It may not be something you think about every day but sustaining quality maintenance of your garage door is very important. When issues arrive (like these common problems below), give Overhead Door of South DakotaTM a call. We’ll help you get your garage door back to normal in no time!

Broken Springs

• A broken spring results from normal wear and tear. A standard spring is rated for roughly 10,000 cycles (1 cycle is the door going up and then down). Once the steel spring wears out it will break, and the home owner may hear a loud bang in the garage when this occurs. If it happens while they are away the door will most likely not operate when they arrive back home. It’s a quick fix but it is a hazard. Please seek professional repair.

Broken Cables

• A broken cable also results from normal wear and tear. The torsion spring is wound up to lift the door, but it is the cables that do the lifting. The cables are under a lot of tension and wear out over time. This can occur as a single service incident where the cable breaks by itself or this can occur in conjunction with a torsion spring break. This is a hazard that will require professional repair. Luckily, it is another quick fix!

Door Reversing When Going Down

• There are a few different factors that come into play when diagnosing door travel issues. It could be weather related as doors and operators run differently in the cold of winter. It could be an electronic accessory malfunction (i.e. the safety beam that travels across the opening at the floor could be disrupted or the photo sensors are misaligned). It could be that the electric operator or door itself needs to be adjusted. Most adjustments are needed due to normal wear and tear.

Door Squealing & Screeching

• Door components can become dry and start to get noisy over the course of normal door use. Planned maintenance through our service program can aide in gaining useful lifetime of the door and operator. Simple lubrication and alignment will take care of most door noises that should not occur.

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17 thoughts on “The most common problems why your garage door can breakdown.

  1. This is really great and I’m also facing the problem of broken garage door right now and I’m looking for good services to fix that problem. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I thought it was interesting that the weather could affect the way your door runs on its tracks. My garage door has been having some problems this year, so it seems like I’ll need to get it worked on. Do you have any tips for finding a great company to help me?

  3. I never knew that it is normal to have problems with the door travel due to the wear and tear that is inevitable, so it is important to have adjustments are needed. I guess we need to call an expert to do some adjustments on our garage door because we have been having difficulty in opening and closing it. My husband first noticed it when he parked the car this morning. Then, I also experienced it when I tried to go out to buy some groceries.

  4. Thank you for letting me know that a torsion spring break can require profession repair. My garage door is broken and I haven’t known how to fix it. After reading this, I’ll need to find a company that can help me out. Seeing how my garage door is so old, I will be looking into getting a professional to install a brand-new garage door for me.

  5. I like that you mentioned the common problems encountered with garage doors because it is a way for us to check them and avoid broken doors in the future. We always use our garage door for going in and out of the house as it is directly connected to our living room. We want to make sure that it is always safe for kids to use it. I’ll definitely remember your tips and make sure to call a professional when we need repairs in the future.

  6. My wife and I noticed our garage door has been having a hard time opening and closing, so thanks for sharing this. I had no idea that this could be caused by broken cables. I’ll have to check the springs on the door to see if they are giving out.

  7. Nice post. It is very informative post. I know very important things over here. This is a perfect blog for everyone who wants to know about the most common problems why your garage door can breakdown. Keep posting and keep sharing like this.

  8. It sure is interesting to know that garage door springs are rated to last for 10,000 cycles. My mother’s old garage door came with the house that we moved into when we where kids. I’ll be sure to advise her to start looking for technicians that can source out all the garage door hardware that needs to be replaced. Thanks!

  9. I’m grateful for your advice about getting a professional repair if the garage door has broken springs. This is the actual problem that we have at the moment. Last night we can’t even open our garage door and just parked the car outside. I believed that there is something wrong with its spring.

  10. It became very obvious to my sister that she needs a garage door repair. She is worried that the reversing door is an electronic malfunction. I think that a professional repair service might be good at diagnosing this.

  11. My roller door has a broken spring in it and now we are having to raise and lower the door manually. We have a professional coming out this weekend to look at the door. we know it is the spring because I was in the garage on the phone after pulling in when the spring broke.

  12. The cables on my garage door have recently broken. It’s good to know that this can be a hazardous repair, so it’s best left to professionals, like you said. It’s also nice that it’s still an easy and quick fix. I’ll definitely be leaving it to a professional.

  13. Thanks for mentioning how normal wear and tear on your cables may cause to break. I would think that this would pose a pretty serious threat to my vehicle and my family’s safety, so I will be sure to have our garage door inspected; especially its cables, from time to time. This piece will surely help me cut a lot of costs on garage door repairs in the future because it will help me catch the problem sooner. Thanks!

  14. It’s good to know more about residential garage door repairs. Our door hasn’t been going down all of the way recently, so it’s good to know that that may be caused by regular wear and tear. We’ll need to hire a pro to come and take a look at it.

  15. My garage door is being stupid lately. I think we might have broken springs. I heard a loud bang the other day and my garage door hasn’t been working properly since. I will have to call someone to come check it out.

  16. That’s good to know that the weather, an electronic accessory malfunction, or the electric operator or door could be the cause of why the garage door is reversing when going down. My garage door started to do this today, so I’m trying to figure out how to fix it so I can use it. I’ll have to find a professional to come look at it and see what is causing it to reverse so I can get it repaired or replaced.

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