Garage Door Problems and Faults
Most garage doors will continue to run smoothly for many years. Occasionally, however, you may find that your trusty garage door fails to open or close properly. Here at ABi Garage Doors Leeds we obviously help people with their garage door problems quite a lot, and although there are times, unfortunately, when a professional repair is necessary, a lot of common problems can be easily solved.
Automatic Garage Doors
Some automation systems use a ‘bottom safety edge’ either instead of or along with photocells. This is a pressure sensitive device that runs along the bottom edge of the garage door. These can sometimes be wireless and have a small battery in the sensor on the door. A failed safety edge will usually cause the same issues as problems with photocells and replacing the battery can usually fix this.
An electrically operated door needs electricity! It sounds obvious but is often worth checking that there has not been a mains power cut or that one of the fuses in the property has not blown or been tripped. A word of caution however; fuses, breakers and RCD’s are protection devices, if something has tripped or blown then there is a reason for it. One of the most common power problems we come across in garages is ‘nuisance tripping’ as a result of water or damp affecting circuits, often from old leaky roofs. If there is no obvious reason for tripped or blown fuses then you should call a qualified electrician.
Tracks and Rollers
If your manual garage door appears to have become unusually heavy or stiff then one of the first things to check are the tracks and rollers. A clogged up track can cause a door to become stiff or feel ‘gritty’ when opening and closing. We don’t recommend using grease on rollers or tracks as this can collect dust and dirt over time. Check to make sure the tracks are clean and free from any debris that might cause problems for rollers and guides. The tracks can easily be wiped with an old cloth but watch out for any sharp edges and make sure the door will not move while you are cleaning the tracks. A broken roller can often be replaced by anyone that is reasonable competent at DIY but if you are unsure then call an expert.
Garage Door Springs
Torsion springs run across the top of the door frame and have a spindle running through them. They can ‘lose’ tension over time or fail completely which will make your garage door heavier to lift. Springs can be replaced or tension can be added to existing springs but we recommend this is done by a garage door expert.
Extension springs are usually fitted at each side of the garage door frame. If one or both of the springs fail it will make the door very difficult to lift. Extension springs can be replaced and we keep a full range of springs in stock at our warehouse in Leeds for all the major manufacturers. We can also have obsolete and obscure springs custom manufactured. It is often not too difficult to replace extension springs. If you can source the correct replacement springs and are reasonably competent at DIY then it is possibly something you can do yourself. We recommend that the springs at both sides of the garage are replaced at the same time to ensure the door balances correctly. Please be aware, however, that garage door springs can be under a lot of tension and can cause serious injury if they are not fitted correctly, so if you are in any doubt then call an expert.