The Most Common Problems Encountered with Residential Garage Doors

Residential Garage Doors

Residential garage doors are a very useful part of your home. You can access your home even in inclement weather and be safer than you would be if you needed to get out of your car to navigate the doors yourself. However, sometimes they malfunction and can leave you wondering what the problem is. Here are the most common problems encountered with residential garage doors:

  • The garage doors open or close on their own — This can leave you feeling very unsettled thinking you have someone nearby with your opener code or maybe even have a frightful ghostly presence. Chances are it is neither of this situations and more likely a case of dirt causing the button on the remote to be stuck. Clean the button with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. If it continues to occur, call for service.
  • Your residential garage doors only open part way –This is usually a sign that the tension has been compromised in the springs or the opener’s motor or gears are worn out.
  • The door won’t open at all — Try both the interior control and the remote control. If neither works, the problem is likely the opener or the power to it is compromised in some way. If it makes noise but doesn’t operate, it is not a power issue and a garage repair professional will be needed.
  • The door won’t close — If your residential garage doors attempt to close but then stop and go back up, there is likely something being sensed by the safety sensor or the sensor has gone bad or is out of alignment. If the door won’t engage at all, it is likely an opener issue.

In most of these cases, it is best to call a professional to assess and correct the problem. Residential garage doors are heavy and if you make a wrong move, you could endanger a person or your vehicle. For more information, give us a call today!

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