Common Garage Door Problems & How To Fix Them

Here at Dimension Garage Doors, we want to make sure that our blog is providing all garage door owners with useful information, and also solutions to the commonplace problems that plague garage doors. When you come home from work, the last thing you need is your garage door playing up. But not to worry – whether your garage door is making some funny noises or simply isn’t opening at all, there is usually a quick fix.

So, this month, we will be addressing those commonplace problems and providing solutions, too.

My garage door opens slower than it used to

With this one, it can be quite difficult to call. It could be an age issue; all mechanisms will eventually wear out over time. If your garage door is still in its infancy, however, then it could be a problem with the alignment of the tracks. If this is the case, the fact that your garage door is still operating at all means that the problem isn’t too severe.

In order to tell, listen out for rubbing noises at particular spots during your garage door’s opening/closing cycle. If this coincides with your garage door’s reduction in speed, then this is more than likely a track problem. To realign it, simply loosen the screws that hold the track in place, then tap the track with a rubber mallet back into its aligned position and tighten the screws securely.

My garage door closes with a bang

If your garage door emits a bang or a thud during its opening/closing cycle, then the chances are that one or more of the springs is broken. Another possibility, however, is that one of the lifting cables is either broken or on the way out.

There’s only one way to find out: perform a visual check. If either of the aforementioned components are indeed broken, then the best thing to do is simply call a garage door technician as quickly as possible.

My garage door doesn’t always open

Although this problem could be linked to numerous causes, there is an overwhelming chance that it’s because the batteries in your garage door opener are dying. Dying batteries can cause garage door openers to be even more temperamental than usual, so make sure you change the batteries over before considering other options.

My garage door has come off its tracks

Now, if your garage door has come off its tracks completely, that is, if the metal bracket at the end of the tracks has come loose or bolts have come unscrewed, then this is a little more serious.

It can be tempting to try and fix this yourself, but we would counsel against this – especially if the door is now on the garage floor! Instead, we recommend calling a garage door technician, they will have the resources and the knowledge to deal with your problem swiftly.

Have you been experiencing problems with your garage door recently? Dimension Garage Doors have been repairing and replacing automated and manual garage doors throughout the North West of England for over 20 years. What’s more, our comprehensive range of garage doors For more information on services including maintenance, repairs, supplying and installing of garage doors, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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