Your garage provides shelter for an expensive possession—your car. Recurring issues with the garage door are not only frustrating; they could be triggering potential safety hazards. Understanding the mechanics of the garage door and knowing when it’s time to call in a professional for that garage door repair may make the situation a little less frustrating.
We’ve created a list of the most common garage door issues reported by homeowners. Some solutions are do-it-yourself projects, but others may require professional repair due to safety concerns.
Although it may sound like an obvious issue, it’s the one that is most often overlooked. If the batteries are dead in the garage door opener, it will obviously prevent the garage door from performing its tasks. Check the battery in the wall transmitter as well.
Dirty Photo Eye
Sometimes the photo eyes—also known as safety eyes—get dirty and prevent the garage door from closing. These essential sensors are generally located on either side of the garage door frame, about 3-4 inches from the ground. Sometimes the remedy is as easy as performing a gentle cleaning, using a mild cleanser and a soft cloth so as not to scratch the lens. Or it may be that the photo eyes are out of alignment. The photo eyes should be of equal distance from the ground, pointing straight across at each other, and are an important safety feature in garage door operation. Regular maintenance is important. If cleaning or aligning doesn’t resolve the issue, call in a professional.
The springs are what allow the heavy lifting and opening of the garage door. Generally, there are one or two springs, and after repeated openings and closings, the metal becomes fatigued and breaks. The Georgia climate can also be a factor and contribute to spring damage. If a spring is broken, this is not a do-it-yourself project. Springs can be very dangerous to work with. It’s a safety issue, so it’s best to call in a professional.
Another serious issue occurs when the track is out of alignment. The track allows the door to move, and if gaps exist between the roller and the rail, or there are visible bends in the rail, call in a garage repair technician as soon as possible. The weight of the garage door on a damaged track increases the damage over time, causing serious safety issues.
A heavy cable runs through the garage door springs and prevents recoil. This is another safety option that is important for garage door operation. Although they are very strong, cables are also flexible, allowing for the repeated mechanics of the pulley system which operates the garage door. If the cable breaks, it obviously need to be replaced. However, if not broken, check the cable for fraying or kinks and have it replaced if needed. A broken cable can also cause springs to snap, which can cause severe property damage or serious injury to anyone in the area.
When it comes to garage doors, safety should always be considered a priority. To ensure dependable operation, it’s important to have a garage door inspected by a professional if there are any recurring issues, even if they are intermittent ones.