Is there something wrong with your garage door? Are you starting to have garage door problems that you haven’t experienced before? If you don’t want expensive garage door repairs, you might want to check up on these small problems before they grow big and unmanageable. Your garage door is the sum of all its parts. And most of these parts move as soon as you operate your garage door. Anything that goes wrong will have an impact on its overall operations. Following is a list of garage door problems that you can use to check the type of problem you are now experiencing and the basic solution for each.
- The door path Is blocked
Before going to the more complicated problems, be sure to check the most obvious problems first. One of the simplest causes of a malfunctioning garage door is that something may be blocking the door’s path. So, each time you operate your garage door and it does not respond, check if there is something that blocks its path. Your garage door might have a mechanism that reverses its motion if it senses that there’s something on the ground that prevents it from completing its downward travel. Check the door tracks as well. Some debris has lodged on the inside that prevents the door from operating properly.
- The batteries of the transmitter are dead
Another simple thing that causes a garage door to malfunction is dead batteries. When the life of the batteries that runs your controller are already exhausted, it will not be able to transmit its electrical signals no matter how hard you push its buttons. If you have been using the controller for more than a year, it is high time for you to change its batteries. You might also want to check the keypads on your controller. If you have changed the batteries and the problem still exists, you might want to check the controller itself. Its keypads may also be worn out and their electrical connections might already be damaged. In such a case, you will need a new controller.
- The garage door track is not properly aligned
To operate properly, a garage door uses a track to ensure a smooth upward and downward movement. When this track is misaligned, the garage door will have a difficult time going up or down. If you are experiencing this problem, check the alignment of the door track and see if it is still straight and smooth. Don’t force the door to go up or down when the track is not aligned properly. You will only make the problem worse. Have the door track repaired by a professional garage door specialist. Also, check if there is any debris that is lodged on the track that prevents it from operating smoothly. If this debris is the only cause of the problem, then you are lucky. You only need to clean the debris and your garage door is good to go.
- The garage door springs are damaged
Another problem that can cause your garage door to malfunction is damaged springs. These torsion springs are actually the ones that lift the total weight of your garage door. If they are broken, you will notice some difficulty in the upward and downward movement of the garage door. If these springs are totally damaged, the garage door will not move at all. Typically, there are two torsion springs in every garage door. Their useful lives are limited by the number of their operating cycles. Have them checked by a garage door repair service. If one or both of these springs are broken, have them repaired or replaced at once.
- The sensor is not properly aligned
Your garage door uses a photo eye sensor that ensures the safety operation of your garage door. There are two photo eye sensors in a typical garage door. One is installed outside of the door and another one is installed inside the garage. These sensors radiate invisible beams that can detect if there are any obstructions on the path of the garage door. If there are any objects in the door’s path when it closes, the sensors will prevent the door from closing. This ensures that no one will be pinned down when the door closes. If these sensors are misaligned, the door will not close properly. Check the alignment of these photo eye sensors or have it checked by a professional. It will also be good practice to clean these sensors regularly because they can get dirty over time which may affect their capacity to function properly.