COMMON GARAGE DOOR PROBLEMS
Strange noises: If your garage door is noisier than usual, then it may be wearing down, misaligned, or in need of lubrication. Various components throughout your door are liable to make noises. You may have a chain that needs lubrication. Your door may be poorly aligned on its tracks. Or your door may be grinding against something as it opens and closes. These are just a few common sources of strange noises that can occur — have us over to take a look at your door, and we’ll determine the source of your noise!
Garage door motor doesn’t work: If your garage door motor is too weak to lift your garage door, or if it lifts your garage far too slowly, then it may require replacement or repairs. Often, simply lubricating the chain or drive screw (if you have a drive-screw door opener) will reduce the friction and grinding of these components enough to restore functionality. You may also have an issue with the motor itself, or you may have an electrical problem which is keeping your door motor from clicking on. Again, we can stop by to assess the problem at hand!
Garage door sensor problems: Modern garage doors are outfitted with sensors which aid in making your garage door safe. These sensors will automatically open a closing garage door if there is an obstruction. If the sensors of your garage door are misaligned, your door will reverse as it attempts to close. You’ll often notice that the door sensors flash, or your door operator will flash if the sensors are triggered. In most instances, the door sensors can be realigned to fix the problem, although you may have a faulty door sensor that needs to be replaced.
Rusty panels or components: If you have a garage door with rusty components or panels, it may be time to upgrade your garage. Over the years, your panels may rust (especially near the edges of the panels), and the track and wheel components of your garage are liable to rust if they get wet. In some cases, panel rust may be cleaned off with soapy water and vinegar, and a primer paint can be applied to save the door. If you have rusted components on the interior of the door, it may be best to simply replace them. These components can create additional problems for your door, including wearing out the motor prematurely and door misalignment.
Broken remote or operator: If your remote control or the operator control aren’t working, then your garage won’t budge when you need it to open or close. Check the batteries of your remote control, and see if there is an obvious electrical issue with the operator control for your door — most operator controls have a light which may also be out if you’ve lost power to your door. You can also check your breaker box to see if a breaker has tripped in your garage.
Cracks between panels: If you have cracks between your panels, they are misaligned, and you’ll need to have the hinges, wheels, and tracks checked to fix the issue. It’s important to fix misaligned door panels right away, since they’ll strain the motor. Plus, your garage will be less efficient if you’re trying to keep adverse weather from infiltrating your garage and home.
Broken springs: If you have a roll-up garage door then it is outfitted with torsion springs which aids the motor in raising and lowering the door with ease. The torsion springs use torsion to hold much of the weight of your door so that it is easy to operate with a chain or drive screw. If you have a broken spring your door may only open partially before falling back down, or it may not open at all.
A crack between the door and the floor: If your door isn’t settling snug against the floor of your garage, then you could be losing heat or cool air through that gap. Fortunately, you can install an insulator at the base of your door to fill the gap. Often the concrete of your driveway can shift, leaving a small gap that can be remedied with flexible pipe insulation.