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Published on 29 May 2024

Typical Garage Door Problems - And How to Fix Them

Is Your Garage Door Giving You Problems?

There’s nothing quite like the frustration of a garage door that decides to stop working – especially when you’re in a hurry or you’ve just been to the supermarket. If your trusty garage door is starting to show its age (and maybe its temper), you’ll want solutions. The good news is, most garage door problems are surprisingly simple to fix, especially with a bit of know-how and regular upkeep.

That’s where Diamond Garage Doors comes in. We’ve been keeping garage doors running smoothly for decades, and we’re here to share our insider tips. Whether your door is squeaking, sticking, or refusing to budge, we’ve got the practical advice you need to get it working again and keep it that way.

Let’s dive into the most common garage door problems and how you can tackle them head-on.


Why Won’t My Automatic Garage Door Close All the Way?

You press the button, the door starts to descend, but then stops abruptly and reverses back up.

Simple Checks You Can Do:

  1. Check the Sensors – Are there any leaves, dirt, or other obstacles blocking the two sensors near the ground? If so, clear them away. Sometimes just wiping the sensor lenses can make a difference.
  2. Check the Tracks – Give the tracks a quick visual inspection. Do they look straight and undamaged? If they’re bent, it’s time to call in a professional.

If It’s Still Not Working:


Why Is My Garage Door Sticking or Refusing to Open?

Why Is My Garage Door Sticking or Refusing to Open?

Your garage door struggles to open, gets stuck partway, or simply won’t budge.

Simple Checks You Can Do:

  1. Listen and Look – Does the motor run when you press the button? If so, listen for unusual sounds like grinding or straining. Visually inspect the door and tracks for any obvious obstructions or signs of damage.
  2. Check the Tracks and Rollers – Are the tracks dirty? Are the rollers moving smoothly? A buildup of dirt or grime can cause friction. If you spot anything, try wiping the tracks and rollers down with a damp cloth. (Avoid using any lubricants, as the wrong kind can actually make things worse!)

If It’s Still Not Working:

Diamond Garage Doors can quickly diagnose the issue and get your garage door moving freely again.


Why Is My Garage Door So Noisy?

Your garage door makes creaking, grinding, or squeaking sounds when opening or closing.

Simple Checks You Can Do:

  1. Listen to the Sound – Does it seem to be coming from the tracks, the rollers, or the springs? Pinpointing the source can help you narrow down the problem.
  2. Look for Loose Hardware – Check the brackets, hinges, and bolts. If anything is loose, tighten it up with a wrench or socket set.
  3. Check for Dry Parts – If the noise is more of a squeak or creak, apply a garage door-specific lubricant to the hinges, rollers, and springs.

If It’s Still Noisy:


Why Is My Garage Door Opening So Slowly?

Your garage door takes an unusually long time to open or close.

Simple Checks You Can Do:

  1. Check for Obstructions – Make sure there’s nothing blocking the door’s path or interfering with the tracks. Even small pebbles or debris can slow things down.
  2. Check the Tension: -Most garage doors have a manual release cord for emergencies. With the door closed, pull the cord to disconnect the opener and try lifting the door by hand. Does it feel excessively heavy? If so, the springs may need adjusting.

If It’s Still Sluggish:

A slow garage door can be a real inconvenience. Diamond Garage Doors can quickly identify the cause and get your door back up to speed.


Why Is My Garage Door Completely Stuck?

Why Is My Garage Door Completely Stuck?

Your garage door refuses to move at all, whether you’re using the remote, the wall button, or even trying to manually lift it.

What NOT To Do:

What To Do:

  1. Check the Power – Is the garage door opener plugged in? Did a circuit breaker trip? If there’s no power, the opener won’t work. Check your electrical panel to make sure the circuit for the garage door is functioning.
  2. Check the Manual Release: -If the power is on but the door still won’t move, locate the manual release cord (usually a red handle hanging from the opener). Pull the cord to disconnect the door from the opener. If you can now lift the door by hand (and it feels balanced), the problem is likely with the opener itself. If it still feels stuck, there could be an issue with the tracks or springs.

Call in the Experts: Diamond Garage Doors is here to help. We can diagnose the issue safely and efficiently, whether it’s a simple fix or requires a more in-depth repair.


Don’t Let Garage Door Problems Wear You Down!

Is your garage door acting up? Don’t wait for a minor issue to become a major headache. Diamond Garage Doors is your trusted local expert in Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes and surrounds, for all your garage doors repairs.

Whether you need a quick repair, routine maintenance, or a brand-new installation, we’ve got you covered. Our experienced technicians are just a phone call away, ready to diagnose and solve your garage door problems efficiently and affordably.


Contact Diamond Garage Doors today to schedule your service appointment. Let us take the stress out of garage door repairs and get your door working like new again.

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