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Problems With Your Garage Door: Why It Could Be Time To Replace Your Garage Door

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Automated garage doors have become essential for many homeowners. While your garage door may open perfectly for years, there are a number of problems that can occur to disrupt this smooth process. Sometimes the issue is a simple fix, while other times it means you may need to replace your entire garage door system. If you are having trouble with your garage door and you don't want to try and fix the problem on your own, it's time to call in a garage door installation professional to come and assess your situation.

The Garage Door Closes Too Quickly

If you shut your garage door and it closes with a bang, this can mean that the tension spring is broken, or that you are having problems with the cables that are supposed to counter the weight of the door as it closes. This can be a hazard if left unfixed, as a completely broken tension spring in addition to cables can cause your door to shut unexpectedly. 

Your Garage Door Gets Stuck During Opening or Closing

When your garage door is having trouble opening and closing all the way, getting stuck in the process, this is probably an issue with the door track. This track can get bent out of shape easily. Even a small bracket falling off can cause the track to go out of alignment. When the track is not properly aligned, your garage door won't run smoothly along the tracks. This can cause your door to get stuck when trying to open or close.

Your Garage Door Will Close Half Way and Then Open Again

Garage doors are now made with sensors that prevent your garage door from closing down on an object. When there is something blocking one of the sensors, your garage door won't close all the way. These sensors are at both sides of the door, and they are lined up facing each other. If something gets between these two sensors, or one sensor gets bent and is no longer facing the other, the door will not shut all the way.

There can be a number of simple fixes when considering problems with your garage door. Make sure that your remote has batteries, and check the track to make sure they are properly lined up. A garage door that is structurally unsound will need to be replaced, and it's important to get all repairs done right away so that you don't have bigger problems.