Common Garage Door Problems (and Easy Fixes)

broken_garage_doorYour garage door is the largest moving part in your home. It can cause some serious damage or injury if something happens to it and you try to fix it yourself. YouTube DIY videos are great, but for some garage door problems, they can cause more harm. Despite that warning, there are some common garage door issues that you can fix before needing us to come and take a look.

Garage Door Closes then Suddenly Pops Up

This normally happens to the garage door when something is blocking the photoelectric sensor on either side of your garage door. Sometimes these sensors move a little and it appears something is blocking. Make sure to check the alignment.

There could also be a sensitivity issue with the garage door motor. You can adjust this by turning a button on the garage door opener less than a quarter turn to the left. Look at your instruction manual. After you’ve adjusted the sensitivity, put a small piece of wood, preferably a 2×4 flat on the ground where the garage door will come down. When the door touches the wood, it should immediately go back up.

Garage Door Sometimes Opens, Sometimes Doesn’t

When you’re using your remote and the garage door sometimes opens and sometimes closes you more than likely have a dying battery on the remote. Same goes with the battery on your opener right outside your garage door for remote access. Change your batteries ASAP.

Garage Door Off its Hinges, Door Closes Hard

Your garage door coming off hinges usually means the tracks aren’t aligned. While you can re-align your horizontal and vertical tracks if they are loose, we suggest calling us immediately for this service.

The same goes for your door closing too hard. This is more than likely a torsion spring issue. Smaller garages have one spring and larger doors have two.

Torsion springs are EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. They can fly off at extreme speeds.

Again, give us a call or fill out a free estimate form and we will be at your home to help you.