Garage door problems!!! Who hasn’t gone through such hassle? Affected by the elements – whether it is humidity, snow, or too much sun – but also by daily usage, garage doors can become a great annoyance. And problems range too in terms of how dangerous or serious they are. Garage doors might get stuck in their opening position or midway down, fail to open or don’t open at all. They might make noise, come off the track, and fail to remain open.
We have good and bad news for you. Let’s start with the good news: there are solutions to even the most complex problems. And here’s the bad news: garage door repair should be done by pros. Yes, you can visually check the door. Yes, you can test the reverse system. Yes, you can clean the tracks or even apply some lubes. But when it comes to other tasks, it’s best not to take chances.
All the same, it’s significant to have a full picture of what is usually needed when garage door problems arise. And we say usually because what you experience as a symptom (the door not closing) might be explained in different ways. And this is why professional garage door troubleshooting is required.
5 common garage door problems
The garage door won’t open
This problem is often caused either by the springs or opener. If the garage door motor is running but the door won’t open, the springs are probably broken. And the door won’t open until the springs are replaced. But you must remember that broken or not, garage door spring replacement must be done by expert pros. If there is no opener noise and the door doesn’t open, there might be a problem with the clicker, the motor, one of the wires, or the reverse mechanism.
There is a loud noise during movement
Garage doors become noisy when they are not lubricated, their parts or fasteners are loose, some parts are corroded, and parts rub one against the other. If lubrication doesn’t take care of the problem, you will need the assistance of a tech. Such problems are avoided with regular garage door maintenance.
The garage door keeps reversing
This is usually a garage door opener sensors problem. Check if there is any obstruction fooling the photoelectric eyes. Clean the floor and make sure the tracks are clean of debris too. If the problem is not fixed, you need a pro to repair the safety sensors.
The garage door won’t close all the way
The travel limit settings regulating the closing position of the garage door might not be well adjusted. To fix that, you need to adjust the DOWN switch of the opener by turning it counterclockwise. But this problem might be caused by a bent garage door track or a roller which has come off too.
The garage door doesn’t open with the clicker
What you should do first is check if the door operates when you press the wall button. If it does, change the garage door clicker battery. If the door doesn’t open either way, you need professional assistance. Other solutions to this problem include fixing the antenna, reprogramming the remote control, or moving closer to the opener when using the remote clicker.