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How to Know When It’s Time to Repair Your Garage Door

Category: Repairs

It can be confusing to know when it’s time to call for professional help with garage door repair or when the problem is nothing more than a build-up of dirt and grime.

While it’s not a good idea to attempt dangerous garage door repairs as a DIY project, there are a few things you can do at home to help your garage door run smoothly.

Routine Maintenance

Cleaning and maintenance of a garage door aren’t on most homeowners’ to-do lists. While you need to leave the major repairs to the pros for safety’s sake, a little routine cleaning and maintenance can help reduce the frequency and severity of problems down the road.

Check the weatherstripping along the sides and bottom of the door. This can get caught when the door goes up and down if it’s loose. Replace it if necessary.

Seal the bottom weatherstripping on a wood garage door. If it doesn’t have weatherstripping, consider getting a quote for having it installed. It will help protect the wood from rotting and unnecessary wear and tear.

It’s good to have a penetrating solvent such as WD-40 on hand in case the hinges, roller tracks, rollers or latches misbehave. You can even wipe some oil on the torsion spring if rust forms there.

Performing routine maintenance on these garage door parts is a smart move. Squirting WD-40 on the moving parts of the garage door is something you can do in the spring and fall. Simply wipe away the excess WD-40, and apply a good-quality 3-in-1 lubricant to those parts.

Of course, not everyone is able to, or wants to, add garage door maintenance to their long to-do list. Our garage door repair professionals are happy to help and are just a phone call away.

Common Garage Door Problems

We frequently deal with a few residential garage door problems here at R&L Overhead Door, Inc. While there is some troubleshooting homeowners can do on their own, it’s safest to let our professionals handle fixing the problems.

Garage doors are heavy, unwieldy and dangerous. Even mechanically inclined DIYers know that it’s just not worth risking injury or property damage.

Garage Door Opens and Shuts by Itself

It’s rare, but it’s possible that your neighbors’ code is identical to yours, and when they open or close their garage door, they are opening or closing yours as well. To rule out this possibility, simply change your garage door code.

If the problem persists, it may be due to faulty wiring between the wall button in the garage and the opener motor unit. Sticking buttons on an older remote may also be to blame.

If the door is opening immediately after you shut it, there may be a problem with the safety sensor eyes. Check for any obstruction or unevenness where the garage door meets the ground. The auto-reverse safety function is easy to trigger with some garage doors.

The Garage Door Won’t Open/Shut With Either the Wall Button or the Remote

A power supply interruption is likely to blame, so look around the garage and see if all of the lights are working. If they aren’t, check the circuit breaker to make sure it isn’t tripped. Also, look at the outlet where the door opening unit is plugged in. Sometimes a cord wiggles loose slightly over time.

If the circuit breaker trips more than a few times, you may have an electrical short in the garage door opener.

Garage Door Won’t Open All the Way

There may be a problem with the rollers. Lubricate rusty rollers with WD-40. If that doesn’t fix the issue, there may be a problem with the up-limit switch. It’s best to have it professionally serviced.

Motor Won’t Stop Running When Garage Door Opens

This is another possible up-limit switch problem. It’s more common with newly installed garage doors, but you’ll need professional help to fix it. Don’t wait to call for help with this. A constantly running garage door motor could cause major problems later on.


Maybe you’ve put off servicing your noisy, squeaky, broken or off-track garage door because you are unsure about how much it will cost to have it fixed by professionals.

Our hassle-free pricing policy is honest and fair. We communicate with our residential garage door customers about what their repair or replacement will cost before we start the job.


Rarely do important things break during business hours. One of the many ways we serve San Antonio area homeowners is by offering Sunday service without an emergency fee.

We promise 24-hour Emergency Same Day Service so you never have to deal with a broken or barely-working garage door for long.

Our regular hours are Sunday through Thursday from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. This allows you some flexibility when you need to schedule a service appointment around your work schedule and family’s activities.

It’s easy to schedule services. Simply contact us through our website by clicking on the yellow “Schedule Services” button located on every page of our website, email us at info@overheaddoorrepairsanantonio.com, or call us at (210) 625-5977.

November 13, 2017

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