Garage Doors Blues: 3 Common Problems

Posted on: 11 July 2017

Garage doors help to protect your vehicle, your tools and any other important items from damage or theft. However, garage doors will not last forever. Because your garage door may be opened and closed multiple times a day, it can suffer a lot of wear and tear. Below is a guide to some common problems which may occur as your garage door ages.  

Stuck doors

If your garage door becomes stuck and will not open or close, this can present real problems. If the door is stuck shut, you will not be able to drive your vehicle in or out of the garage. If the door is stuck in the open position, any valuable items stored in your garage will be at risk of theft. A common cause of a stuck garage door is a faulty sensor. Most modern garage doors are fitted with a sensor which checks that nothing is obstructing the door before it opens. If this sensor is malfunctioning, it may be sending a false signal to your door and holding it in place. The best solution is to contact a garage door specialist, so they can inspect the door and sensor.

Fast falling doors

A garage door which closes at great speed can present a real danger to anyone nearby when the garage door is in operation and could result in a serious injury or extensive damage to items stored in the garage. Garage doors which have started to fall closed quickly are often affected by broken chains or cables. These chains and cables are under a great deal of tension and can be deadly if they suddenly snap. Therefore, you should never attempt to repair the cables or chains which suspend the garage door yourself. You should always call in a professional contractor.

Strange noises

When your garage door is operating as it should, it should be relatively quiet. If you notice that your garage door is suddenly making strange noises, this is a classic sign that something is wrong and it should not be ignored. Strange noises are often a result of the friction created when moving parts of the garage door rub up against one another and are often a result of inadequate lubrication or a build up of grime on the tracks and runners. If strange noises persist once you have cleaned and lubricated the tracks, you should call in a garage door servicing company.