A little amount of time for garage door troubleshooting can help you in the long run in maintaining your door’s structure and its functionality. Because of the number of times the garage door is opened and closed throughout the day, the garage door cost and the annual maintenance is quite common. Although you will find a number of repair and maintenance tasks that you cannot handle on your own, there are quite a few common issues that you can resolve by yourself. Try and identify the issues as soon as possible and fix them because the less damage will help you cut down the maintenance cost in the future.
Here in this article are some of the most common garage door issues which are easy to repair and need no fuss repairing.
- Garage door opener not working
This is one of the most common problems that everyone is facing with their garage doors and this can be easily fixed. Chain or drive screw operated type of garage door openers that are not opening properly will need some kind of lubricant oil to reduce the friction. Try and apply a generous amount of silicone-based oil lubricant or any kind of garage doors sprays lube to the garage opener’s full length and make sure to wipe off the excess fluid. This can help you to cut down garage door repair costs.
- The annoying and grinding noise
Any type of loose hardware, shabby old parts or squeaky rough sections, all these are common problems with simple solutions. Generally, the noise coming out from your garage door means that it lacks lubrication. If you notice any kind of unusual noises at regular intervals while opening the garage door, try and apply the lubricant directly on the squeaky part.
- Cracks or gaps
One of the most common and irritating problems of wooden garage doors are the cracks. These cracks and gaps keep on increasing if you do not take proper steps in time. To keep the cracks from worsening, get a waterproof filler or a sealant to seal away the cracks.
- Broken or cracked weather sealant
A weather sealant coating is an important part of your household and garage as it keeps the water out, seals all the air leaks and greatly reduces the street noise. If you notice that your weather seal has been broken or you notice any kind of cracks and seams, you may need to replace it. Totally remove the old weather sealant and get a new one. Any kind of weather sealant is easily available at any of your hardware or for home improvement stores.
- The garage door open a bit and closes immediately
When this thing happens, it is very likely that the springs that are attached at the top of the door need to be replaced. If you have already replaced the garage doors springs within the last few years, you may only need to only replace the broken ones. To try and save on garage door costs, it is recommended that you replace each and every spring at the same time because replacing only the broken ones separately can double the cost of the garage door repair.
- The door closes and immediately opens
If this is the case, there is definitely an issue with the alignment of your garage doors photo-eye. Photo eyes are small plastic devices that basically serves as the safety feature and are located on both the sides of the garage door. To confirm whether the photo eyes are working properly or not, look for a flashing green light on the remote device. Otherwise, try to check whether there is any sort of the debris or another particle in the front part of the photo eyes. After confirming that all the photo eyes are not misaligned, you then need to measure all the way up to the centre of one photo eye. Finally, adjust both the photo eyes on both sides.
- The garage door doesn’t seal or close all the way to the bottom
The best solution of this is the application of pipe insulation and securing it to the part of the door that does not seal properly. Also, remember to properly clear any form of dust particles on the mechanical parts.