5 Reasons Your Garage Door Could Be Malfunctioning

Modern garage doors that are installed professionally usually last a long time. The doors are made of sturdy materials and the mechanisms are sturdy and stable. However, that doesn't mean it won't malfunction from time to time. If you are having problems with your garage door, they might be due to the following culprits.

The Photo Eye Needs Adjusting

When your garage door has problems, they can be due to many different elements. One common problem is issues with the photo eye. The photo eye is an invisible beam that is triggered when you push a button on the garage door opener to open or close the garage door. If your garage door is not opening and closing at it should, the photo eye could be misaligned or dirty. Inspect it to see if there is any debris that needs to be cleaned. If it looks clean, it might be time to call a professional to realign it.

The Track Is Misaligned

If the problem is due to the garage door not opening or closing all the way, or having difficulty while doing so, it could be due to the track being misaligned. There is a metal track that lets your garage door move up and down. If it isn't aligned properly, the garage door doesn't move right. A good way to inspect it yourself is looking at the track and checking for gaps between the rollers and the rail. If there are no gaps, also check to see if there are bends in the garage door rails. A lot of misalignment issues simply occur over time and require small adjustments.

The Garage Door Springs Need to Be Replaced

The garage door springs can be responsible for several problems with the door and its mechanisms. If your door is closing too quickly, often making a loud banging sound, the tension springs on the door are probably broken. The problem could also be due to the cables that connect the tension springs, so that is another thing to check. The springs of the garage door can also be responsible for a door that refuses to go up. Garage door springs are difficult to work with and should only be handled by a professional.

The Transmitters Are Malfunctioning

If you find that your garage door is opening and closing randomly, including when you aren't at home, the transmitters may be stuck under something, or there may be obstructions in the way. If you don't see anything that is easy for you to fix on your own, call a professional company like American Eagle Garage Door Services to look at the transmitter's frequency.

The Settings Are Inaccurate

Finally, if the garage door goes down, but then opens right back up again, this probably has something to do with the settings of your garage door opener. There are range limit settings on the garage door opener that will determine how far the garage door moves before being closed completely. If the settings are set too high, the door opens and closes improperly.