Common Garage Door Problems
You rely on your garage door to safely open and close for your security and home comfort. When you have a problem, you risk your vehicle and everything in your garage. If your car is still inside when your door won’t open, you may have issues getting to work. Whether you have a garage door opening and closing problem or another issue that keeps it from working, find out what’s wrong and if you need a professional repair. When in doubt, call the experts.
Why My Garage Door Won’t Work
Several problems can keep your garage door from working. The issue could be as simple as an unplugged motor or as complex as needing new springs. Your first step is to assess the problem so you can properly describe it to the garage door repair person. If you have a minor issue, you might be able to fix it yourself, but it’s never a bad idea to call a professional for a thorough examination and repair of the problem. You could have more than one thing wrong with your garage door that needs an expert eye to spot.
1. Remote Stops Working
The first thing to do when your garage door won’t close or open is to check the remote. Electronic transmitters in your remote need to have power and proximity to work. If these remotes do not open your door, you may have an issue with the batteries or not be close enough for the garage door sensor to pick up the transmission. Replace the batteries, and always have your garage in sight when using the remote from your car.
2. Wall Switch Doesn’t Work
The wall switch inside your home already has power, but it may not move your garage door. Likely, you have an electrical problem. The circuit breaker for the switch may have tripped. Other sources include bad electrical components such as the switch or needing a door opener motor replacement.
3. Door Changes Direction Before Closing
Look for your door going down, stopping and reversing direction suddenly. You may need to try a second time to close the door. This problem could stem from an issue with the sensor that prevents the door from closing on a person or pet in the way. Since 1993, these sensors have been standard issue for garage doors, but misalignment or debris can cause them to stop the door when it does not need to.
4. Seal Around the Door Leaks
Your garage door should have weather-stripping on all sides to keep outside air from affecting your home’s comfort. In addition to hot or cold air from outside, you can also get water in your garage when it rains. Replacing the weather stripping with a kit designed for your garage door may stop the leak.
5. Door Won’t Close All the Way
A door that does not close all the way may not have the correct adjustment for its close limit. Alternatively, you could have something blocking the path. Safety sensors may also have problems that prevent the door from fully closing. In rare cases, rust may cause the door to bind as it goes down, preventing it from fully closing.
6. Door Does Not Fully Open
While a door that does not close all the way is a problem, so, too, is one that will not open. If your door does not open all the way, you have an issue that needs repair. Damaged rollers or an up limit that needs readjusting could keep your door from opening completely at any time of the year, but sometimes, the weather will affect your door’s ability to open.
Cold weather can stiffen the rollers, keeping them from working as they should in raising your door. You may need to make seasonal adjustments to the opener’s sensitivity. However, most garage doors manufactured in the last 15 years take the effects of the cold into account, and this problem occurs more rarely in newer models.
7. Door Sags
Wooden garage doors or those that have gotten older may start to sag as the stress of opening and closing over the years takes its toll. A consequence of the sagging is the door becomes harder to move.
While you can have a sagging garage door repaired with tension rods, you may want to consider replacing it for an updated model that will move smoothly and give your home a fresh look.
Garage Door Troubleshooting
If you see any of the previous garage door problems in your home, you can troubleshoot the situation to determine what precisely might be wrong and whether you need to call for professional repair.
1. Why Does My Garage Door Slam Shut?
If your garage door slams shut suddenly, you have a dangerous situation on your hands. It is dangerous for you and your family to be near the door when it closes so quickly. Since this problem stems from the mechanisms supporting the garage door, get a professional to repair the job. You may need the springs or cable replaced. Do not try to do this work yourself.
2. What Causes a Garage Door Not to Close?
If your garage door does not close, first check for something blocking the sensors. After clearing out any possible obstacles, see if the door works. If it still doesn’t close, you may need an expert to make adjustments to the system. If you have poorly aligned sensors, a repairperson can put them back into their correct alignment to make your garage door safer to use. Should the problem be with the motor or the lift mechanism, you should let an expert handle those issues, too, so you get it fixed the first time.
