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Garage Door Troubleshooting Tips

My Garage Door Won’t Work – What Should I Do?

Garage doors are built to last. It’s a fact that becomes clear after we notice how long they typically last after their initial installation. Although many garage door models are resilient in nature, they may wear down over time. Many garage doors do break down over time. You may go to use your door one morning, only to find that it can’t open. Sometimes, it may not even close. If you notice that your garage door is acting strange, you will likely need to perform garage door repair or maintenance to return it back to its original state.

That’s why you need to maintain the condition of your garage door. Each month, there’s a number of tasks you need to perform, so you won’t have to deal with sudden issues with its operation. As an example, the balance of your garage door should get checked each month. You should also lubricate different parts of the door, so it operates safely and smoothly each day.

What’s the first thing you should do when your garage door doesn’t work? Examine it, of course! If your door is having issues with opening, start by examining its roller and/or corresponding tracks. They may need to be brushed clean and lubricated. This may work best on a garage door that’s making strange noises.

In the winter, there may be occasions when your door starts making strange noises. There may even be an occasion where it won’t open at all. Often times, a slightly icy seal may be affecting your door’s ability to open. A garage door can freeze shut; the water from melting ice may rust or erode the parts that help it operate.

To remove ice from your garage door, you can use a heat gun or hair dryer to melt the ice. You can also use a flat shovel and ice removal products like sand and salt to remove ice on the outside of your garage door.

When your garage door just isn’t working right, check its corresponding opener. Often, it may be the opener causing most of the problems with the door not opening on its own. Most garage door opener problems stem from an internal part breaking or simply failing to work.

Sometimes, you may have to repair or replace the entire thing. It’s always important to check the state of your garage door opener, since it may lock you out of your garage—or a part of your home, if it’s attached to your house.

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