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Troubleshooting the most common garage door problems

Posted on by JB Garage Door Team

Garages are the perfect space for parking cars and general storage, making them one of the most valuable areas of the house. Therefore, it is very important to keep it in good working condition as a broken garage door can be a big welcome sign for crime, as many thefts occur either in a garage or through a garage attached to the house.

Typically used every day, garage doors can be overworked and the openers do break down and stop operating properly. If this does happen, do not assume anything needs to be replaced as it may simply require a few repairs which don’t involve a lot of money or use of specialist tools.

This article will serve to explain the most common problems with garage doors and provide suggestions on how to repair them. If these do not work, or your problem is one that has not been listed, check the owner’s manual or contact a professional
for their advice.


One of the most widespread issues with garage doors is that the opener does not operate with either the remote or wall switch, in which there are several possible solutions. It may be common sense but make sure you are standing close enough to the door for the remote to work; you’d be surprised how many people fail to do this properly and think the issue is more difficult than it is! If the door functions fine with the wall switch, replace the battery or reprogram the remote.

Examine the door for any damage such as scrapes and bumps from cars, as something as little as a dent can stop the door from working properly. Be sure to check the header and door brackets to see if they’ve become loose over time as tightening the brackets will solve any alignment issue; it is a good idea to monitor this regularly even if the door is working.  You may also need to inspect the connector between the pulley and the motor as if you notice too much slack, this may need to be adjusted. However, be careful not to over-tighten as this can also lead to problems.

If your garage door falls when it is released, the extension springs are probably worn and should be replaced. In particular, if the garage door opens on its own, the extension springs are probably too strong and should be replaced with lighter ones. It is worth checking the metal rollers and hinges if your garage door sticks when opening or closing, as they may need lubricating or the tracks may be dirty, blocked or out of alignment.

The limit switch, found on the garage door opener, can also be the solution to a few problems. If the door does not open completely, the limit switch may need to be moved away from the motor unit. If your garage door reverses immediately after hitting the floor or doesn’t close all the way, the close limit switch probably needs adjusting.

Garage door panels can also present a few common problems as they can warp and change shape in the sun, or completely split due to general wear and tear or external damage. This will most often result in new panels needing to be fitted, which will require professional help. Similarly, if a mechanism needs to be repaired, it’s best to call a professional rather than investing money in problems that can be easily fixed.

JB Doors

Here at JB Doors, our expert team are on hand to provide advice about our extensive range of garage doors to find one that best fits your requirements. We also offer a comprehensive garage door repairs service to solve any of your related problems quickly and efficiently at highly competitive prices. For further information about any of our products or the repair services we provide, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team at JB Doors today.

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