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Garage Door Problems


Most of the time, residential garage doors work just fine. But when something goes wrong, it always seems to happen at the worst possible moment; like when you’re running late for work, when it’s raining, or when your arms are full of groceries and children.

Garage door problems are relatively rare, and many times the issue can be fixed quickly and easily by the homeowner. At the same time, a little annual maintenance goes a long way in keeping garage doors working correctly. The sooner you see and repair any damage, the less it will cost later.

If you have a garage door problem, contact a professional repairperson from Joe Wilde first. They can ensure your opener and garage door are repaired correctly and safely. The Joe Wilde Company’s staff has seen just about every possible garage door problem. There’s little that their specialists can’t fix. They offer more than 415 years of combined experience and extensive industry knowledge.

Below are some of the most common garage door issues.


The Remote is Broken

It may seem obvious, but if there’s a problem, check the batteries first. Do they need replacing? Are the batteries appropriately inserted? If you’ve changed the batteries, but it hasn’t solved the problem, check your manual. The remote may need to be reprogrammed.

The Garage Door Opener Doesn’t Work

This might also be something that can be easily repaired. If your dry-screw or chain-operated garage door opener doesn’t work, it may just need some lubricant to reduce friction. Try applying spray lube or a silicone-based lubricant to the full length of the chain.

Grinding Noises
Squeaky or loose hardware is a common problem with a simple solution. Usually, a grinding noise coming from your garage door means that lubrication is needed. Try applying it right where you hear the squeak or grinding noise. Loose hardware probably needs a few twists of the screwdriver.

Door Doesn’t Seal at the Bottom
Does your garage door have open areas at the bottom, allowing rain, dirt, snow, and debris to enter? Try securing some pipe insulation to the base of the entire length of the door. You can probably find this at your local hardware store.

Door Opens a Bit, Then Immediately Closes
It’s likely that the springs at the top of the door need to be replaced. To save money, replace all the springs at the same time. Just replacing the broken springs now can double the cost if you wait to repair the other springs later.

Door Closes, But Immediately Re-opens
This may be a problem with the alignment of the photo-eyes on the sides of the garage door. Photo-eyes are small devices that serve as a safety feature at the base of the frame of the door. To be sure they are working, the devices should have flashing green lights. Check to see that the lights line up across from one another. There may be debris or other obstructions in front of the eyes which restricts them from working correctly.

The Garage Door is Rusty
Rust diminishes your door’s ability to keep out dirt, debris, rain or snow – although you can usually prevent rust with some annual maintenance. To remove it, clean the area with dishwashing soap first, then rub the rust with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Vinegar will naturally dissolve the rust. Sand the rusted parts and apply a coat of primer and then paint with a small brush.

The Door Opener or Operator is Unresponsive
Whether you’re using a remote, keyless entry, or wall controller, an unresponsive operator could mean there’s another photo-eye problem. If there aren’t any lights on the photo-eyes, try turning the breaker off and on. If this still doesn’t fix the problem, check if the opener is correctly plugged in.


Call a Professional

If you have problems with your garage door, don’t hesitate to contact the Joe Wilde Company. They only use quality products that are installed by certified technicians with many years of experience. That assures your garage door and opener will be installed the first time correctly, by experts in the field, and backed by a company that will be around for the lifetime of your garage.

Joe Wilde Company offers 24-hour, Emergency Service, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Don’t ever worry when you have an emergency after hours, on the weekend, or a holiday.

Joe Wilde is a third generation, family-owned company, who is now serving three generations of customers!