How to Prevent Common Issues With Garage Doors

A lot of people don't even think about the garage door when it's working well. Even though they use it all the time, more than the front door to their actual house sometimes. But when you run into problems, it immediately becomes extremely frustrating. Here's some ways that you can prevent some common issues before they come up.

Keep the track clean and in good repair, and keep the rollers lubricated. If the track gets damaged, occluded, or rusted, or the rollers stiffen up, your garage door may not close properly. It can actually cause your garage door to exceed the amount of force it's allowed in order to close, and in those cases the door will begin to open back up again. This is a safety feature, so it shouldn't be overridden. (If the track and the rollers are not the issue, there may be a sensitivity issue with the opener itself, which can be adjusted.)

This can also help prevent an issue wherein the garage door will not open fully. This isn't always the culprit, but it can be, and if you can prevent several variations on a problem by maintaining a few things, that's just efficient, isn't it?

Replace the batteries in your remote on a regular basis. There's this thing that happens to people where when they start experience mild trouble with something that's remote operated, they don't automatically think of the batteries. The first time or two you face an issue, you think maybe you hit the button weird or at an odd angle, you dismiss it. Because every once in a while, you did hit the button weird, or at an odd angle, or from too far away. And then the frequency increases, but you don't connect it to battery trouble. This is something people do. So trying to actively keep track of how fresh the batteries in your remote are can help you prevent a lot of frustration, as well as that embarrassing moment where you realized you forgot about the batteries. (Everyone has done that at some point.)

Keep the antenna hanging down where it needs to be and undamaged. Mostly this consists of learning where the antenna is and not messing with it once you get it where it needs to be, but it's important to know stuff like this. If you don't know what the antenna looks like or where it should be, if something does happen to it, you'll have trouble diagnosing the problem, even if it's beyond your ability to repair. Look into garage door repair, that way you'll have a better chance of resolving the problem.