You always need your garage door to work properly. It doesn't matter whether you use the garage for parking vehicles, as a workshop, or for storage. At some point, you will need to open the large overhead door, and if it is not working properly, it could come crashing down and damage something, or even worse, injure someone.
If you use the garage to park your car every night, you will quickly notice if something is wrong. However, if you only open the door every few months, you may not see there is a problem until it is too late. You may think the door is sticking because it hasn't been used much or that it is simply moving normally.
Any time a garage door does not glide easily in the tracks, it is time to do a bit of troubleshooting and repair. Sometimes, the problem is with an automatic garage door opener, and other times there is a problem with the tracks or the door itself. Here are a few tips on what to look for and how to take care of the problem.
Automatic Garage Door Opener Problems
If you have an automatic garage door opener, the problem could be a power issue, a frequency issue, a cable issue, or something blocking the electronic sensors. A power issue is the easiest to find and fix. The first thing to do is to check that the automatic garage door opener is still plugged in. If it is, go to the breaker box to make sure the breaker hasn't tripped off.
When you are sure the power is working, try the remote. If you haven't used the remote for a while, make sure the batteries are still good and replace them if necessary. If the remote still isn't working, you will need to reset the frequency. Get the manual to learn how to set the frequency so the remote is talking to the motor correctly.
If the garage door is still not working, the problem is probably a broken or misplace cable. Follow the cables to make sure they are intact and running through the pulleys. You should shut off the power to make any adjustments so the door does not come crashing down.
When the door starts to go down, but suddenly stops, there may be something blocking the electronic sensors. These are the two small pieces that send and receive a light beam across the door opening. If something is blocking the beam's transmission, the door will stop coming down and may even go back up. Make sure nothing is in the way of the beam and clean the sensors.
The tracks that the door travels need to be straight and clear for normal functioning. Over time, the weight of the door may pull on a track, causing it to move just a bit. This will prevent the wheels from gliding smoothly or may keep them from moving at all.
If your garage door has track problems, look for loose or missing screws in the track. If you find any, adjust the track and replace the screws so they hold the track in place.
If you continue to have problems or cannot find the source of your garage door issues, you need to call a professional. The problem could be with the springs or main cables. This is not something the average do-it-yourselfer should attempt on their own. The springs are under a lot of tension and could snap or fling back and cause serious damage or injury.
If you do not use your garage door frequently, you should check it regularly to make sure that it will work when you need it to. You do not want to try to open it only to find out that it will not. When you do use it all the time, keeping it in good working order will keep everyone safe. Contact us at Door Service Co. today for more information and help with your repairs.