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5 Common Reasons Garage Doors Malfunction

Having a properly functioning garage door is essential to your daily routine. If yours isn’t working properly, it can be a big problem. Not only is a garage door that won’t close a security issue, a constantly open door can also cost you additional money in heating and cooling throughout the year.

Luckily, more often than not, problems with garage doors are fairly simple to fix. We at Garage One want everyone to be happy with their doors. Although we are located in Toronto, we have a wide service area throughout Ontario. If yours isn’t working properly, here are just a few of the most common reasons this may be happening:

1. Something is blocking its path

Modern garage doors have sensors that shoot a beam across the opening. This is there as a safety feature to ensure that the door doesn’t close on an object (or person) that may be in the way. If a stray object such as a basketball or lawnmower is even slightly blocking the path of your garage door, it’s safety features will prevent it from closing.

2. The door is manually locked

Many doors have a manual lock feature in addition to their automatic functions. If your garage door is manually locked, the remote feature won’t be able to unlock it. Be sure that your door’s manual lock is in the unlocked position to remotely open the door.

3. You need a new battery

It might seem obvious, but this is an easy point to forget. Garage door remotes need power to function properly. If your remote isn’t working, it might simply be time to change the battery.

4. Sensors are misaligned

As we’ve already mentioned, automatic garage doors almost always have sensors as a standard safety feature. If these sensors have somehow become misaligned, they may not be correctly registering that there is no object in the door’s path. Consult a garage door expert or your user’s manual to find out how to test your garage door’s sensors.

5. Your door’s track may be damaged

Whether it’s from a stray slapshot when practicing in the driveway or an accident when moving a kayak, the track along which your garage door moves can sometimes get damaged. If your door can’t move smoothly along its track, it won’t be able to open or close properly. In these situations, it’s best to contact an expert for help with repairs.

If you’re having trouble with your garage doors, the easiest way to find a solution is to reach out to a professional. It’s better to contact us at Garage One sooner rather than later. If your door has been damaged, waiting to get it repaired can lead to more extensive problems down the road. A little maintenance every now and then will be cheaper than costly repairs or replacements.


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