6 Common Minnesota Garage Door Problems and What to Do

Most Minneapolis homeowners don’t think too often about their garage doors until something goes wrong. While you may be able to fix some garage door problems yourself, other issues will require help from a professional repair technician.

Common Garage Door Problems

Here are some of the most common garage door problems you may encounter.

Garage Door Opener is Unresponsive

When your garage door will not operate with the remote or with the keypad, there are several potential causes. Make sure that you’re close enough to the door; it’s possible that you’re simply too far away and out of range of the door’s antenna. If the door works properly from the wall switch but not with the remote control, it’s likely that the battery in the remote simply needs replacing.

Loud Noises

Loud noises when the garage door opens or closes can be a warning sign. If you hear squeaking or squealing sounds, a roller or bearing may need lubrication. Scraping sounds can indicate that a cable needs to be replaced. If you hear popping sounds, it’s likely that your garage door has a worn roller. In each of these situations, you should consult a repair specialist.

Door Will Not Close Completely

If your garage door opens properly but will not close all the way, check the following.

The Close-Limit Switch

The close-limit switch is an important safety device required on all garage door openers. The switch tells the garage door’s motor when to stop running. It protects people from being hit by the door or having it close on them. When the switch is incorrectly set, the door will not fully close and may open back up when you try to close it. Try to reset the close-limit switch if your door will not close properly. Always consult your owner’s manual to adjust your limit settings.

The Safety Sensors

The safety sensors are located on both sides of the garage door’s track, near the bottom. The door will not close if anything is blocking the line of sight between the electronic sensors. If the sensors are blocked, the garage door will stop or reverse when you try to close it. Make sure that the safety sensors are kept clear.

Garage Door is Very Heavy

If your garage door feels very heavy, or if it falls very quickly while it’s going down, the problem may be caused by a broken garage door spring. The weight of the garage door is supported by torsion springs. If the spring breaks, there is no support and the garage door becomes “dead weight.” A broken garage door spring is a safety hazard. If you suspect that you have a broken spring, contact a repair technician as soon as possible.

Garage Door is Slanted or Uneven

If your garage door is slanted or crooked, a damaged extension spring is often the cause. The extension springs are fastened to each side of the door and each one pulls the door independently. When an extension spring breaks, the door will appear crooked because one side will not move. This problem should be addressed quickly. If it’s not repaired, the garage door may become stuck on the tracks. Call a repair technician for help.

Garage Door Opens Very Slowly

If your garage door is very slow to open, or if it’s jerky when it opens and closes, it is another symptom of a broken or warped garage door spring. This problem should be handled by a qualified repair expert.

Call the Experts

If your garage door is broken, contact us at Advanced Garage Solutions to schedule your Minneapolis garage door repair. Our experts will be glad to answer any questions that you have and help you get your garage door running smoothly again.