12 Of the Most Common Garage Door Issues and Problems


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In the United States, 63 percent of homes have a garage or carport. Since more than half of Americans have a space to keep their cars, there are bound to be issues that arise, especially with motorized garage doors.

If you’ve been noticing any strange noises coming from your garage door while it operates it could mean a big problem. To see if you have any one of the top 11 garage door issues keep reading below.

1. Torsion Springs Are Broken

If you’re in the room when a torsion spring breaks, you will hear it. When a torsion spring breaks there will be a loud boom or bang that people inside the house may hear.

If you weren’t home or around when the spring broke then you may not know it’s the cause of your door not working. To see if this is the cause of any issues check the overhead assembly of the door to make sure all springs are in place.

If you believe one is missing or not on correctly do not try to open or even close the door. You should call a professional right away to come and assess the door and see what needs to be fixed. If you try to operate your door without a spring, there is a high chance you will ruin the door and assembly which means you will most likely have to dish out money for a replacement.

2. The Eye is Blocked

If your door is 20 years old or a newer model, then it should have photo-eye. The photo-eye detects a disruption such as an object or person blocking the door from lowering to the ground.

The photo-eye is located about 4 to 6 inches from the ground. The size of the eye itself is usually no bigger than a pea. The eye will shoot a laser across the length of the garage door to the other sensor.

If there is a disruption and the sensor cannot receive the laser from the eye, then the door will not close properly. If your door isn’t closing it could be due to something in the way of the laser. If there is nothing blocking the laser, then try checking the cord to see if it’s damaged.

3. A Wonky Door Opener

One of the most common problems that arises with garage doors is usually caused by the door openers themselves. If you notice that your door is malfunctioning such as opening halfway through closing or not opening or closing at all after using the remote then you will need to give the device some attention.

Usually fixing the remote is as easy as replacing a battery. If you replace the battery and this doesn’t help then you will need to contact the company that installed your door or a repair company for a replacement.

When the company comes to look at your door they may try to reprogram the remote to the sensor. This is also an easy fix but will require a professional to help calibrate.

4. Cables Are Snapped or Popped

If your tension spring has snapped then it will become a domino effect. The next thing that will go on your door is the tension cables.

These cables could be popped out of placed or snaped through. If the cable is broken or out of place it will cause damage to the wall or even to your car.

If you’ve noticed the cables are in fact snapped or not in their correct position then it’s time to call a garage repair service right away. Do not try to open or close the door until it’s repaired.

5. Time Limit Needs Adjusting

If your door is opening or closing to immediately reverse this could indicate an issue. The first thing you should check is your remote. If the remote is properly synced to the door and has fresh batteries, then the problem may lie with the time limit.

The time limit settings help the motor figure out how far the door should move to be closed properly. If the settings are off then the door may close properly but the motor believes that isn’t the ground and the door has hit something such as an object.

If you’re experiencing this problem it’s a quick job for a repair service to come out and assess the door. After pinpointing that this is the cause of the issue, fixing it wil ltake just a few minutes.

6. The Door Isn’t Properly on Track

If you notice any unfamiliar noises when opening or closing your door it may mean that the door isn’t properly on its track. Even if your door isn’t open and closing properly this can also mean it’s off track.

If you’re unsure that this is the cause of the problem, stand inside and watch the doors open and close, keeping an eye on the track. If you notice that the rollers aren’t aligned properly with the metal track then you should call a repair service.

Even if you can’t see anything, any squeaks you may hear or areas of friction indicate that the roller isn’t on the track properly. We don’t recommend fixing this issue by yourself because it isn’t a one-man job.

7. Wall Switch Isn’t Working

All motorized garage doors come with a wall switch so you can control the door and even turn lights on and off if your motor is equipped with them. If you’ve noticed that the wall switch isn’t working properly it can be the cause of a few things.

