Most homes have a garage because they are convenient, safe storage places for your car and other belongings. They are very desirable for most homeowners and typically see daily usage. However, sometimes things go wrong and your door doesn’t operate properly, here are some common garage door problems and their solutions.
The Garage Door Won’t Open
If your garage door won’t open when you press the button a couple of things could be wrong. If you don’t hear any noise at all ensure that the opener motor is plugged in and receiving power. If you do hear noise from the opener you may have a broken spring. There are two types of springs, torsion springs which are located above the door and extension springs which are located near the horizontal track. The number of springs your door has depends on if it is a single or double door. If the spring is damaged there will be a gap of about 4 inches somewhere within the spring. If you see or suspect this type of damage you should contact a garage door repair professional as it is very dangerous for you to attempt to replace it yourself.
The Garage Door Won’t Close
If your garage door is opening but is not closing when you press the button there are a few things you should check for. First, you should check the safety sensors and ensure that they are lined up correctly. These sensors operate by using a laser beam and they stop the door from shutting if the beam is broken, there are status lights on the front of the sensor that will blink if the laser beam is broken and the color of the light depends on the model of your opener. If one of the sensors got bumped it may need to be readjusted for the laser to have no interference. Next, check the wires running to the sensors and ensure that it is not damaged or disconnected. If you are unable to get the door to close after these steps it is possible that the sensors are faulty and need to be replaced and in this case, you may be better off replacing the entire opener. If the first two steps don’t solve your problem you should contact an emergency residential garage door repair professional.
The Door is not Moving Consistently
Another common issue with garage doors occurs when the door will only move slightly when you press the button to either open or close it. If this is occurring you likely have a broken gear in your opener motor. Most openers contain two gears to transfer power from the motor to the chain or the belt, depending on your opener type. If the opener is put under unusual stress one of the gears can break which will result in the motor not operating properly. A garage door professional can fix this for about $150-$200.
Broken Garage Door Cable
If you notice that your door is slightly ajar on one side you should check for a broken cable. The cable will be hanging loosely down near the track. This could be a broken cable, the result of a broken spring, or both. This type of repair needs to be performed by an emergency residential garage door repair professional as attempting to do so yourself can result in serious injury.
Opener Motor is Operating Inconsistently
If you’re certain that your opener has power but it isn’t operating correctly you may have a bad circuit board or a bad starting capacitor. Both of these issues should be repaired by a garage door professional.