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Common Garage Door Problems & How to Fix Them

Like all things used on a regular basis, garage doors can malfunction from time to time. Most of the breakages you can fix on your own, whilst others you’ll need professional help. If you’re looking for a quick-fix, take a look at the article below. We’ve detailed some of the most common garage doors issues — with tips on how to solve them.

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My garage door won’t open/close

This may only require a simple solution of adding some oil to the chains, so buy a silicone-based lubricant or garage door spray lube from your local DIY store and apply to the garage opener’s full length, then wipe off the excess. If you’re still having trouble opening and closing the door after this, call a professional.


Rust on your garage door not only looks unsightly, but can compromise your garage’s ability to lock properly. Rust forms overtime when iron gets exposed to air or water, and to remove it simply clean the area with soap, then rub the rust with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Vinegar can dissolve rust, making it easier for you to remove than with just soap. After it’s dried, apply a fresh coat of primer and paint to make it look new again. If your garage door suffers from rust regularly, you may benefit from carrying out some simple maintenance during the warmer months.

My garage door is stuck

A garage door should move smoothly along its tracks, but this isn’t always the case. Garage doors are often crucial in keeping your property secure, so having a garage door stuck open is not ideal! It’s likely the track is bent or the pulley is broken – a professional garage door contractor will be able to replace any relevant parts promptly. If you’ve checked all the operating parts and you’re still having no luck, it’s best to call out a professional.

My garage door shuts too quickly

A garage door should shut at a consistent and slow speed in order to let people move out the way and move objects out the way. If your garage door is shutting too quickly, it’s likely the tension in the extension springs is too high. If you have the proper tools and experience, you might be able to fix this yourself, but for others you’ll be better off getting a professional to lend you a helping hand.

Cracked sealant

Garage doors go through constant use so it’s no wonder that the sealant begins to crack and disintegrate. Your garage door might become more difficult to open over time and let in a draught, but not to worry, you can buy a new one and slide it back into the gap made for the sealant. Weather sealants are available at your local DIY store, or if you’re unsure, a garage door specialist can do this for you.


Here at Garage Door Workshop, we have been delivering first-rate service to customers, so whether you’re looking for a roller garage door installation or a repair service, our expert team can provide a free home visit and quote. We have over 20 years of experience fitting and repairing garage doors, so get in touch with us today if you’d like more information on any of our services. 


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