Troubleshooting Common Issues with Automated Garage Doors

Automated garage doors make it convenient to enter and exit your home without having to get out of the car to open and close the door manually. However, these automated systems can sometimes run into problems. Common issues can range from the door not opening or closing properly to unusual sounds coming from the mechanism. This blog goes over some common issues that homeowners face with their automated garage doors and how to troubleshoot and fix them.

The Door Won't Open or Close

One of the most common issues with automated garage doors is that the door will not open or close. There are various factors that can result in this issue, such as a malfunctioning remote, a power outage, or a broken overhead door spring. Check the batteries in your remote first and see if that solves the issue. If not, inspect the door springs for any signs of damage or wear and tear.

The Door Makes Unusual Noises

Another common issue with automated garage doors is that they make unusual grinding or scraping sounds when opening or closing. This issue can be caused by things like loose components, insufficient lubrication, or worn-out rollers. To remedy this, check and tighten any loose parts and apply lubricant to the roller bearings and hinges. If the issue persists, it may be time to replace the rollers.

The Door Reverses Before Fully Closing

If the garage door closes partially and then reverses and opens again, this could be caused by a blockage, incorrect alignment of sensors, or a malfunctioning circuit board. First, check the sensors and clean them of any debris. Make sure they are aligned correctly and not obstructed. If this doesn't solve the issue, call in a professional, especially if it's something electrical.

The Door Closes Suddenly

If the door closes suddenly without warning, this could be a sign of a damaged cable, broken springs, or incorrect adjustment settings on the opener's force or travel limit. Check the cables and springs for any signs of damage. If you can't see any visible problems, check the settings on the opener. 

The Door Is Uneven

If your garage door is uneven, this can cause the door to jam or not close properly. Uneven doors can be caused by broken cables, damaged rollers, a bent track, or something obstructing the door's path. Check the cables and rollers for damage and debris, and inspect the tracks for any kinks or bends. 

Automated garage doors can make your life easier and much more convenient. However, they can still run into problems that even the best DIY enthusiast will struggle to fix. By following the tips above, you can save yourself time and money and troubleshoot the most common issues that occur with automated garage doors. Remember, if the issue seems major and above your ability to fix it, it's always best to call a professional.

To learn more about garage doors, contact a company near you.