Garage doors conveniently let us pack our cars and keep them safe when we are not using them. Like with all things mechanical, garage doors are subject to wear and tear over time. Here are common signs your garage door may need service or repairs.
Never wait until you have to call a professional garage door repair company to fix or replace your damaged garage door. If you troubleshoot the following issues in advance, it can save you the time and money you spend engaging a professional repairman.
Door Makes Noise When Opening
If your garage door starts producing an unfamiliar creek when opening, it is time to service it. Perhaps the pulley system that automatically pulls the door up is getting rusty and needs some lubrication. Some garage doors have a left to right motion, or vice versa, when opening. Any weird noise the door produces when opening could mean a fault in the tracks which need to be checked.
The door won't respond to the mechanical opener
You push the button to open the garage door and it won’t open! If this problem persists, then you need to check the mechanical opener for faults. There could be a problem with the wiring of the opener such that it is not getting power when you push the control button.
For automated garage doors that support Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the problem could be in the transmission. You will have to reset the control setup and see if it the door works properly again. If there is nothing wrong with the door opener's receiver, then the fault could be in your transmitting device. Check if you have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection and that your device and the garage opener are paired.
Another quick fix is changing the batteries in your remote transmitter to if it works again.
Garage Door Slides Freely
When the garage door sliders back down or freely about its track, this is likely a mechanical issue in the opener's wheel system. Get the wheel setup repaired or replaced to restore proper functionality.
Door Jams When Opening
If your garage door jams halfway when opening, that is a sign of trouble. There could be an object along the tracks that is stopping the wheels from moving freely. Investigate for any foreign objects along the track and remove them. For garage doors that slide up, there could be some wear and tear in the pulley system caused by rust.
A proper functioning garage door should have the wheels moving seamlessly along its track. However, track misalignment can occur causing the wheels to slide off the tracks. This will produce a squeaking noise or the garage door may stop halfway when opening. Get the wheels properly aligned so the door functions better again.
Do you notice some gaping areas on your garage door when it fully closes? These are grey areas that can be taken advantage of by a burglar. You need to get this fixed by testing the balance of the entire door. You may also have to operate the opener manually to detect where the problems are.
If your garage door is showing any of the above problems, it is time to bring out your toolkit for some inspection. Some of these issues can easily be solved with simple DIY tricks without having to call a professional repair company. And it saves you time and money in the long-run.