Many different problems can stop your garage door from working correctly. The good news is that most can be easily diagnosed and fixed.
If your garage door won't work, keep reading for troubleshooting tips on some of the more common garage door problems.
Your Door Won't Work
If your garage door won't work at all with either the remote or the wall switch, your door's power source has probably been interrupted. You'll need to check your home's fuses, breakers and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) that work on the same circuit as your garage door.
Your Remote Won't Work
If your door is working from the wall switch, the problem is probably with the remote itself. The first thing you need to do is make sure you are in range of the door's receiver. Try moving closer to the door and using the remote.
If the door still won't close when you are close by, the next step is to try replacing the remote's batteries. If that doesn't work, there may be a problem with the door's receiving antenna. It should hang down from your garage door motor. You'll need to make sure that it is undamaged and that nothing is blocking it.
Your Garage Door Won't Open All the Way
If your garage door only opens part of the way, you may have a problem with your travel limit settings. Your travel limit settings determines when your door will stop moving when being raised or lowered. This stops your door from crashing into the motor when raised.
Your Door Doesn't Close All the Way
If your garage door stops moving before it closes all the way, your travel limit settings may need adjustment. This switch stops your door from crashing into the ground when lowered.
Alternatively, your door might be binding in the tracks. Raise and lower the door manually to test it.
Your Door Closes, or Partially Closes, then Immediately Goes Back Up
Your garage door will automatically go back up if it detects an obstruction.
If the closing limit is set too far, your door may try to close farther than possible and detect the ground as an obstruction. If this happens you can adjust the limit settings to fix the problem.
Otherwise, the tracks are misaligned or bent, the close force is misadjusted or you have a problem with your spring cables.
Your Door Makes Noises
Maybe your door works, but it drives you insane. Learn the causes of common noises below.
If your garage door is squeaking, it needs to be lubricated. We recommend using a silicon spray or white lithium grease.
If your door makes popping noises while it moves, you probably have worn rollers that need to be replaced.
A loud bang before your door quits working probably means that your door's torsion or extension spring is broken. You'll need to get it replaced by a professional. Trying to replace it yourself can be very dangerous.
If your door closes rapidly and bangs loudly into the ground when it closes, the door's tension springs or cables may need to be repaired or replaced. This needs to be done quickly because your garage door's safety features won't work properly and it could crush anything beneath it if this isn't fixed. The cables may also break forcefully, and may whip into nearby objects and damage them.
Storing your car in the garage and opening and closing the garage door aren't safe until you have the springs or cables replaced.
If you need help or advice fixing your home's garage door in Livonia, MI, contact Allen's Sales & Installation any day you need us.