3 Common Garage Door Problems You Can Repair On Your Own

Posted on: 11 October 2017


Garage doors play an important role in protecting your cars and valuables from the environment and burglars, yet it is common for people to ignore small problems with their garage door. Unfortunately, when small problems are ignored, they may become a more serious problem later on. But, if you are like many other homeowners, the last thing you want to do is call a garage door repair company, and in many cases, the problem doesn't require the help of a professional garage door repair technician. Here are a few of the most common problems with garage doors that the average DIY homeowner can repair on their own.

Whining or Squeaking Noise

If your garage doors make a high-pitched squeaking or whining noise when you open or close the door, it may mean the bearings have dried out, or it could mean the tracks are dirty and/or rusty. The easiest way to solve either of these problems is to lubricate the bearings and oil the tracks. It's also a good idea to clean and oil the tracks and the hinges regularly to prevent the door from getting stuck.

Remote Isn't Working

If you can't open and/or close the garage using the remote, the first thing to check is the batteries. If you haven't changed the batteries in a while, chances are the batteries need to be changed. If you've changed the batteries and the remote still doesn't work, it may be a problem with the range. Test the remote by stepping several feet away from the garage door and pressing the open/close button. Continue walking closer to the door while pushing the button (make sure the antenna is in the direction of the sensor). If it still doesn't work, you will need to reprogram the controls in order to reset the configurations.

Door Closes Unevenly

If there is a gap between the door and the ground when the door is shut or if the bottom of the door doesn't sit evenly on the ground when it is closed, there may be an obstruction on the tracks. The first step is to clear any debris from the track, including small pebbles and/or dirt. If this doesn't solve the problem, there may be an issue with the springs, so check for bent, broken or damaged springs. If there is a problem with the springs; it is best to call a garage door repair company like Callahan Door and Window.

If you have tried to fix the problem with your garage door on your own, but you are still having problems with it, it's best to go ahead and contact a professional. If you suspect there is a problem with the cables, springs, or weights, you should hire a professional, because attempting to repair these types of parts on garage doors can be dangerous.