Solutions to 10 Typical Garage Door Problems

Your garage door stops suddenly while moving and for no obvious reason. Wait, do not contact a garage door repair professional just yet. You might be able to resolve the problem on your own. Even if you are not a do-it-yourself person, it is always a good idea to first examine the problem yourself. Fixing minor issues can be simple provided that you understand what the issue is or you understand the source of the problem. Nevertheless, if you are unsure of yourself, do not try to fix the problem yourself because you might hurt yourself. Here are 10 common garage door problems and how to fix them.

  1. Garage Door Remote Opener not Working
  2. Eventually, your garage door automatic opener will malfunction. When this occurs, the first thing you need to do is make sure the batteries within the remote control are working and that your device is properly plugged in. Also, make sure that nothing is obstructing the track and that cables which connect the sensors are in good shape. If the problem persists after all this, it might be time to change the sensors or the motor.

  3. Garage Door Track Misaligned
  4. For your door to move, the metal track which it runs on must be properly aligned. If you notice bends within the rail or gaps between the rail and the rollers, there is a problem. If not fixed, the door’s weight will exacerbate existing issues until the door becomes very dangerous to operate. You can adjust the track by loosening the support bolts and using a small wood block and hammer to return the track to its proper position. If that fails to fix the problem, you should call a professional garage door repair specialist to take care of the problem for you.

  5. Problems with the Photo Eye
  6. The photo eye of your garage doors is actually a safety feature. When the photo eye detects an obstacle, it stops your door from closing in order to prevent potential damage to a vehicle or injury to a pet or person within the door’s path. The photo eye comprises of 2 sensors, one on either side of the door. Most complaints regarding garage doors are connected to photo eye sensors. Sporadic starting and stopping, photo eye sensor button jamming and flashing lights are some of the commonly reported issues of this safety apparatus.

    If you are having any of these garage door problems, the first thing you should do is to locate the 2 sensor devices and then check to see if the LED on each of the sensor devices is lit. If you discover that one is flickering or completely off, then try adjusting the sensor’s height to ensure it is properly aligned. (Note: the photo eye sensors should be aligned so they directly face each other).

    If the sensors are aligned properly, then examine the lenses to ensure they are free of spider webs, dirt, or anything that may be preventing them from receiving and sending signals.

  7. Garage Door Closes Partially, then Reverses
  8. Your garage door is fitted with a reverse mechanism which prevents the door from crushing objects within its path. Objects on the floor such as toys, cans or garbage which block your door’s path can trigger this problem. The problem can also be caused by debris accumulation on the tracks which prevents the garage door rollers from moving forward. Check to ensure that the area beneath your door is free of impediments which might be causing your door to reverse.

  9. Garage Door Closes and Opens Randomly
  10. When you discover this type of problem, the first thing you should do is check the transmitters to see if they are stuck under something which could accidently be depressing the control apparatus. In some instances, your neighbor’s remote might be using the same frequency as your transmitter and is thus opening or closing your door along with their own.

  11. Garage Door Closes Completely, then Opens Immediately
  12. This annoying problem is caused by the close & open limit settings which were programmed on your door opener. This beneficial range determines how far the door should move or travel prior to the “full close”. If the limit is set too high, your garage door will hit the ground prematurely, and because your garage door opener assumes it has struck something within its path. Then it will reverse automatically to prevent crushing the item on its path. See your door’s manual and find out how to regulate the settings accordingly.

  13. Your Garage Door Refuses to Go Up
  14. Your garage door is likely the biggest and heaviest moving equipment in your home. Most people think that it is the door opener that moves the garage door up and down but that is not the case. Actually, it is the door springs which perform the heavy lifting. Garage doors are fitted with torsion springs (one or two), which work together to perform the task of lifting the heavy door. If any of the springs gets broken, the door opener might not be able to lift your door open. While this is one of the commonest garage door problems that homeowners experience, it is best to contact a garage door repair professional for this kind of problem.

  15. You can Hear the Opener but it is Not Moving
  16. It can be extremely frustrating when the garage door fails to open. When this type of problem occurs, you will typically hear the motor running however the opener will simply not operate your door. To solve this problem, you should first examine the springs and if the problem does not lie there, examine the track for obstructions. If that is also not the problem, check to see if your garage door has an inbuilt lock which has been directly engaged. Inbuilt locks are quite common in older garage doors and they can easily be accidentally engaged.

  17. Garage Door Falls When It’s Released
  18. If your door falls when it’s released, then chances are that the extensions springs are worn and needs to be replaced. Specifically, if your door opens by itself, the extension springs are most likely too strong and needs to be swapped with lighter ones. Also, you should consider checking the hinges and metal rollers if your door sticks when closing or opening, because they might need lubricating.

  19. Garage Door Opens when you Use the Remote yet will Not Close

The receiver’s signal may be weak and needs to be changed or the power source might be faulty. Sometimes, changing the batteries will solve this problem, thus make sure you first check the batteries. If there is nothing wrong with the batteries, gradually move away from your garage door receiver and try controlling your door using the remote at distance intervals. If you are still not able to control the door when you move away from it, consider replacing the receiver.

If any of the solutions here does not work, then it’s time to seek help from a professional garage door repair service preferably from a dependable firm. While you may have to pay more for this option, you may end up creating more garage door problems if you perform the task yourself.

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