When your garage door isn’t working correctly, it can be a huge pain. Not only that, with all you store in your garage, having a broken door can be dangerous. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the most common garage door problems and what you can do to fix them.
There are two types of garage doors: manual and automatic. Both types of doors have a door mechanism (i.e. the actual door), while an automatic garage door also has a lift system (i.e. what opens the door). Almost all of your potential problems will be in either your mechanism or in your lift system.
If your garage door is not opening or closing correctly, the first place to look is the hardware of your mechanism and lift system. If any of your screws, chains, or tracks have hardware that is loose, has corroded, or has fallen out, then your door won’t work. Inspect all your parts, paying particular attention to the tracks and the brackets in order to see if anything has come loose. Simply tightening or re-positioning your hardware may solve your problem.
If everything seems to be in place and tightened, the next thing you want to do is check for damaged areas. Dents, crimps, or flattened areas can interfere with the way that your door mechanism and lift system work. Carefully pound out any dented or crimped areas with a hammer. If you find that you cannot get the pieces back into their correct shape, then talk to your garage system installer in order to get a replacement part.
The two areas that you never want to try and repair yourself are the main tension springs and any potential electrical problems with your opener or with your sensors. If you feel like these areas are the root of your problem, contact your garage door installer and have a technician come out to service your door. This will ensure that these areas are properly and safely treated.