Common Issues With An Electric Garage Door

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An electric garage door provides you with a door that is easy to open and close with a button inside the garage and with a remote. However, there are some issues that tend to be common with this type of door. By identifying them, you know when it is time to call a professional for repairs.

The Door Won't Open or Close

A common issue to have with an electric garage door is when the door refuses to close. This is often from problems with the photo eye. This is a type of beam that exists on the inside and outside of the garage door. It is triggered when you press the button on your remote, which helps you open or close the door. It also works with the button inside your garage. If your door won't close or open, there is probably buildup on the photo eye. It might also simply be out of alignment and need a slight adjustment. Contact a garage door professional if your door still won't open or close and the photo eye seems to be fine.

There Are Issues With the Track

You may also find that the garage door either doesn't open or close all the way, or it has other mechanical problems with the track itself. It is often from the door track being out of alignment, which also keeps the door from moving properly. You may notice that when looking at the track, there is a gap or an obvious dent or bend in the rollers or rail of the track. This is not something you should try to fix yourself, so make sure you call a professional for repairs.

The Extension Springs Are Worn

If your extension or torsion springs are worn, cracked, or otherwise damaged, you will notice a difference in how your garage door operates. These happen to be very dangerous to inspect and repair on your own, so it is best that you contact a garage door professional if you suspect they are the culprit. A common sign that the extension springs are having trouble is when your door keeps falling after being released. Instead of closing slowly as it should, it falls quickly and slams shut. This is a sign that the springs need to be replaced. You might also find that the door is opening on its own, which is also a problem associated with the springs.

Contact a service like Dorsey Garage Doors for more help.


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