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Garage Door Problems: Learn to Recognize Them

If your garage door squeaks, you might think it's nothing to worry about. However, a squeaky garage door can be dangerous, especially if it falls. A year ago, my garage door began to squeak whenever I opened and closed it. I ignored the problem and continued to use the door. One day, the door collapsed on my car as I backed out of my garage. Although my car sustained a lot of damage, I was very thankful to be alive. I contacted a garage door specialist the same day. The contractor informed me that my door's springs had given out. After the repairs, the contractor offered sound advice on how to recognize problems in my garage door and what to do about them. I started this blog to help other homeowners stay safe as well. Please, don't ignore your garage's problem, even if it's small.


Repairs A Modern Garage Door Might Require

Having an automatic garage door can make this area of the house much easier to access. Yet, the garage door opener can experience some performance issues that may make it harder to use this system, as well as indicating that there is a more serious problem developing with the system that might need a professional to evaluate and repair it.

The Garage Door Is Vibrating As It Raises Or Lowers

When you are opening or closing the garage door, it should move very smoothly along the railing that serves to support and guide it. If the door is starting to vibrate or even wobble when it is opening or closing, this may be a result of the torsion spring starting to encounter problems. This is a component of your garage door system that will eventually need to be replaced. As it starts to reach the end of its life, it may provide much less predictable support for the garage door when it is in operation. This can result in the door starting to vibrate or rattle when it is in motion.

Difficulties With Closing The Garage Door

In some cases, the garage door opener may simply refuse to fully close the door. Often, this can manifest as the door partially closing before reopening. While this can be a frustrating problem, it is often due to a simple issue with the system. As a safety feature, your garage door opener will have sensors that can detect if people, pets, or objects are in the path of the garage door. If these sensors are giving incorrect readings, it could cause the door's safety override to activate, which will prevent it from closing. An alignment issue can be one of the simpler causes of this particular issue, and while it may not require the replacement of any parts, a professional may be needed to ensure that the sensors are correctly aligned and anchored in place so that this issue will be permanently corrected.

An Unresponsive Remote

Your garage door opener's remote can allow you to control this system from the comfort of your own vehicle. Unfortunately, the remote can be one of the parts of your garage door that may be the most prone to experiencing issues. In particular, dead batteries can be a common reason for the remote to be unable to activate the garage door. However, if replacing the batteries has not worked, this could indicate an issue with the remote itself or the sensors in the garage door opener. Trying a spare remote can allow you to quickly determine if the sensors in the garage door opener are failing to read the signal from the primary remote.

For more information, reach out to a garage door repair service near you.