Common Garage Door Faults and How to Fix Them

A professionally-fitted garage door will give you years of convenience, and help you to make the most of your garage in every season. If you start to notice issues with your door mechanism, it’s important to address them as soon as you can to prevent the problem getting gradually worse. Here are four of the most common troubles we see at Wessex Garage Doors, and what you can do about them.

1.    Heavy or stiff mechanisms

Unusual heaviness or stiffness when you open your garage door suggests there is a problem with its tracks. The first step is to clean out any dirt that might be obstructing the rollers, and check the length of the track for any damage. In some cases, a little extra lubrication is all that’s needed to help your doors glide again, but if you spot any warped areas or dents, give our repair team a call to help you fix or replace the track.

2.    Automatic controls stop working

If your electric door suddenly stops responding to the remote control, it is usually due to one of two reasons. The first is that the battery in the control need replacing (don’t feel silly, it’s surprisingly common), so double check that its charged and inserted correctly. If you are certain the remote is working and the door simply isn’t opening, the problem is mechanical, and the motor or springs will need professional attention as soon as possible.

3.    Doors are getting stuck part-way

Despite their robustness, garage doors can be sensitive to the smallest obstruction. If you door is getting jammed, check the opening carefully for gravel, twigs or leafy build-up that might be partially blocking the rollers. If there is nothing between the tracks, look for items inside the garage that might have fallen into the way, preventing the door from fully opening or closing. If you can’t find an obstruction, or if you have fixed the problem and your door still won’t function properly, call us and arrange for one of our friendly repair team to take a look for you.

4.    Doors won’t stay open

If your garage door slips or droops when you open it, the problem is likely with its springs. Both torsion springs (at the top of the door frame) and extension springs (located at the sides) can lose tension over time, gradually becoming unable to support the weight of the open door. It’s important to have this issue addressed before the springs give out, so as soon as you notice your door slipping, call a specialist to adjust, repair or replace your springs.

Even the most reliable doors will wear out over time, but that doesn’t always mean they need replacing. Our expert team have repaired all kinds of garage doors, so if you’re struggling with a fault that’s not on this list, give us a call on 0800 161 3733 to see how we can help.

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