5 Common Garage Door Problems (And How To Fix Them)

Posted: April 26, 2023.

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Your garage door is a crucial component of your home, providing security, durability and functionality to your property. However, like any mechanical device, it can experience problems over time that require repair.

Shutter Spec Security has encountered all manner of garage door problems over the years and we’re a dab hand at fixing them. Here are a few of the common issues we’ve experienced.


Why won’t my garage door open or close?

There is a multitude of reasons why you may be unable to use your garage door. The most obvious thing you should do is to first check for any obstructions that may be preventing your door from opening or closing. Another common issue is worn springs; springs are responsible for bearing the weight of your garage door, so should they lose tension or even break, then the door may become impossible to lift.

If you have an automatic garage door, then there are additional components to consider. Faulty sensors, a malfunctioning remote or a damaged circuit board can all prevent your garage door from operating properly. These issues can be more difficult to diagnose and may require the expertise of a professional garage door repair service.

Why is my garage door so noisy?

If your garage door is making a screeching noise when it’s in use, this is a warning sign that something is wrong. Often, this ear-splitting sound is the result of insufficient lubrication, causing parts of the mechanism to grind and scrape against each other. Fortunately, you can easily solve this problem by cleaning and lubricating the tracks and rollers. 

Another possible cause is wear and tear of the components, such as loose or worn wheels and rollers. This may require tightening or replacement of the affected parts — the qualified technicians at Shutter Spec can easily handle this for you.

Why won’t my garage door work in the winter?

The colder weather can have an adverse effect on your garage, with freezing conditions putting a strain on the mechanisms of your door. In the winter, garage door panels and tracks can become warped and frozen, causing the door to become misaligned. Additionally, moisture and condensation can build up on the door’s moving parts, leading to rust and corrosion that can further impede operation.

To help protect your garage door from harsh winter conditions, it’s crucial to carry out several regular maintenance tasks. This includes frequent cleaning and lubrication of any moving elements, tightening any loose parts and an inspection of the insulation to ensure a tight seal. A regular garage door service could help prevent winter damage by noticing any potential issues before they escalate. You can also check here for our top tips for preparing your garage door for winter. 

Why is my garage door remote not working?

Having trouble with your garage door remote can be extremely frustrating. One of the first things to check is the batteries in your remote — the solution to your problem could be that simple!

Your garage door relies on sensors to function properly and these can be incredibly sensitive. You should ensure that there is nothing obstructing the path between the sensor and the remote, and wipe down the sensor to remove any dirt or condensation that may be affecting its performance. 

Why is my garage door crooked?

If your garage door appears crooked or uneven, there are several potential causes to consider. It could be due to a damaged roller, broken cable or misaligned track. However, if the door has completely come off its track and become crooked, attempting to fix it yourself can be extremely hazardous. Without the support of the springs, the weight of the door can cause serious injury if it falls. It’s best to seek the assistance of a professional who has the necessary expertise to safely repair your garage door.

If you’ve spotted a problem with your garage door and require the help of an expert, contact Shutter Spec Security. We offer garage door services and repairs to domestic and commercial customers across Oxford, Aylesbury, Thame, Reading, Newbury, Basingstoke and beyond. Our knowledgeable professionals have decades of experience and are accredited by Checkatrade, meaning you can always expect high-quality, reliable repairs from us.

To arrange your garage door repair or get some advice from our friendly team, get in touch with us today.

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