It’s 6am on a Monday morning and, as always, there’s a mountain of work to be done. But first you have to get out of the house. This means dealing with kids that don’t want to get up, let alone go to school, and getting everyone fed when they all want something different to eat.
Already running late for work, you run to your car, which is parked inside the garage and activate the door by pressing the remote on your car’s visor – like you do on any other day. Except, on this day, the door simply doesn’t want to open.
There’s nothing more stressful than dealing with a malfunctioning garage door. Opening and closing at the press of a button, four times per day (on average), can really take its toll on your garage door system. From there it can get old, damaged and faulty.
If your garage door isn’t working properly, there are a few things you can and should do to troubleshoot the problem, prior to calling a garage door repairman. Some simple tweaks may just be the thing to get your door running again – and you on your way to work.
Of course, the best way to avoid encountering costly garage door problems and subsequent repairs, is to perform monthly maintenance tasks, according to the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation. Many maintenance tasks are do-it-yourself friendly.
When Should I Call a Garage Door Repairman?
Problem #1: The door only partially closes before changing direction
If the door changes direction when you’re attempting to close it, this generally means that something is blocking the door’s safety sensors, or that they’ve become misaligned. The small light on each of the sensors should be lit when nothing is between them.
To try aligning the sensors, maneuver them slightly with your hands, until you notice lit lights. If, after ensuring they’re in proper alignment, they still don’t light up then they made need to be replaced by a professional garage door repairman. A bigger issue may be at play as well.
Problem #2: The door is jammed shut
If the door appears jammed or is favoring one side over the other then this could be the result of broken cables, broken springs, bent tracks or worn pulleys. All of which would require replacement. Replacing these components is a job best left to the professionals.
Problem #3: The door won’t open
Garage doors are one of the heaviest, not to mention bulkiest, moving objects you probably own. And, despite what you may believe, it’s not the garage door opener that does the heavy lifting. It’s the springs on your door. The door cannot open without the strength of these springs.
Because the springs are under an immense amount of tension, which is effectively released when they break, their repair is best left to a professional garage door repairman. Broken garage door spring repair is NOT a DIY yourself project!