5 Quick Fixes for Common Garage Door Problems
The garage door is a modern convenience that we simply can’t live without, especially when it’s used more often than the front door of the home. Since things often go wrong when we least expect it, here are 5 quick fixes for common garage door problems.
Nothing happens when you press the button.
Don’t you hate it when you are pulling into your driveway after a long day at work and nothing happens when you press the button on your garage door remote? Surprisingly, this is more common than you think. And most of the time replacing the batteries in your remote quickly fixes the problem.
But if that doesn’t solve the problem you can troubleshoot the problem a bit further. Press the button inside the garage to see if your door responds. If the door operates, you may need to replace the remote. However, if there is no response check to make sure you have power to your garage. Sometimes a power surge trips the circuit breaker. When this happens, resetting the circuit breaker usually resolves the issue. Otherwise, its time to contact your local Safe Way garage door repair technician for assistance.
The garage door doesn’t close all the way.
Another common problem is when for some seemingly unforeseen reason the garage door simply refuses to close all the way no matter how many times you press the button. Fortunately, this one is easy to troubleshoot and fix. Garage door openers manufactured after 1993 are required to have a sensor that prevents the garage door from closing on a person or object that is in the way. When the infrared sensor beam doesn’t match up, the door will not close all the way. Moving any objects that is under the door will often fix the problem. Also, take a lint-free cloth and gently clean the surface of both lenses. Sometimes accidentally bumping into them can knock them out of alignment. So, if the door still won’t close all the way, make sure both sensors are lined up with each other.
The garage door is making noises when it operates.
The garage door relies on a set of rollers to guide the door along a metal track. Eventually, the rollers can become worn and you may hear a scraping sound when the door operates. Replacing worn out rollers often fixes this type of problem. You may also hear noises when the track becomes bent or develops rust. In this case, you will need to have the track replaced. A bent track is a serious safety issue that can cause the door to fall off the track. This can cause injury or property damage.
Hearing grinding noises from the door opener itself could be the result of a damaged gear or sprocket. Do not operate the door until a certified garage door repair technician arrives. To prevent serious injury or death, never attempt to open the cover to the opener motor. It has no user serviceable parts.
The garage door opens/closes by itself.
No, its not your imagination. Many older garage door opener models operate on the same frequency and interference with a neighbor’s garage that is using the same code can cause your door to open or close. Changing the programmable code quickly fixes the issue. To prevent this problem from reoccurring, it is best to upgrade to a new garage door opener. New digital openers have a feature that automatically changes the code after each use. Not only does this prevent interference with nearby garage doors, it prevents intruders from using a device that enables them to record the garage door code.
In the rare event that the above troubleshooting doesn’t fix the problem could mean that there is a short somewhere in the system.
Water leaks under the garage door when it rains.
Water leaking into the garage door when it rains can be an annoying problem. You can quickly and easily solve this problem by replacing the rubber weather stripping on the bottom of the garage door. You can also affix weather stripping material to the sides of the door too. This will form an airtight seal that will help keep you garage floor clean and dry.
While troubleshooting these common garage door problems will often resolve the issue, if the problem persists or continues to re-occur, contact your local Safe Way garage door repair technician for assistance.