The Most Common Issues with Garage Doors and Their Solutions


Normally, garage doors are the least of our worries; until we notice it’s not working correctly. However, to ensure that it’s working properly you should always do a visual inspection every two months and lubricate the major parts at least two times a year.

Now what about those issues we can’t seem to figure out? Well, here’s a list of common garage door problems, their causes and easy solutions.

Sometimes my garage door opens, but sometimes it does not…


The battery in your remote may be dying

This cause (although unlikely) is that if your garage was manufactured before 1993 and maybe your neighbor’s was as well, it’s likely that you have the same type of device (using the same frequency) with the same transmission code.


Replace the battery in your remote. Take this time to change the batteries in all your remotes and your exterior keypad if you have one.

In the second case, you and your neighbor have an oddly similar mind. Just change one of the code buttons in your remote and that should straighten everything out.

When closing your garage door, it goes down just a little and then suddenly opens back up.


In most cases, the sensors placed on each side of the door are probably misaligned.

On every garage door opener there is a button that can adjust the sensitivity of the motor as the door is closing.


Check to see if there is anything that may be blocking the invisible beam between your two sensors and remove it.

Align one of the sensor units with the other. There should be a control panel installed near the door leading into the house. An indicator light should stop blinking if the sensors are aligned correctly.

In case of motor sensitivity, you can turn it down by turning the button no more than a quarter turn to the left. Check it by opening and closing the door with your remote. The sensitivity must be properly adjusted. To make sure everything is working correctly, take a piece of wood and place it just under the door. When the door hits the piece of wood, it should reverse its course.

Your garage door is opening or closing with a loud thud.


In a 9×7 foot garage door there is a torsion spring location above the door which serves as a counterweight. It may be broken. If you have an extension spring system, (in which the springs are located above the horizontal rails) one of the two springs may be broken

If you have 16×7 foot garage, the majority of these garage doors have a torsion spring system, so one of the two springs may be broken.

One of the lifting cables may be broken or on the verge of breaking.


Do a visual inspection of your doors, locating the springs and making sure they’re not broken.

If you have a broken spring, stop using the garage door and contact us at SD Garage Doors and we’d be happy to come out and take a look.

The garage door has come off its hinges!


Don’t panic! This is usually caused by the horizontal tracks falling out of alignment, the metal bracket, at the end of the tracks, coming loose, or the bolts holding the bracket in place is becoming unscrewed.


Manually close your garage door gently and firmly tighten the bolts holding the bracket. Also, make sure that the distance between the horizontal tracks is the same as the distance between the vertical tracks and make sure that everything is parallel.

Now, if your garage door has fallen on the floor, don’t do anything! Call us and we will send someone out.

Ahh! The power went out!

We all have this happen to us sometimes. If your door isn’t opening there may be a power outage in your neighborhood.


To open your garage door, pull back on the emergency cord to deactivate the motor.

Now, to close it, pull the emergency cord forward making sure that the carriage assembly is properly engaged.

If we haven’t mentioned an issue that you’ve encountered call SD Garage Doors at (619) 386 2521 and tell us what’s going on. We’d be happy to help!

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