Common Garage Door Repairs
Since a garage door has so many working parts, many different issues can arise. Here are five of the most common garage door problems home and business owners experience, as well as how you can solve them.
1. Garage Door Opener Won’t Work
An automatic garage door opener was once a luxury but is now found on almost every garage door. There is a tremendous amount of value in the safety and convenience that garage door openers offer — except when they don’t work.
If you press your garage door remote and nothing happens, first, determine if the problem is the remote or the opener. If the door works when you press the wall switch, you have a remote issue. It could be as simple as changing the batteries, so try that first. If that doesn’t work, you may have to replace the remote.
If the automatic garage door opener doesn’t kick in even when you use the wall switch, you still want to determine whether or not the opener system is the problem. Disable the opener and try to open the door manually. If you can lift the door manually, you do indeed have a problem with your automatic garage door opener. Fortunately, idc-Automatic’s garage door repair service in Minneapolis and St. Paul deals with garage door opener issues, and we can repair or replace your unit as necessary.
If you cannot open the door manually with the opener disabled, the issue is probably not with your opener, and you should look for a different cause of the problem.
2. Garage Door Won’t Open or Close
A garage door that won’t open or close, or is stuck halfway, is one of the most common reasons people call for residential garage door repair in Minneapolis. If you are having this problem, you should call for garage door repair right away, as this can be a serious safety and security issue.
If your door is stuck open or half-open, it can be a safety issue because the door could drop unexpectedly with someone or something underneath it. If your door is stuck closed, it blocks off one method of getting out of your house in case of an emergency. A door stuck open or half open is also a security issue for the opposite reason, in that it allows potentially unwanted intruders a point of access to your house. The sooner you can get this issue resolved, the better.
The most common cause of a stuck door like this is one or two broken torsion or extension springs. Fortunately, this is a common garage door repair we can handle. Twin City area Residents should call idc-Automatic, and we’ll be at your home as soon as possible with replacement springs.
3. Garage Door Misaligned or Unbalanced
If your door comes down too quickly, goes up too quickly or appears off-kilter, you may have an alignment or balance problem. When you lift your garage door halfway with the opener disengaged and then release it, it should hang just about where you let go of it. If it drops to the floor or flies up into the roof, you need to adjust the balance. You do this by altering the tension of the torsion springs. For safety’s sake, it is best to let the garage door repair professionals at idc-Automatic make these adjustments for you.
Another alignment issue you may need to address is your photo-eye sensor alignment. If you have an automatic garage door opener system, you also have sensors on either side of your door to make sure the door does not come down with something or someone underneath it. If anything breaks the line of sight between the two sensors while the door is going down, the door will stop and reverse itself.
If your door is not coming down or is immediately going back up, your sensors may be misaligned. Fixing this may simply be a matter of cleaning off and adjusting the sensors so that they can “see” each other.
4. Garage Door Off Track
Your overhead roll-up garage door works by utilizing small wheels called rollers that glide up a track when your opener’s drive system pulls the door up or down. If the door is not going up or down, it may be because the wheels have jumped the track. With the automatic opener disengaged, it may be possible to clear any debris off the track and pop the rollers back into place. If you encounter any serious resistance, however, you should contact idc-Automatic to get your door back on track for your safety.
5. Dented or Broken Garage Door Panel
Broken garage door panels can happen for any number of reasons, including being hit by a ball, your car, another vehicle or wind-blown debris. Broken panels don’t necessarily affect the operation of your garage door, although they can if the broken panel is too misshapen. However, broken panels are unsightly and may create other hazards, so it is best to replace them as soon as possible. We have the inventory to replace panels for most major garage door brands.