Posted on: September 23, 2021

If your home has a garage, chances are you’ve experienced issues with your garage door at one time or another. Whether it’s your garage door not closing or opening correctly, or your door making strange sounds and movements, an issue with your garage door can cause unnecessary stress and inconvenience, as well as be a safety hazard.

Luckily, most garage door issues stem from causes that are relatively simple to fix. Take a look at our guide to five of the most common causes of garage door issues to find out what may be behind your faulty garage door.

1. Photo Eye Sensors

Every garage door uses photo eye sensors to prevent the door from closing on obstructions such as your vehicle, children, or pets. This safety feature uses two sensors that alert the door if something is blocking its path. Sometimes, these photo eye sensors become dirty, which can cause the door to malfunction.

When this happens, your door will often close halfway and reopen again. Fortunately, the solution is a simple one. Simply wipe down the photo eye sensors to clean any dirt or dust particles from the lens.

2. Door Opener Transmitter

Your garage door opener transmitter, a remote-control-like device that allows you to control your garage door without pressing the wall-mounted button, will sometimes not communicate correctly with your door. The most common cause is that your transmitter is simply out of batteries. A quick battery replacement will usually get your door back up and running again.

3. Tracks

If your garage door is sticking, shimmying or otherwise moving in an abnormal way, it may be the tracks that guide the door open and closed. Inspect your tracks for any damage or deformities. Additionally, check for dirt, grime or debris that may have built up on the tracks over time, causing the doors to close partway or not move correctly.

4. Springs and Cables

Because of the weight of a garage door, it takes powerful springs and cables to move it up and down. If a torsion spring breaks, your door may not open properly. To see if there is an issue with a spring, look above the door to see if a spring has visible wear or is broken.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t try to repair these springs or cables on your own. Garage door springs contain a powerful stored force that can cause serious injury if not handled correctly. Contact a garage door professional to replace your garage door springs to get your door working again quickly.

5. Locking System

Sometimes your garage door opener may run for a moment and then stop, leaving the door unopened. This may be caused by a locking system that is accidentally activated. Check your owner’s manual for more information on your locking system.

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