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Common Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them

Experiencing issues with your garage door can be frustrating and may compromise your home’s security and energy efficiency. Whether it’s a door that won’t close, a remote that’s unresponsive, or loud noises during operation, our guide on common garage door problems provides you with advice and easy-to-follow instructions. From simple DIY fixes to knowing when it’s time to call in the experts, we’ve got you covered. Don’t let these garage door problems disrupt your life:

Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing Common Garage Door Problems

Door Won’t Close or Open Properly

  1. Check the Sensors – ensure nothing is blocking the sensors at the bottom of the door. Clean the lenses with a soft cloth if they appear to be dirty.
  2. Examine the Tracks – look for any visible dents or debris in the tracks causing the door to faulter when opening or closing. Gently remove any obstacles or use a mallet to fix minor bends.
  3. Inspect the Springs – if the springs are broken, do not attempt to fix them yourself due to safety risks. Contact a professional for replacement springs.
  4. Adjust the Limit Switch – if the door stops before hitting the ground or opens back up, adjust the limit switch screw on the motor unit accordingly.

Remote Control Problems

  1. Replace the Batteries – open the remote and replace the batteries with new ones.
  2. Reset the Remote – follow the manufacturer’s instructions to reset your remote. This usually involves pressing a small reset button on the back of the remote.
    1. Reset LiftMaster or Chamberlain Remote
  3. Reprogram the Remote – Consult your garage door opener’s manual for instructions on how to reprogram the remote to work with the opener.
    1. Reprogram LiftMaster or Chamberlain Remote



Loud Noises When Opening or Closing the Garage Door

  1. Lubricate Moving Parts – Apply a silicone-based lubricant to rollers, hinges, bearings, and springs.
  2. Tighten Loose Hardware – Use a socket wrench to tighten any loose nuts and bolts on the door and track.
  3. Replace Worn Rollers or Hinges – Identify any worn rollers or hinges and replace them. If you need assistance with replacing, give us a call.



Garage Door is Off Track

  1. Disconnect the Opener – pull the release handle to disconnect the door from the automatic opener.
  2. Align the Door – manually move the door back into its tracks and use clamps to secure the door in place if necessary.
  3. Tighten the Tracks – check the tracks for any loose mounting brackets and tighten them with a wrench.
  4. Test the Door – carefully remove the clamps and manually move the door up and down to ensure it moves smoothly. Reconnect the handle to the door to enable the automatic opener.


Safety Note: If any of these issues seem beyond basic troubleshooting or if there are any concerns regarding safety, it is highly recommended to contact a professional garage door repair service. Working on garage doors can present serious safety risks, especially when dealing with springs and cables under tension.

Exploring New Garage Door Options

When maintenance and repairs no longer extend the life of your garage door, it may be time to consider a replacement. Upgrading your garage door can enhance your home’s curb appeal, improve energy efficiency, boost security, and increase your home’s value. If you believe it’s the right time to consider your garage door options, take a look at our lineup of residential garage doors.

Professional Assistance Just a Click Away

Don’t wait for minor inconveniences to turn into major problems. If your garage door is giving you problems and you’re unsure how to fix it, contact us to schedule a repair service. Our friendly and skilled technicians are here to provide prompt and reliable service.