Top six common garage door problems

As a result of constant operation, garage doors experience3 a number of problems from time to time. Some of these problems may be complex and require an expert intervention to repair or rectify while others are simple minor issues that you can rectify through a do it yourself without hiring a professional. The most common six-door problems have been discussed here.

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Poorly set garage door limit

When the garage door limits are poorly set, the door may not close up properly and may sometimes begin to close and open up again. Sometimes this may happen as a result of worn-out springs or cables. The spring tensions may also be the culprit, and this may require that the spring or cable tension of your garage door is adjusted. If this is the issue with your door, engage a professional to adjust the settings for better door functionality.

Grinding noise

Noise on your garage door may be a result of loose parts or a squeaky section. However, these are simple signs that your garage door needs lubrication or tightening of the loose parts. Try applying lubrication directly on the affected parts and see if this resolves the problem.

Rust formation

Garage doors made from non-galvanized steel are much more exposed to rust. The door accumulates moisture during wet seasons and begins to rust over time. This makes the door tarnished, robbing your garage of that splendid look it had when new.

These are common door problems in wet conditions and can be easily resolved by a do it yourself. When the door begins to rust, clean the affected area using dishwashing soap and rub the area with vinegar to dissolve the rust. Once the rust is removed, apply primer and paint.

Unresponsive garage door remote or opener

The transmitter and or opener may have system issues that may cause them to malfunction. When this happens, the signals will not be generated or transmitted to your door, and as such, the door will not close.

The remote batteries may also fail to work. Transmitter controls work best when fitted with powerful or new batteries. Ensure your transmitter battery is changed regularly as old batteries will not work and may ruin the transmitter system. Remove the battery and replace it with new sets and try closing your garage door again. If the door does not close with the new batteries in place, the problem could not be the battery. Inspect the door for other issues.

Your door transmitter has a small photo-eye through which signals are transmitted to your door opener. If this is blocked or misaligned, the signals will not transmit to your door, and the door will not close.


In wooden garage doors, cracks are very common. Always use a waterproof filler or sealant to caulk the crack whenever you notice them.

Broken weather sealant

Your garage door weather sealant keeps water out, seals air leaks, and reduces street noise. Always remove and replace broken or old weather sealants.

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