Garage door common problems and solutions

At CDC Garage Doors we strive to provide helpful and impartial advice to potential and existing customers. Below we have outlined some of the most common garage door complaints, along with the solutions and answers to them.

Problem: Why won’t my garage door work?

There could be a large number of reasons why your garage door won’t work. If you have an automated door it could be the case that the batteries have died, there is something wrong with the transmitter or the sensor is out of alignment. On any kind of garage door it can also be a physical problem – such as broken springs or cables. Alternatively, it could be something as simple as something that’s blocking the path of the door.

If you’ve taken a look at the door and can’t ascertain the problem, it could be worth calling out garage door repairs specialists to take a look at the issue.

Problem: My automated garage door won’t close all the way

It might be the case that the close limit switch needs to be adjusted. It may also be that the door is binding when raised and lowered manually.

Problem: My automated garage door won’t open or close with the remote control

Once again, there are multiple things you have to check here. Firstly, make sure that the remote control has not run out of battery. Next, ensure that you are close enough to the door and not out of range of the transmitter. Finally, you need to check that the receiver is functioning correctly. If none of these are the problem, then you will likely need to call out specialists for repairs.

Problem: I have a short driveway and the car has to be moved back to avoid being hit when the door swings out

The problem here is likely that you have an up-and-over style garage door, which needs additional space to open. If you have a short drive way it can be a much better idea to choose a sectional or roller garage door as these operate vertically.

Problem: My garage door feels too heavy to open

If the door feels too heavy to open you should not try to force it or use something to jack it open as it is likely that the springs have worn out or have lost their tension. There may be something more serious such as issues with the lifting arms or rollers. If the door breaks during operation it could potentially be dangerous.

It’s important that you should get out experienced garage door specialists to take a look at it. It may be the case that you will need to get the door replaced entirely.

Problem: I can’t get my car into the garage because the door opening is too small

It is sometimes the case that people want to use their garage to store their car, but they come to drive in, they realise the opening is too small for the vehicle to fit through. It could be the case that you have bought a new home or you want to start using your old garage – either way there is usually a solution for the problem.

For example you could choose to have a new garage door installed that does not need to travel through the opening with it operates. A roller or sectional style of door could be what you need.

Problem: When should garage door be replaced?

This can be a difficult question to answer as it depends on a number of factors. Of course every garage door has a lifespan, but this can vary quite dramatically depending on how often they are used and how well maintained they are. If you have had a garage door for a number of years and it is beginning to show signs of wear and tear, it could be worth talking to garage door specialists about potentially getting a replacement.

Modern garage doors have far improved security and safety measures, so getting a new model can be a significant upgrade for your home.