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What are the common garage door problems?


Any time your garage door is not working properly, you should have it examined and repaired by a licensed professional. However, there are some things that you can check yourself before you call in an expert. This will save you money on the service call and if the problem is simple, it may even allow you to fix the problem yourself.

Broken Spring

A broken spring is a serious problem. When the spring breaks, it can cause the door to come crashing down, injuring you or damaging your car and home.

When your garage door won't open or close properly and you're having trouble locating the source of your problem, there may be something more serious at play than just a bad cable or wire. If you suspect that a broken spring has caused this issue, we recommend contacting an expert immediately for assistance with repairing it.

Sticker Shock

For many homeowners, sticker shock is the most common problem they face when it comes to garage doors. This can be especially painful if you need major repairs or replacements. Fortunately, there are several ways you can avoid sticker shock in your search for a new garage door:

  • Research ahead of time. Before starting your garage door search, make sure you've done your homework on what brands and models are available on the market today and how much they cost. This will help narrow down your choices so that when you're ready to buy, all that remains is choosing which specific product fits within your budget without compromising quality or reliability.

  • Shop around at different stores as well as reputable online retailers like Amazon and Home Depot's website since both places offer great deals (Amazon tends to have slightly lower prices). If possible try visiting local stores in person; this way make sure not only see but also touch before buying anything! Also keep an eye out for sales—you never know when one might pop up so don't hesitate taking advantage right away if one does come along!

A Broken Opener

Garage door openers are the most common cause of malfunctioning garage doors. If your garage door isn’t opening or closing properly, it’s likely that the opener is responsible.

Garage door openers work by sending a signal to your garage door through an infrared beam to lift it up and down at specified times when you press a button on your remote. They can also be used with other devices that connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi so you don’t have to manually open and close them yourself!

The unfortunate thing about these handy little gadgets is that they’re prone to break down over time due to wear and tear or environmental factors like heat/cold extremes, humidity levels (i.e., rain), etcetera so what are some common issues? How do I fix them?

Worn Out Rollers

There are four types of garage door rollers, and they all wear out differently.

The first type is pin tumbler. This is the most common and least expensive to replace, but it often needs to be replaced more than once because they're small and usually don't last very long. The second one is called an overhung roller because it has a pivot point in the same spot as a pivot point on your door so that when you open or close your garage door, this type of roller pushes against itself instead of against the door track like other models do. These tend to last longer than pin tumblers since they're bigger but still not very durable overall. The third type is called ball bearing or spherical roller; these rollers are similar in size and shape as overhung rollers but have ball bearings inside instead of pivots so that when you open or close your garage door, there's less friction against itself versus other types which allows for smoother operation but also means that these tend not last as long either since there's more moving parts inside compared with other models (though some people argue otherwise). Finally comes direct drive systems where no pulleys exist at all--instead there's just one continuous steel cable going along both sides with tension springs attached at each end--this creates high tension across both sides which results in better performance overall while also reducing wear on all components involved excepting only those used intermittently such as springs which must be replaced periodically regardless due their constant tension from being held tight during operation under normal conditions; however this type can still fail after prolonged use due simply needing maintenance like any other machine does eventually need regular cleaning maintenance checkups etc even though theoretically running without stopping should make them last indefinitely without fail due lack corrosion buildup rust etc"

The Door Will Not Close or Open All the Way

The first step is to check the springs. These are the most likely culprits of a door that won’t close or open all the way, because they are responsible for lifting and lowering it. If any one of these springs is loose or broken, they will not be able to do their job correctly—and that means your garage door won’t either.

Next, take a look at the opener itself: make sure it isn’t damaged or broken in any way. A malfunctioning opener can also cause problems with closing or opening your door properly. If you suspect there might be something wrong with this component of your garage door system, try unplugging it from its power source (typically located near where you park your car) and see if removing this piece fixes things up nicely.

If neither of those steps work out for you and your garage still won't close all the way or open after using both hands on each side respectively (like someone is standing on them!), then it's time to go back over what we discussed earlier: check those cables/drums again! Make sure everything looks good there too before calling us over--you don't want us replacing parts unnecessarily; plus then we'd have less money than usual left over after doing so...and nobody wants that

Worn Or Frayed Cables

Your garage door cables are the lifting mechanism for your door, and they're made of steel. They can wear out over time and fray or snap, but they can also be replaced. Cables should be lubricated periodically to ensure smooth operation, inspected regularly for signs of wear and tear, and replaced when necessary.

Snapped Cable Drum

Snapped cable drums are a common problem, especially if you're a DIYer who has tried to replace your own garage door springs. Cable drums are the wheels that turn when you open or close your garage door, and they're made from metal. When one snaps, it can be dangerous for you—and costly to repair.

If your garage door won't open because of this problem, here's how it happens: A snap in the drum means that there's no longer any tension on the spring. This means that when you try to pull down on your overhead door's handle or push in on its electric opener button (if you have one), nothing happens—it just sits there stuck halfway up in its tracks!

To fix this problem yourself without calling an expert can cost anywhere between $300-$900 depending on what kind of hardware store parts and tools you already have at home.

Garage repairs can be easy to deal with if you know what you are doing.

If you want to handle garage door repair work yourself, it's important to know what you're doing. The first step is finding a reliable garage door company. A good way to determine if a garage door service provider is trustworthy and professional is by looking at their reviews on Yelp or other similar sites.

A reputable company should be able to provide top-notch customer service no matter the situation or problem at hand.


Don't forget that the best way to keep your garage door running great is with regular preventative maintenance. Call us today at

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