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Garage Door Troubleshooting: Four Common Issues



When it comes to troubleshooting garage door issues, there are several common problems that homeowners may encounter. Here are four of the most common garage door issues and some possible solutions:


1) The garage door won't open or close:

  • Check the power source: Ensure that the garage door opener is properly plugged in and receiving power.

  • Remote or wall switch malfunction: Test the remote control and wall switch by replacing the batteries or checking the wiring connections.

  • Safety sensor misalignment: Make sure the safety sensors located near the bottom of the door on each side are properly aligned and not blocked by any obstructions.

  • Broken springs or cables: Inspect the springs and cables for any signs of damage or breakage. If you notice any issues, it's best to call a professional for repair or replacement.

2) The garage door opens but won't close:

  • Check the safety sensors: Ensure that the sensors are aligned properly and there is nothing blocking their path. Sometimes, dust or debris can interrupt the sensor's beam, preventing the door from closing.

  • Limit switch adjustment: The limit switch determines how far the door opens and closes. If the switch is set incorrectly, it may prevent the door from closing fully. Consult your garage door opener's manual for instructions on adjusting the limit switch.

3) The garage door is noisy:

  • Lubrication: Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the hinges, rollers, and tracks. This can help reduce friction and noise caused by metal parts rubbing against each other.

  • Loose hardware: Tighten any loose bolts, nuts, or screws on the door and tracks. Be cautious not to overtighten them, as it can cause further damage.

4) The garage door is uneven or crooked:

  • Track misalignment: Inspect the tracks on both sides of the door to ensure they are properly aligned. If there are any gaps or bends, loosen the mounting bolts and gently tap the tracks back into position. Then, tighten the bolts again.

  • Torsion spring issues: If your garage door has torsion springs, they may need adjustment or replacement. Torsion springs are under high tension and should only be adjusted by trained professionals.


Remember, if you are unsure about how to handle a garage door issue or if the problem persists, it is always recommended to contact a professional garage door technician like us at 1st Choice Doors for assistance. They have the expertise and tools to diagnose and resolve more complex problems safely.

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