Common Garage Door Problems and Solutions

To many Houstonians, their garage door is an essential part of their home. Many homeowners use their garage door as the front door and entrance into their home. So when you find you can’t get the garage door to open or close as it should, it can be frustrating and a hindrance to your daily life. If your garage door will not close, that could also pose a home security risk. If that has happened to you, don’t panic. Here are some common garage door problems and solutions.

Common Garage Door Problems – Openers

Your Garage Door Safety Sensors Are Not Working Properly.

If your garage door seems to be stuck open, one reason could be your safety sensor. Garage doors have a safety sensor on both the left and right sides, and they are usually designed with a special lighting sensor. When you are closing your garage door, if the sensors show some blinking lights, it means that it is sending the wrong signal to the opener about the alignment. In order to fix the issue, you can simply push against the metal bracket, and when the lights come back to solid, the opener should work accurately. Also, with this being Houston, and since we have a huge dust and pollen problem as well as humidity, these things may settle on the sensor due to the wind. In this case, you may need to clean the sensor to prevent the issue.

Lack of Power to Motor.

One of the more common reasons your garage door has stopped working is the lack of power to the garage door motor. Check to make sure your operator is plugged in and there is no damage to the cord. You may also want to check to make sure the breaker the garage door opener is on has not tripped. If your garage door opener does not have a built-in battery backup, it would be a good idea to get a battery backup.

Damage Due to Power Surge.

The Houston area has a history of strong storms. An unexpected power surge due to a storm could cause a surge to a shared power grid. This can sometimes cause garage door openers to malfunction and cause the issue of unexpected opening and closing. If you do not have your garage door opener on a surge protector, this could cause damage to the circuit board or the opener. This power surge possibility is another good reason to look into battery backups for your garage door opener.

Garage Door Not Responding to Remote

Check the batteries in the remote. Replace them if necessary. Also, ensure that the remote is within the proper range and pointing directly at the opener when pressing the buttons. If the problem persists, reprogram the remote according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Garage Door Not Opening or Closing Fully

This could be due to misalignment of the safety sensors. Make sure they are properly aligned and clean from any dust or debris. Look for any obstructions in the path of the door that might be preventing it from closing or opening completely. Additionally, adjust the open and close limit settings on the opener unit as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Garage Door Reverses After Hitting the Floor:

This issue might be caused by an obstruction or debris on the floor near the door. Clear the area and check the bottom of the door for any objects that might be triggering the safety sensors. Also, examine the sensor alignment and make necessary adjustments.

Garage Door Motor Running, but Door Not Moving

If you hear the motor running but the door is not moving, the drive gear or sprocket might be worn out. Inspect these components and replace them if necessary. It’s best to consult the manufacturer’s manual or seek professional help for this task.

Garage Door Making Excessive Noise

Lubricate all moving parts of the garage door opener, including rollers, tracks, hinges, and the chain or belt. Tighten any loose nuts and bolts that might be causing vibrations and noise. If the problem persists, consider upgrading to a quieter model or consult a professional for further inspection.

Garage Door Opener Remote Interference

Other electronic devices or nearby frequencies might be interfering with the garage door opener remote signal. Try reprogramming the remote to a different frequency or install a signal booster to improve the range and reduce interference.

Garage Door Opener Motor Overheating

Check for obstructions that might be straining the door motor. Ensure that the motor is properly ventilated and not covered with debris. If the motor continues to overheat, it may be a sign of a more significant problem, and you should seek professional assistance.

Your Garage Door Opener Has Worn Out.

Though we would love for things to last forever, after about 10 to 15 years, a garage door opener just might give out. In this case, it might be best to just replace the garage door opener due to advancements in garage door technology that allows for features like garage door monitoring, and a quieter opener.

Common Garage Door Problems – Hardware

Your Garage Door Tracks Are Bent or Misaligned.

If your garage door movement is not aligned and has gotten stuck, it could possibly be that your garage door track has gotten bent or misaligned. If one of them is slanted towards the garage door, causing a hindrance to the normal operation, this issue can be adjusted with the help of a screwdriver and wrench.

You Have Rusty Rollers.

If your garage door stops before touching the ground, it could be that your rollers are rusted and need to be changed. Rusted rollers create friction, which can trick the garage door and makes it believe that the door has reached the ground before it touches it.

Malfunctioning Door Hinges

Hinges allow the door sections to move smoothly during operation. If they are damaged or worn, the door may bind or become misaligned. Inspect the hinges for signs of damage or wear. If you notice any issues, replace them with appropriate replacement hinges.

Worn Cables

Garage door cables can wear out over time and may eventually snap, causing the door to become unstable and unsafe. If you notice frayed or worn cables, contact a professional technician to replace them promptly. Avoid attempting to replace cables yourself, as it requires specialized knowledge and tools.

You Have a Heavy Garage Door.

Your garage door, especially if it’s a wooden door, can get swollen and heavier over time. It is possible that it has tried to close too hard for the sensors, causing the door to go back up. This could also cause the springs to wear out sooner.

Your Garage Door Springs May Have Given Out.

As just mentioned, it is possible that a heavy door, rust, or even just time may have done your garage door springs in. Your garage door springs are designed to counterbalance the weight of the door making the door almost weightless for both manual and opener operation. If the spring(s) is broken the door will become extremely heavy and difficult to open. This can lead to garage door opener motor damage as well.

Houston Garage Door Repair.

If you live in the Houston area and your garage door is not working, it could be one of these common problems. Now, truthfully you could try to chase down what is causing the problem and fix it yourself. However, that can take time and comes with the risk of making costly mistakes. Spectrum Overhead Door has been repairing garage doors in Houston since 2006 with award-winning service. We believe in fast, friendly service and reasonable pricing. Call for a free quote at 281-748-9542  or if you live in East Houston 713-557-3407.

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1 Comment

  1. Clare Martin

    Thank you for informing us that garage doors have safety sensors on both left and right, and if we see the sensors blinking lights, this usually indicates that they are sending the wrong signal to the opener about the alignment of the door. This seems to be the case with my garage door at home since I noticed the blinking lights after I got home from work yesterday. I’ll take note of this and get a garage door specialist to do the repairs soon once I find one to hire here in Pulaski County.


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