Most Common Garage Door Faults and How To Fix Them
Even with regular maintenance, you may find yourself needing a professional service. There is a range of advantages to calling out a garage door specialist. They’ll be able to assist your garage door maintenance, using specialist products, tools, and techniques.
Academy Garage Doors is a local garage door company who offer our services in High Wycombe, Witney, Reading, Maidenhead, and Oxford to name a few. If you live in the vicinity of these areas then chances are can offer you our expert services as well. Call us today on 01494 539 339 for more information and a free quote or visit our website on Garage Doors Maidenhead
In this article, we will discuss a few of the most commonly encountered garage door problems and the best way to fix them, be it DIY or calling out a professional.
Garage Door Operation:
Another operational issue that you may encounter with your automated garage door is that the sensors/autoreverse is not working. For your own safety, we recommend testing the auto-reverse function at least every 3 months. To test your sensors are working, place a piece of wood or a brick on the ground in the path of the door. When the door coming down touches that object, it should reverse direction and go back up again. To test the beam sensors close your door and pass an object underneath in the door’s path. Your door should reverse. If the expected result does not happen, it is important that you call your local garage door specialist and get the problem fixed as soon as possible as your garage door will be a safety risk.
Garage Door Springs:
Garage Door Tracks:
Your garage door might start to feel stiff or unusually heavy. This could signal damage or interference on the tracks or rollers. The tracks direct the door precisely along the path it needs to travel. For that reason, the slightest deviation in the track can create serious problems for your door’s operation. Tracks can become clogged which will make the door tougher to open. Make sure the tracks are clean and free from any debris or obstruction.
You can clean tracks easily with a cloth, but take care to avoid sharp edges while you’re cleaning. The track may become bent for a number of external reasons. For example, a person bumping into it with significant force could cause this to happen. If the track is out of alignment, the door may get stuck whilst operating. And if it’s bent far enough out of shape, the door could even jump track – which is dangerous. If your track requires realignment, the best thing to do is contact a professional. Trying to fix it on your own is difficult and potentially dangerous.
Your garage door may also judder or squeak when operating it. This usually means your rollers and tracks need extra lubrication. Take the same care when adding lubrication as you would when cleaning, so as to avoid trapping your fingers or cutting them on sharp edges.
Cracks, Gaps, and Rust:
Aside from tarnishing the look of your garage door, rust also compromises your door’s ability to lock out dirt and other external elements. Rust usually forms when iron gets exposed to air or water for a long period of time. To remove rust, clean the affected area with dishwashing soap first, then rub the rust with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Vinegar is a natural rust dissolver. You can avoid rust formation with annual maintenance work.
Contact Academy Garage Doors today to book your garage door service. Regular maintenance minimises your chances of encountering any of the above problems. If you encounter a garage door fault and need help and assistance to get it fixed, call us today on 01494 539 339.