Common Garage Door Repairs and How to Troubleshoot Them
While garage doors are meant to last a long time, they will eventually fall in disrepair and most likely require the aid of a professional technician for your repairs. You might have experienced one of the most common failures:
A door that does not close fully on one side or seems to stick on just one side may be suffering from frayed cables or worn pulleys. In other words, the mechanism that opens and closes the door is not fully operational on one side.
A trained professional can key in on the problem and help you decide if a full replacement is necessary or just one or two key parts. In some or even most cases, a professional cleaning may resolve the problem at a minimal expense.
A jammed door that will neither open nor close is likely caused by either a broken cable or a bent track. The garage door springs may also be nonoperational.
Before you call a garage door repairman, make sure the garage door opener is not the problem. Try opening or closing manually or replace the opener battery first.
If the door closes with a loud bang before it stops working, the door likely has broken springs. Garage door repair professionals can replace the broken springs with in-stock parts. Have the technician check the rest of the door’s mechanics while he is there to ensure you do not incur a second service call fee unnecessarily.
If opening and closing the doors is accompanied by squeaks and squeals, dry rollers, bearings or hinges may be causing the problem.
The problem can easily be prevented by hiring a garage door technician to do annual maintenance on the door. Failure to keep parts lubricated according to the manufacturers recommendations can lead to unnecessary wear and the eventual more serious repair problems.
Door Opens but Does Not Close
A garage door that will open but may not close may be easily repaired by cleaning the photo eye located on the floor near the door. Debris in front of the eye can fool the mechanism into believing there are items under the door.
If that is the case, the door will not close as a safety precaution. If a dirty eye is not the problem, call a professional garage door repair in your local area. The photo eye may be defective or misaligned.