Garage doors, when they work, are a joy to have around the house. When they don’t work, you should probably call a professional to fix them. However, it’s wise if you know ahead of time what’s wrong with your garage door. This can save the technician time troubleshooting which will save you money on labor costs. In this article, we’ll delve into 10 common garage door problems and find out ways you can figure out what they are.
- Garage door sticks when opening or closing. If your garage door sticks, then it’s probably the metal rollers and hinges that need lubricating. Your tracks may also be dirty, clogged or out of alignment.
- When I release my garage door, it falls. If a garage door is in good shape, when it’s released, it should remain in position. If it falls, then, chances are that the extension springs are worn out and should be replaced.
- The garage door opens entirely on its own. This is a tricky one. If your garage door opens by itself, then the extension springs are probably too strong. They should, in essence, be replaced with lighter ones.
- The garage door is up on one side. Perhaps, there’s a frayed torsion spring cable. There could also be a frayed extension spring cable, or, there’s worn extension spring cable pulleys. Any of these should be replaced.
- The door closes only if you hold in the push button. This means you probably have dirty or defective photo eyes. You need to align, clean or replace as needed.
- The door closes part of the way and then reverses. There are multiple causes to this one – and multiple solutions. If you have a broken torsion spring cable, you’ll need to replace it. You could have a broken extension spring cable. That would also require replacement. Maybe your close force is not properly adjusted. If so, adjust the force. Perhaps you have dry rollers and bearings. Then, you could lubricate them with 3-in-1 motor oil. You might also be struggling with misaligned, dirty or defective photo eyes. In that case, you’ll want to align, clean or replace as needed. Your track could be bent. If that’s the problem, you need to adjust, straighten or replace the track. Finally, you could have worn extension spring cable pulleys. That means you’ll have to replace the worn pulleys.
- The garage door opens too slowly. The most likely cause is a broken torsion spring. You’ll need to replace it.
- There was a loud bang before the garage door quit working. There are two likely causes here – you have a broken torsion spring or a broken extension spring. Either way, you’ll want them replaced.
- There’s a popping sound as the door operates. This means it’s time to replace your rollers. They are worn out.
- You hear scraping sounds. The end bearing plate is tilted. You should straighten or reinforce the bearing plate as needed. File the shaft and replace the bearing if needed. (Remember – a professional can determine all of this for you. You’re just trying to troubleshoot here.) You could have a frayed torsion spring cable or extension spring cable. In that case, you’ll want to replace whichever item is frayed. Perhaps you have a misaligned reinforcing strut. Then, you should place the strut evenly on the sections. You could also be dealing with worn extension spring cable pulleys. Then, you’ll want someone to replace those pulleys.
As you can see, it’s not always easy to determine the root cause of what’s wrong with your garage door. We’ve only chosen 10 common garage door problems with possible solutions. We would advise you to troubleshoot the problem and call the experts at Texas Garage Repair at 512-518-6606 to do the actual repair.