The 3 Most Common Causes Of A Garage Door Break Down

Your garage door is like any other mechanical structure that faces the chance of breaking down and quit working. When this occurs, you will need to reach out to an expert in order to repair or replace the broken part that has led your garage door to break down. You may be wondering what in the world has caused your garage door to suddenly give out and quit its job. There may be many different reasons for the cause of such problems and going over each one of them will take us quite some time. 

To get a basic understanding of the possible causes, we at Door Quest, have put together a list of a few of the most common errors you'll encounter with your garage door opener, so next time you face a garage door breakdown, you will at least know the root cause of the problem. 


1. Misaligned Track 

Your garage door track can be compared to a train. A train doesn't move independently as does a car or boat. A train needs to be on a set track in order to navigate properly and should that path become compromised in some way, the train won't be able to function properly- at least not safely.

Likewise, your garage door requires a set track to function. Similarly to a train track, your garage door's track can lose durability and become damaged over time. Once the track becomes damaged, your garage door will only continue to worsen due to the heaviness of a garage door. Therefore, it is always recommended to address your misaligned track as soon as possible to avoid further damage that could possibly cost you even more money.


2. Broken Springs 

There are two major springs installed on your garage door that do a majority of the heavy lifting when it comes to opening your garage door. Unfortunately, they are not very compatible to work with every single open-close cycle on your door, as they break down easily and are not very durable.

If your spring goes out, your garage door opener might not be able to open your door very well - if at all. This problem is pretty common, and can be recognized by the loud sound of a spring failing.


3. Broken Tension Springs Or Cables 

Your garage door is quite a heavy piece of structure and it is no coincidence how it moves up and down so gracefully. That grace movement is due to the tension mechanics built into a garage door. They serve a key role in moving your garage door smoothly. 

More than smoothly, though, this tension system moves your garage door in a safe manner. Without tension springs or cables to help it move smoothly, your garage door will SLAM down instead of slide smoothly like it should. Even worse, if you or anyone else is under it when that happens, you could be facing some pretty  serious injuries. If you are hearing a screeching sound as your garage door is sliding, it is a sign that your tension springs or cables may need a check up.



As we discussed, a garage door is a complex system that may fail to function for a variety of different reasons, many of which might be completely unknown to homeowners. Hopefully, this list has shed some light to the complexities of your garage door. Even so, if you notice any of these problems occurring, refrain from handling them yourself as they may most likely require a specialist's knowledge to address properly and, more so, safely.

If you need a reliable repair, just call the experienced experts at Door Quest and we will be more than happy to handle any garage door issue, no matter the severity or complexity. We hold experience and knowledge.

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