Reasons Why Garage Doors Malfunction
High-grade garage door installations don’t become damaged or malfunction easily. But in case any problem surfaces, it’s important that you call in experts like the ones at Professional Garage Door Services, Inc. to get it fixed without delay. Our expert technicians have handled almost all types of problems associated with garage doors.
While there may be some minor problems that you can fix yourself, it’s best to hire professionals for all types of garage door maintenance and repairs. However, it’s also important that you be aware of what has gone wrong with the door. Being well-informed comes in handy when you are discussing the problem with the garage door professionals and getting quotes for the job.
Main reasons for garage door problems
Sometimes, basic troubleshooting helps evaluate and identify the problems that exist. Here we discuss some of the most common reasons why your garage door won’t work:
The transmitter batteries are completely drained
If you are unable to open your garage door using the remote you would have to check whether the transmitter’s batteries have power. This system requires electrical power to function; if the batteries are old, the system won’t be able to send out a signal to open the door. The very first thing to do is to determine whether the transmitter that is located on the interior wall of your garage still opens the doors when you press the button. If it does, it’s very likely that the transmitter in your vehicle needs a battery replacement.
The photo eye has become misaligned
If your garage door isn’t opening up entirely, the photo-eye may be the problem. These devices are also referred to as safety sensors. The lenses can become covered with dirt over time, blocking the light beam. Sometimes they can also become misaligned, causing a mismatch in the eyes on either side.
Misalignment in the track
At times, a misaligned track can prevent the door from opening up all the way and this is quite a serious issue. Your door runs on a metal track that needs to be aligned perfectly to ensure it moves seamlessly. If you notice any gaps between the rail and the rollers, it means a problem exists. The door’s weight can add fuel to the fire, causing the problem to become even more aggravated. If you defer getting the door repaired, it can become very risky to operate the feature.
There is a problem with the transmitter
There are a number of things that can result in a problem with the transmitter such as:
- If you find that your garage door can’t be opened up with the remote the fault could lie with the transmission system. Before starting any major troubleshooting, check whether you are within the required range while operating the remote. If you are out of range, the system won’t pick up the signal from the remote, making you believe that it isn’t functioning.
- Check the range of the transmitter & garage door combo. If you are within the required range and the door still doesn’t open, conduct some further inspection.
- Ensure that the antenna that comes from the motor isn’t blocked and that it is hanging down as it should. The antenna needs to be in clear sight, in order to receive the signal for opening and closing the door.
There is an obstacle in the garage door’s path
Modern garage doors are equipped with a reverse mechanism that prevents them from crushing any objects that block their movement. If your door is only closing halfway to the ground or isn’t opening all the way, some object blocking its path is the common cause of it. Check if there are any toys or garbage cans on the ground causing this block. Sometimes, a buildup of debris on the track can prevent smooth movement of the rollers. Even if the door encounters a tiny object on the track, it will start a reverse movement in order to prevent it from becoming crushed.
The garage door springs are broken
If you find that the garage door just doesn’t budge or that it doesn’t open up all the way as it should, you will first need to check the transmitters. If you find that they still have power and are functioning correctly, the torsion springs in the system might be broken. Your garage door may have either one or two of these springs and if even either one is broken, the opener won’t be able to lift the door’s weight. In some cases, the door won’t open up at all. These torsion springs are a vital feature of your garage door’s operating system. They help hold tension and eliminate weight so that the cables are able to lift the doors easily.
The limit settings on the door haven’t been set correctly
Sometimes, you’ll notice that the door shuts as it should, but doesn’t stay that way. It instantly starts reversing instead of staying in the closed position. This particular issue may crop up with new garage door installations. Sometimes, older models also throw this problem if they haven’t been set correctly or if they need resetting. This is a simple fix and one that you would be able to handle yourself. If you aren’t sure how to reset the timers, feel free to call us and our experts will come and fix the problem for you.
The safety release or disconnect switch was enabled
When you hear the garage doors’ motor functioning for a standard full cycle it generally takes to close or open the door, but find that the door isn’t opening up entirely; it’s often the release cord or disconnect switch that has been enabled. All garage door openers come with these disconnect switches that can be used in the event of a power outage. This enables you to manually shut and open the door so that you aren’t trapped inside the garage till the power comes back on.
The door had been manually locked
If you are unable to open your garage door with the opener/manually, but the motor works for a short time and then shuts off, it’s possible that the door may have been closed manually earlier. The basic steps of checking the door for obstructions and examining the door springs for damage need to be followed as part of the troubleshooting steps. If these seem to be in order, check whether the door’s lock has been engaged. If the door is locked and its opener has also been engaged, this can cause significant damage to the door as well as the opener system.
The cables are broken
Your garage door has cables that work in tandem with the tension springs to help lower it very slowly and easily while it is being closed. If these cables break, you will notice that the door shuts very quickly, generally with a loud bang every time it hits the floor. This is a very dangerous situation as there are no cables supporting the door and preventing it from crushing anything obstructing its path.
Some additional tips for garage door repairs
- Check the metal tracks in the interior of the garage. Carefully examine the mounting brackets that connect the tracks to its surfaces. If you find that they are unfastened, stiffen the screws/bolts on the brackets.
- Inspect the length of the tracks for flat spots, dents or crimps. If you find any deteriorated spots, flatten them with a rubber mallet. You can also use a hammer and a block of scrap wood to flatten them.
- If you notice severe deterioration in the tracks, you’d have to replace them. This job is best left to specialists like us.
- Use a level to check the tracks, ensuring they are aligned correctly. The horizontal tracks would need to slant downwards slightly, in the direction of the back of your garage
- If you have full roll-up doors, the track’s vertical sections need to be exactly plumb. Both the tracks have to be at the same heights on the wall. If these are either loose or incorrectly aligned, take out the bolts/screws fitted to the mounting brackets. Just tap the tracks carefully into position. Use a level to check whether the tracks are leveled correctly. Tighten the bolts/screws at the mounting brackets.
- Clean the tracks thoroughly using a household cleaner, ensuring all the toughened grease and dirt is removed.
- Clean the rollers thoroughly, and wipe all the rollers and tracks dry.
- Check the spring load once and also that it is possible to lift the garage door manually.
- You should be able to operate the door manually with just a little resistance. If you are unable to manually operate it, it may have become imbalanced.
Its best to hire professionals for regular maintenance and repair of garage doors. We provide Aurora Garage Door Repair and if you want to know more about our services here at Professional Garage Door Services, Inc., don’t hesitate to contact us through our web form or call 630 554 3620.