Troubleshooting Tips For Garage Doors

Garage doors that do not properly function are not just a nuisance. They can also be a safety concern. If your garage doors are not operating as they should, here are some of the most common problems and tips for resolving them. 

Garage Door Does Not Close

If the garage door opens, but does not close, the photo eyes could be at fault. The photo eyes are sensors that are installed on both sides of your garage door. The eyes help to detect whether or not there are any objects under the door and prevents the closing if there is.  

Whenever the eyes are dirty or misaligned, the garage door will not close. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe the eyes clean. If the door still does not close, check the alignment. If the eyes seem to be misaligned, slowly move them until they are lined up.  

The Door Is Making Unusual Noises

All garage doors make some level of noise. However, when the door is unusually noisy, it could be a sign that maintenance is needed. One of the most common causes of a noisy door is a lack of lubrication. 

The garage door has a number of components that need to be regularly lubricated. When the components are not properly lubricated, they can grind against each other and create loud noises. A simple solution is to apply a thin coat of silicone spray to the door.  

Remote Does Not Work But Wall Switch Does

Even though the wall switch can open and close your garage door, it can be inconvenient to use it. However, if the garage door opener is not working, you have no choice. Fortunately, when the garage door opener is not functioning, the solution can be as simple as changing out the batteries.  

If the garage door opener continues to not work, you might need a new garage door opener. Look for an opener that is designed to work with your particular door. If you buy an universal remote, ensure that it specifically states that it will function with your door. If not, it might not function with your door's receiver. In the event that you cannot find an universal remote that works, you might have to replace the receiver anyway. 

A garage door professional can assess your door and help identify the source of any other problems with your door. Consult with a professional (like Plano Overhead Garage Door) as soon as possible to avoid leaving your home vulnerable to outside elements.