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9 Garage Door Problems and Solutions to Them

June 16, 2023

Have you ever come home from a long day only to find that your garage door won’t open? Many homeowners know the feeling and it can be quite frustrating.

But with a little patience and some oiled elbows, many common garage door problems can be fixed without calling in a professional repairer. This blog post will detail 9 common garage door problems that are relatively easy to fix – as long as you have the right tools and knowledge!

From broken springs and noisy tracks to slow operation, this guide will show you how to troubleshoot various issues with garage doors so that you can get back into your garage quickly and safely. Let's delve into this important topic.

1. Door Not Closing All the Way

If you notice that your new garage door isn't closing all the way, don't panic. It's a common issue that can be easily fixed in a few simple steps.

Start by checking to see if anything is obstructing the door from closing fully. Clear away any items, boxes, or tools you might have too close to the entrance point of the door track or in the way of the invisible beam. After removing any physical obstructions from the door's path, check both sensors for obstructions as well as their alignment with each other.

Finally, look at your garage door's chain and pulley system to ensure everything is operating correctly - and no parts are loose or need adjusting/replacing.

Taking these steps should resolve your problem quickly and safely without needing professional assistance!

2. Sensor Blockage Issues

If your garage door closes too quickly or your garage door opens too slowly, it might be that the sensor has a blockage. You don't have to call an expert service to come and fix it for you - it's something that you can often troubleshoot and fix yourself.

Blockages can interrupt the signal between sensors, causing your door to become unresponsive or stuck open or closed, so be sure to check for any obstacles nearby.

Pro-tip: when clearing away an obstruction, check that nothing has broken or fallen onto the sensor itself; if so, replace whatever parts you need and try again. If a simple clearing of the line doesn't work, then seek professional help.

Sensor Blockage Issues

3. Broken Springs

Having a broken garage door spring is perhaps one of the most common issues homeowners face. This is understandable because carrying the weight of the entire door, torsion springs, and your spring system endures a lot of wear and tear over time. Moreover, if several years have passed between each inspection, this can easily become a problem.

Although this is an inconvenient problem, the issue can be solved by replacing the broken spring. Due to its technical nature, this process should only be carried out by an experienced professional who understands everything that goes into ensuring proper alignment and tension of your garage door.

Replacing old door springs with new ones gives you peace of mind as they guarantee improved safety and allow your door to function as it should.

Broken Springs

4. Rollers that Come Off the Track

One of the most common garage door problems that may arise is roller issues. Rollers, which serve as the wheels for the sliding section of your average garage door, can become misaligned or stuck, breaking off entirely and making it difficult to open and close your garage door without hassle. Luckily, there are solutions to fix these roller issues!

First, check if any objects are presenting an obstruction in the way of the garage door rollers; seize any items that may be blocking its way.

Then you can adjust the crank (or chain from a motor) on either side of the roller so that it's centered, allowing for reliable operation when lifting or lowering your garage door.  

If the problem persists and it appears more serious than a simple adjustment can repair, consider replacing all of your rollers with new ones. It'll help ensure your overhead frame is stable once again!

Rollers that Come Off the Track

5. Failing Door Opener System

Keeping your garage door openers in good condition is crucial in avoiding potential problems. One of the most common issues homeowners face with their garage door opener or remote control is that it starts to die or has become completely unresponsive.

If you're experiencing this, first check the battery in your remote and make sure the power is connected properly. If swapping out batteries and connection checks don't work, you may need to consult an expert or order a replacement part.

It's important to assess this problem right away, as the dying opener could be a sign of larger underlying issues that could result in more costly repairs later on if not dealt with swiftly. That's why you should always do some garage door opener troubleshooting!

6. Loud Noises - Causes and Solutions

A noisy garage door can be a frustrating problem and loud noises coming from a garage door opener can be concerning. It may be something simple like the chain loosening or a more serious issue with the motor or gears.

To determine where the problem lies, it's essential to identify what type of noise is present. Is it a grinding sound, clacking, whining, or screeching?

If it's grinding or screeching, it could mean that the motor needs to be replaced. Clicking could indicate obstructions in the chain or rail, which need to be addressed immediately, as this will cause damage to the opener if left unchecked for too long. Whining may point towards loose bolts and bearings, which also need to receive attention before further damage is done.

Identifying and addressing these issues promptly ensures a smooth and quiet garage door operation for many years to come.

7. Delayed or Sluggish Door Movements

Issues with garage door speed can be frustrating and inconvenient, but they're usually an easy fix. The slow garage door opening is often caused by worn-out electric openers, old wires or photoelectric eyes, or misaligned or blocked tracks.

To get started, open and close the door manually to see if that helps. If the problem persists, check for signs of wear on any parts of your garage door opener unit, especially springs, and chains. If you see any corrosion, replace them as soon as possible.

Next, inspect any belts or wires for worn spots and replace them as needed. Finally, ensure that the brackets holding your door in place are fully secured to ensure all parts of the system are in proper alignment - so your garage doors function correctly. Don't hesitate to troubleshoot your garage door if your garage door doesn't open as it should.

Delayed or Sluggish Door Movements

8. Troubles with the Transmitter

Transmitter problems can be one of the more irritating garage door issues, particularly in remote-controlled models. One of the most common faults is when the frequency between the transmitter and receiver has become misaligned; even if you press the remote, nothing happens.

Fortunately, this is something you can usually fix on your own without the help of a technician. Check that there are no obstructions nearby because these can interfere with signals, and test using different configurations such as a line-of-sight or wall penetration layout.

If you still have transmitter issues, then it may be time to reprogram both the receiver and transmitter - manual instructions should come with your garage door. If all else fails, it's best to seek professional help.

9. Keypad Doesn't Work

One of the most common garage door problems is a keypad that isn't properly synced.

If you find yourself in this situation, the first step is to locate the “learn” and “program” buttons on your motor unit. If either of these buttons is broken or hard to locate, consult your manual or contact customer service for assistance.

If located successfully, press and hold the program button down until a light comes on and then release; push the learn button right away and enter your code within 30 seconds of releasing the program button.

Keep in mind that different manufacturers use different instructions; if these steps don't work right away - try consulting customer service again. Often, they'll have better instructions specific to their model's program procedure that could save you time, energy, and money!

Conclusion

All in all, fixing garage door issues can be challenging if you don't understand the terminologies related to them. But with a basic understanding of concepts, the process becomes easier and simpler than you think.

Taking preventative measures like regular maintenance of the door, cleaning out the track, and changing opener system batteries is also necessary for keeping your door in good working condition.

DIY methods can save you time, energy, and money, but if, in any case, things exceed your level of expertise or comfort level, it’s best to get professional help for efficient and safe servicing.

Proper steps that are taken on time will ensure all long-term reliability of your garage from a safety point of view, as well as reduce additional expenses while keeping the space secure. If you find that you can't identify the underlying problem with garage door troubleshooting, our team at Safety Garage Door Repair & Installation is only a phone call away. We can double-check that your garage door opens and closes as it should. Call us today to get started!

Ammar Hanafieh

Ammar Hanafieh

Following the family's trade, Ammar has been working in the garage door repair and installation industry since 2010. He brings his expertise via the excellent service and industry insights.
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