The Newbie Way of Troubleshooting Garage Doors

This article is written by Kristy Jones of aclickawayremotes.com a Garage Door Opener Store.

Garage doors are usually made to be durable. Being the largest moving part in the home, this is made to last and could withstand tens of years when maintained properly. Like any other object, it is susceptible to the normal wear and tear through the changing weather.

Being a homeowner, you need to be armed with solutions for troubleshooting problematic garage doors. Even if you’re a newbie to home improvement and being handy, you need to be able to fix simple projects on your own before calling a professional. This saves you some money especially if you can work on the problem on your own.

Troubleshooting garage door
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Here are some common garage door problems that you can troubleshoot:

• Door closes if you hold push button. This problem usually arises because the extension spring cable pulleys are worn-out or the torsion spring cable are frayed. To solve this problem, you may need to replace the worn pulleys or the torsion spring cables.

• Door is cocked. If your garage door is cocked, then it most likely is caused by broken spring cables or worn spring cable pulleys. Either way, you need to replace the spring cables or spring cable pulleys to troubleshoot this issue.

• Door is jammed. When you cannot open and close your garage door and it’s jammed, it is probably instigated by broken extension spring cable or the track is bent. For a broken cable, you may need to replace it with a new one. If the track is bent, try adjusting it and straightening it up. This might unjam your door. If this does not work, you have to get new tracks for your garage door already.

• Squeaking door. This is a simple problem, but can be really annoying and will get into anyone’s nerves. Squeaking sounds made by your garage door is usually caused by dry hinges, rollers, or bearings. Just lubricate the moving parts on your garage door with motor oil and this removes the annoying sounds. This is should be part of your door’s regular maintenance, as well.

• Scraping sounds. If your door makes scraping sounds when it opens and closes, it might be caused by a variety of reasons. It might be because the torsion spring cable or the extension spring cable is frayed. Worn-out extension spring cable pulleys can also create scraping sounds. Another cause might be a tilted end bearing plate. Make sure that you properly inspect the garage door to find out which caused the problem. If the frayed or worn parts made the scraping sounds, you have to replace the respective part. For a tilted end bearing plate, you may have to straighten the bearing plate or reinforce it.

• Door doesn’t stay open. Whenever you open your garage door and it doesn’t stay open, a spring has probably taken a set. You may have to adjust and wind your spring properly so the door operates accordingly.

• Door opens slowly. If your garage door opens but does so slowly, the torsion spring might be broken. To solve this problem, you need to replace the broken springs so the door operates like brand new.

• Bottom part of the door is up on one side. If the bottom part of your door is opening but tilting on one side, the torsion spring cable or extension spring cable might be frayed. Worn extension spring cable pulleys might also cause this problem. All of these causes require you to replace the broken parts.

• Door closes midway then reverses. This issue happens to many homeowners. It is caused by different reasons such as broken extension spring cable, broken torsion spring cable, dry rollers and bearings, misaligned safety eyes, bent track, or worn extension spring cable pulleys. For broken or frayed parts, you may need to replace them with new ones. Dry rollers only need proper lubrication while bent tracks and misaligned safety eyes only require little adjustment.

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