There are a lot of different things that can go wrong with your garage door. After all, your garage door is constantly used day in and day out. Because the garage door motor can go through a lot of wear and tear, things can happen to can cause it to malfunction. In this article, we will discuss some of the top signs that your garage door isn’t working properly.

Signs Your Garage Door Isn’t Working Properly:

1. Your Garage Door Won’t Open.

Perhaps the most obvious way to tell that your garage door isn’t working properly is having your garage door unable to open. If your garage door is not opening when you press your remote, you are likely going to be dealing with a larger issue. However, to test to make sure that it is not simply your remote, you will want to replace the batteries in your remote. If your remote needs new batteries, it is not going to be able to send the signal to your garage door to open. Therefore, when dealing with a garage door that won’t open, always start with replacing your remote’s batteries.

2. Sound Of Grinding.

If you notice that your garage door is making a grinding sound every time it opens and closes, you are likely dealing with an issue of your garage door being off track. If you notice that there are gaps and/or bends in the rails, you are likely dealing with a track out of alignment. This is a common problem that can occur and it is going to result in a loud grinding noise from your garage.

3. Your Door Is Opening and Closing Randomly.

This is a problem that can happen occasionally and it might be caused by different issues. Your door opener might be getting mixed up with other signals that are being transmitted in your neighborhood. In fact, it might be a direct result of your neighbor’s garage door getting mixed up with your own. Another issue that could be causing it would be the emitter getting blocked or the spring being broken.

4. The Door won’t Close Fully.

This is another sign that your door is not functioning properly. If your garage door opens but it fails to close properly, you are likely dealing with one of three malfunctioning issues. For one, you might be dealing with improper settings on your opener where the close-limit is incorrectly set. Another issue might be caused by your safety sensors being aligned improperly. Lastly, it could be a result of damaged rollers.

5. The Door Won’t Open Completely.

This is another major sign that your door is malfunctioning. If your door will not open completely, you might be dealing with one of the following issues. The up-limit that is set on your garage door opener might be improperly placed too far away from the unit. Along with this, you might be dealing with significantly damaged rollers which can inhibit the door from being able to open far enough to open the door fully. If you are dealing with an improperly set limit, you will want to move the switch closer to the unit itself.

Overall, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with your garage door. Some solutions are going to be inherently easier to deal with than others. If you are dealing with major garage door problems that you cannot solve on your own, you will want to call on a reputable and experienced garage door repair specialist or company. Doing this is going to put you in a good position to get your garage door issues resolved as quickly and safely as possible.

19 Responses to “Signs Your Garage Door Isn’t Working Properly”

  1. Steele Honda

    Thanks for detailing some signs that your garage door isn’t working properly. I appreciate that you mentioned that if it is making a grinding sound then something is probably wrong. I have noticed that my garage has been louder than usual and is grinding so I thin it would be smart to look into getting it repaired before it gets worse.

  2. Dennis Sanchez

    It was interesting that you mentioned that one possible cause of a garage door not opening is that it could be getting mixed up signals from other devices around the neighborhood causing it to malfunction. Whenever I visit my brother, his garage door always opens at random times. I should probably tell him to have a company inspect it and see if it can be fixed.

  3. Jenna Hunter

    My cousin has a garage door that is very wobbly and often won’t close properly. It could be really helpful for her to get a professional to take a look at it. I’ll be sure to tell her that she might be dealing with improper settings on the opener, damaged rollers, or safety sensors being set up improperly.

  4. Mindy Jollie

    The grinding sound you mentioned definitely rings a bell! My husband and I are having trouble with our garage. We’ll have to see if we can get a professional to come repair it soon.

  5. Angela Waterford

    My brother’s garage door is malfunctioning. He told me that it’s not opening completely, and he’s done everything he could think of. Thanks for clarifying that it might be the rollers that he needs to check on, so I might tell him to hire someone to repair it.

  6. Faylinn Byrne

    Wow, I thought it was so interesting that you mentioned that if your door is not closing fully, it might be because the rollers are damaged. When I was leaving my house for work this morning, I noticed that the garage door was making a strange noise and did not close fully, which left me a little bit concerned. I am glad I found this article, and that I can now try to find a professional to come and take a look at the door to see what id going on with it.

  7. Kate Hansen

    It was really helpful when you mentioned that you should get it repaired if it is making a grinding noise. Last night when I came home from work, I noticed that my garage was actually making a grinding noise and I wasn’t sure if that was normal or not. I’ll have to look into hiring a repair service to fix my garage door!

  8. Angela Waterford

    Last week, my garage door malfunctioned when I tried to close it after I pulled my car into the garage. It’s interesting to know that the garage door opener might have an issue because the door wasn’t opening or closing far enough last two weeks ago. For this reason, I think it’s better for me to hire someone to take a look at this in order for me to be able to use my garage again.

  9. Taylor Bishop

    Thanks for explaining how you can tell the condition of your garage door. I didn’t know that opening and closing randomly is a sign that the door needs to be looked at. I wonder if you should also pay attention to when the door does this, in case that can help figure out exactly what is wrong with the door.

  10. Randy Chorvack

    My garage door has about one foot that it refuses to close. I’m glad you mentioned that there could be three issues that cause this. I’ll have to test them each out to see if I can fix the problem. I wouldn’t want any neighborhood cats sneaking in while I’m not looking.

  11. Taylor Anderson

    Thanks for mentioning that one should get their garage door repaired if they hear grinding. One of my friends has a really old garage door. These tips could really help him out.

  12. Ron Booker

    I found it interesting that you said that when your garage door doesn’t close completely it can be because the settings are nort properly install. One of my friends told me that his garage door was having problems closing all the way, especially in the winter. I’m going to check with a professional and see if he can check his settings.

  13. Tammie Houston

    My husband noticed that our door won’t close fully last night. It seems that the latch and the belt need replacement because the settings are correct and it is able to open completely. I’m looking for a garage door repair service that can come urgently to ensure that the door is functioning well. I don’t want to take the risk of leaving the house that I don’t know what might happen to our properties when I come back.

  14. Eileen Benson

    I’m glad you explained that our garage door needs repair if it won’t close completely. My home’s garage door has been having that problem. Your article helped me feel motivated to find a garage door repair service soon!

  15. Ellie Davis

    It’s interesting to know that if you noticed that your garage door is making a grinding sound every time it opens or closes, it could be a sign of problems that need to be taken care of. My husband and I are noticed that our garage door is making noises, and we are looking for advice. I will call a professional repairman to help us with our garage door as soon as possible.

  16. Skylar Williams

    Thank you for explaining that a grinding noise coming from your garage door means that it is off the track. My garage was broken into the other week and they broke the door. I’ll be sure to get that fixed right away by a professional.


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