3. What Causes Door Seal Problems?
If your door seal needs to be replaced, you could do the job yourself, but it can be a difficult task. If you get the wrong kit for weather-stripping your garage door, you could end up with a leaky door or not enough material to finish the task. Choose someone with professional experience to select the type and amount of sealing material to fix your door.
4. Why Does My Garage Door Not Open Fully?
For a door that does not open or open all the way, you may have electrical problems with the motor. If you do not hear the motor operating when you try to open the door from the wall switch and remote, the motor or the power going to it could be the problem. These need professionals to work on because you don’t want to risk getting yourself shocked.
For doors that don’t open during the winter, ask about seasonal readjustments of your opener. You may also need sensors or the opener adjusted for a door that won’t open or open completely during any season.
Contact RCS Garage Doors for Garage Door Repair Today
Don’t attempt dangerous repairs of your garage door. If your door doesn’t open or close, contact us at RCS Garage Doors for service. Your home, vehicle and garage contents depend on the reliability of your garage door. Don’t let your problems with it cause more issues. Get the help you need now from our experts at RCS Garage Doors.
Buyer’s Guide to Custom Residential Garage Doors in Charlotte, NC
You’ve customized your phone, you’ve customized your car — you’ve even customized your lunch order today. Why not customize your garage door too?
Since 63 percent of homes have a garage or carport in the United States, customizing your garage door is a great way to set your garage — and your home — apart from the rest. Customizing your garage door allows you to select the materials, colors and style that best fit your home’s architecture — and your budget.
However, customizing isn’t just about making your garage door more personal. In some cases, garage door openings aren’t a standard size, so customizing your door is the only way to make sure it fits properly. Or, your home’s architecture may require a certain type of door to stay true to its design.
Whatever the reason, customizing your garage door is a great way to make sure you get exactly what you want. Before you select a door, check out our comprehensive guide to custom garage door options.
Designing Your Custom Garage Door
Choosing a Garage Door Style
3. Carriage House
Carriage house garage doors are designed to look like old fashioned swing-out barn or carriage house doors, but provide the modern convenience of overhead garage doors. These increasingly popular doors provide a fresh look to homes of all kinds because they manage to look elegant and rustic all at once. They look great on colonial homes, ranch-style homes, Victorian homes and just about anything in between. Custom carriage garage doors are available in wood or steel, which also makes them an affordable way to improve your home’s curb appeal.
Garage Door Material & Insulation Options
3. Aluminum and Glass
Choosing the Right Color
Window Options for Your Custom Door
Custom Hardware Selection
Do You Need a Custom Size Garage Door?
Contact RCS for Custom Garage Doors in Charlotte, NC
RCS Garage Doors Included in UGA Alumni Association’s Bulldog 100 List!
RCS Garage Doors, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is included in the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 2020 Bulldog 100 list of fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. More than 533 nominations were submitted for the 2020 list.
RCS Garage Doors, owned by 2006 UGA graduate Amber Signor, specializes in commercial and residential garage door sales, installation and repair. The company offers both Clopay® and LiftMaster® models and accessories.
“I’m extremely proud to be included in the 2020 Bulldog 100. For over 20 years, RCS Garage doors has been committed to serving the community through high-quality garage doors and accessories that keep families safe and homes looking beautiful,” said RCS Garage Doors Owner Amber Signor.
The 2020 Bulldog 100 includes businesses of all sizes and from industries such as technology, cosmetics, entertainment and education. Companies are based as far north as Virginia and as far west as Nevada. Of the 100 businesses, 84 are located within the state of Georgia.
Applicants were measured by their business’ compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period. The Atlanta office of Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors, a Bulldog 100 partner since the program began in 2009, verified the information submitted by each company.
The UGA Alumni Association will host the annual Bulldog 100 Celebration in Athens Feb. 8 to celebrate these alumni business leaders and count down the ranked list to ultimately reveal the No. 1 fastest-growing business.
“Hosting this year’s Bulldog 100 Celebration in Athens will bring these bright entrepreneurs back to campus to experience how it has grown since their days at UGA,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of the UGA Alumni Association. “We’re excited for the opportunity for these industry leaders to connect with students and share their advice and expertise.”
To view the alphabetical list of businesses and to learn more about the Bulldog 100, see www.alumni.uga.edu/b100.