Three Common Garage Door Problems (And What To Do About Them)

Posted on: 19 October 2020


If you're like most homeowners, chances are, you rarely even know that your garage door is there. You press the button and it opens, you press it again and it closes, and you go about your life without even recognizing that it works.

Once it stops working though, it's most likely all you can think about though. Fortunately, the problems that are associated with garage doors are very common (for the most part), and can even be fixed by the homeowner. If you require professional garage door repair though, be sure to contact the local company that specializes in garage doors to help you out.

Below are a few of the issues that you might face from time to time.

Garage Door Won't Close

Since the basic function of garage doors to open and close upon command, failure to do so is not only inconvenient, but can also be alarming. First, check to make sure that all of your openers have batteries in them and are connected properly to your opener. Next, check the rollers to make sure that nothing is obstructing the path of the door itself as it closes. Even the littlest bit of resistance is enough to trigger the safety mechanism inside the opener, and cause it not too close.

Garage Door Doesn't Fully Close

Most modern garage doors are insulated and provide weatherproofing to keep the temperature inside regulated to a certain point. That being said, a crack of even a few inches at the bottom of the garage door is enough to let rain in and make your home less energy efficient. Fortunately, this problem can be fixed by simply adjusting the limit switch on the opener, which tells the opener how far to close it and open it. Check out your manual for the exact operation, or contact a local company to schedule garage door repair service to have it done for you.

Grinding Noise

Any noise from your garage door can be unsettling, but a grinding noise usually means that your rollers are out of alignment with your track. That scraping sound is either the rollers that have worn down, or the bolts on the outside of the rollers that are scraping along the side of the track itself. Either way, this needs to be fixed by a company that specializes in garage doors, so contact a technician in your area to have it put back in alignment.