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Any homeowner would know the importance of a garage door, and the same people would also know about the problems that sometimes arise with them too. The nice thing about it is never permanent and can be fixed. A little troubleshooting can go a long way in fixing these huge doors, and any good maintenance will avoid any issues from happening in the first place.
These doors are very useful to have in any home. Of course, one can have an open-garage too, but the idea of keeping your car away from any hazardous environmental elements, such as wind, rain, hail storms, and even leaves and tree branches, makes one feel much better having one. Also, it is important to get maintenance done on it every few months, more on that here.
They’re often underestimated and taken for granted that will always work perfectly well and do not need any maintenance or checks. From the moment they don’t work, then we panic. There are a few common scenarios where garage doors can cause some issues that need to be fixed by experts in the field. Below we mention a few of the basic ones.
The Opener Will Not Work.
One very typical problem when driving up to your garage door and pressing the button on the remote to open it sometimes won’t function. This must be everyone’s top of the list issue with these helpful yet painfully complicated gadgets.
Some professionals recommend using a silicone-based lubricant for this issue, but it could be anything. Having it properly checked is recommended. A garage door is very heavy and you would not want it falling on you in any way.
Weathered or Broken Sealants.
A well made one, keeps all the weather elements out and inside dry and away from any contamination. Sealants that are placed in these appliances keep any leaks of water or air or even snow and dampness out. Sometimes however due to wear and tear they can break or get damaged and not work as efficiently. Removing it and replacing it will take some careful planning, which experts have the right tools for.
It Does Close, But Then It Doesn’t Stay Closed.
Has it ever happened to you that you closed your garage door then went inside your house, and when you come back a few hours later, you find it open? You went back inside and blame the dog, your husband, the children, and then it happens again. You will be happy to know that it’s not the dog or your husband, but rather a fault in the mechanism itself.
These types of doors have a few moving parts, one of which is known as a “photo-eye” https://issuu.com/garagedoormartinc/docs/photo_eye_sensors_your_garage_door_which is a small plastic device that acts as a safety feature and the door has them on both sides. If there is a flashing green light on either one of them, is it an indication of them working fine. If, however, there is no green light then it is not working and needs to be fixed or replaced.
They could be misaligned and will need to be adjusted accordingly. These are very important appliances because they have sensors that send a sort of “ray” at each other to open and close the door. If something is in the way of it, it will not be able to close properly.
Grinding, Very Slow, and Squeaking Noises.
Oh, don’t you just hate those grinding and squeaking noises that it makes when it opens, especially if anyone in the house wakes up for an early morning shift and you are still asleep, or your kids come home at wee hours of the morning and you get woken up? Makes out teeth grind, it does. This could be an issue with loose parts or specific sections that need replacing or lubrication.
Also, when it opens slowly, this is an indication that something isn’t working right because they would typically need to be Fast Garage Doors, so you can open them in case you’re in a hurry or an emergency. Nothing worse than waiting for a very slow one to open completely so you can fit your vehicle inside, and then waiting for it to close the same to make sure you don’t lock your neighbor’s cat inside by mistake.
So, in the end, if you facing any of these or any other issues with it, calling an expert to sort it out for you will cost you less time and money.