Garage doors require maintenance. The pandemic forced garage doors to be at a rest state. However, with restrictions lifted, the doors are now at work. The inactivity causes the overhead door to face some, let’s say, challenges. To be fair, maintenance is hard when impacted by the pandemic.
It can also be attributed to a lack of knowledge when it comes to operating these doors. Now is the optimum time to check the doors and see if it is working well. Small repairs can be done. However, major ones are discouraged due to the complexity of tune-ups. It is best left to technicians to fix things for you.
Here are some common garage door problems that you can do at home or leave at the hands of technicians.
Garage Door Problems
GFI stands for Ground Fault Interpreter. The GFI’s function is to prevent electricity from blowing up all electrical devices. The GFI stops the door from shocking anyone and anything that is close to it. The GFI is something you should never neglect, and for a good reason. It keeps your door from overheating and electrocuting you on the spot if there are faulty cables and wirings.
Now that it’s been established, there is a quick way to reprogram the GFI. Locate the switch and turn it on and off. That’s it. That will reset the settings. Also, check what caused the GFI to kick in. You might have missed something and triggered the GFI.
However, if the GFI is still malfunctioning, it is time to ask for the assistance of a repair specialist.
Motor won’t stop running
If the garage door’s motor won’t stop running, the problem is at the limit switch. You will easily diagnose this issue when the motor makes a lot of noise. For safety reasons, the procedure should be done by a repair specialist. That is because the limit switch needs to be adjusted and shifted. It is dangerous to touch it. One, because it’s the heaviest machine, and two, something triggered this to happen.
Stubborn Garage Door Tracks
When you press the button and there’s a loud, grinding noise and the door won’t open, the problem is your track door. There are many reasons for track doors to stop running.
First, it may be because the tracks are loose. Observe the tracks and see if it is anchored to the garage walls. This is a common problem, and you can easily fix it with a wrench. If the door is separated from the wall and there are loose bolts, simply tighten it with a wrench and secure the bracket.
Two, the tracks are damaged. If that is the case, then you can do an easy fix by getting a hammer and straightening the dents. However, if the damage is too big, then simply change the tracks itself.
If the problem is in the track’s alignment, then level it. Loosen the bracket and hold the rollers in position. Tap the tracks gently to put it back in place.
The easiest problem to incur with a stubborn track door is the rollers. The rollers are subject to debris and grime. It can also be due to the lack of lubrication. The easy fix is to remove the build-up debris that impedes the track door. Make it a part of your maintenance habit to clean it occasionally. Lubricate the rollers too. If these problems are ignored, it can lead to serious problems.
When you ignore all of these problems, it will have serious consequences on your garage door and safety. If it is not within your capability to fix these things, it’s okay to ask for help.
When you find yourself confused as to why these problems keep on occurring despite proper maintenance, it is time to call for a garage door technician. You may have missed some problems, or the complexity is hard to fix due to the lack of proper tools and equipment.
Save yourself from headaches and take time to learn from people who are adept at fixing garage doors. Garage door repair should not be taken lightly. All in all, we encourage you to find a garage door repair service that you can trust.
If you live in Vanier, you can simply give us a call, and we’ll do all the maintenance and tune-ups for you.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous.