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Your Troubleshooting Guide for Overhead Doors

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troubleshooting overhead doors

Even the best crafted overhead doors will eventually have issues. Overhead doors are used a great deal at any facility they are installed in. Time, the elements, and general wear & tear take their toll after so long. However, this doesn’t mean that you should just stand by and do nothing. Taking a proactive approach to maintaining your doors will save you money in the long run. Be on the lookout for signs of trouble and make sure you have a good maintenance plan.

How to Troubleshoot Your Overhead Door

Getting the most out of your commercial overhead door will save your company money in the long run. You should always be on the lookout for sounds or visual clues that your doors aren’t working or are beginning to struggle. Fixing a problem early on is far more cost-effective and could save the door’s functionality. Here are some things you should be on the lookout for when troubleshooting overhead doors.

  • Excessive or unusual noise when you open or close the door
  • It takes longer than usual to open or close
  • The door doesn’t close evenly, leaving space at the bottom
  • The door looks crooked or is moving outside of its tracks
  • During opening/closing the movements aren’t smooth
  • Movements seem delayed, or the door won’t open/close at all
  • Pieces or chunks are missing from your panels

If you notice any of these issues, it’s time to troubleshoot and possibly call a professional technician. If not treated early on, these could lead to bigger issues. The repairs will also cost more.

Repair Solutions for Your Overhead Doors

If you notice any of the issues above, a repair must take place. If you don’t, your doors will eventually stop working, if they haven’t already. Replacing a door is far more costly than a repair. If you are experiencing any of the problems above, several things could be happening.

  1. Misalignment in the tracks– if the tracks of your door aren’t aligned properly or if your rollers pop off their tracks, your alignment will be off.
  2. Rollers need replacing– rollers wear out over time. If you are using old rollers, you could lose functionality or hear strange noises coming from your door.
  3. Cables are broken– if your cables break, your door won’t be able to open or close.
  4. Tracks and other pieces require lubricant– tracks and other pieces of your door need to be lubricated regularly to move smoothly. If your door is struggling to open/close or is making strange noises, this could be the problem.
  5. Broken springs– if the springs that help your door move snap or break in any way, you won’t be able to open or close it.
  6. Battery replacement in any automatic openers– if your doors open via an automatic opener, dead or dying batteries will inhibit the functionality of the door.
  7. Damaged door sheets in rollup doors– rollup doors are sturdy but a bit more delicate than other styles of commercial doors. The open/close movement could damage the door over time.
  8. Improperly leveled– doors need to be level when they are installed. If your door was installed without the use of a leveling device, the crooked installation could cause problems with the way your door functions.

Several other things could be the root cause of your door problems. However, these will be some of the most common issues that will arise. With the exception of battery replacement, all of these require a professional to repair or correct the issue.

Maintenance Programs for Your Overhead Doors

To keep doors operational, they must be serviced regularly by a technician. Your tech will come in and check things like cables and springs for wear and tear. The goal is to catch problems early. Your service will also include lubricating any tracks or other moving parts to keep them from freezing up or making horrible noises.

Something you can do is to ask your tech to show you how to apply lubricants and do other small maintenance tasks to your doors. Large repairs should always be done by a pro, but if you happen to notice small issues like noise, you are then able to address that issue.

Trust Authority Dock & Door with Your Overhead Door Repairs

Troubleshooting your overhead doors doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Having a regular maintenance schedule helps immensely. Knowing what to look for as signs of trouble and how to make small fixes will also save you time and money.