Common Problems With Automatic Overhead Garage Doors And How To Troubleshoot Them

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Many homes and businesses have overhead garage doors. They are useful when you have a vehicle that you regularly park in your garage, because they automatically open and close. An overhead automatic garage door uses electrical components, as well as other attachments, which allow them to operate properly. Over time, however, parts can wear out or have other problems, and you should learn how to troubleshoot them.

Door Will Not Close

If your garage door will not close all the way, or if it stops in the middle and then opens, there is likely something blocking the sensors on the door.

You will find sensors along the track close to or at knee height. If you do not see anything physically blocking the sensor, the eye may be dirty. Clean the eye, or remove the object blocking it.

Automatic Door Opener Not Working

If you press the button on your controller, and it will not open the door, the first thing you need to check is the battery. There also may be problems with the motor breaker, or the sensor is malfunctioning. Purchase some new batteries, and change them out before you do anything else.

If this does not fix your problem, try opening your door yourself by pressing the switch inside the garage. If it opens, then you have a problem with the controller. You may also have a problem with the sensor located on the motor, which reads the controller. Make sure these lenses are clean.

Hear Creaking Sounds

If you hear a creaking sound when the door opens or closes, this is a sign that it needs to be maintained. Oil the various hinges, wheels, and bearings to lubricate them. The manufacturer of the door will be able to tell you how often you should do this.

Hear Scraping Sounds

If you hear a scraping sound when the door opens, it may be off track.  In many cases, this is due to the garage cables breaking. This can also be due to wear and tear over time. The cable may break only on one side, or it could be both.

Other things can cause this, such as the door being hit by a vehicle. If the door does not have an electric eye, something could have obstructed it, such as a bicycle, car, ladder, trashcan, etc. Without the eye, the garage door would come down and hit these objects.

Once you find the problem with your garage door, you should call a contractor, such as A Door Company, to come to your home and fix it for you. They are qualified, and have the right equipment to fix it properly.

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