Garage doors are an integral part of most homes, providing not only convenience and ease of access, but also security for your vehicles and belongings. However, like any mechanical system, garage doors can occasionally malfunction and require repair. In this article, we’ll go over some common issues that can arise with garage doors and how to troubleshoot and fix them.
One of the most common problems with garage doors is when they won’t open or close properly. This can be caused by a variety of issues, such as a broken spring or cable, a damaged track, or an issue with the opener.
If your garage door won’t open, the first thing you should check is the battery in the remote. If it’s dead or low, replacing the battery should fix the issue. If the remote is functioning properly, the next step would be to try and use the button from the wall. The next step is to check the sensors. These are the small, rectangular boxes located near the bottom of the door on either side. They use sensors to detect if anything is blocking the door from closing, and if they are misaligned or obstructed, the door won’t function. Make sure the sensors are clean and aligned with each other, and if the problem persists, you may need to call a professional for further assistance. There are other tricks like disengaging the opener and trying to run the door by hand.
If your garage door won’t close, I always check the sensors first. You can override your sensors on most garage doors by holding the wall button down. Things can get tricky and you don’t want to damage your door or let anyone get hurt. If these things don’t sound like something you want to try, give us a call.
Another common problem with garage doors is a broken spring or cable. The springs and cables are what allow the door to lift and lower smoothly, and if they break or become damaged, the door will become stuck or start to sag. This is a more complex repair that should be left to a professional, as the springs and cables are under high tension and can be dangerous to work with.
If your garage door is making a lot of noise when it opens and closes, it could be due to a problem with the hinges or rollers. The hinges are what allow the door to swing open and closed, and if they are worn or damaged, they can cause the door to make a lot of noise. Replacing the hinges is a relatively simple repair that can be done with a few basic tools. The rollers are the small wheels that the door rides on as it moves along the track, and if they are worn or damaged, they can also cause the door to make a lot of noise. Replacing the rollers is a more involved repair, but it can be done by a DIY enthusiast with the right tools and knowledge. Just be warned, the bottom brack and roller is under tension and should be serviced by a garage door professional only.
If your garage door is sagging or not opening and closing evenly, it could be due to a problem with the cables or springs. As mentioned earlier, these components are under high tension and can be dangerous to work with, so it’s best to call a professional for this repair.
Finally, if you’re having trouble with your garage door opener, there are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the issue. First, make sure the opener is receiving power and that the outlet it’s plugged into is functioning properly. If the opener seems to be working but the door isn’t moving, there could be an issue with the track or the sensor. Check for any bent or misaligned sections of the rail.
As always, feel free to give us a call if you need any help with your garage door repair. 740-414-4500