Are you having garage door problems? They are a pain in the back, we know. Especially in the Chicago conditions. We hope to help save your sanity, time and money by sharing a few things to do if you ever find yourself in need. If you garage door is stuck, noisy, or simply does not work, this might be for you.

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Garage Door Opens/Closes at Random

When your garage door keeps closing and opening randomly, even when you are not around, it can be very disturbing and unsafe. The most common reason for such a behavior is the logic board or your remotes. If they are stuck under something that accidentally lower the control mechanism. The frequency of the transmitter may also be similar to that of your neighbor and so your garage door opens along with theirs.

Garage Door Closes Half Way Then Opens

Safety sensors. Garage doors are built with a reversing mechanism that stops them from crushing objects that are on their path. If your door closes halfway and then opens, it can be due to objects that are on the ground blocking its path. Sensor also become misaligned over time. Make sure they face each other and each light is on.  It can also be due to an obstruction or an upsurge of debris on the tracks that stops the rollers from moving frontward.

other GARAGE DOOR Issues

Garage doors are similar to any other electronic and mechanical devices so they can break down at any time. Take a look at the most prevalent reasons why your garage door won’t work.

• Loud Noises When Operating the Garage Door

It is often due to the friction between the components or moving parts. Friction can be due to dirt on the moving parts so by cleaning and applying a lubricant twice a year the issue stops.

• Transmitter Batteries

The transmitter needs power to work, but many people fail to realize that. Note that if the battery goes off in one place, it may also have run out in others since there is a possibility you installed them on one day. Open your remote and replace your battery. Batteries die every 4-5 years for regular use.

• The Photo Eye is out of Alignment

The either side of the garage door has photo eyes and in between them, there is an invisible light beam. When this beam breaks or get interrupted, it stops the door from closing. When the door fails to close, the photo eyes are most likely dirty or misaligned.

• Track Is Out Of Alignment

If this is the problem your garage has, it is a serious one. The metal track that the garage door runs on ought to be properly aligned for the door to move. If there are gaps between the rollers and rails or the rails bend, then there is need for help. The door weight can compound these issues with time until it becomes unsafe to operate the door.

• Garage Door Closes Half Way Then Opens

Garage doors are built with a reversing mechanism that stops them from crushing objects that are on their path. If your door closes halfway and then opens, it can be due to objects that are on the ground blocking its path. It can also be due to an upsurge of debris on the tracks that stops the rollers from moving frontward. Remove all objects that might be triggering the safety sensors or align them until each light on the sensors is solid lit. 

• Door Fails to Go Up

Garage doors can be weighty and contrary to what most people think; it is not the garage door opener that does the lifting. That is the role of the door springs. A garage door comes with one or two springs and when any of the springs is broken; it may be hard for the garage door opener to lift the door weight or completely fail to open the door. If this is the case, you should call a professional to fix your garage door broken spring since they can be very hazardous to deal with.

• Door Goes Down All the Way Then Opens

When your garage door goes all the way down, the most likely cause of this are the open and close limit settings the garage door opener has. The range tells the door opener how far the door ought to move before it closes fully. When the settings are high, the door hits the ground before the opener knows it should. It then presumes it is hitting something in its path and then involuntarily reverses to avoid crushing it.

• The Garage Door Closes Too Quickly and With a Bang

There can be two causes of this. The tension spring that counters the door’s weight can be broken or the cables that connect the tension spring on the door are broken. Whichever the case is, you ought to have a Garage door repair professional service the door since they are dangerous components to deal with.

• The Automatic Garage Door Opener Starts but the Door Fails to Move

Each garage door opener has a cut-off switch that comes in handy when there is a blackout so that you can unbolt or lock the door by hand. The switch is affixed to a knob or rope that can be unhooked by accident. These are just a few of the most common garage door issues that homeowners may face. Your local expert, will take care of all your problems.