Troubleshooting Common Garage Door Problems
The average garage door is opened and closed multiple times a day. With such frequent use, it’s only natural that your garage door will experience wear and tear over time.
Here at JB Garage Doors, we’ve been in business for over 50 years and encounter numerous garage door issues on a day-to-day basis. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some of the most common garage door problems that we come across, so you know just what to do in the future.
Why is my garage door stuck?
All garage doors are made up of numerous moving parts, such as rollers, chains and springs. These components will face high levels of friction which, over time, can lead to accelerated wear and tear. If your garage door is stuck, this may be due to insufficient lubrication which has caused the door to grind to a halt.
Therefore, the problem is often solved by applying WD40 or a specialised garage door lubricant to the track and any moving components. Not only does this help your garage door move smoothly, but it can also minimise wear and allow quiet operation. You should incorporate frequent lubrication into your garage door maintenance routine.
Why is my garage door remote not working?
Whilst automatic garage doors are incredibly convenient, it can be frustrating if issues with your remote prevent you from accessing your garage. If your garage door remote isn’t working, the first thing you should do is change the batteries; whilst this may seem obvious, flat batteries are a common oversight and are often the cause of the problem.
Garage door sensors use infrared technology to detect signals from the remote control. Therefore, any obstacles blocking the sensor’s line of sight can disrupt this communication. Once you’ve confirmed there are no obstructions, you should gently wipe down the sensor. As garage door sensors are incredibly sensitive, any slight bit of dirt or condensation may impede its performance.
If none of these steps resolve the issue, it’s best to get a trusted garage door professional to take a look.
Why will my garage door not open/close?
If your garage door won’t open or close, this may be due to a variety of factors. Perhaps the most simple explanation is that there is an obstruction which is blocking your door from moving, so be sure to check along the tracks and in the immediate area. Once you’ve confirmed that the area is free of obstacles, you should then examine the track for any signs of damage or misalignment which are preventing smooth movement.
Garage door springs are an essential component and are responsible for supporting the weight of your garage door. If these springs have lost their tension or become worn or damaged, this may prevent your garage door from opening or closing. Replacing garage door springs is a complicated process that can be dangerous if not executed correctly. Therefore, it’s best to call in a trained technician to carry out the repair work for you.
Why is my garage door frozen shut?
Garage doors are constantly exposed to the elements and bear the brunt of the very worst British weather conditions. This means that it’s likely your garage door may experience more issues than usual in the winter, as the cold temperatures put a strain upon its mechanisms.
Both roller and sectional garage doors are made up of multiple panels. Should moisture collect between these slats and freeze, this can effectively glue them together and prevent them from moving smoothly. If this happens to your garage door, don’t attempt to fix the problem with hot water — this could further damage or crack the panels. Instead, use a suitable de-icing solution or thaw it with a source of warm air, such as a hairdryer.
You could also take preventative measures, such as insulating your garage door ahead of winter to reduce condensation and maintain a more stable garage temperature. It’s a good idea to contact a trusted garage door company to arrange a garage door service prior to the winter season; this will identify any issues with your garage door and ensure it is in the best possible condition to face adverse weather.
Why is my garage door making strange noises?
If your garage door is making unusual noises, it’s important not to ignore them as this is usually indicative of an underlying issue. Squeaking noises are often caused by components of the garage door grinding against each other as a result of friction — this can be solved by lubrication.
If parts of your garage door have become loosened and worn, this can also result in an unpleasant screeching sound. This may require tightening of the nuts and bolts, or some of the affected components may need to be replaced completely.
If you come across a problem with your garage door that you just can’t fix, get in touch with the team at JB Garage Doors today. Our experts provide a wide range of garage door maintenance and repair services to homes across Sevenoaks, Canterbury, Rochester and the wider Kent region, and we can restore your garage door to full working order in no time.