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Many people want to save time and money by diagnosing and fixing their garage door issues on their own. There are a few garage door issues that you can fix yourself, but in many cases, it is best to call a garage door professional. Here are 4 common garage door issues.
The transmitter won’t open or close garage doors. Chances are the batteries have gone dead. If the transmitter batteries are dead, no signal is being sent to the garage door telling it to open or close. This is a pretty simple fix. Just replace the batteries in your transmitter. If you replace the batteries and your transmitter still won’t open or close the garage door, you need to call a professional.
A garage door opens normally but won’t close. There could be something in the path of the door or problems with the Photo-eye. There are two photo eyes, one on each side of the entrance to the garage, which sends a beam to each other that registers whether anything is in the path of the garage door path when it closes. If nothing is in the path of the garage door, the photo eyes could be dirty. You can carefully wipe off the photo-eye with a cloth and glass cleaner. After you have cleaned the photo eye, if the garage door still will not close, you may need to inspect the alignment of the photo eyes. They should point in the same direction at the same angle. Use a level to check the alignment by measuring the distance of each photo-eye from the ground. If the garage door still won’t close, you need to call a professional.
You hear a rubbing noise when the garage door hits certain points on the track. There is a good chance that your garage door is out of alignment. The metal track that your garage door runs on needs needs to be smooth and bend free. A Track that is out of alignment may make it impossible to open or close the door or make it dangerous to operate. It is generally not a good idea to try to align the garage door track yourself. A garage door professional will have all of the tools that are necessary to get your door back on alignment or install a new garage door track.
You hear a loud bang inside the garage and the garage doors won’t open. You may have a broken spring. The torsion springs on the garage door are what does the job of lifting the door. If the spring is broken, the weight of the door will prevent it from lifting. Don’t try to force the door open, as broken springs can be dangerous. A garage door professional will need to come and inspect the door and replace the broken springs.
Often times, you may not know what the problem is. A garage door professional can help you diagnose your garage door issues and provide repairs or garage door replacement.