A broken garage door can be a real pain, especially if you’ve just come home from work to find it not working. There may be any number of issues affecting your garage door, from it not opening all the way to being herky-jerky as it rises to not working at all. Here’s a look at some of the common causes behind a garage door problem:
- Spring needs replacing or fixing: One of the most common garage door issues is a broken spring. Springs provide tension that helps the garage door opener lift the garage door. This issue is easy to spot. Most springs are found above the garage door and near the wall. Check to make sure the springs are properly attached. If they are, and it’s still not working, you’ll need to get a replacement spring. You’ll actually need two of them, because there’s one on each side of the door and you usually want to replace both at the same time. You shouldn’t attempt to replace springs on your own—call a company in Rancho Cordova for garage door repairs.
- Remote control malfunction: Sometimes the garage door problem isn’t with the door, but with the remote. If you use a remote to open your garage door, you’ll want to check to see if that’s what the problem is. First, try and open the garage door by using the built-in opener. If the garage door opens, it’s likely your remote that’s the problem. Try replacing the batteries, and if that doesn’t work, call a company in Rancho Cordova with expertise in garage door repairs to look at it.
- Bad photo-eyes: The most likely issue is a malfunctioning photo-eye. The photo-eyes are what keep the garage door from closing if something walks through the door opening. It’s what is built in to prevent a garage door from closing on something like a car and damaging it, or closing on a child. Photo-eyes need to be lined up with each other, and if they’re off by just a bit, it can cause your garage door not to close. There can also be a problem with debris on the lens that makes the photo-eye believe something is in the way of the garage door. Check your photo-eye to see if it’s flashing. If it is, but nothing is blocking the path of the door, clean the lens and check the alignment. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll have to look for Rancho Cordova garage door repairs.
- Needs some oil: A garage door features moving parts that need to be properly lubricated to work. If your garage door is noisy or it closes or opens with inconsistent motions, you may need to lubricate it. Use a manufacturer recommended lubricant on the hinges, rollers and springs. Doing this regularly should keep the parts working properly for years.
We at Action Door Service have 30 years of experience with Rancho Cordova garage door repairs. We’re a longstanding family-owned and operated business that makes your safety and satisfaction our primary goal. We’ll go above and beyond to help you, whether that’s with a new garage door or repair work on your current one. We also provide free in-home consultations to help you choose the door that best fits your needs. Give us a call to set up an appointment.