Welcome to Straight Up Garage Door’s homeowner’s guide to troubleshooting garage door issues. Garage doors are usually the largest entrance and exit to a person’s home.  With the average garage door in Florida weighing over 100 pounds, there are many problems a garage door can develop through its lifetime.  Below, are some common problems that garage doors develop. Read on to explore our homeowner’s guide to common garage door issues. Please note that these problems and solutions are not comprehensive.

Weird Noises

Garage doors are not the quietest part of a home.  Despite the noise garage doors make, they are expected and common.  Every so often, however, a garage door will develop a weird noise that is not for your garage.  When this happens, that means there is an underlying reason for the noise that needs to be identified and rectified.

Rattle

If you start hearing a rattling sound, then chances are the screws, bolts, and/or nuts are loose and need to be tightened.

Pop

If you start hearing a pop or popping sound, then your springs might need to be repaired. This is something that should be handled by a professional.  Feel free to call Straight Up Garage Door Sales & Services and we will be happy to send one of our trained technicians to assist you.

Squeak

If you start hearing a squeaking sound, then chances are the roller track has lost its lubrication.

Garage Door is Crooked

If your garage door opens or closes crooked, this is likely one of two common issues.

  1. If this is accompanied by a popping sound, then it might be your springs, and therefore will require a professional to repair. *Even if you do not hear a popping sound, it might still be your spring.
  2. There can be some sort of blockage in the tracks that are preventing the garage door from opening or closing uniformly.

Garage Door Will Not Budge

If your manual garage door will not budge, there is most likely something blocking or obstructing it from doing so in the tracks.  If your automatic garage door will not budge it could be one of the following:

  • The keypad is damaged and as a safety mechanism, the door will not operate.
  • The batteries in the remote need to be replaced or the remote itself is damaged and needs to be replaced
  • The automatic garage door opener motor is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced.
  • The automatic garage door opener is no longer connected to its power source

Garage Door Partially Opens

If your manual garage door will only partially open, then there is most likely something blocking or obstructing the path.  If your automatic garage door will only partially open then most likely something is tripping the sensor or there is a blockage or obstruction.  In either case, if your garage partially opens and immediately closes, then the springs might need to be replaced and a professional should be contacted.

Garage Door Opens or Closes Very Slowly

Sometimes, your garage door suddenly opens and closes slowly. Many times all you need is to add more lubrication to the roller tracks.

Garage Door Slams Close

If your garage door slams close, then there is something broken with it and a professional will need to come out to repair it.  It is very dangerous to continue using the garage door until the problem has been resolved.

In Conclusion

We hope you found this homeowner’s guide helpful. Garage doors although not overly complicated systems, due to their size and weight, can be difficult to troubleshoot.  As a result, if you notice any change or behavior to your garage door, then you should contact a licensed professional to determine the issue. They will help you decide on the best course of action to repair it.