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Common Garage Door Problems

open garage doorA garage that doesn’t function properly is not only frustrating but can be a security risk. Whether you park in your garage, use it as additional storage, or as an extra access point to your home, having a functioning garage door should always be a priority. At Suburban Overhead Doors, our expert techs have seen it all – and can fix it all. While there are always outliers, there are common garage door problems that are easily diagnosed and fixable.

Common Garage Door Problems

Here are some of the most frequent garage door problems we encounter, along with tips for getting your door ‘back on track’ (sometimes, literally).

  • Grinding. Strange noises during operation often point to a lubrication issue. Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the rollers, hinges, and tracks to quiet the symphony of squeaks and groans – if this doesn’t help, you may have a bigger problem.
  • Opener. If your remote or keypad no longer controls the door, it could be a battery issue. Replace the batteries and see if that solves the problem. If not, the culprit might be a faulty sensor or a malfunctioning opener itself.
  • Broken Springs. Broken torsion or extension springs can render your door inoperable and are dangerous to replace yourself – so if you see that this is the issue, please contact us right away.
  • Misaligned or Blocked Photo Eye Sensors. Modern garage doors have safety sensors located near the ground on either side of the door. If these sensors become misaligned or blocked by debris, the door may not close properly, reversing immediately upon detecting an obstacle.
  • Track Misalignment. The metal tracks on which the door runs can become misaligned or bent, causing the door to become stuck or operate unevenly. This can also create grinding noises during operation.
  • Worn or Broken Rollers. Rollers allow the garage door to move smoothly along the tracks. Over time, rollers can wear out, break, or become misaligned, leading to jerky movements, increased noise, or a stuck door.
  • Broken Cables. Garage door cables can fray or snap due to wear and tear or improper installation. Broken cables can cause the door to become unbalanced or fail to open.
  • Sagging Door Sections. Over time, wooden garage doors can sag due to moisture and age. This can cause the door to become misaligned and not open or close smoothly.
  • Weather Sealant Issues. The weather stripping at the bottom of the garage door can wear out, leading to drafts, water leaks, and pests entering the garage.
  • Manual Locking Mechanism Issues. If the garage door’s manual locking mechanism is engaged, the door won’t open using the automatic opener. Ensuring the lock is disengaged can resolve this problem.

Preventing Garage Door Problems

This list may seem overwhelming, but most if not all of these problems can be prevented with regular inspection and maintenance. Our techs at Suburban Overhead Door provide garage door repair and maintenance. We also can respond to major issues within 24 hours! Even during the weekend. Don’t get overwhelmed – just get the right team on your side. For any garage door problems, or if you need an inspection to ensure nothing is going to break in the near future, contact us today.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a list of garage door repairs and other services we can help with:

  • Garage door installation
  • Repair of garage door openers
  • Garage door opener replacements
  • Garage door spring replacements
  • Repair of commercial operators
  • Garage door replacement


You can count on our precision door service to get your overhead door working again!

We recommend having your garage door serviced at least once a year. Our preventative maintenance includes lubricating the door’s moving parts, tightening nuts and screws, and regulating the spring tension.

This will ensure that your garage door is fully functional all year round! Having your door serviced regularly will also help to identify and address any potential issues, allowing you to nip the problem in the bud before it gets worse.

The most frequent cause of overhead doors that slam or are hard to close is a damaged, dysfunctional, or defective garage door spring.

Springs support the weight of your overhead door and produce adequate tension to allow for controlled descent. However, only strong, well-maintained components may create such tension. Our team will perform a quick garage door repair to get your door working as it should once more.

Before we arrive to install your new garage door, there are a few things you should do in preparation. First, you should move your car away from the door before any garage door repairs or installations. Then, we recommend cleaning up the garage floor and putting your children and pets in a safe place so they aren’t at risk of injury during the garage door installation.

If you have a damaged garage door in PA, or require the installation of a new one, you might be wondering whether we are the right company to handle the job. Here are a few reasons to choose us:

  • We provide great service, guaranteed!
  • Suburban Overhead Doors has been in the business for over 30 years.
  • We have experience dealing with a wide range of garage door problems, so you can count on us to deal with your garage with precision.
  • Customers know they can count on us as their garage door installers in Wayne, PA, because of our good reputation.
  • Need same-day service? We are the ones to call!

If you still have questions about our garage door repair services or would like a free estimate, we would be happy to help! Contact our garage door sales & services team for assistance!