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Troubleshooting Common Garage Door Problems: A Homeowner’s Guide

Updated: Jun 12

Garage doors can sometimes be finicky, but understanding common problems can help homeowners troubleshoot and maintain their doors more effectively. Let’s explore some frequent issues and the initial steps you can take to diagnose the problems before seeking professional help.

Noisy Garage Door

Loud grinding or squeaking noises during operation can be bothersome and may indicate nascent problems. Possible causes include a worn-out gear kit or rollers, a loose chain, insufficient garage door lubrication, or misaligned tracks. Start by inspecting the tracks for bends or obstructions. Gently realign them if needed. Regular maintenance, including lubricating the garage door hinges and rollers every six months (especially in dusty climates), is essential.

Garage Doors not operating properly

If the doors don’t go all the way up or stop intermittently, consider these common reasons.

Broken springs: Springs are crucial for lifting the garage door. When they break, the door won’t function properly. Leave spring replacement to professionals due to safety concerns.

Misaligned safety sensors: Check for obstacles triggering the stops. If sensors face away from each other, realign them to face each other. Weakened struts or missing struts: Sagging doors indicate weakened or missing struts and will disrupt the smooth opening of the doors.

Malfunctioning Garage Door Opener

If your opener isn’t working correctly, it could be due to a problem with the logic board or programming. First, check if the opener is plugged in and the circuit breaker is in the correct position. Replace batteries in the keypad or remote control and reprogram or reset them as needed.

Weather Stripping and Seal Problems

Inspect and replace worn weather stripping and seals. Use 3" weather seal for most residential doors and 4" for doors with off-level concrete floors.

Dented or Damaged Panels

Accidental impacts or wear and tear can lead to dents. Repair minor dents using a rubber mallet. Severely damaged panels would need replacement if they prevent the door from operating.

Prioritize safety when performing garage door maintenance or minor repairs. Always disconnect the power and ensure the door is in the down position. For major issues, seek professional assistance from Montrose Garage Doors.

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