Garages provide a safe place to park cars and store household belongings, and automatic garage door openers make getting in and out of the garage very convenient. When your garage door isn't opening or closing as it should, it can be a big hassle, but many garage door problems can be repaired. Some common garage door and automatic garage door opener problems include:
Garage Door Closes Quickly or Slams Shut
An automatic garage door opener is designed to close the garage door in a slow controlled manner, so if your garage door closes quickly or slams shut there is a problem. Slamming can cause damage to the garage door, not to mention the fact that it can be very dangerous if a child or pet got caught under the door. A slamming garage door usually occurs because a tension spring is broken, or the cable attaching the spring to the garage door is broken. Both of these issues can be repaired, but you should not try to fix them yourself; when it comes to issues with garage door springs, it is important to contact a professional garage door repair company.
Garage Door Won't Open
An automatic garage door opener facilitates the opening of a garage door, but the actual weight of the door is supported by the garage door springs. If the springs are broken, the garage door will not open even if the garage door opener sounds like it is running. Having the springs replaced or repaired typically solves the problem.
Garage Door Opener Runs but the Door Doesn't Move
If the springs on your garage door are in good shape but the door still doesn't move, there may be something obstructing one of the wheel tracks, or a build up of dirt and debris that is preventing the wheels from rolling properly. Check the tracks for visible obstructions, and then wipe them down to remove any build up. You may also want to consider adding some lubricant designed for garage door wheel tracks to help the garage door open and close more smoothly.
Garage Door Closes Half Way and then Opens
Automatic garage door openers come with sensors that are placed at the bottom of the garage door well to prevent the garage door from closing when something is in its path. If there is nothing physically in the way, take a look at each of the sensors. The sensors can cease to work properly if they are covered in dust or debris, so cleaning them should solve the problem of the garage door only closing half way.
For professional garage door services, contact a company like American Eagle Garage Door Services.