10 Common Garage Door Problems (And How to Fix Them)

We’ve all faced common garage door problems. If you’ve detected your garage door is making a lot of noise, looking uneven, or opening at a slower rate than usual, there are probably a few things you could do to remedy the situation.

If you are facing garage door problems, we have laid out some industry-standard solutions and highlighted when you should contact a garage door professional.

1. Trouble Opening or Closing

Nothing is worse than being stuck behind the garage door. If you’re experiencing this issue, there are a couple of DIY garage fixes you can try.

Test It Out

Your garage door may not be functioning because it is off balance. Turn off the power supply and manually lift the door to test the balance. If it stays in place, it is balanced and on track. If it doesn’t, you may have an underlying issue.

The problem could also be with the fuse. If you have checked all batteries and your door isn’t moving, you might have a fuse down. However, if other lights in your home are still working, there may be a larger issue with the garage door opener.

If you’ve tried these quick tests and your door still isn’t opening or closing, contact a garage door professional for assistance. 

2. Blocked Sensors

If you are having difficulty opening or closing your garage door, it could be because some sensors are covered or obscured.

Fix Signals 

To ensure your remote and garage door work on-demand, you’ll need to check for places where obstacles might be blocking signals.

When using your remote, make sure no branches or plants block the sensor.

You’ll also want to check the antenna for any dirt or build-up that could be blocking the signal. Sometimes the antenna can also become unaligned — a quick fix is to readjust it.

3. Broken Springs

When the extension or torsion springs snap, your garage door can drop quickly.

Get New Springs 

The springs in your system need to be replaced after performing so many cycles (opening and closing of the garage door). Keep your springs’ lifespan in mind and contact a garage door professional when necessary. If your springs snap while in use, your door can slam down and cause damage to your vehicle or harm another person.

If you hear your springs snap when not in use, do not try to open your garage because the system can fire the springs off as projectiles and cause injury.

4. Roller Issues

The rollers in your system will last for different periods depending on whether they are plastic, steel, or nylon.

Refresh or Replace

Old or rusted rollers can cause problems with opening your garage door. The first thing you will want to do is lubricate them. If they are still causing issues, you may need to replace them.

Rollers will typically only work until they reach their max cycle limit. Keep track of when your rollers are coming up on the end of their limitation to ensure you can replace your rollers seamlessly.

5. Dying Opener

Your garage door opener allows you to utilize your garage efficiently every time you need it. If your opener is older than 15 years, it’s likely outlived its lifespan.

Update and Replace

Do some garage door opener troubleshooting by checking the batteries, getting within proximity of the garage, and clearing the path of your antenna.

If you’re still having issues with your garage door opener, the likely culprit is a dying motor. If your motor is old or overheating, it won’t respond the way it should.

You should always hire a professional to install a garage door opener to ensure you don’t harm yourself or others or damage your door.

6. Unusual Noises

Hearing a series of unusual noises is a huge indicator you have an underlying issue. Some may be minor, while others require immediate and professional attention.

Snap, Crackle, Pop 

Your door may make a variety of noises depending on the issue. Some issues and noises they might produce include:

  • Loose chains: slapping.
  • Loose rollers: grinding, squeaking, and squealing.
  • Loose nuts and bolts: vibrating and rattling.
  • Rust: clinking
  • Broken springs: popping, and rumbling.
  • Alignment: banging, straining, scraping and rubbing

If you’re unsure about the sound you’re hearing or where it’s coming from, it is best to contact a garage door professional to conduct garage door troubleshooting.

7. Uneven Door

Sometimes you’ll notice that your door is looking odd or moving unevenly. In this case, there are a few areas to check.

Fix Alignment 

Sometimes an uneven garage door is caused by something blocking the way, so make sure you have removed all obstacles from the garage door’s path.

Rust can cause one side of your garage door to move faster than another. A good wipe-down can sometimes fix this issue.

You can also check your manual to ensure you have all your limits on the appropriate settings, which will help to make sure the garage door fully closes and does not malfunction.

If the problem lies in the spring system, be sure to contact a garage door professional and limit your door use. Snapped springs can be hazardous and cause serious injury.

8. Slow Opening

Slowly opening garage doors can easily be a source of frustration, and there are a few reasons it might be happening.

Clean and Lubricate 

You want to examine your rollers to ensure they aren’t dried out. You’ll also want to evaluate the condition of your tracks. If you notice a lot of dirt, you’ll need to clean it off.

Keeping your tracks and rollers well lubricated will ensure they continue to move smoothly. These parts are more susceptible to drying out faster in places where the weather gets extremely hot or cold.

Generally, plan to give your garage door system regular maintenance at least twice a year.

9. Transmitter Problems

Your remote control should be able to open your garage door effortlessly, but sometimes this doesn’t always happen.

Replace Batteries

Fixing your transmitter problems is a quick fix that typically involves a simple battery change.

First, you’ll want to test the transmitter inside your garage to know where your problem lies. If the door doesn’t open, you have an underlying problem. However, if it does open, your batteries are probably dead.

Changing the batteries usually involves removing the back of the remote (in some cases with a screwdriver). You always want to ensure the batteries face the correct direction to avoid thinking a problem lies elsewhere when the remote doesn’t work.

10. Keypad Not Synced

A garage door keypad offers security and comfort for many homeowners. If your door isn’t opening when you type in your code, it’s likely not synced.

Refer to the Manual.

Syncing your keypad is a simple fix that you can do in minutes.

First, you should check the batteries. There’s a chance they’ve died, meaning you need a quick change.

Next, you’ll need to refer to the user manual to know what steps to take to sync the keypad and remote properly. If you have persisting issues, you can call your manufacturer for more information.

We are here to help, call Blue Jay Garage Doors at 931-330-BLUE, and we’ll offer the best and safest solution for your situation. 

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