Especially if your car is trapped inside, it can be very annoying when a garage door breaks down. Whether you're planning to do a DIY job or call a professional, it's important to identify exactly what's wrong with your garage door so that a solution can be quickly worked out. If your garage door is broken, see if it fits with the signs of these three common garage door problems.
Faulty Remote Control System
A problem with your garage door's remote control system is relatively easily fixed by a professional. But, if you don't have any experience with electronics, you won't have much luck trying to find a DIY job here.
Obviously, if the button on your garage activates your door normally and only your portable control doesn't work, then you probably need a new portable control. If neither the portable control nor the button on your garage door work, but all of the components on your door seem to be intact and respond to manual movement, you'll need work done on your operator box.
Broken Or Rusty Springs
If one of the springs on your garage door is broken or too rusty to move, the whole door will typically only move partway before resetting completely. Most of the time, it's easy to identify a faulty spring with a simple visual inspection.
However, some garage door designs come with enclosed springs that are hard to reach or even identify if you're just a casual observer. In this case, you'll have to see whether your garage door doesn't work at all or only opens partway.
When one of the cables on your garage door snaps, your door will either not open at all or only open slightly on one side. If this is the case for you, it might take some time sorting through your door's complicated cable network to find exactly which one is broken.
It requires quite a lot of knowledge and experience to replace a garage door cable without throwing the whole system out of alignment. If you have a broken cable, it's generally a good idea to seek a professional repair service unless you know exactly what you're doing.
While some garage door repairs are easy, others will take a lot of time and money to completely rectify. Even if you're planning to get professional help no matter what part of your garage door is broken, it's always a good idea to know exactly what kind of problem you're paying for.