Is your garage door not opening? Does it creek and bounce when it does? Or has it completely fallen off its tracks? There are several common issues with garage doors, and proper maintenance can prevent many of them. Here are some frequent problems homeowners experience and how you can get them fixed.
1. The Springs Need Replacing
When your garage door opens slowly, your first thought might be that the opener is going out or isn’t strong enough to pull up the door. In reality, it’s most likely a problem with the overhead torsion springs. This set of parts helps balance the door and makes it easier for the opener to move the door with only a few pounds of force. Since the springs are under constant pressure, the parts wear out over time. Replacing this part can be dangerous and should be left up to a professional. Reach out to a local company to learn more about how they can help.
2. The Remote Won’t Open The Garage Door
When you hit the button on your remote, you expect the door to open, allowing you to drive in and out of your garage. However, sometimes the remote quits working, and you are stuck outside, or quite possibly, you’re stuck inside the garage. There are a few different reasons why the remote isn’t working, such as:
- There’s a blown GFI in the garage: A Ground Fault Interpreter helps prevent electrical surges throughout your home, and occasionally they are tripped and need to be reset.
- The batteries are dead: Batteries power the push remote and often last a few years. However, all batteries run out of juice eventually. Most garage remote batteries are a specialized size that you can find at most grocery and hardware stores.
- The remote needs reprogramming: To keep your remote from opening the neighbor’s garage as you drive by, each opener has a code. Sometimes the remote needs to relearn the code for your door. Reprogramming is easy, and the directions are on the outside of the opener.
- The antenna is damaged: The opener inside the garage communicates with the remote through an antenna. If the wire is severed or covered in debris, the remote may not receive the signal. Clean or replace the wire if this is the case.
3. The Panels Are Cracked Or Broken
Whether you accidentally pulled your car too far forward in the driveway or an ambitious youngster threw the basketball with too much force, the panels and glass panes of your garage door can become damaged. This makes the door more susceptible to further damage as it is open and shut daily and makes it easy for water to seep into the garage. Depending on the condition of all the panels, you may determine to replace the single broken piece or invest in a new door completely.
4. The Door Doesn’t Move Smoothly
On the side of your garage door, you may notice a track that the guide wheels roll through when the door moves. These wheels and track can get bent, break, or worn down, causing the door to be loud while in motion. Broken wheels and bent tracks also make the door move side to side or bump as it moves through the damaged section. Since there are multiple wheels, take the time to inspect each one, adding lubricant to see if that helps solve the problem.
The garage door is often the main entry that families use to get in and out of their homes. Easy access is vital, whether you use the garage to store your vehicle, bike, or supplies. A yearly inspection and proper maintenance can keep your garage door functioning at its best and working long term.