How to Handle 6 Common Garage Door Issues


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Garage door problems can be frustrating. Garage doors often malfunction at the end or beginning of the day. Garage door problems are common and easy to fix. Here are some of the most common issues that garage doors can have and what you can do to fix them

Problems can arise when the garage door is not closing or opening properly. While the most common problem is one that is stuck between the tracks and the door, there could also be other causes. If your garage door is making strange or unusual noises, it’s time to get a professional to examine it

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1. Unusual Noises During Opening and Closing

Scraping sound – is an indicator that something is trapped in the track. It could be paper or small items, but it could also be larger objects such as toys for children or dog bones. The scraping sound usually goes away when pressure is released by opening and closing the door.

Whistling noises – When you open or close your garage door, you could hear whistling. This indicates that something is stuck between the two sections or your rolling door system, causing friction in its movement. You can solve this problem by opening and closing your garage doors manually. If it does stop, that means something is stuck on the track and must be removed.

2. Erratic Movement Or Behavior When Moving

Garage doors often experience irregular movement because of dirt and debris on the track. Remove any debris from the garage door’s track, and then rotate each individual wheel. If something sticks, you should be able to identify it. Each wheel should be able to move freely within the track. If the door keeps acting strangely, it could be that the motor needs replacing.

Your garage door is supposed to move smoothly, but if you notice that it’s jerking or moving in an uneven pattern, then there could be something wrong with the system. You may have a problem with the motor or even the tracks and springs that are supporting it. If this is happening to you, then we recommend contacting a professional who can diagnose and repair your garage door opener system.

3. Open or Closed Door Sticking

When you open or close your garage door, and the door sticks, it can be a pain to operate. Garage doors that stick to the ground could be due to a lack of lubrication, or an obstruction in the track. You can clean the track gently and apply oil to the garage doors. To spread the oil throughout the system, lower your garage door and then close it again. If your garage door is still stuck, it could be that there are other issues. There are several reasons why your garage door might be sticking:

Damaged Rollers – Rollers are small wheels that run along the tracks to support and guide the door. They can wear out over time or get damaged by debris on the track or by rusting. To check if your rollers are damaged, lift up on the top of your door while you’re pulling it down. If there is any resistance, then one or more of your rollers needs replacement.

Broken torsion spring/broken cable drums/broken springs – As with any spring-loaded mechanism, over time these parts can break down due to wear and tear (or misuse). In this case, you’ll need to replace both springs together with new ones that have been professionally installed by a professional technician.

4. Falling Closed Rather Than Lowering Gradually

This is usually caused by a problem with the cables or springs within the lowering mechanism. It is important to fix your garage door as soon as it falls. Every time the garage door closes, it puts more strain on springs and cables. The cables could eventually snap, causing the garage door to slam down on everything beneath it.

It is a sign that the springs are weak or broken. This can be caused by rusting, as well as age, and wear. If you have to apply too much force to open or close the door, it is time for a replacement. The spring tension may also need adjustment if the door does not open smoothly.

5. Not Opening When Remote Control Is Used

Garage door openers are an amazing convenience. The ability to press a button and have your garage door open or close is great. It can help you get in and out of the garage quickly, and it’s also useful for people with disabilities.

But what happens when your garage door opener stops working? What if your garage door opener isn’t opening when the remote control is used? This could be a sign of a larger problem. Before you call in a technician, try these troubleshooting tips:

Check The Batteries

The first thing you should do is make sure that all of the batteries are fully charged. You should change them every year or two, or when they begin to lose their power. If they’re low on charge, you won’t be able to open or close your garage door manually either. So check the batteries before anything else!

Check For Tripped Safety Sensors

If there’s an obstruction blocking your garage door from closing, it will keep trying to close but won’t be able to do so because something is blocking its path. This might sound like common sense, but it’s easy to forget about this possibility if you don’t think about it beforehand! Your safety sensors might have been tripped by something blocking them from closing

6. It Automatically Opens

A broken garage door will automatically open even while closing. A broken spring and cable can cause this to happen. You will need to replace the broken spring and cable with a new one.

If your garage door closes but does not open, check the motor or gear assembly. If there is no power to the motor or gear assembly, you may have a bad circuit board or loose wires.

A broken chain can cause the garage door to close automatically when it is opened. To fix this problem, you will need to replace the broken chain with a new one.

If your garage door suddenly stops working, then you should check all of its parts such as springs, cables, and tracks before replacing them with new ones.

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