The first thing to assess when this issue occurs is the power supply. Make sure the switch is properly connected to a power source. If the connection isn’t disrupted then check the cords to ensure they are intact.

If everything is connected properly but still not working the solution could be as simple as resetting your breaker box. If this doesn’t work or a cable is damaged then it’s time to call the professionals.

Repairmen will look at the switch and determine if it’s the case of replacing wires or sending the switch out to be repaired. In some cases there is an internal issue with the switch and yours will need to be replaced or repaired. The best way to find out is to have a professional assess the issue and switch itself.

8. The Power Source Is Disrupted

If you’re one of the many people that uses a personal power source for your door to operate, it could be the reason why your door isn’t opening or closing. If your door is having trouble operating, make sure its power source is plugged in and transmitting power.

If the cord isn’t relaying any electrical current (you will know because your door will not be functioning properly) then it will be time to replace the power cord. After replacing, if the door still doesn’t work it may be time to contact pros on call. They will let you know if it’s your power source or if the door will need some extra TLC to work again.

9. A Motor That Won’t Stop

If you’ve closed the garage door then the motor should stop running right away. If it’s been a minute or two and the motor is still whirling then it’s time to call your local repair guys because a problem is afoot.

This issue is most common after a door has been installed or repaired. A repair service will come in and make adjustments to the up-limit switch. This switch controls a lot of things with your door, including telling the motor to stop running.

10. Cold Weather Means My Door Doesn’t Work Well

Places that experience extreme winters where it’s around freezing for months at a time may notice that their doors don’t operate as well as when it’s summer and 70 degrees out. This is a common problem experience, but it can easily be remedied.

Cold weather can affect the door’s motor and rollers. The best way to troubleshoot garage doors in the winter is to stand inside and observe how your door opens and closes. If you notice the rollers seem to be a bit stiff or that the motor isn’t working properly then it’s time to place a call to the professionals.

The professionals will come in and look at the situation. They may lubricate the rollers which is a quick and easy job. If the rollers seem fine they will make a few adjustments on your motor which also shouldn’t be a time-consuming job.

11. Are You Keeping Up With Garage Door Matanice?

There are many issues that can go wrong with your garage door, but a lot of these problems can be avoided if you make sure you’re keeping up with garage door maintenance. Routine Maintenence is a good idea and can be scheduled with your repair company.

Depending on the age of your door, repairmen may recommend checking on it more often than newer doors. Routine maintenance will ensure that everything is lubricated, not on the verge of breaking, and that everything is working the way it should be.

If you keep up with routine maintenance visits then you can get ahead of major repairs. This means your door will last longer and you won’t be hit with an expensive repair bill all at once.

12. The Track Is Out Of Line

One of the most common garage door issues that seem to pop up is the misalignment of tracks. Sometimes tracks can even be bent which means the door will not work properly.

If the track has any disruption or is out of line then the rollers will not move properly. Since the door is heavy it can compound these problems and make the situation worse as time goes on.

You will know if the track is out of line because rollers will be rubbing and making a squeaking noise as the door opens and closes. If a spot on the track is bent then the rollers will only make noise at the problem area or even slow down.

When you notice this problem you should call someone right away to come and assess the issue. If you let it go and don’t take care of it right away it can mean a large bill and a lot of replacements in the future.

The repairmen will take the track off and replace it if need be. They will also loosen the track from the ceiling or wall and try to realign it. This is a complicated task that will take more than one person and a few hours to complete.

Does Your Door Have One Of the Most Common Garage Door Issues?

We have given you the top 12 garage door issues that can happen to your door. If you have been hearing any weird noises when opening or closing your door or even if the motor isn’t working properly, you should be able to find the cause of the problem above.

If you have pinned the issue down, then it’s time to call a professional to assess and fix the problem. Most of the time jobs will be fast and only take a few minutes. If there is a major issue with the door the repairmen may be working for a few hours but what’s important is that your door will be safe and work properly again.

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