If you have a problem with your garage door, you might be wondering if it is a simple problem that can be solved by an adjustment or something more serious that requires a complicated repair job. Sometimes it will depend on the type of garage door or opening system you have, and might also be specific to the components. We wrote this quick guide to help you determine that based on the more common garage door problems you might face.
My Garage Door Is Unbalanced
This is a problem for garage doors that use a motor to open and close vertically. Disengage the motor to determine if your garage door is properly balanced or not. When you leave the door half-open and it either opens or closes by itself, your door is unbalanced. There could be a couple of reasons for why and both are related to types of springs your opening system might use:
- Torsion springs — can be fixed by an adjustment but doing so is extremely dangerous and should be done by professionals
- Extension springs — they stretch along the tracks can be carefully adjusted by home owners but can be difficult to adjust properly
If you notice that your door is unbalanced you should have it re-adjusted quickly, as the strain on your door and the opening system shortens its lifespan. If you wait too long, you’re just paying more money for repairs or replacements in the future.
Garage Door Track Problems
There are a number of problems that the tracks for your garage door can have that will make it difficult or impossible for your garage door to open. Some of them can be resolved by adjusting the tracks. Replacing the components holding them together will require a more thorough repair job. Here are a few of the common issues:
- Misaligned tracks — if it’s just difficult to open and close the door, you can try re-adjusting the track and mounting, if it’s more severe it will likely need repair
- Debris build up — small objects, dust, dirt, and other debris can build up in the track and can be fixed yourself with some cleaning and re-adjustments
- Bent tracks — if the tracks themselves are physically bent you will need to have them repaired or replaced professionally to make sure they’re straight enough to operate properly
You can test out if there are any of the above issues with your tracks by disengaging the door from the motor and trying to manually open and close it. If there is any resistance, or a screeching noise, when you do—that’s likely a problem you need to have addressed.
My Garage Door Won’t Fully Close
If you have a problem with your door not being able to fully close, it could be a few types of problems depending on the type of door you have. Here are some of the more common issues:
- Limit switch — your automatic opener might need to be adjusted if it is preventing the door from fully closing
- Door binding — if something is physically stopping the door from closing all the way it could be a serious issue with your track, rollers, or opening motor that will need complete repair or replacement
- Safety sensor — you might need to adjust your safety sensor to make sure it is aligned properly and that it is clear from debris or other blockages
Keep a close eye and ear on your door when it gets to the point where it stops closing. You might see or hear what causes it to stop, get stuck, or start closing back up. If you can’t figure out the issue, call a professional to help diagnose and fix the it.