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Garage Door Troubleshooting Guide

Troubleshooting Why your garage door won't work.

Need help diagnosing your garage door or garage door opener issues? Try our in-depth Garage Door Troubleshooting Guide.

My garage door won’t open? My garage door won’t close? Help! I have a broken spring? What’s wrong with my garage door opener? All these questions answered, and more!

If you don’t find the solution in our guide, remember we take pride in our reputation for quick service, competitive pricing, and dependability—no matter what the garage door repair, service, or need.


Your DIY Garage Door Troubleshooting Guide

Get the answers you need for your common garage door problems. 

The average garage door weighs about 150 pounds and opens and closes around 1,500 times per year. That’s a lot of heavy lifting!

Experiencing an issue with your garage door? A little garage door troubleshooting can go a long way in maintaining your door’s build and functionality.

Although there may be repairs and maintenance that you can’t handle on your own, there are common issues that you might be able to fix yourself. The sooner you identify and fix the issue, the less damage and cost you’ll have later on.

A malfunctioning garage door can be frustrating, inconvenient, and many times dangerous to operate. Whether something is wrong with your garage door motor,  garage door springs, rollers, tracks, cables — or another issue altogether —  you can rely on Overhead Door Company™. Our garage door specialists can find the problem, offer an affordable garage door repair quote, and provide the repairs necessary to have your garage door up and to run properly again.

Let the experts at Overhead Door™ be your one-stop, do it all garage door company!

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Safety Note

Before going any further, we want to be clear. Garage doors can be dangerous, and it’s not uncommon for people to get injured while attempting any garage door repairs. Even experienced technicians with years of experience should work with caution, as it is in the highest insurance classification for a work-related injury. This is not a garage door safety guide and cannot account for every garage door situation. Always proceed with caution. When in doubt, leave the job to garage door professionals. They are familiar with the dangers of working with a garage door, hardware, and all of its moving parts.

If you decide to operate the garage door manually, we recommend that you either close or brace the door before pulling the release cord and that nothing is in its operating path. If you attempt any adjustments, do not loosen or remove any part of the door or hardware that is under spring tension or the weight of the door. Make sure the door is not jammed. Check that its path is clear and unobstructed before operating the motor.  Here are some basic tips for diagnosing your problem, from a basic inspection to a door stuck halfway.

Garage door accidents are responsible for 20,000 to 30,000 injuries every year according to the International Door Association.  The garage door is one of the most dangerous parts of the household and is responsible for several dozen deaths every year. Most of the victims of these fatalities are small children. Our company has chosen not to sell over-the-counter parts to anyone. We offer insured, full-time technicians, no sub-contractors,  to make repairs on your garage door and it’s moving parts.

Common Garage Door Problems

Your Garage Door Won’t Open? Your Garage Door Won’t Close? Your opener has issues? Let us help!

Try our Garage Door Troubleshooting Guide Tips Below


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