If your garage door is out of whack, there are numerous reasons you might be having trouble. Some are simple, and others are problematic, but you need not fret. Let’s discuss the possibilities and solutions.

Easy Issues

Your transmitter batteries could be low. Perhaps all you have to do is replace them, and your garage door will open.

Does the garage door go down all the way, but then open again? Probably your garage door opener’s open-and-shut limit settings are failing. The settings instruct the garage door opener on how far it should move before it’s completely shut. If set too high, the door will touch the floor before the opener thinks it should, assuming the door is hitting something in its path. If that’s the case, it will reverse to stop from smashing it. Read your operator’s manual to see how to set the open-and-shut limits.

Does your garage door opener run several seconds, but then turn off? If the garage door won’t go, this can occur when the door is shut and the motor attempts to lift up the door, yet it still won’t move.

1. Inspect the springs.

2. Check the track for any obstacles.

3. See if your garage door is the kind with a built-in lock that’s engaging by accident. This often happens with an older garage door.

Does your garage door not shut? The photo eyes might be out of alignment. Your garage door has a photo eye on both sides, and between them is an invisible beam, which, when it’s broken, keeps the door from closing. Look closely to see whether they have become grimy or misaligned.

Does the garage door opener run, but the garage door still won’t budge? If there’s a power failure, your garage door opener comes with a disconnect switch, which allows you to open or shut the garage door by hand. This switch, typically on a rope or knob, can unintentionally come unhooked. Here’s what you can do:

1. Open or shut the garage door all the way.

2. Reattach the hook securely.

3. With the transmitter, try opening or shutting the door again. It should work this time.

What if your garage door randomly opens and shuts? If your garage door closes or opens by itself, even while you’re out, it’s a nuisance and a safety issue. But don’t worry:

1. Examine the transmitter. Make sure it’s not stuck under something that’s inadvertently pressing down on the control mechanism. For example, the transmitter could be underneath some item you forgot you left in your vehicle, or somewhere else nearby.

2. Test the frequency. It’s possible that your neighbor has your exact same frequency.

More Complex Issues

Your garage door track may be out of alignment. This is serious. The metal track of your garage door must remain properly aligned, or it won’t move. Are there any gaps between the rail and rollers, or bends in the rails? As time goes by, the garage door’s weight can compound these problems, so don’t procrastinate, since the door will soon become dangerous to operate. Now’s the time to hire a professional.

Does the garage door shut only part way, but open again? A garage door has a reversing mechanism to prevent it from crushing an object in its path. The reversing instruction can be activated by any objects on the ground blocking the door’s path ~ such as a garbage can, box, or bicycle. There might be a buildup of debris on the garage door tracks ~ a tiny object, grime, gum, and so on ~ stopping the rollers from moving forward. This is a real problem, requiring expert attention.

Does the garage door not go up at all? It’s likely your garage door spring needs attention. The garage door may have one or two torsion springs, and one or both could be broken. The door will begin to fail, or just not open. Professional attention is required.

What if your garage door slams quickly with a bang? The tension spring, which counters the garage door’s weight, is probably broken. Another possibility is that the cables connected to the tension spring are damaged or broken. Either is dangerous. Call a garage door technician.

Tips for Preventing Future Issues

DO NOT ATTEMPT to adjust your own garage door! If incorrectly operated, a garage door spring can actually cause severe injury, and even death. The drums, bottom brackets, and cables may also need adjusting. It’s time to find a dependable local garage door repair service company. If you’re in Carrolton, Georgia, consider hiring a trustworthy staff mobile garage door repair technician at Carrolton Garage Pros.

Schedule an annual inspection with a reliable local garage door repair service. Springs, wires, cables, and pulleys require professional attention.

At least every two years, clean your garage door to prolong its life.

1. Wash both sides with a sponge and mild dish soap and water. Rinse it well with clean water.

2. Cleanse the garage door opener sensor eyes with a dry, fresh cloth.

3. Keep the area around the sensors free of cobwebs and grime.

4. If your garage door is steel, apply car wax for cold-weather protection.

5. For a wooden garage door, if there are signs of chipping or peeling, apply a new coat of paint.

Stick to a routine garage door maintenance schedule to make your garage door last longer. Especially if you use your garage as a shop, office, or game room, you’ll really want to keep it in tiptop condition. Keep the garage door rollers, hinges, and springs lubricated ~ at least once per year, before winter comes. Choose a top name brand, so it won’t dry out. With no lubrication, eventually the springs will rust and the coils will bind. A light coating is all you’ll need.

Once each month, inspect the garage door system’s components.

1. Tighten loose bolts.

2. Replace worn parts.

3. If you hear any odd noises when your garage door shuts and opens, investigate right away.

Garage door maintenance is fairly effortless. The little time you need to spend keeping your garage door in excellent shape is worth it. You won’t have to replace it for a good number of years.