If you have ever come home, trying to open up your garage door, and realized that it is not moving at all, this could be something as simple as your remote control having dead batteries, but it could be something worse. There are so many problems that can happen with both manual and automatic garage doors, it’s often better to leave repairs up to a professional. Here are the top problems associated with garage doors, how to fix them, and why it is obvious that a professional must almost always be used.
Common Garage Door Problems
Three of the most common problems that occur with garage doors include a door that will not open, gets stuck halfway up, or makes exceptionally loud noises. When a garage door gets stuck, it could be for a multitude of reasons including obstructions on the wheel track. This can be affected by weather conditions, such as it being too cold, and lubricant can usually fix things right away. However, it could be that the spring associated with the functionality of a door that goes up and down easily needs to be replaced. If you hear loud noises, this is also a problem where lubrication can be used, some form of grease, that can ensure that everything will function. WD-40 can also work, especially when applied to the main garage door tracks, and the chains which push and pull it up and down. Finally, if it is not moving at all, it could be that the springs are too loose, but it is more than likely broken cables, or in the case of an automated garage door, the electronic mechanism and motor are probably not working. By having a professional come out to look at the problem, assess the damage that may have occurred, they can get right on the job of fixing it so that it functions properly.
You can actually find several companies that specialize in garage door repair. They are able to assess the damage, tell you what needs to be fixed, and give you an estimate on the job. In a worse case scenario, the entire door and mechanism may need to be replaced. Either way, it is a job best left for those that do this every day, and have the experience and the proper tools to do the job right.