Two Most Common Garage Door Problems

To give you a clue on how you can fix the two most common garage door problems and perform a DIY garage door fix without calling Indianapolis garage door repair, here are some great tips that you can follow:

Problem 1 : Garage door makes a screeching sound

Screeching garage doors are very annoying. Most of the time, these garage door problems are caused by old, rusty garage door springs and rollers. Garage doors are prone to this problem because of the building up of dirt and rust. This issue is quite normal and it can be easily fixed by applying a coating of liquid lubricant or any other silicone-based steel and metal lubricant. As much as possible, try not to use WD-40’s because they tend to attract a lot of dirt and dust over time. You will just end up having the same old problem after a couple of months.

The solution: Purchase a can of garage door lubricant to do the job for you and apply it on your garage door springs, garage door wheels and main hinges. Open your garage door manually 2-3 times to see if the lubricant has made an effect. Apply even portions especially on the garage door wheels and also apply the lubricant on your garage door’s screws to loosen up the tension. Don’t forget to disconnect your garage door from the automatic opener (if you have any) before doing this garage door repair fix. Of course, garage doors are not toys and you should not play with it if you don’t know what you are doing. It is best to at least consult with garage door repair Indianapolis IN professionals before doing anything on your own.

Problem 2 : Garage door doesn’t go down all the way

When your garage door goes down but doesn’t completely close itself before going back up, it might be caused by two problems: a faulty / misplaced sensor in the garage door opener track or an object blocking the eye of the door sensor. By now, you should know that garage doors have sensors which are usually located in the garage door opener track. It is a small sensor that is passed by the garage door when it goes down and is responsible for the opening and closing functions of your garage door. If the door sensor is passed by prematurely (meaning, your sensor is activated earlier than needed), it will cause the door to go up even before the door completely shuts down. In other words, the issue of prematurely closing and opening garage doors can be easily remedied just by the proper placement of the garage door sensors.

The Solution: To fix this problem, slide the sensor a little further down the garage door opener track until the door is able to close down properly. Proper sensor realignment is also a recommended solution if there is an object blocking the eye of the garage door sensor. If you are still having problems with your garage door after realigning the garage door sensor, the problem might be in the sensor itself and you might just need to purchase a new one. There are a lot of available options depending on your garage door manufacturer so choose the one that best suits your needs and preferences.

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