sensor lights were out (there is a green and red LED light on each sensor side). I moved an extension ladder that must have "jiggled" the wires at the ceiling corner that powers the sensors. I went up and " re-jiggled" the wires at ceiling and LED lights came on. Garage door now shuts normally. Try this if all else fails as in my case.

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