Even with regular maintenance, garage doors are mechanical systems that can develop problems over time. Knowing how to identify and address some common issues is important for homeowners. Here are a few typical garage door problems and potential DIY fixes or signs it’s time to call a professional for Garage Door Repair.

Common Garage Door Problems

Noisy Operation

Squeaking or grinding noises during operation are usually caused by worn rollers, hinges, springs or other moving parts that need lubrication. Apply lubricant oil or grease to all moving parts as directed. Noisy cables may need adjustment or replacement. For persistent noise, a technician may need to inspect for other issues.

Difficulty Opening/Closing

This is often due to misaligned, damaged or worn tracks, rollers, hinges or springs. First try adjusting the tracks and rollers to ensure proper alignment. Replace any broken parts as needed. If issues persist, a technician should inspect for needed repairs.

Door Won’t Open or Close Completely

Check for proper adjustment and alignment of all hardware. Bent tracks can cause this issue. Tracks may need to be straightened or replaced. Door may be out of balance and require tuning or spring replacement by a pro.

Broken Cables

Frayed or broken lift cables require immediate attention for safety. Cables cannot be repaired and must be replaced. A technician should perform this task.

Damaged Panels

Minor dents can often be popped out from the back. Deeper dents or cracks may require panel replacement. Wood panels may need sanding and refinishing if weathered.

Garage Door Problems

Bent Tracks or Rollers

Tracks that are severely bent or misshapen usually require replacement. Bent rollers should also be swapped out. A pro can install new tracks for proper alignment.

Loose Mounting Hardware

Over time, hinges, rollers, springs and other mounted parts may loosen. Inspect hardware and tighten any loose fasteners. Replace parts as needed.

Broken Springs

Springs that have snapped or fail require urgent attention from a pro, as they handle large amounts of tension. Never attempt to repair or replace springs yourself.

Malfunctioning Opener

Troubleshoot electrical issues, replace batteries, test safety sensors and adjust force settings as directed. If problems persist, contact an opener installation pro.

While some minor garage door issues can be addressed at home, it’s always best to call a certified technician for repairs if you’re unsure or the problem is not easily resolved. Proper maintenance and timely repairs will help your garage door function safely and reliably for years.