Facing Garage Door Issues | Garage Door Common Problems

Common problems with garage doors

Are you facing garage door issues?We covered garage door common problems here.Though some repairs could be made by the homeowner, the weight of the door makes it best to employ a highly rated garage door contractor, installer or repair company who has the equipment and is trained to make repairs safely.

To help prevent garage door problems from occurring, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation recommends monthly maintenance, including testing that the garage door opener is operational and inspection of the springs, rollers, pulleys, cables, and track. Wipe down the tracks, preferably with a microfiber cloth to prevent lint from being left behind. Also, make sure to keep all the metal moving parts lubricated. However, do not lubricate plastic parts. Never reuse an old track with new panels.

Here are some ways to troubleshoot common problems before calling in an expert for garage door repair.

1. The door closes only partially before returning to the open position.
If the light attached to the door opener mechanism blinks several times after the door reopens, this generally means something is blocking the sensors or that they’ve become misaligned.  The two sensors are generally clipped onto the door track about six inches from the floor. You can move them slightly with your hands to try to get them lined up.   Other possibilities include a broken cable that must be replaced, a track that is bent and needs to be replaced or a worn extension spring cable pulley that needs to be replaced.

2. The door is jammed shut
This can be the result of a broken cable, bent track or worn pulley.

3. The door opens more slowly than usual
This can be caused by a degraded, warped or broken spring that needs to be replaced.

4. The door makes a popping sound
This may be a sign of worn rollers that need to be replaced.

5. The door squeaks as it opens and closes
It’s likely the rollers and/or bearings need to be lubricated.

6. The door makes a scraping sound
Among the possible causes is a frayed cable that needs to be replaced or a misaligned reinforcement strut.

7. The door won’t open or close at all
If you have an automatic opener, first try replacing the batteries in the remote control. If that fails to do the trick, there may be a problem with the keypad or the programming.

8. The automatic garage door opens and closes by itself
This is a less common problem, but if it happens to you, it’s probably a fault in the circuit board, bad remote batteries or an interfering radio signal. Check your remote’s batteries or change your code or frequency. If the problem continues, call a garage door repair professional to help troubleshoot the issue.

Categories: Garage Door Repair