Manual garage door vs electric garage door; pros and cons

We modern day humans like our choices. We eat out in restaurants and pour over menus with dozens of entrees and drink options. We shop for cars in auto malls and look at endless arrays of models and style choices. We can go online and browse through page after page of shopping choices with even more options for delivery. It’s much the same for our garage doors and openers. We can choose garage doors in just about every size, color, weight and style imaginable and our garage door opener options are almost as varied and extensive. Here at Pro East Cobb Garage Door we provide our local customers with a seemingly endless selection of these garage door components and one choice that is always open for them is whether to opt for a manual garage door opener or an electric one. You don’t have to live here in East Cobb, GA to make this choice. Both garage door opener options are available worldwide. Read on and see the pros and cons of each; it’ll help you make up your own mind!

You didn’t always have a choice… 

It’s true; there was a time in the not too distant past when everyone used to open their garage doors manually. You had to; there was no other way to do it! With the advent automatic garage door openers, everything changed. It suddenly became not only popular, but virtually necessary to have one of these convenient and security enhancing garage door openers. They are so commonly used now that many people have no idea that they have a choice of garage door opening methods. But that brings up the question; if automatic garage door openers are so good and so popular, why would anyone opt for the older, manual method?

Pros of opening your own garage door 

Remember when we said that people like options? While that is very true, it’s also true that people like nostalgia. Having to manually open or close your own garage door is reminiscent of a time when life was simpler, more carefree, and hard work was required to get by. Nostalgia plays a big role in folks opting for not having an electric garage door opener. It’s much like gardening and making your own clothes. You really don’t have to grow your own food or learn how to sew but it’s fun and therapeutic for many. Plus you can actually save money by doing many of these tasks and chores yourself. Lifting and lowering your garage door provides exercise, too. You have to physically get out of the car and back in when you operate your garage door this way. You can compare it to climbing stairs or taking the elevator. People do both and there are pros and cons to each method. Don’t forget the money savings involved. After all, you don’t have to actually buy, install, service or repair that cumbersome garage door opener! After a while, not having all those bills adds up. Who couldn’t use one less thing to worry about in today’s hectic and stressful world?

Pros of opting for the electric (automatic way) 

Much like a political debate, the ‘other’ side has its own arguments for choosing their way of opening and closing a garage door. Proponents of electric garage door openers boast of time savings and added convenience as you never have to get in or out of your vehicle to operate your heavy garage door. There is no heavy lifting, or getting wet during rainy season; just stay put inside your climate controlled vehicle, tap your opener remote and drive in or out of your garage with ease, comfort and security. Speaking of security, electric garage door openers offer enhanced protection as you never have to leave your car in order to move your garage door up and down. It makes sense; you are distracted and pre-occupied with manually lifting your garage door. Your car door is probably still open and your motor is still running. You are at risk for being accosted, attacked, or even abducted. Your vehicle is also at risk as the keys are still in the car along with your purse or wallet, driver’s license, registration, insurance, home address, and lots more.

Cons of both 

As we said above, having to get out of your car to open or close your garage door leaves you and your vehicle vulnerable to crime, bad weather and the elements in general. It can also become quite tiresome if done over and over. Another problem involving manual garage doors is that having one can hurt your home’s resale value. It’s a fact; most home buyers prefer having an automatic garage door opener and the fact that you don’t have one already installed can make them pass on your home and opt for one that does. If they do happen to make an offer on your house, it will for a lower amount as they have now (mentally anyway) factored in the price of a garage door opener to be added in the near future.

The only ‘con’ that is really obvious that comes with having an electric garage door opener is that it will cost you more now and in the long run. You will have expenses for purchasing and installing your opener but if you use the right garage door repair shop, those will be very minimal. There are also repair expenses if your opener unit breaks down. We recommend getting a good warranty and having periodic maintenance done on your unit as recommended by the manufacturer and your garage door repair technician.

The bottom line 

The choice is yours. We recommend that you contact a full service garage door repair shop in Marietta, GA for further details and recommendations. Weigh carefully your different wants and goals and speak to one of our garage door technicians or one near your locale. Doing so will result in a garage door opener choice that is right for your budget, goals and desires.

Differences Between Single Panel and Sectional Garage Door

If you are buying a new garage door, you have likely been offered a single panel door or a sectional door. You may not know the difference between the two and therefore are unable to make an informed decision about the one that will be best for you. At Pro East Cobb Garage Repair in East Cobb, GA, we are often asked what the differences are and if one is better than the other. One isn’t any better than the other; it is a matter of preference. They are then presented with information about the two types of doors. We feel that it is important to make sure that our customers are well-informed so that they can make a decision that they are happy to live with now and in the future. We also do not want anyone to waste their money on something that they thought was a good idea but once they had the chance to really live with the door; they realize that it doesn’t suit their needs. If you’re interested in knowing more about a single panel garage door and a sectional garage door, continue reading.

Information about a Single Panel Garage Door

This door is made from a single slab, which then slides into position so that it lifts straight up. When the door opens it goes straight up into space just above the garage. It is attached to the top of the door where the door jam is located. Once the door springs have been attached, you are able to open and close your garage door. While both the single and sectional door has about the same amount of space, they operate differently.

Benefits of a Single Panel Door

Both doors offer benefits. The benefits that are presented may or may not be enough to convince you that a single panel door is right for you. It is up to you to weigh the options and determine which is best for your needs. Below we have listed some of the benefits of a single panel garage door.

