3 Common Garage Door Issues (and How to Get Them Fixed)

3 Common Garage Door Issues (and How to Get Them Fixed)

The average homeowner uses their garage door countless times throughout the day. If you’re like most people, you may not even think about your garage door until it starts to have issues. 

Usually, you’ll need to reach out to a professional to get the problem resolved and have peace of mind. We’ll discuss some of the most common garage door issues you may want to look out for in this post.

Your Garage Door Is Making Loud Noises

If you notice loud grinding or squeaking while opening or closing your garage door, one of two things could be causing it to malfunction. First, the problem could be coming from the torsion or extension springs; if those are defective, it could be causing loud noises. 

The other issue could be the garage door lift cables. These cables are essential to raise and lower the heavy garage door. If they are worn out, you should get them replaced with new ones as soon as possible.

Your Garage Door Is Not Closing or Opening All the Way

If your garage door isn’t fully opening or closing, the most probable reason is a misalignment of the photocells. Garage door photocells monitor an unbroken beam of light to allow the door opener system to close safely. 

If any object or person interrupts the beam, the motor will reopen the door to avoid accidents. This process is pretty much the same kind of safety feature used for elevator doors.

Most of the time, it is relatively easy to get this issue resolved by realigning the photocells and clearing up the space between them. If the beam of light passes with no interruption and you are still having trouble, the problem may be more complicated than that. 

In that case, you should reach out to a professional to check for other underlying issues.

Your Garage Door Is Not Moving at All

When your garage door stops moving, the first thing you may want to do is check the batteries in the opener remote and make sure they still have a charge. If replacing the batteries doesn’t solve the problem, it’s likely because the issue is coming from the garage door opener unit. 

You may have accidentally disconnected it from the power supply altogether, or its receptors may no longer be getting the signals sent by the remote to open and close the door. Again, we highly recommend reaching out to a professional to diagnose and fix the problem.

Keep in mind that trying to perform a garage door repair yourself without the proper knowledge and skills could end up causing more harm than good. 

​​At Larry Myers Garage Doors, we respond to service requests as fast as possible. You can count on us to deliver outstanding work at a reasonable price. If you encounter any issues with your garage door, give us a call!