Garage Door Repair: Common Problems

You don’t realize how much you count on your garage doors until you need repairs.

Whether your garage is holding your car hostage or you can’t get in after returning from the daily grind, nonworking doors are an annoyance.


Sometimes the fix is easy, like removing the bug that decided to build a nest on the photo eye sensor (it happens). Other times it’s a small part (with a big role) gone rusty, like the springs.

Sometimes, it’s technically possible to tackle garage door repairs yourself, but it’s rarely worth the risk. Garage doors are heavy, and they can be dangerous to repair if you’re not an expert. If you know what’s wrong with your doors, telling your local professionals while scheduling a repair appointment can help ensure they have the information and tools necessary for a fast fix.

One tip: Before scheduling an appointment, make sure the batteries are working in the transmitter. That’s one garage door repair everyone can do themselves.

Garage Door Repairs Large and Small

Looking at the photo eyes can sometimes tell you immediately what the problem is. In time, the eyes get dirty, and the dirt obstructs light.

Misalignment can also cause issues. Regularly cleaning the eyes is a good idea, but since it’s made of glass, be careful not to scratch it. A gentle cleaner and soft cloth is all you need. Ensure the eyes are pointing in the same direction, because being off just a little means they can’t read each other, which causes malfunction.

A bigger problem is when garage door tracks get out of alignment. You might spot spaces between rails and rollers, or the rails might even be bent. Adding the weight of a garage door trying to go up and down can exacerbate the issue, making it dangerous to use. If you suspect track misalignment, stop using the garage doors and call your local repair team immediately.

Out of Range

Your transmitter only allows garage door frequencies to reach so far. If you’d prefer to control your doors from a little farther away than the pre-sets, you can change the frequency. However, every model is different, so you’ll need to consult the manual or have a garage door repair professional take care of the change for you.

Transmitters sometimes require reprogramming, which is beyond a frequency change, but is a quick process for a garage door repair expert.

All modern garage doors feature a reverse mechanism to keep them from damaging objects in their path. Something as small as debris buildup can kick-start the mechanism, so be sure your doors fall in a clear path. If all is clear but you still have issues, damaged torsion springs might be to blame.

Just like any technology, garage doors will need some TLC in their lifetime. Call the Garage Door Man for all your garage door repair needs.