Published on 31 December 2020
Here is a common scenario: you’re late to work, and as you’re backing your car out of your attached garage, you notice that the garage door won’t close. And now you’re stuck wondering why. As it turns out, there are many reasons why a garage door would fail to open or close properly.
Some of the most common issues include:
This article will take a look at each of these issues, as well as what can be done to address each problem.
Unquestionably, the springs on your garage door will wear out over time as a result of prolonged usage. Fortunately, door springs are easily replaced but present a risk if you attempt to do the task yourself, as the springs have to be set up a certain way to ensure that the door functions properly. If the springs are too tight, the door may not open, and if the springs are too loose, the door may fall off altogether.
It may seem obvious, but the garage door must travel on a track to move up and down, similar to how a drawer might move on a track to move in and out. And perhaps even more obvious, if the garage door should slip even a little bit from the track, it won’t move. This, too, is best left to a professional, as realigning a jumped track can present a safety hazard for the homeowner.
Similar to regular door hinges, garage door hinges may occasionally need to be replaced. You may be able to find the materials to replace rusty or broken hinges yourself, but a professional garage repair company would likely better know how best to fix the problem.
Another common source of garage door problems is the electric systems that make the door open and close. Typically, there are two parts to a garage door electronic system – the remote and the receiver. The remote operates as a switch to open the door from somewhere else, like inside your car. The receiver receives the signal from the remote to open the door or receives input from a manually entered code.
Both of these components run the risk of malfunctioning. The remote may be merely a case of dead batteries, but a malfunctioning receiver may be a bit harder to diagnose.
If you do have any inherent issues with your garage door, we advise that you call up a local garage door repair shop and get it looked at as soon as possible.
Regardless of what the issue is, a well-trained repair man will be able to diagnose and fix the problem, and in fairly short order, leaving your garage secure, and you can have peace of mind that the issue is fixed.
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