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Common Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them

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Some Common Garage Door Problems And Provide Tips On How To Fix Them.

 

  • Broken Springs One of the most common garage door problems is a broken spring. Springs are responsible for helping lift the weight of the garage door and can wear out over time. 
  • If you notice that your garage door is opening slowly or making strange noises, it may be a sign of a broken spring. To fix this issue, you’ll need to replace the broken spring. It’s important to note that spring replacement can be dangerous, and it’s recommended that you seek the help of a professional.
  • Malfunctioning Sensors Garage doors are equipped with sensors that prevent them from closing if there’s an obstruction in the way. If your garage door won’t close or keeps opening and closing repeatedly, it may be a sign of malfunctioning sensors. 
  • The sensors may need to be realigned or cleaned to function properly. Check to see if there is any dirt or debris blocking the sensors, and if necessary, clean them with a soft cloth.
  • Misaligned Tracks Another common garage door problem is misaligned tracks. If your garage door is making grinding or scraping noises when opening or closing, it may be a sign of misaligned tracks. 
  • To fix this issue, you’ll need to inspect the tracks and adjust them as necessary. 
  • Use a level to ensure that the tracks are properly aligned, and adjust the bolts or screws holding them in place.
  • Broken Cables Garage door cables are responsible for supporting the weight of the door as it opens and closes. If you notice that your garage door is opening unevenly or making strange noises, it may be a sign of a broken cable. 
  • To fix this issue, you’ll need to replace the broken cable. It’s important to note that cable replacement can be dangerous, and it’s recommended that you seek the help of a professional.
  • Worn Rollers Garage door rollers are responsible for guiding the door along the tracks. If you notice that your garage door is making grinding or squeaking noises when opening or closing, it may be a sign of worn rollers. To fix this issue, you’ll need to replace the worn rollers. 
  • Remove the old rollers and replace them with new ones, ensuring that they are properly lubricated.

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Garage Door Issues
If your garage door is not responding to the remote control, check the batteries and ensure it's in range.
Obstacles in the garage door's path can cause issues. Make sure the area is clear.
Garage door sensors can become misaligned. Check and adjust their alignment.
Proper lubrication of moving parts can prevent squeaks and ensure smooth operation.
Misaligned or bent tracks can lead to issues. Inspect and repair them if needed.
Garage door springs can wear out. Test and replace them if they are faulty.


garage doors can develop a variety of problems over time, ranging from minor annoyances to major safety concerns.

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By knowing how to identify and fix common garage door problems, you can ensure that your garage door continues to function properly and safely.

If you’re unsure about how to fix a garage door problem or if you encounter a more complex issue, it’s recommended that you seek the help of a professional garage door repair technician.

Garage Door Seasonal Maintenance Checklist
Winter Maintenance
  • Inspect weather stripping for damage
  • Lubricate garage door hinges and rollers
  • Check for and repair any cracks in the door
Spring Maintenance
  • Clean garage door tracks
  • Inspect and tighten bolts and screws
  • Test the balance of the garage door
Summer Maintenance
  • Inspect and clean the garage door sensors
  • Ensure proper ventilation in the garage
  • Check for signs of pest infestation
Fall Maintenance
  • Inspect and replace weather stripping if necessary
  • Check the garage door opener for proper functioning
  • Clean and lubricate garage door springs