Common Garage Door Repairs
Garage doors can break down, and repairs are quite common. Some of the most frequent reasons for repairs are listed below.
Garage door springs are designed to open and close the door a set number of times. They will eventually break, and you will hear it when it happens; a snapped garage door spring can sound like a firework going off in your garage.
At that point, attempting to open or close the door could be very dangerous. There could still be tension left in the spring, and it could knock the door off its tracks, as well as cause personal injuries if it snaps off completely.
If a spring breaks on your garage door, do not try to open it. Instead, call and schedule our garage door repair service immediately. You should also stay out of the garage until the door has been fixed.
Cables can break on their own from normal wear and tear, or from the strain put upon them when springs snap. When a cable is broken, one side of the door may appear to be “sagging”, or seem heavier than the other side. You may also notice the door is slightly angled and lower on one side as it opens.
If all the cables are broken, the door may not stay in place when it is opened and could fall down as soon as you lift it up, which represents a serious safety risk.
The rollers on the sides of the door should spin and turn. Rollers that are stuck and slide can cause the door to come off its tracks. Stuck rollers can also make opening and closing the door noisier.
If the door has come off its tracks in either closed or opened position, leave it in place. Attempting to close or open an unhinged garage door could result in the cables and springs breaking as well. If the door is simply noisy, you should have the rollers replaced and the tracks cleaned. Stuck rollers are often caused by insufficient lubrication or excess humidity.
The Door Opens, But Won’t Close
This problem is often related to the sensors. If the lenses get dirty, or if there is something directly in front of them, the door won’t close. Clean the lenses and make sure nothing is in the way of the sensors. If the door still won’t close, then it is time to call a garage door repair technician.
The Remote Opener Doesn’t Work
If the garage door opener remote is not working, try to open the door using the switch inside the garage. If the door opens, the batteries in the remote opener may need to be replaced. After replacing the batteries, if the remote still doesn’t work, it may need to be resynched with the opener or replaced.
If the door doesn’t open and you have power, make sure the opener is plugged in and the breaker has not blown. If the door will still not open once these are ruled out, it could imply an electrical problem or that the opener needs to be replaced.
As you can see, there can be all sorts of reasons for a garage door to break down. If your garage door is malfunctioning, please feel free to contact The Door Doctor. Our technicians are skilled at new garage door installations, garage door repairs, spring replacement, installing and repairing garage door openers, and more. For more information, feel free to contact us!