As professionals who have been in the garage door industry for over a decade, we know that some garage door issues are more prevalent than others. While the garage door makes life easier and more secure, it is still a mechanical device, and like everything mechanical, it isn’t perfect.
In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common garage door issues that homeowners encounter. The list of issues is based on our experience answering calls from clients who want to get their garage door repaired.
Worn or Broken Springs
The torsion spring is a true workhorse in the garage door system. It is responsible for lifting and lowering the garage door safely. However, depending on the type of garage door, it could weigh somewhere around 500 lbs. The load born by the springs means that they need to be strong and bear all that tension for an extended time. Since the springs are under a tremendous amount of load or stress, they tend to become weak over time when opening and closing the garage door.
When the springs become weak or snap, it’s time to Call Garage Doors Spring Repair Professionals like us. Do not attempt a DIY spring repair.
The majority of garage door openers available today use a system of cables to transfer the force from the opener mechanism to the door. However, even though these cables are made from steel, they will wear out and get damaged, eventually leading to them breaking. When the cable(s) break it’s noticeable since the garage door starts sagging when closing or opening.
Broken cables may also mean that the garage door does not remain open, which is a safety hazard. That’s why you’ll want to Call a Team Of Experts To Fix it Right Away.
Worn Out Rollers
Garage doors that roll over into the overhead position use wheels or rollers that guide them on the right track. The rollers will wear out over time and then start to freeze up. When you notice that opening or closing The Garage Door is Noticeably Jerky, it is off track. If not fixed in time, the garage door will fail to close or open when you least expect it.
The garage door will start behaving oddly, like closing halfway and then opening. Also, it may close indiscriminately; this is happening because of the optical eye sensors. The sensors are positioned near the door and work as a safety mechanism preventing something from getting in the way of the door when it closes.
When the optical sensors are not aligned properly or require calibration, they send a false signal to the garage door opener, indicating that something is blocking its path. Sometimes the limiter built into the garage door may also be faulty. Fortunately, these issues can be fixed by a professional garage door repair company. At times the sensor will have to be Replaced or Realigned.