Troubleshooting Common Garage Door Problems
The typical garage door is 150 pounds and opens and closes 1,500 times each year. That’s a lot of weight to move! It’s no wonder, therefore, that garage door problems arise from time to time. The staff at Arizona Garage Door Guru goes through seven of the most frequent garage door issues in this post, as well as some professional troubleshooting methods to help you save time and money.
1. Your Garage Door Is Making Loud Noises
If your garage door is making a clamor, the noise is likely pointing you toward an underlying problem. Here are some particular types of sounds to watch out for and their probable cause.
- Grinding or squeaking. Chances are that your rollers are insufficiently lubricated or are worn out. If it’s the former, apply lithium- or silicone-based grease. If it’s the latter, call in a professional to get them replaced.
- Rattling. If your garage door is rattling, it could be that some of the nuts, bolts, and screws on your garage door have become loose. Tighten the hardware with a wrench and socket set and the problem will likely be silenced.
- Popping. Often, popping noises can be traced back to the torsion spring, which needs to either be lubricated or adjusted. Working on torsion springs is highly dangerous and should always be left to a professional.
2. YOUR GARAGE DOOR IS MOVING UNEVENLY
If your door seems to do the shimmy each time it opens or closes, there could be something blocking the tracks. Take a look and remove any obstructions you find. Also, take this opportunity to wipe down the tracks.
If this doesn’t do the trick, it could be that the spring system (the torsion spring or extension springs) is delivering too little or too much tension. In this case, you’ll need to call in a professional to resolve the issue.
3. YOUR GARAGE DOOR WON’T OPEN OR CLOSE
If your garage door refuses to budge, start by checking the batteries in the opener remote and inspecting the keypad to ensure it isn’t damaged. No problem there? Turn your attention to the garage door opener unit. If the lights are out, that’s an indication that the motor has become disconnected to the power supply or that a fuse was blown, or a circuit breaker was tripped.
4. YOUR GARAGE DOOR OPENS — JUST NOT ALL THE WAY!
The photo eye sensors are usually to blame for this kind of errant behavior. Ensure that they’re clean and properly aligned. As well, there may be an obstruction along the track (a branch, the end of a broom or hockey stick, or some other type of object).
If your garage door opens slightly but then immediately closes, you likely need to have the spring system replaced.
5. YOUR GARAGE DOOR IS OPENING AT A SNAIL’S PACE
If your door is dawdling while executing its duties, it’s often simply because the rollers need to be lubricated or the tracks need to be cleaned. Our customers in Peoria and Glendale often find that sand and salt build up on the tracks over time. And our customers in places like Arizona tend to find that they need to stay on top of lubricating their rollers as garage doors tend to stick in dryer climates.
6. YOUR GARAGE DOOR CLOSES WAY TOO FAST
If ever your door slams shut when you hit the remote, chances are the torsion spring or cables are broken. If this is the case, your door’s not going to work again until you get a professional to come in and repair the spring system or cables.
7. YOUR GARAGE DOOR IS POSSESSED
Is your garage door opening and closing on its own? If so, there’s nothing spooky about this — in fact, there are several potential causes, including the following:
- The button on one of your transmitters (the wall control, keypad, or remote controls) is stuck.
- The opener’s limit setting needs to be readjusted.
- There’s an issue with the control wiring or the electric circuits.
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