Leighton Buzzard Bedford Milton Keynes

Published on 23 August 2016

Typically, you garage door will operate with little to no trouble for many years, but sometimes a problem will crop up that demands your attention and interferes with your garage door’s operation.

This month, we’re taking a look at some of the most common garage door faults, and what you can do to rectify them to get your garage door working properly.

Automatic door won’t open or close

Easily the most common problem with garage doors is the automatic garage doors suddenly failing to open or close – which causes obvious problems and risks. The first thing to do is check the battery in your remote, if it’s dead it will need replacing before the door will respond.

If you’re satisfied that the remote is sufficiently powered, then this may suggest that there is a deeper problem, potentially with the motor, springs or tracks. In this case, it is always best to call in a professional to survey and repair the garage door properly.


Obstructions pose a threat to the operation of any garage door. From stones and pebbles to poorly stored tools and heavy objects, the mechanism of your garage door can become jammed or damaged, preventing it from opening or closing properly.

To prevent this kind of problem, make sure to safely secure anything you store in the garage, especially near the door. If damage has already been done and the garage door is struggling to operate sufficiently, get in touch with the experts so they can take a look and perform the needed repairs.

Problems with tracks and rollers

A manual garage door might start to feel stiff or unusually heavy. This could signal damage or interference on the tracks or rollers. Tracks can become clogged which will make the door tougher to open. Make sure the tracks are clean and free from any debris or obstruction. You can clean tracks easily with a cloth, but take care to avoid sharp edges while you’re cleaning.

A broken roller will likely require a professional eye to make sure it is properly and safely replaced.

Your garage door may also judder or squeak when operating it. This usually means your rollers and tracks need extra lubrication. Take the same care when adding lubrication as you would when cleaning, so as to avoid trapping your fingers or cutting them on sharp edges.

Door won’t stay open

When opening your garage door, you might notice that it droops when lifted to its maximum height, or that it won’t stay lifted at all. This likely indicates a problem with the springs.

There are two kinds of garage door springs:

Both kinds of springs can lose tension over time or completely fail, which will make your door much heavier to lift and won’t provide the right support for the door when it’s lifted.

A garage door specialist can adjust, repair or replace garage door springs, and Diamond Garage Doors stock a comprehensive range of replacement parts, including springs, for many garage doors, so get in touch if you’re having trouble.

Diamond Garage Doors are leading suppliers and fitters of a wide range of garage doors, providing expert installation and repairs throughout Luton, Bedford, Kings Lynn, Stevenage, Flitwick and Milton Keynes. We stock a wide range of spare parts and work to quickly repair and replace any fault so your garage door can get back to full working order as soon as possible. Get in touch to find out more and we will be happy to help with your enquiry.

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