Common Issues with Garage Doors


An average garage door weighs about 150 Lbs and on average it undergoes 1,500 cycles of opening and closing. That is a lot of heavy lifting. So it would be no surprise if your garage door  repair runs into some issues now and then. However, these issues can be really annoying if they pop up at the wrong or inconvenient time. Like when you are about to leave for work in the morning or in the evening when you come home and your door isn’t working and all of a sudden you are locked out of your garage.

There are some problems that you can troubleshoot and fix yourself. If you identify these issues on time and correct them, the damage will not be huge later on.

Common garage door problems

The following are some of the garage door problems that most garage owners run into from time to time.

Door won’t open

Most people face the issue of the door opener not working. The garage doors that use chain or drive screw usually require some lubricant for reduction of friction, and they start working again. If that is the problem you are facing, then you should apply some silicon-based lubricant or spray lube to the whole length of the door opener.

Noisy door

Worn out parts, loose hardware and squeaky parts can cause your garage door to make annoying noises. This problem can be easily solved with lubrication of the problem part that makes the noise.


Cracks are common in garage doors especially wooden ones. If you notice cracks in your door, then applying some sealant or waterproof filler will caulk the gaps.

Broken remote

This is the most annoying but common problem with garage doors. If your remote doesn’t seem to work, then the first thing that you should do is check the batteries. If the problem is not battery related, then you should refer to the manual and try to reprogram the remote.

Rust formation

Rusty doors don’t just look unsightly, but they also reduce the ability of the door to lock out some external elements. Clean the affected area with soapy water and then rub it with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Vinegar will dissolve the rust. You can then sand the rusty part and apply some fresh paint. You can prevent rust formation with annual maintenance in fall or spring.

Slamming doors

If your garage door slams on the floor when you are closing it, then it’s probably an issue with the spring. Check the extension springs. They should be pulled tightly, if that is not the case and they look old and worn out, then you should consider replacing them. It’d be ideal to call professionals and not take on the task yourself if you are not experienced.

To avoid such problems, you should do regular maintenance on your door. Try to clean the garage door track regularly. Do this with a microfiber cloth so that you don’t leave behind any fibers in the track. Cleaning the door track is important because clogged tracks can cause door jamming. When you use the door, always close it and don’t leave it partially open. If you leave it like that, the chances are that the door will travel below and slam down on anything in its way.

Door closes but then opens again

If your garage door closes and then opens back again, then there may be a problem with the door’s photo-eye. Photo-eyes are small devices that can be found on both sides of the door. They serve as safety features of the door. To confirm that the problem is not with the photo-eye, try to locate the flashing green light in the device. If you can’t find the light, check for debris or some other obstruction in front of the device.

Now you need to confirm that the photo-eyes are not misaligned. To do this, measure the distance from the ground all the way up to the center of the photo-eye. Now measure the distance from the wall to the center of the photo-eye. Do the same for the device on the other side. Following the measurements, adjust the photo-eyes. Make sure that the devices are perfectly aligned. This will most probably take care of the problem.

Garage door security

Garage door security is also a problem. If you have children at home, then make sure that the control buttons are in a place where they are out of their reach. Never leave the kids in the car while it is still in the garage. Outsiders may get them to open the door and gain entry inside the house. Regularly test the reverse mechanism of your door. Make sure that it works properly.


If you are a garage owner, then you should probably learn how to troubleshoot the door problems. Sometimes the problem may not even be a mechanical one. Your door may not sometimes open because a certain garden tool is resting against it, which is preventing it from opening. Learn the basic mechanical working of your door. That way, you may be able to solve the most common problems stated above.

Door replacement

If you conclude that your door is simply too worn out to be fixed, then you should consider replacing it. Locate a good garage door brand near you. Check the reviews of the doors, and then, keeping your needs in mind, make a knowledgeable decision. Always check the door opener of your garage at least once a year. Make sure that it is in a great position. Such regular examinations will save you from big problems in the future.