Most of the time, you don’t have to think about your garage door. It’s something that’s pretty much always there – opens when you need it to and closes when you need it to – job done!
But sometimes things can go wrong – the door gets stuck, wear and tear eventually gets to it or its mechanism, or you accidentally crash the car into it (it has been known!). Here, we take a look at the most common problems that affect garage doors:
Obscuring the photo eye
Got an electric gate/garage door? There are tiny sensors on each side of your garage door that will stop the electric mechanism working if someone or something obstructs the door after you’ve pressed the ‘close’ button. This safety mechanism means the door won’t close on your car or trap a child or pet that has accidentally wandered into the doorway.
If the photo eye becomes misaligned or damaged, the beams will disconnect and the safety feature will no longer work. You may not realise this has happened, so test it from time to time by placing something in the doorway to see if it stops the door closing.
If something gets put in front of the sensors, the safety mechanism will kick in and the door won’t shut at all – but once you’ve worked that out, it is at least a problem that’s easily solved!
Cables and springs
The cables and springs that help to lift and lower your garage door are made to last but they will eventually become prone to wear and tear issues. The older they are and the more you use them, the more likely it is that they’ll break. So if you’ve had your door a long time and are worried this might be an issue, it might be an idea to get them replaced before they cause a problem.
Some garage doors open and close by sliding along a metal track, but sometimes this gets misaligned – especially if the door has been damaged in some way – which causes problems opening and closing the door.
As with anything that relies on electricity, problems can be caused by a break in supply. If your garage door isn’t working, but the electricity in the rest of the house is, check the fuse. If that doesn’t fix the problem, and you’ve ruled out all of the above possibilities, then it’s time to call an electrician or a garage door specialist.