When it comes to broken garage doors, many people turn to professional garage door repair services, as they want their doors repaired ASAP. And with good reason considering the intricacies involved with a door that weighs 150+ pounds. But that’s not to say they shouldn’t first check it over themselves.
There are a few things that you can do to determine what the problem is and maybe, just maybe, fix it yourself prior to contacting a professional garage door repair company. If you’re not comfortable doing these things, or believe the problem to be severe, then we recommend contacting us at 520-423-4104.
Before you begin, make sure that the garage door opener has been unplugged, as to avoid someone inadvertently operating while you’re checking and maintaining it. You’ll also want to ensure that the door isn’t damaged or that its springs haven’t broken as these are problems best left to the professionals.
Common Problem Checklist
#1: Check the door’s safety sensors
All garage doors manufactured after January 1, 1993 must be equipped with an automatic reverse feature if it senses any obstruction within the doorway of your garage according to Federal law. Located on both sides of the door’s tracks, the safety sensors were designed to save lives.
If the garage door goes up but won’t go down, or only goes down slightly before reversing, then this is a pretty good indication that your safety sensors are either misaligned or faulty. Check the sensors for lit LED lights. Try cleaning as well as adjusting the sensors to see if they light up.
If they don’t light up, you should contact a professional garage door repair company, as they may need to be remounted or something may be wrong with their wiring. At Tucson Garage Door Service you’re guaranteed honest, reliable, and affordable service.
#2: Check the door’s tracks for debris
For the door to go up and down without hiccup, the door’s tracks must be free of debris. Dirty tracks can cause the garage door to stick and not open or close properly. Simply clean the dirt with a damp cloth and allow sufficient time for the tracks to dry completely.
You can also apply a new spritzing of lubricant to the door’s hinges, springs, rollers and springs. Do not apply lubricant to the door’s tracks. Only use a non-silicon based lubricant, as recommended by your specific door manufacturer. Check for loose bolts and screws as this can affect your door’s operation.