Homeowner’s Garage Door Troubleshooting Guide

Man troubleshooting garage door. Door is open and he is looking up with his hand raised toward the door, pulling a cord above his head.Your garage door is a vital part of your home, providing security and convenience. However, like any mechanical system, garage doors can experience issues from time to time.

These problems can range from minor inconveniences to potential safety hazards.

In this garage door troubleshooting guide, we’ll explore common issues homeowners may encounter and steps to identify their causes.

The Garage Door Isn’t Properly Opening or Closing

One of the most common problems homeowners have is when their garage door doesn’t open or close correctly. To troubleshoot this issue, follow these steps:

  • Check balance: Turn off the power supply and manually lift the door. If it doesn’t stay in place, there may be an underlying issue.
  • Sensor check: Ensure the sensors near the bottom of the door are unobstructed and aligned. Dirt or misalignment can prevent the door from closing.
  • Garage door opener: If the door still doesn’t operate properly, it could be an issue with the garage door opener. Inspect for any visible faults or unusual noises during operation.

The Garage Door Is Making Unusual Noises

Unusual noises from your garage door can indicate various underlying issues. Here are some common garage door noises and what they might mean:

  • Squeaking: This noise is often due to dry or worn-out rollers, hinges, or springs. Lubrication or replacement may be necessary.
  • Grinding: Grinding sounds can indicate an issue with the chain or belt mechanism. Tightening the loose belt or chain can correct this.
  • Vibrating: To eliminate vibrating sounds, tighten any loose nuts or bolts and lubricate the rollers.
  • Rattling: Loose hardware or bolts can create rattling noises. Tighten any loose components to eliminate the sound.

If you’ve checked for any loose connections and lubricated necessary parts and it hasn’t fixed the issue, call a professional to ensure your garage door’s proper functionality and safety.

Contact Balanced Garage Doors today at (770) 880-0376 to schedule same-day garage door repairs.

The Door Is Misaligned

A misaligned garage door can lead to various operational problems. To check for misalignment:

  • Rust check: Examine the tracks for rust or debris, which can disrupt smooth movement.
  • Limit settings: Verify that the open and close limit settings on your opener are correctly adjusted.
  • Obstructions: Ensure no objects are obstructing the door’s path.
  • Springs: If you suspect worn-out springs, it’s best to consult a professional to ensure your safety.

The Garage Door Opener Isn’t Working

If your garage door opener isn’t responding as it should, check and replace the remote control’s battery and ensure the signal reaches the opener without interference. Garage door openers typically have a life span of 15 to 20 years with the proper care. If yours is older, it may be time for a replacement.

Call Balanced Garage Doors today at (770) 880-0376 to schedule an evaluation of your garage door opener with an expert.

The Door Is Slow To Open

A garage door that operates slowly can be inconvenient and potentially problematic. To address this issue:

  • Inspect rollers: Check for worn or damaged rollers and replace them if necessary.
  • Track cleaning: Remove dirt and debris from the tracks to ensure smooth operation.
  • Lubrication: Regularly lubricate moving parts, such as hinges and rollers, to reduce friction.

Consider scheduling professional routine maintenance. It will help prevent future issues and extend the life of your garage door.

Schedule Garage Door Repairs With Balanced Garage Doors

When you encounter garage door problems, contact the experts at Balanced Garage Doors. We proudly offer five-star customer service, same-day solutions, and a one-year warranty.

We use quality parts and maintain fully stocked trucks to ensure efficient service with no service fees.

Ensure the safety and functionality of your garage door by scheduling your repair or maintenance when you call (770) 880-0376.

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