Homeowners expect their door to open and close each time they use it. There are times when doors malfunction and will need to be fixed or replaced entirely. Some of the most common problems with garage doors can be handled by homeowners. Here are some common door problems and possible solutions:
Garage Doors Sticks Closed or Open
Garage doors that stick closed or open can be caused by some minor issues. Homeowners with remote garage openers should check the sensors, switches, and batteries first. For homeowners who open their garage door manually, they will need to first check for any obstruction in the wheel track. The lubricant used for lubricating the moving parts of the door may have been affected by temperatures and weather conditions. Making use of quality lubricants can help with sticking doors. When a door hangs unevenly, this causes the door to get stuck. The length of the springs and cable that holds the door must be of equal/even length – a professional will need to be called to get this particular task done right.
The Door Shifts Unevenly
The simplest way to solve an unevenly opening door is by getting rid of the debris or obstruction in the tracks. The tracks will need to be cleared and cleaned first to see if this will solve the problem. If this does not help in any way, the quality of the springs should be checked. The springs should be the same length and have the same stretch capacity. Garage doors with automatic openers may have problems with the motor and may need to be replaced.
Loud Sounds when the Door Opens and Closes
Loud squealing, grinding and screeching sounds coming from the door are signs that the tracks are not properly lubricated or the track is filled with debris and dirt. The whole track where the door wheels run should be properly cleaned without the use of harsh chemicals to get rid of the dirt build-up or anything that may get in the way of the door’s seamless operation. Oils specially manufactured to lubricate garage doors should be used. The door should be run a couple times in order to ensure that the problem has been solved.
The Remote Control Door Opener Does not Work
The batteries and switches should be checked in order to ensure that the device is properly powered; the door may still have problems closing or opening correctly. If checking the cables and clearing the tracks does not work, then the next step may be to install new sensors or garage opener motor.
The Garage Door Falls Rapidly when it is Being Lowered
Rapidly falling garage doors pose a great risk of injury to homeowners and members of their family. This particular problem is typically loose springs or broken cables. The door should be inspected while closed to assess the real problem.
Homeowners are highly cautioned against replacing broken cables on their own, as injuries from garage door DIY repairs can be quite serious. A professional door repair technician will be able to replace a broken cable effectively and safely.