If it doesn’t open or close properly, it’s time to get your garage door serviced

If you’ve noticed that your garage doesn’t open or close as easily as before, then it’s time to get your garage door serviced.

Here’s what to look out for the next time you open or close your garage door.

1. Squeaks

If you garage door squeaks then it could need lubricating or adjusting, which will be a job for the professionals.

2. Scraping sounds

If you garage door makes scraping sounds when opening or closing, then it could be due to a damaged end bearing plate, or misaligned reinforcing strut.

Whilst you might be able to temporarily resolve this issue yourself, these parts may need replacing.

3. Doesn’t open or close properly

If your garage door doesn’t open or close properly, then it could be due to a broken torsion spring, which will need replacing.

It might also be due to worn extension spring cable pulleys.

4. Garage door is up on one side

If your garage door is open on one side, then it could be due to a broken torsion spring cable or torsion spring, which will need replacing.

5. Garage door won’t stay open

If your garage door won’t stay open, then the springs may need adjusting or replacing.

6. Garage door starts to close but then reverses

If your garage door starts to open but then reverses, then the problem is likely to be broken torsion spring cable, extension spring cable or worn extension spring pulleys.

It might also be that the sensors are dirty or misaligned, causing the door to open again.

7. Garage door is jammed

If your garage door is jammed, then the torsion cable may need to be replaced. Alternatively, the track may be bent and simply needs straightening.

8. Door opener is straining

If your garage door opener is straining, then is could be due to a broken torsion spring, which will need to be replaced.

9. Remote control works opens the door but won’t close it

If your garage door remote control will open but not close your door, then this could be due to a misaligned or dirty sensor. This will need to be aligned, cleaned or replaced as necessary.

10. Door opens slowly

If your garage door opens slowly, then it’s likely that the torsion spring is broken, and will need replacing.


As can be seen, many common problems are resolved when you get your garage door serviced, and the torsion springs, cables and pulleys are often to blame.

If you’re not confident you can fix your garage door yourself, why not leave it to the experts?

AA Garage Door covers Minneapolis, St Paul, and the whole of the Twin Cities region, and offers a same day service.
Why not call 651-702-1420 now to tell us how we can help you get your garage door working again.


  1. As obvious as it might seem, a garage door that won’t open or close properly is a definite sign that it needs servicing. Not only is it a major security breach, but it is a major safety hazard as well. After all, if it is not opening properly, then it might close on its own at any minute, providing substantial danger for anyone who might be underneath.

  2. My garage door has been having a hard time opening properly. You mentioned that this could be an issue with either a broken torsion spring, or spring cable pulleys. What tests would a garage door repair specialist utilize to determine what the exact problem is?

  3. It was nice to be informed that the springs probably need to get replaced if the garage door won’t stay open. Then I better call a professional to address the issue right away. My brother was upset last night when the garage door closed and hit the car while it was still halfway outside. Anyway, thank you for sharing.

  4. Thanks for helping me understand that the problem with a garage door open on one side is due to the broken torsion spring cable. I guess we need to get it replaced, so I will be contacting a repairman first thing tomorrow. My husband first noticed it when he was about to park our car in the garage this evening. He found out that the left side is slightly open which is a security issue for me.

  5. I liked that you mentioned the remote opening the garage but not closing it. I have been noticing this more and more every day that we try using our garage door. We’ll be sure to get this all looked at so that it will start working properly again. Thank you!

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