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Unless you back your car into your door (which happens more often than one would think), garage door problems are traditionally the result of natural wear and tear. It’s prudent for homeowners to be aware of the most common garage door problems, so you may quickly troubleshoot as you see issues unfolding.

There are many different components that can cause a garage door system to malfunction, but there are three prime culprits which usually are the root cause: remote control, door springs, and weather seals. Here are the three most common garage door problems homeowners face every-single year.

Malfunctioning Garage Door Opener

If you are experiencing responsiveness issues with your remote control, know that this is related to your door opener. Garage door openers can be expensive to fix or replace. Therefore, if your garage door is malfunctioning, you don’t want to wait for it to get worse. The best way to maintain your opener is regular cleaning and maintenance, which includes checking the safety sensors and the door cables annually.

Broken Springs

You may begin to experience or have already experienced:

  • A door not opening fully
  • Loud snapping or banging sound
  • A faster rate at which the door closes
  • An imbalanced door as your open and close it

Repairing door springs is the trickiest part, even for seasoned professionals, due to the amount of door weight they bare. Your best bet is to stop messing with your door and call a garage door company in your area to install new spring(s).

Replace the Weatherseal

Weatherstripping seals are necessary to keep rain, snow, and bugs from entering your garage. Luckily, they are also inexpensive and easy to DIY. They come in a variety of colors, so you can have a customized look or find what you had previously. You’ll know it’s your weatherseal when your garage feels drafty or an excessive amount of water is entering your garage

Next Steps

Noticing the problem is always the first step. Once you do that, it’s as simple as calling Smokey’s Garage Door to get the problem taken care of.