Four Common Garage Door Problems for Homeowners

Homeownership is a wonderful thing, until you encounter costly and inconvenient issues. Your garage door is one convenience you can’t live without. It delivers security, convenience, and overall aesthetic. However, like any mechanical system, it’s susceptible to wear and tear over time. Here are four common garage door problems that homeowners may encounter and what you can do to address them.

Broken Springs

The springs in your garage door system help to counterbalance the weight of the door, making it easier to open and close. However, they can break due to extended use or lack of maintenance. A broken spring will typically make a loud noise, and you’ll notice that the door won’t open or close properly. If you suspect a broken spring, don’t attempt to fix it yourself as it can be dangerous. Contact a professional garage door technician to replace the spring for you.

Malfunctioning Sensors

As required by building code, modern garage doors come equipped with sensors that detect an object in the way of the door closing. If your sensors are malfunctioning, your garage door may not close all the way or may reverse unexpectedly. This could be due to a misalignment or dirt buildup on the sensors. Try cleaning the sensors and checking their alignment. If the issue persists, contact a technician to diagnose and fix the problem.

Worn-out Rollers

The rollers on your garage door allow it to move smoothly along the tracks. Over time, they can become worn or damaged, causing the door to become noisy, uneven, or difficult to open and close. If you notice any of these issues, it may be time to replace the rollers. This is a task best left to a professional garage door technician, as it requires specialized tools and knowledge.

Faulty Opener

Your garage door opener is responsible for powering the movement of the door. If it’s not working properly, your door may not open or close at all. This could be due to a variety of issues, including a dead battery, damaged wiring, or a malfunctioning motor. Try replacing the batteries first, and if that doesn’t solve the problem, contact a technician to diagnose and repair the issue.

Garage door problems can be frustrating, but most can be addressed with the help of a professional technician. The best step you can take NOW to avoid costly and inconvenient breakdowns is to schedule an annual garage door tune-up.

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