Garage doors are indispensable to the convenience and security of your home, but they can run into problems. Let’s dive into five common issues with garage door systems and how to troubleshoot them effectively:

Noisy Garage Door

A noisy garage door can be irritating. Often, the culprit is insufficient lubrication. Apply a silicone-based lubricant to all moving parts, including rollers, hinges, and springs, to reduce noise. Additionally, check for loose hardware and tighten any loose screws, bolts, or nuts you find​​​​​​.

Uneven Closing or Opening

If your garage door closes or opens unevenly, it might be due to obstructions in the tracks or issues with the door’s balance. Before troubleshooting, inspect the tracks for debris or damage and clear any obstructions. To test the door’s balance, disconnect the opener and manually lift the door halfway. If it doesn’t stay in place, it may be unbalanced and require professional adjustment​​.

Sagging Garage Door Sections

Over time, garage door sections can sag, especially in older wooden doors. This issue often requires adjusting the tension of the cables or professional replacement of worn springs. For minor sagging, you may do a little garage door troubleshooting by positioning a tension rod at the back of the door, which sometimes rectifies the problem​​.

Door Reverses Before Touching the Floor

If your garage door reverses before it fully closes, it might be reacting to resistance or an obstruction it perceives as an object in its path. Check the tracks for any blockages, and make sure they’re clean and clear of debris. If the problem persists, the sensitivity settings of the door might need adjustment, which is typically a task for professional​​s from RSK Doors.

Weather Stripping and Insulation Issues

Compromised weather stripping can lead to energy loss and allow water or pests to enter your garage. Inspect the weather stripping around the door and replace it if it’s worn or damaged. Additionally, consider the condition of your garage door’s insulation, especially if you experience temperature inconsistencies in your garage​​.

Keep Your Garage Door Running Smoothly

Regular maintenance is key to preventing these common garage door problems. RKS Doors recommends a routine check-up of your garage door system to catch and address issues early. For tasks beyond your level of comfort or expertise, don’t hesitate to contact RKS Doors