Common Garage Door Problems

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Common Garage Door Problems

Most Common Garage Door Problems

Difficulty with your garage door? Garage door repairs and annual maintenance are expected due to the number of cycles your garage door goes through during everyday use. While some repairs and maintenance are beyond your capacity, there are some common garage door problems that you can resolve on your own. The earlier you find and correct the issue, the less harm and cost you can incur later on. If you do end up searching for the best garage door repair company, contact LMS Garage Door today. Here are the most common garage door problems and their simple, no-fuss solutions.

Just a friendly reminder: Use these troubleshooting tips at your own risk. If the problems are not obvious, please consult the garage door or opener manual or contact us directly. In our business, there is nothing that our garage door experts cannot fix, and we are here to ensure that your garage door and opener repairs are done safely.

Garage Door Won’t Open

This needs to be everyone’s top priority, and it’s something that can be quickly remedied. Garage door openers that use a chain or a drive screw that doesn’t work would most likely need some lubricant to minimize friction. Garage door companies recommend applying a generous amount of silicone-based lubricant or garage door spray lube to the entire length of the garage opener and clean off any excess.

Unusual Garage Door Noises

Loose hardware, shabby bits, and squeaky sections are all popular annoyances with simple solutions. Noises coming from your garage door usually indicate that it needs to be lubricated. If you hear any strange noises, try rubbing lubricant directly on the squeaky part. Not sure how to fix this? Give LMS Garage Doors a call.

Cracks/Gaps 

Cracks are common, particularly in wood garage doors. Caulk cracks with a waterproof filler or sealant to prevent them from worsening. If the crack or gap in your garage door is too big, you may need to hire a garage door company for garage door replacement services.

Weather sealant prevents water out while also sealing air leaks and reducing street noise. You will likely need to repair your sealant if it is broken or if you find any cracks or seams. Replace the old weather sealant with a new one. Weather sealants can be found at any home improvement store.

Garage Door Opens, Then Locks

When this occurs, it is possible that the springs at the top of the garage door need to be replaced. If the garage door springs were replaced during the last three years, you would just need to repair the damaged ones.

Our garage door technicians recommend following this tip to save money: Fix all of the springs at once—replacing broken springs separately could double the cost of this garage door repair.

Garage Door Barely Opens, Then Closes

There might be a problem with the photo-eye alignment on your garage door. Photo-eyes are small plastic cameras that are mounted on both sides of the garage door as a safety feature.

Look for a blinking green light to confirm that the photo-eyes are working properly. Otherwise, look for debris or other obstructions that may be causing the garage door to stall. 

After ensuring that the photo-eyes are not misaligned, you must calculate from the ground up to the middle of one photo-eye. Measure again, this time from the wall to the center of the photo-eye. Repeat with the other photo-eye. Finally, align both photo-eyes by adjusting them in accordance with the measurements you took. If you’re still experiencing garage door problems after this, we recommend hiring a garage door repair professional. 

Garage Door Remote Is Broken

A broken garage door remot is one of the most common garage door problems. The first thing to do is to see if it’s a battery problem. Is your battery correctly inserted, or do you need to replace it? If this does not resolve the issue, it’s likely you’ll have to reprogram the remote or get a new one. Our friends at Specialized AV, an audio and video company in Sacramento, recommend installing a smart home automation system that is easily used from a phone or tablet. 

Garage Door Opener or Operator Is Unresponsive

An unresponsive operator, whether you’re using a wall controller, remote, or keyless entry, may indicate a problem with the photo-eyes. If there is no light on the photo-eyes, go to the breaker panel, find the breaker, and switch it on and off. If this doesn’t work, make sure the garage door opener is properly plugged in and that it has electricity. Check the electrical outlet with a separate system to see if it is operational.

Rusty Garage

Rust not only tarnishes the appearance of your garage door but also undermines the ability to keep dirt and other foreign factors out. Rust occurs when the iron is exposed to air or water for an extended period of time. To remove rust, first, clean the infected area with dishwashing soap, then rub the rust with a vinegar-soaked rag. Vinegar is a naturally occurring rust dissolver. You can prevent rust formation by doing annual maintenance in the spring or fall.

Need Professional Garage Door Services

It’s likely that you’ll experience garage door problems if you have not replaced your garage door in a while. Staying on top of maintenance is one way to prevent garage door problems from occurring. Searching for the best garage door companyContact LMS Garage Doors today! Our team is more than happy to provide quality garage door repair or garage door replacement services.