Troubleshooting Common garage Door Problems


Garage door troubleshooting can save you time, money, and frustration. While overhead doors are a vital component of many homes and businesses, like any mechanical system, they can encounter issues that disrupt their functionality.

Below is a list of the most common issues that overhead doors face, such as misaligned tracks, sensor malfunctions, and motor problems, and possible solutions to those problems. Sometimes the “fix” is super easy like replacing a battery or ensuring nothing is blocking the garage door sensor. But sometimes, you just must call in a pro!

If these garage door tips and hacks don’t work, you know who to call, right? Our Martin Overhead Door service technicians would be happy to get your garage door back on “the right track” to functionality.

Check the safety sensors. Nine times out of 10 the sensors have been bumped, have something in front of them, or are just plain dirty. All these situations will cause the sensors to tell the garage door opener not to close there could be an obstruction. There are indicator lights on the sensors which should be glowing steady. Re-adjust the sensors and you should be back in business.

Check the vacation lock out on the wall switch, someone may have pressed this button.

Check the emergency release cord which may have been pulled by mistake. Re-engage the motor and press the button again. Check manual locks on garage door and make sure they have not been engaged. This will damage both your door and the opener.

Check the batteries. These are battery operated.

Check your springs on the door. These must be in good working condition for a door to operate. They should be checked several times a year for wear and tear.

Check the rollers and sheaves. A door must have smooth operation, or you will damage your garage door opener.

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