How to Troubleshoot Issues with Your Garage Door System

By / 31st January, 2017 / Our Blog

During our busy everyday lives, there’s never a good time for a garage door issue to occur.

While you should always leave maintenance and repairs to the professionals, there are some precautions you can take to troubleshoot an issue with your garage door’s system. Sometimes it may be something simple, and other times you’ll need a part replaced or repaired. Troubleshooting should shed some light on the problem so you can get your door the care it needs.

In the following post, we’ll go over our most recommended troubleshooting tips for homeowners facing garage door trouble.

1. Test the Remote vs. the Wall Switch

Before diving head first into troubleshooting your garage door’s system, it’s wise to rule out whether the issue is merely battery related. If your garage door remotes aren’t working but your wall switch is, all you need to do is switch the dead batteries out for new ones. It’s a simple fix that pays not to forget!

If you know you have an immediate garage door issue, don’t hesitate to call Precision Garage Door of Houston’s emergency services line. 

2. Inspect Door Components

If the first tip didn’t do the trick, move onto a visual inspection of the door’s key machinery and parts. Stay on the ground (do not get on a ladder) and simply look up. Do you see any broken pieces hanging down or visible damage? Pay special attention to the following trouble areas where further action may be required from a professional.

  • At the Safety Sensors: Preventing the door from closing when something is blocking its intended path, safety sensors are one of your garage door’s main safety reflexes. First, make sure no toys or equipment are left out in the door opening. Then, try dusting off each safety sensor (located close to the ground on either side of the door frame). This may fix the issue, or you may need to have the sensors realigned.
  • Along the Tracks and Chains: Check thetracks and chains that the door travels on. Are there any obstructions such as a nest or debris? Also, observe how the door is moving on the tracks.
  • At the Garage Door Springs: Garage door springs are one common part breaking point. Your door is equipped with either extension springs that run parallel to the track or torsion springs that are located directly above the door opening. Do the springs appear as a continuous coil? Or do you see any breaks?

3. The Pros Have It from Here

Whether you think you got closer to understanding the source of the issue, or you’re still not sure what may be causing it, the next step is to get in touch with a reputable garage door service provider that offers professional repairs from certified technicians. An experienced industry expert is the only one who’ll be able to properly diagnose the issue and restore your garage door back to its safe and efficient operation.

When it comes to getting your garage door the care it needs, being aware of what’s normal and what’s not can go a long way. To learn more about identifying a problem with your garage door and who to call to get it solved, download our FREE eBook The Homeowner’s Guide to Garage Door Repairs. This resource is full of useful tips that’ll help boost your garage door issue intuition so you can spot problems sooner.