Common Garage Door Problems and Ways to Troubleshoot Them

Garage doors are designed to last longer but they will eventually malfunction and need the aid of professional garage door repair companies. You might have experienced one of the most common garage door problems. Click on the link to get more about garage door care to keep it in good working condition.

  • Cocked garage door:

A garage door that does not close completely on either side or seems to jam on its tracks may have worn out pulleys or frayed cables. In simple words, the operating mechanism of the garage door that is responsible to open and close the garage door is not fully functional on one side. An experienced and qualified garage door technician will sort out the issues and help you decide if you need a full replacement or just a few parts. In some situations, professional cleaning and oiling may resolve the problem at a minimal cost. 

  • Stuck garage door:

A jammed garage door that was stuck on tracks and will neither open nor close is caused by either bent tracks, worn-out springs, or broken cables. If you have broken cables, they will make your garage door springs inefficient to work. Before calling a garage door contractor, make sure that the garage door opener is not contributing to said problem. To verify it, disconnect the opener from the garage door and try to open or close it manually. If it does not work, try to replace the batteries first.

  • Loud bang:

If your garage door with a loud bang, then it has broken springs. These springs are usable for up to 7 years depending on the quality of the material they are created from. Don’t try to handle broken garage door springs on your own as it could be dangerous. Having professional garage door services to replace the broken springs ensure you do not incur a second job unnecessarily. Thus it is always good to call a garage door guy for springs.

  • Squeaking garage door:

If opening and closing of the garage door are completed by squeaks and loud sounds then dry running components such as, hinges, bearings, and rollers may be causing the issue. The problem of squeaks and squeals sounds can be avoided by performing regular garage door maintenance activities. Lack of lubrication can lead to sounds issues and unnecessary wear and tear to the garage door.

  • Garage door opens but not closes:

A garage door that opens smoothly but does not close can easily be fixed by just cleaning the photo eye of garage door sensors that are placed on the floor at the bottom of the garage door frame. A pool of dust or debris in front of the sensor’s eye can fool the mechanism assuming that there is something under the closing garage door. In this case, a garage door will stop and reverses as a safety measurement. If dirt eye is not a problem at all then garage door sensors may be misplaced. Call professional garage door repair services near you to align or replace the misplaced sensors.