5 Common Garage Door Problems
Finding a problem with your garage door is more than just a nuisance. A malfunctioning garage door can create security concerns and leave items inside your garage susceptible to weather damage. If you notice a problem with your garage door, it’s important to find and fix the issue before it gets worse.
In this article, we’re going to explore five common garage door problems, what might be causing them and the best ways to fix them.
My garage door won’t open at all
One of the simplest and most common causes of a garage door not opening is the batteries in the remote control opener running out of juice. Removing and replacing the batteries should be your first course of action before attempting to do anything to the door itself.
If you have replaced the batteries but the door still won’t open, there is likely to be an issue with the garage door opener unit. If you aren’t seeing any lights, there is a good chance that either the motor has disconnected from the power supply, a fuse has blown or the circuit breaker has tripped.
We recommend contacting a garage door engineer to assess the problem and employ the most suitable fix.
My garage door is making an unusual noise
Garage doors should run smoothly and quietly, so it may cause alarm when yours starts making an unusual sound when opening or closing.
Different noises will indicate different problems. If your garage door is:
- Squeaking – this usually means it needs to be lubricated. Apply Duck oil or similar lubricant to the squeaking parts.
- Rattling – this usually indicates that a component or components have become loose. You should check the garage door for any loose nuts or bolts and tighten them with a wrench.
- Popping – this usually is caused by a problem with the torsion spring. The torsion spring can be dangerous to adjust if not experienced, so we strongly recommend contacting a professional in this case.
In any case, if you’re unsure about the source of the noise, contact a professional to take a look.
My garage door is not closing all the way
A garage door may begin to move but get stuck partway through. There can be various reasons for this.
The most common reason for an automatic garage door not to close all the way is a problem with the limit switch. This is the device that automatically limits the extent to which the garage door opens and closes. If the limit switch malfunctions, it may prevent the garage door from moving before it has fully opened or closed. You should contact a professional to assess the limit switch for you.
There may also be an obstruction in the way of the door or the sensor. The door won’t close if it detects an obstruction in the way, so you should make sure the area below the door is clear of obstructions before checking any other component.
A manual door that isn’t opening or closing properly may be caused by broken cables, bent tracks or worn parts. A professional garage door engineer will be able to identify and fix the issue.
My garage door is sticking
Your garage door might not be moving along its tracks as normal. It might feel tougher than usual or get stuck at a certain point.
A garage door that is sticking at a certain point may be caused by an obstruction. Check to ensure that no debris is wedged in the tracks.
If the garage door is stiff during its entire movement, it’s likely that the components need to be lubricated. Apply Duck oil or similar lubricant to the affected areas.
My garage door does not stay open
If you open your garage door but it fails to stay securely in place, there is likely to be an issue with the spring or spring system.
The spring system can be extremely dangerous if handled incorrectly. We highly recommend contacting a professional to take a look at your spring system for you.
Do I need a new garage door?
Problems with your garage door are inevitably going to emerge over time. Most of these issues can be resolved with simple fixes or via the skills of a professional, but sometimes it makes more sense to replace the door altogether.
Consider how long you’ve had your door and the condition it’s in. If your door is nearing the end of its lifespan, it might be time for an upgrade. A new garage door will offer additional features for superior security.
At Doorteck, you can find garage doors in a range of styles, sizes and colours. We offer everything from classic styles to contemporary doors with smart controls. If you live in the South East of England, including Eastbourne, Bexhill and Seaford, we can help you.
Whether you’ve found a problem with your garage door or would like a full replacement, book a free site survey today. One of our engineers will visit your home or business to assess your garage door and offer their expert advice.