One of the most common questions we hear at Garage Door Repair Maryland is, “Can my garage door be fixed?” Often, people think of a garage door as a single item – the door, but there are a number of parts that make up a garage door.

Sure, you have the door itself, but there are also the rails, rollers, cables, hinges, pulleys, spring, handles, and opener. A successful and functional garage door has all of these parts in working order, but occasionally one or more of these items will fail. So what do you do? When can a door be fixed and when must it be replaced?

Typically, the only time you truly need to replace the garage door itself is when the door becomes damaged beyond repair.

At Garage Door Repair Maryland, we most commonly see this when a car accidentally runs into the door, bending or breaking the panel that makes up the door.

Otherwise, most common issues can be easily fixed. Below are a few of the most common garage door issues explained:

The garage door won’t open, or the garage door seems extremely heavy (Solution: Garage Door Broken Spring)

This is typically an indicator that your spring has gone bad. The spring at the top of your door aids in lifting the door, helping to make an otherwise heavy door something that a human can easily lift with one hand.

When this spring fails, opening the door can become extremely difficult. The best step is to contact us at Garage Door Repair Maryland, and we will send a technician out to replace your spring and get you back up and running.

Grinding Noises or Intense Squeaks (Garage Door Tune-Up and Maintenance) 

This typically means that you have loose hardware, hinges, or worn out parts. Tighten your hinges, clean your rails, inspect your rollers, and grease all your hardware components.

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If the problem persists, give Garage Door Repair Maryland a call at 301-200-1217.

Garage Door Closes and then Immediately Opens Again (Garage Door Opener Sensors or Garage Door Opener)

This typically means that there is an issue with the alignment of your photo-eye. This device is a safety feature that prevents the door from shutting on something in its path.

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Make sure that the photo eyes on both sides of your door are aligned to face each other and nothing is obstructing their path. It never hurts to measure and confirm these photo eyes are at the same height as well.

Garage Door Opener Won’t Work

This is probably the most common issue we get calls about and it comes with several potential causes, ranging from the batteries in your remote are dead to there being too much friction somewhere in the system. 

If you push the button and the opener makes a sound, then it is likely not an issue with the button or the fuse. If there is no sound check your batteries (if using a wireless remote) then examine the fuse that handles your garage door opener and push switch.

If you do hear a noise when you push the button, examine the chain and apply a generous amount of silicone-based lubricant the full length of the chain to make sure that it can move freely.

Lastly, confirm that the garage door is not manually locked using a slide bar lock that connects with the rail and that there is nothing obstructing the path of the garage door.

Safety is our number one priority, so we recommend trusting Garage Door Repair Maryland to help you, whether the issue is large or small. These are just a few of the most common causes of a garage door failing to open.

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If you’re having any of these problems, or perhaps a problem we have not yet explained, we’d be glad to give it a thorough look-over. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, Garage Door Maryland is here to help.

We have a wide variety of different style garage doors to choose from and would be happy to help answer any questions you have about them. Garage Door Repair Maryland prides itself on providing exemplary customer services.

We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your garage door installation and repair needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain lifelong clients.

We pride ourselves on being large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. To discover more about how we can serve your needs, please visit our website or call us at (301)-200-1217.