Most Common Garage Door Problems

Typical Problems With Garage Doors

Your garage door is a vital aspect of your home. The average garage door opens and closes around 1,500 times per year. Due to this much usage, your garage door will eventually experience some problems, like any other part of the house. Knowing what kinds of problems typically occur will help you understand what signs to look for and when you should call a professional.

If you don’t address your garage door problem immediately, it may become more severe and expensive, often calling for a total garage door replacement. Therefore, it’s important to know some of the most common problems you may experience with your garage door.

The Garage Door Is Noisy

A noisy garage door points to an underlying problem. Rattling noises indicate you have loose nuts, bolts, and screws on your garage door. Grinding or squeaking sounds indicate your garage door needs lubrication or you have worn-out rollers. A broken or worn-out torsion spring occasionally emits a popping sound.

Fortunately, routine maintenance and a few garage door part replacements can quiet your garage door noises. Applying a silicone-based lubricant can get rid of the grinding sounds. Tightening the moving parts using a wrench can help quiet the rattling sounds.

However, if the issue lies with the garage door springs, you should leave the maintenance to one of our professionals as it can be dangerous.

The Garage Door Remote Doesn’t Work

When your garage door doesn’t budge, first check the remote. Electronic transmitters need power and proximity to work.

You have a few possible solutions for your faulty remote. You may be out of range of the garage antennae. Move closer to the door and try again. If getting closer doesn’t help, the batteries could be the culprit.

For the most part, replacing your remote batteries should get things going instantly. If the new batteries still don’t fix the issue, try and align the antenna correctly and ensure the radio signals are away from interference.

On rare occasions, you may need to reprogram the remote control. Garage door openers have different reprogramming methods, so conduct some online research on your opener or consult your manual. You can also give Door Serv Pro a call and one of our technicians will come out and repair any issues with your garage door opener.

The Garage Door Won’t Open or Close

If your garage door seems unresponsive and won’t move, whether you use the remote or wall switch, this could mean that one of the parts is broken. However, it is most likely that there is a power source problem contributing to this.

Begin by checking the garage door motor unit. This could be a case of power source disconnection, a faulty power outlet, or a blown fuse. Check if all lights are on and working.

Attend to the problems individually, ruling them out one by one. If none of these solutions work, use the reset button on the opener and contact one of our professionals to help diagnose the problem.

The Garage Door Does Not Close All the Way

The garage door may fail to open or close fully for several reasons. The set limit switches and the safety sensors may need adjusting. The garage door rollers may have rust, or they may have partially failed. These adjustments may be a bit complicated, but one of our professionals is able to fix them.

Overall, there are many common garage door problems that present themselves, depending on the age and quality of your garage door. A garage door will give you years of service if you observe proper maintenance. This list is a great place to start when examining your garage door for any issues. If you need any professional help, then give Door Serv Pro a call and we’ll have your garage door working perfectly in no time.

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