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5 Common Problems With Your Garage Door

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5 Common Problems With Your Garage Door

When your garage door is working well, you probably never give it a second thought. However, when begins to show signs that something’s wrong with it, it can bring life in your home to a crashing halt.

 

Your garage door is probably made up of door springs, hinged door panel sections, a latch and a track with rollers to help the door glide open. If your door is automated, there is an overhead garage door opener that uses a chain, belt or screw actuators driven by an electric motor to drive the door along the track and open and close the door. That’s a lot of moving parts.

 

When your garage door starts to fail, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what is wrong, because it could be several problems coming together to form one big problem.

 
    When your garage door starts to fail, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what is wrong, because it could be several problems coming together to form one big problem.
  1. 1.Garage door won’t open or garage door won’t shut

    Have a professional check the springs on your door to make sure they are taut and in good working condition. Only a professional should do this because the springs are high tension and could cause serious injury if handled incorrectly. Check the track to make sure that it is smooth and there is nothing obstructing it. Make sure all movable parts are lubricated.

  2. 2.Garage door opens then immediately shuts

    This could indicate a problem with the garage door censor. Make sure the sensor is clean and in good working order. You should also make sure nothing in its path is triggering the censor.

  3. 3.Garage door won’t shut completely

    This could also indicate a problem with the springs. Call in a professional to check them. This problem could also indicate that you need to adjust the height sensors for your garage door opener. You should also make sure there is nothing physically obstructing the door from shutting all the way.

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  5. 4.Garage door remote won’t work

    Check the sensor on the garage door to make sure that it is clean and unobstructed. Check the batteries in your remote to make sure they are full. Check the springs and motor on the garage door to make sure they are not causing the problem. Check also to make sure the garage door mechanism is turned on or plugged in.

  6. 5.Loud noise when you operate the garage door

    This could indicate that one or several parts of the garage door need lubrication. It could also mean that something inside of your garage door mechanism has broken or snapped.

     

    It’s always annoying when machinery meant to make your life easier doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. The average life span of a garage door is about 30 years. Your automatic garage door opener should last 10-12. Proper care and maintenance of your garage door will be driving (and parking) on easy street for a long, long time.

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