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10 Common Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them


Our team are contacted regularly for domestic and commercial garage door and shutter repairs. The problems that we commonly have to repair are usually things that can be easily avoided through regular maintenance. Below, we will list 10 of the common problems people like you have with their garage door or shutter.

10 common garage door problems and how to fix them

1.      My garage door is making unusual noises

If you garage door is making noises that it normally wouldn’t do, it usually means that there are parts of your garage door pressing against each other and would benefit from lubrication to stop them rubbing. When your garage door starts creaking, squeaking or grinding, you should assume that some of the moving parts of your garage door need lubrication.

There are also other reasons as to why your garage door might start operating noisily. Worn rollers or cables will cause noise as well and the best method of removing this noise is to replace them. If you do not replace them, they can eventually break during operation, causing more damage to the door. During the operation of your garage door or shutter, if a loud bang can be heard on one occasion, it means there is a broken spring. This needs to be replaced immediately.

2.      My garage door is not closing all the way

There are potentially a few problems that can cause your garage door or shutter to not close all the way. In the case of automatic doors, it might be due to the limit switch. This will need to be analysed by a professional to make sure the system is correctly working. Obstructions to the garage door or the photo eye sensor can often cause the garage door to reach the ground, but then reverse back up again. Ensuring there is nothing in the way of either of these stops the need of calling someone to view your garage door. However, with manual garage doors, broken cables, bent tracks or worn parts are a common problem with why a garage door cannot close all the way. We highly recommend contacting a professional to view and repair the door if this is the case!

3.      My garage door is sticking or completely stuck

A garage door should easily move along its tracks to open and close, keeping your property and possessions secure. However, the door might start sticking during operation or get completely stuck. This issue stems from a bent track or a broken moving part like a pulley. All parts of a garage door are required to be in working condition for the garage door to operate effectively or at all. If any parts are damaged, we highly recommend calling a professional to get your garage door inspected and those damaged parts replaced.

Sometimes a garage door might stop moving simply due to obstructions in the tracks. Inspect and remove anything that could be potentially causing the garage door to stop moving. Sticking can be caused simply through lack of lubrication. Moving parts in the door are pressed against others to make the door move. The track is usually a big part of this so ensuring that during your regular maintenance, you include the application of lubrication of moving parts will make sure that your garage door is working how it should.

4.      My garage door closes too quickly

A garage door is made to be safe when used around people and possessions. This is through making sure it closes slowly and reacts to anything that is blocking its path. However, when certain parts of the garage door become worn or damaged, it can make the garage door a potential danger to people, animals and vehicles. The system can then become unable to react to anything blocking the garage doors path, causing it to quickly close on anything that is in its path. This problem stems from a snapped spring or cable which will require immediate replacement to get the door running safely and effectively again.

5.      My garage door opens and closes too slowly

This is the complete opposite to the problem we just went through, but it can still cause issues for homeowners and commercial businesses. If you garage door feels sluggish, it is likely due to the springs in the door itself. These springs need to be checked by a professional to see where the problem is and fix the issue.

6.      My garage door has cracks or gaps in the door or sealant

Garage doors undergo constant use and eventually can receive damage that causes cracks or splits to form in the door sealant. This comes with many problems. Not only does it make your garage door unappealing, it will also affect the doors ability to be weathertight. This can lead to water build up and entering your property due to poor weather conditions. This can cause further damages. This also affects the security of your garage. If any sealants are showing signs of wear or damage, they should be replaced as soon as possible.

7.      My garage door does not stay open

When the garage door or shutter in question does not stay open, it usually means there is a faulty spring or spring system. These springs should not be fixed or replaced by yourself unless if you are trained to do so. Doing this is very dangerous and can lead to injuries or further damage to the door if it is not done correctly.

8.      My automated garage door won’t close

Garage doors and shutters are used a lot by homeowners and commercial businesses. This makes them some of the highest traffic areas with family or employees using it every day. Due to the high traffic, it is very easy to cause the safety sensors to move. If your garage door or shutter does not close, we would suggest that you check the safety sensors and adjust them so they are correct.

9.      I neglected to lubricate my garage door hinges

A main component of any garage doors is the hinges. These allow the garage door to move and open how it should do. These parts, if left without maintenance, can break and cause the garage door to be damaged. If this was to happen, you could be facing a costly repair bill in future. The best way to avoid this is through lubricating the hinges every year with something as easy to obtain as WD-40. If you lightly spray the hinges once a year, you will get a smoother and quieter door.

10. My garage door rollers are quite old

A garage door is opened and closed hundreds of times throughout the year. This means the rollers are forced to go up and down a track constantly, all year round. Over time, this can cause the rollers to wear out and when this happened, it can cause faults in the door. If this starts to happen, you need to get them replaced as soon as possible. Leaving worn rollers in your door can and will lead to extremely expensive repairs due to complete roller breakage. We advise that you monitor and check to replace any worn rollers every 5 years to avoid those costly repair bills.

If any of the 10 points we have mentioned above apply to your garage door or roller shutter, make sure to follow our advice. Our professionals are always on hand to go through questions and provide professional repairs on all garage doors or shutters. Simply contact us to find out more and speak with someone from our team.

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