Are you having problems with your garage door? Although you might be tempted to call for help at the first sign of trouble, you might end up feeling silly if the problem was something that you could have easily diagnosed and solved on your own. Here are two things to check before you contact a garage door professional, and how you might be able to troubleshoot your system.

1: Remote Controls

Sometimes when garage doors get quirky, people make the mistake of assuming the problem stems from a broken garage door opener. However, before you run to the hardware store to invest in a new system, it is important to realize that your issues might stem from something as small as your remote control. Here are three remote control issues that could cause allusive garage door problems:

  • Batteries: If you have a remote control that only works part of the time or that doesn't seem to respond at all, take off the cover and check the batteries. If the batteries look fine, try replacing them with a new set. On the other hand, if those batteries have become corroded and have leaked acid into the device, you might need to replace your entire remote control. 
  • Physical Signs of Damage: Does your remote control seem completely useless? Check your device for physical signs of damage such as cracks, scratches, or internal moisture. If your remote control was dropped, stepped on, or exposed to water, the interior components could be shot.  
  • Stuck Buttons: Does your garage door open and close repeatedly without any action on your part? Check your remote control to see if the button is stuck. You might be able to resolve the problem by releasing the stuck button edges, or by carefully cleaning your remote.

If you find problems and need a new remote control, contact a professional who specializes in garage door repair, such as America's Garage Doors LLC. They will be able to order a remote that works with your system and program it for you, which might save you a lot of time.

2: Door Tracks

Unfortunately, fixing your remote control might not solve all of your garage door problems. Issues with the tracks that your door rides along as it opens and closes can also cause strange symptoms. Here are a few common track problems and what you might be able to do to fix them:

  • Damaged Tracks: When you inspect your tracks, look for signs of damage such as bent lines or dents in the metal. If tracks don't have smooth, even surfaces for doors to run along, your door might not open and close correctly. You might be able to straighten out small bends or little dents by carefully pounding them out with a small hammer. Keep in mind that heavily damaged tracks might need to be replaced by a professional.
  • Objects Blocking the Path: To comply with federal safety standards, garage door manufacturers are required to include secondary safety features such as photoelectric eyes, which detect objects in the path of the garage door. If your garage door refuses to close, check the area for any object that could be blocking the door path or tripping sensors. You might be able to solve your problem by moving objects away from the door.
  • Loose Screws: Does your garage door make a lot of noise? Check your system for loose screws, which could cause your door to move more than it should when it operates. Tighten any loose screws or brackets that you find in order to silent your system.

Remember that although these small repairs might help your garage door, deeper problems will probably need to be resolved by a trained professional. Garage door repair experts will be able to evaluate your system, quickly diagnose issues, and replace damaged components, while you sit back and relax.