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Common Garage Door Problems

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Garage door issues can cause minor issues or major challenges. An overhead garage door weighs between 130 to over 400 pounds depending on its type and size and is opened approximately 1,500 times per year. They are used frequently during all types of weather so it is only natural that they will go through wear-and-tear. Regular maintenance and troubleshooting garage door repairs are essential to keep your garage door in good working condition. With proper care, your garage door will last up to 30 years.

Learning how to identify garage door problems and solutions will save you time and money. Here are some common garage door malfunctions to look for:

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Unusual Noises

Unusual, loud noises are a sure sign that you are having overhead door problems. The type of noise you hear will give you an idea where the issue is.

Grinding or Squeaking Sounds

Grinding or squeaking sounds are likely caused by a roller door problem. If the rollers need to be oiled, you can fix your garage door by greasing the rollers with a lithium or silicone-based lubricant for garage doors so they rotate more smoothly. Worn out rollers have to be replaced by a certified professional.

Rattling Sound

A rattling sound coming from your garage door usually means that the hardware has loosened. Inspect all the nuts, bolts, or screws on your door and, using a screw driver or wrench and socket set, tighten all the loose fasteners.

Popping Sound

A popping sound means you are having a garage door spring problem. Most torsion springs can be fixed by lubricating or adjusting them. However, if the torsion spring needs to be replaced, it should only be done by a professional. Torsion springs hold a lot of tension and require special tools. Trying to fix your garage door torsion spring yourself increases the risk of injury.

Garage Door Opener Not Working

If your garage door opener is not working, it could simply need to be lubricated. You can repair a garage door opener by applying silicone-based oil or a garage door lube to the entire length of the opener. If the issue is more severe, a qualified garage door technician can help troubleshoot your garage door problems.

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Remote Not Working

Garage door remote repairs can usually be done by replacing a dead battery. If the battery is not causing your garage door issues, your remote could have a loose wire, need to be reprogrammed, or the lock button that has set to ‘on’.

Not Opening or Closing Properly

There are several reasons why your garage door is not opening and closing properly. For instance, if the photo eye is misaligned, it will cause the door to open as soon as it closes. Check to ensure the photo eye is aligned and clean on both sides.

When trouble shooting your overhead door problems, check for the more obvious issues first like dirt clogging the sensors, a blockage that is preventing the door from opening or closing, dry moveable parts that need to be oiled, or dead batteries that need replacing.

Mechanical Garage Door Malfunctions

If the springs at the top need to be replaced, your garage door will open slightly, then close quickly.

Stripped gears and issues with motor will also prevent the garage door from opening all the way or closing completely. Mechanical issues should be inspected and repaired by a certified technician who has the tools and knowledge to repair your garage door safely and efficiently.

Broken Cables

Broken garage door cords or cables are very serious and should only be fixed by a trained professional. If the cables are broken, your door will slam down very quickly and can cause severe injury or property damage.

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Gaps and Cracks in the Wood Door

Garage door cracks and gaps can start to develop over time. Minor openings can be sealed with a caulking sealant or waterproof filler.

Worn or Cracked Weather Sealant

A garage door leaking at the bottom indicates your weather sealant is cracked or worn. Replace the old stripping with new sealant to prevent water from getting in and reduce noise levels.

Taking care of your garage door through regular maintenance and servicing will extend the life of your overhead door and troubleshoot garage door malfunctions early. While there are many steps you can take to maintain your garage, more serious issues should be handled by a professional. At First Responders, we are experts in fixing garage doors. We offer competitive prices and same-day service.

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