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Is your Garage Door Trying to Tell you Something?

What are the most obvious things to look out for that would signal an impending major failure of your garage door before that happens?

Common Garage Door FaultsThe most common problems that lead to major failures are springs wearing out, sticking mechanisms and automated doors failing to open or close, so here are a few simple tests that should tell that you need to act before the worst happens

For manual garage doors:

Check the balance by lifting the door up halfway, then let go of it. Springs that are in good working order should keep it completely still; if the door sags and falls a bit, the springs are wearing-out.

Slowly open and close the door several times and listen carefully for any unusual sounds.   If you hear any squeaks or grating noises, or the door doesn’t glide open or shut, then something in the mechanism is not quite right.  This could be as simple as a fastener coming loose causing some misalignment, or something more serious, like a sticky roller caused by lack of lubrication.

Whatever happens, do not force a door that is not operating smoothly because that may result in damaging other components.  If you feel confident to tackle the problem yourself, then you can tighten loose fittings and lubricate moving parts using a light spray of WD40.  If not, then give Garage Door Rescue a ring and one of our engineers will call out and do this for you.

For automated garage doors:

If an automated door will not respond to the remote control, first move closer to the door and try again.  If the door operates normally from the remote when you get closer to it, this shows the remote battery needs replacement.   If this doesn’t work, activate the door without using the remote.  Again, if the door operates then the remote battery has expired; however, if it does not work at all, then this could mean one of the electrical components has failed.

If an automated door will not fully close, then this may be a problem with the safety system which prevents the door from closing onto an obstruction, like a child’s bike left in the doorway.   These systems are controlled by a photo-electric beam operated by photosensors each side of the entrance, approximately six inches above the ground.   If there is an obstruction at that height, then remove it.  If not, there may be accumulated dirt or cobwebs blocking the line of sight of the sensors which causes the same effect as a physical obstruction.  If cleaning this away fails to recify the problem, then the sensors may need realignment or replacement.

Remember, a catastrophic failure can cost hundreds of pounds to repair, whereas calling Garage Door Rescue on 01793 393503 to have your door checked-over will cost you far less.