Garage door problem: Door failure

Cleaning a grage door's mechanical parts and adjusting the pressure sensor can help prevent door problems.

Cleaning a grage door's mechanical parts and adjusting the pressure sensor can help prevent door problems.

Common garage door installation problems

Garage door repair companies on Angie's List share some of the most common installation problems that people experience.

Of all the garage door installation problems, a faulty door can be avoided with a little preventive maintenance. In the best-case scenario, the door mechanism and its parts need to be cleaned. Door malfunction can happen if the parts on the door get too grimy, which can slow down or limit the door's movement. It's recommended that you clean these parts of the door on a regular basis - at least every four to six months.

Another possibility is the down pressure sensor is set too light. If the door has become worn or is dirty or snugly fit in the down position, it can cause the down pressure switch to register a false positive. This means that when you attempt to close your garage door, it begins to drop down and then suddenly reverses and goes back up. This switch can be adjusted to increase the downward pressure the opener is allowed to push against without reversing.

The garage door eye sensors are another reason doors fail to close. It's actually the most common problem that people face after installing a new automatic garage door. The regular use of your door can jiggle the sensors out of alignment. Fortunately, they simply need to be realigned for the door to function again.

Contact a professional who can help you adjust the door to a safe pressure maximum. Angie's List has an extensive list of garage door repair companies, but not all are highly rated by members alike. For example, of 563 garage door repair companies in Dallas, only 123 are highly rated.


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A garage door repair pro can save you from performing faulty work or being seriously injured along the way. (Photo courtsey of Angie's List member Lars O.)
A garage door repair pro can save you from performing faulty work or being seriously injured along the way. (Photo courtsey of Angie's List member Lars O.)

Serious mechanical issues aren't common with automatic garage doors, but they still might occur. Because of the risk of serious injury or damage to the door itself, you should call a professional for help.

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We get called to a lot of jobs for garage doors that won't open or close due to faulty or misaligned sensors. It is very important to make sure you call an angies list certified professional. In our area, we see people call out fly-by-night garage door service companies that show up and begin to replace and remove working equipment in an effort to charge more for a simple repair / fix. Don't get caught off guard! Call a reputable company.

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