Three Common Garage Door Problems

Three common garage door problems serve to remind property owners how much they rely upon the convenience of their garage doors.

In some cases, fixing the problem is as simple as replacing batteries. However, a complex issue can pose significant risk to homeowners who try to fix the problem themselves despite possessing little experience with garage doors. In these instances, make sure the repairs are completed correctly and safely – hire a garage door specialist such as GDI Door.

Here are three common garage door problems and how to fix them:

  • Remote control doesn’t work. You pull into your driveway, click the remote, and nothing happens. A few more frustrating clicks later and it’s clear your remote control is on the fritz. If replacing the remote’s battery, the first option, doesn’t fix the problem, try reprogramming it. The owner’s manual or online references describe reprogramming as a simple, two-step process.
  • Wall button fails to close the door. Faulty sensors could be the reason your door reverses itself after you press the wall button to close it. The sensors are on both sides of the foot of the door. If the LED lights are visible, not blocked by an object, and aligned correctly, contact a professional. A malfunctioning circuit board could be the cause of the problem.
  • Malfunctioning door. Pulleys located at the top of the garage door wear down after repeated use. Replacing worn pulleys may be the solution to a garage door that stalls as it opens or closes. A broken torsion spring, located above the door inside the garage, causes doors to close after opening about halfway. A handy person may be able to install new pulleys, but replacing the torsion spring is not a DIY project.

Rely On a Pro to Fix Your Garage Door

GDI Garage Door suggests turning the job of fixing your garage door over to a professional for several reasons:

  • Working with springs can be dangerous. Garage door openers include two types of springs: torsion and extension. Both types of springs are tightly wound. They can suddenly snap and injure anyone trying to install or remove them without taking the proper precautions. Also, garage doors with broken opener springs may slam shut, causing injuries.
  • You could worsen the situation. A person unfamiliar with the workings of garage door openers may make costly mistakes when trying to make repairs. A pro who understand how various door parts work as a unit can fix the door right the first time, saving time and money.
  • Repairs often require special tools. A pro has the precise tools needed to repair garage door openers, while many do-it-yourselfers do not.

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