If you’re having problems with your garage door, don’t worry! Most of the time the part that’s causing the problem can easily be repaired by our professional team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair. This guide will help you see what problems can be resolved with repairs and when you need to replace your opener.
Problems with the Safety Sensors
Many problems we see come from the sensor eyes not being aligned. Your sensor eyes are on either side of the base of your door about 6 inches off the ground. It’s easy for them to get bumped as you use your garage. Some common issues when you’re sensors are not aligned include:
- Garage door starts to close but then quickly reverses
- Opener light just blinks when you try to operate your garage door
- Opener motor sounds like it’s running but your door doesn’t move
If you have any of these issues then make sure there’s nothing in the path of your garage door. Also, use a soft towel to clean your sensor eyes and make sure they’re aligned.
Problems with Garage Door Springs
The springs provide the lifting energy for your garage door. When the door closes, the springs tightly coil and provide the energy to lift your door. If one of your springs is broken then your door will start to open but then close again.
You can check to see if your springs are broken by checking the bar that runs across the top of your door. If the large black spring is in two pieces, then it will need to be replaced. You can also have extension springs that run parallel to the ceiling on either side of your door. You can visually see the damage in one or both springs.
Problems with the Force Controls
Sometimes the force that your garage door closes with gets out of whack. You’ll know this is the problem because your door will close all the way than as soon as it touches the floor it’ll come back up. You can adjust the force controls on your garage door opener. Otherwise, you can call in the professionals to make sure it’s done correctly.
Problems with Garage Door Rollers
Another common problem we see is worn down or broken rollers. The rollers are attached to the garage door and roll along the track on either side of your door. Over time, the rollers can become worn down or start to break apart.
When this happens, your door will operate with loud grinding noises or with halting movements. Sometimes, the door can actually come off the tracks which is a safety hazard and requires our immediate attention. Check to see that your rollers spin freely and that they aren’t visibly damaged. We strongly recommend having a professional replace your rollers to prevent injury.
Problems with Your Garage Door Opener
Two of the main problems we see with a garage door opener are worn gears or a bad circuit board. When the gears are worn down then your opener will sound like it’s working but since there are no teeth to catch the chain the door won’t move. If the circuit board is bad then your opener lights won’t come on and it’ll be unresponsive even though it’s plugged in.
Most of the time, the cost to replace these parts is more than the cost to purchase a new opener. There are many different opener options to choose from to give you a variety of choices to match your budget.
We Can Help You Out with Your Opener
The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is knowledgeable and fast. We can help you out with either garage door opener repair or upgrade. Give us a call so we can provide you with our speedy service!