Common Problems With Older Garage Doors

Published on April 12, 2019

Garage doors have many qualities going for them: they are simultaneously functional and provide curb appeal; keep our garages and their contents safe from the elements, and can add value to our homes. But like many workhorse parts of our homes, we don’t give our garage doors much thought until something goes seriously wrong with them. To avoid hazards and costly repairs, be mindful of these common problems.

Loose Bolts and Nuts

If you have noticed that your garage door is particularly squeaky or noisy when it opens and closes, you may have some loose hardware in the hinges or tracks. These should be checked and tightened to ensure that your garage door is properly secured.

Lack of Lubrication

Rust is a common problem for garage doors that are exposed to inclement weather, like snow and rain. Check for dry or rusty spots — particularly on the operational parts of your garage door, like springs, rolls, and tracks — and give them a good once over with silicone spray or white lithium grease. Keeping the metal parts of your garage door properly lubricated will ensure that they stay functional for much longer.

Malfunctioning Rollers

Make sure to inspect the rollers of your garage door. If you notice that they are squared off instead of round, or look like they may come off of the shaft, it’s time to replace them. Replacing worn-out or broken rollers should be handled by a professional garage door company.

The Counterweight System

The counterweight system in your garage door is crucial to its function and can cause one of the biggest hazards if it is not working properly. The counterweight — or spring — system of the door helps to raise and lower it and, if it is working as it should, you should be able to open and close your door with one hand. If you notice that you are having difficulty opening or closing the door, or if your system is more than seven years old, it’s time to replace it. Replacing the spring system in your garage door is definitely not a do-it-yourself project and should only be handled by a professional.

The Opening System

Newer automatic garage door opening systems have an auto-reverse feature which will make the door reverse its path if the sensor picks up anything running under the door. This is an important safety feature if you have small children or pets. If you are concerned that the opening system is not working correctly, first check to make sure that the floor sensors are not blocked by debris. If you have eliminated any external source, call in the professionals to repair or replace your garage door opening system.

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