Whether you’re rushing out the door or just trying to make it back home, a malfunctioning garage door is an inconvenience no one wants to deal with. It can also pose safety risks, leaving a vulnerable entrance to your home or preventing you from leaving during emergencies. Lucky for you, most issues are easy to resolve.

Blocked photo-eye sensors and dying transmissions can be fixed by cleaning up clutter or swapping out old batteries.

However, some problems need professional intervention. If you’ve exhausted all of the simple fixes and your door still isn’t working, don’t be afraid to call for help.

At Door Dorks we care about helping you and all your garage door needs, so we compiled some of the most common issues you need to get fixed.

Track Alignment Issues

Your garage door relies on metal tracks running from floor to ceiling to open and close. So, if these tracks are misaligned or damaged, you’re in for trouble.

These tracks can be damaged from accidentally hitting them with your vehicle or old age. It’s not uncommon for time and use to wear down the tracks and lead to misalignment. And, the weight of your door will only make the problem worse.

Identifying Misalignment

If your garage door tracks are misaligned, here are some problems you might encounter:

  • Rough or slow opening.
  • Loud noises when opening or closing the door.
  • Lopsided closing resulting in incomplete closing
  • Visible signs of warping or gaps between the tracks and garage door rollers.

You can repair metal tracks yourself, but any garage door DIY can be dangerous, so don’t hesitate to find emergency garage door repair services.

Sources: Creative Door, Overhead Door

Is Your Transmitter Damaged?

To open and close your garage door, you’re probably using a remote in your car, this is known as a transmitter. The garage door opening system inside your garage contains the receiver. When you press a button on the transmitter, it sends a unique code to the receiver, prompting the opening or closing.

If your garage door is not responding to your open and close commands, there’s a chance your transmitter is malfunctioning. This malfunction might indicate numerous problems, such as:

  • Dead batteries. This is an easy problem to fix, just switch out the old batteries for new ones.
  • Damage. If you dropped the remote or left it out in rain or snow, you might need to replace it.
  • Disrupted signals. If you’re out of range or there’s something in the way, the transmitter cannot send the code to the receiver. Make sure you’re close enough to the door and check for anything blocking the door opener. There may be a problem with the receiving antenna, which requires a garage door technician to help repair.
  • Wiring problems. The circuit board on the opener may be malfunctioning, which will need to be assessed and fixed by a professional.

Sources: Door Pros, How Stuff Works

Broken Garage Door Springs and Cables

Another culprit of a garage door that won’t open is broken springs and cables.

The torsion spring, located at the top of your garage door, assists in lifting the cable drums and helping pull the door up the tracks. When the spring breaks, the door cannot open. And if you’re around to hear it snap, it’ll make a loud sound.

The cables attach to the rollers that sit in the metal tracks and lift the door up and down.

You can replace broken springs and cables, but it is a difficult process, requiring proper materials and skills. The repair process and improper installation can result in serious injury, so bringing in a professional is the safest move.

Protecting Your Springs

Your springs and cables will indeed wear out over time, but that doesn’t make an unexpected breaking any less inconvenient. Thankfully, simple maintenance can help you plan for replacements.

Lubricating your garage door springs a few times a year ensures longer and smoother functionality.

You should also check the balance of your door a couple times of a year: manually lift your garage door a couple of feet from the ground and let go. The door should hold in that position, indicating your springs and cables are good. If the door falls, your springs and cables may need to be replaced.

Planning for garage door repair helps you avoid major inconveniences.

Source: Home Serve

Poorly Installed Garage Doors

Garage doors have limit switches that indicate how far the door needs to move when opening and closing. Improper limit settings will prevent your garage door from properly operating.

When set too high, the garage door will think that the floor is an obstruction, which will cause it to open right back up when you close it. If set too low, your garage door won’t open completely.

You can adjust these settings yourself, but it can get complicated, so calling in a garage door technician eases the process.

Door Dorks – We Know All About Garage Doors

Garage door issues can catch you completely off-guard. And, usually, when they arise, you need a repair service that will respond quickly. From broken transmitters to snapped cables, finding a reliable garage door expert will save you from hours of trying to DIY repairs.

Door Dorks provides swift garage door repair that Escondido residents need. We offer a full range of garage door services 24 hours a day, six days a week.

Having trouble with your garage door? We can easily work around your schedule, providing excellent customer service and only using high-quality parts. Contact us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why won’t my garage door open?

Numerous issues can prevent your garage door from opening correctly. Check for track misalignment, broken springs or cables, malfunctioning remotes, or incorrect limit settings. A professional can help diagnose and repair your garage door.

How do I identify track alignment issues?

Listen for loud noises when your garage door opens or closes, while also looking for rough, slow, or lopsided closing. You should also evaluate the metal tracks, looking for visible signs of damage or warping.

How do I fix my garage door remote?

The batteries on your garage door remote, also called a transmitter, may be dead, which can be fixed with an easy replacement. You may have a bigger problem: damage or wiring troubles. Contact a professional if battery replacement fails.

Why should I consider professional garage door repair services?

Garage door DIY repairs require in-depth knowledge of how garage doors work and the right materials. It can be a dangerous process that takes up a lot of time. Professionals are experts who can quickly resolve your troubles.

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