Easy Installation 

The single panel door does not have as many parts as a sectional door. This means it doesn’t require a lot of time putting it together and installing it. Fewer parts also mean that there is less maintenance required to maintain the condition of your door. The maintenance time is also minimized when you have a single panel door. You will have less expensive service fees whenever you have to have repairs made to your door.

The sectional door, however, has lots of small parts, which makes it a longer process when installing. There is also the chance of the technician leaving something out of the installation process. While this doesn’t often occur, the possibility still exists with so many parts to remember. 


The single panel garage door can be fitted with existing hardware. 


It is less expensive because of the type of materials this type of door is offered in. the cables and springs associated with a single panel door are also less expensive than that of a sectional door. Having fewer parts makes it an inexpensive option over the sectional door.

Various Options 

When you have a single panel door you won’t have to worry about matching up the panels to match the rest of the door. Keep in mind that the installer only has to work with a single slab of material. This also means that you’ll be able to choose from various styles and materials. While the sectional door gives you plenty of options, you’ll need to make sure that every piece matches exactly or else the door may not look as cohesive. In some cases, the piece you are looking for may no longer exist. This means that part of the door will look one way while the other looks completely different. This may not be as obvious to others but you’ll know it isn’t the same and this is enough to drive anyone mad.

Benefits of a Sectional Garage Door 

Saves on Space 

With a sectional door, you don’t have to worry about accidentally banging your door against the car. You are afforded more space to pull in and out of your garage since the sectional door maximizes your interior space. When you have a single panel door, you’ll likely have to move it as far to the back of the garage as possible to avoid hitting it with the garage door. 

Insulation Benefits

You can avoid expensive energy bills since the sectional garage offers homeowners better insulating abilities.


The springs used on a single panel door have been known to break. This is extremely dangerous to anyone using the door while they are using the garage. They may break because of rusted connectors. If the springs break, it is possible that you or someone else; could be harmed by the door. 

Less Expensive Door Repairs

We’ve mentioned that you won’t pay a lot for the repairs to a single panel door because they have fewer pieces. While a sectional door may have more pieces than a single panel, you will pay less if you damage a portion of the door because you’ll only have to have that portion repaired rather than an entire door.

So even if a single panel garage door doesn’t suit your fancy, you may be more interested in what the sectional garage door has to offer based on the information presented above. There is much to consider in terms of which type will be best suited for you and your family’s needs. However, if you are not sure after reading this article, consult with any of our knowledgeable associates. They will be happy to offer you further details of about these types of garage doors in East Cobb and any others that you may be interested in. When you’re making a major investment, you should be presented with all of the facts prior to making your final decision.

Key Things to Know About Garage Door Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure that your garage door stays in optimal condition. After all, your garage door is an essential part of your home – and is arguably one of the areas that will get used the most. We rely on opening and closing these multiple times in a day across all seasons, so performing preventive and regular checks is crucial.

You don’t necessarily need to hire a technician for the basics unless you don’t feel confident about doing the job yourself. Even if you need a technician, you can expect their services to be quite affordable. Remember, unless you are dealing with extreme damage a repair service provider will never set you back several thousand dollars.

Now, whether or not you feel confident about performing maintenance checks yourself, here are the essential tasks that you, or your technician, should take the time to do.

1) Listen and watch closely

Observing your door carefully will help you identify any issues. One way to do this is to stand inside the garage with the door closed and check for signs of wear and tear in your door’s springs, cables, hardware, hinges and other nearby components.

Otherwise, just make note of any changes you notice as you try to use your door. How smoothly is it opening? Is it making any grinding or scraping noises, or is silently doing its job? Does the door look tilted, or out of balance?

If you notice an issue, get in touch with a repair technician so they can inspect and give you a full diagnosis of the problem.

2) Cleaning and grooming

You need to look after every bit of your garage door. Wood doors will need to be checked for water damage, while steel doors may have rust spots that need to be primed. Peeling paint, sanding, warps and cleaning are other quick DIY checks to do along the way.

Lubrication only takes 10 minutes, but it makes a deal of a difference. Keeping your garage door’s hinges, rollers and tracks oiled up accordingly will lengthen your door’s overall durability. You just need to go to your East Cobb garage door specialist to purchase a spray lubricant for the door and white lithium grease for your opener’s chains or screws.

Cleaning and tightening loose screws is very important as well. Dirt and grime can cause interference with your door’s photo eye sensors, while the hardware can loosen up over time due to extensive use. Again, two things that won’t take very long to do but are well and truly worth it.

3) Inspecting and testing

There are different parts of the garage door that you need to test and check on a regular basis. Here’s how we would recommend you approach things.

First, check if your door is out of balance. The best way to do this is to close it, disconnect the automatic opener, and lift it manually to about halfway up. If the door is difficult to lift up and open, or it fails to stay in place, then your door is out of balance. Out of balance doors usually mean a broken spring or faulty components, and should be left to the care of qualified professionals.

Your reverse mechanism should be the second thing you test. There are two systems at play here: the photocell and mechanical features. Both these mechanisms will make the door reverse if there’s anything in its path. To test the mechanical component, put a brick or piece of wood by the door – if everything is working correctly, it will reverse as soon as it touches the object. As for the photocell, it’s as simple as waving your leg in the door’s path – the sensors should prompt the door to reverse.  If your door doesn’t reverse or you have an opener that lacks this protective mechanism (door openers manufactured from 1993 onwards are required by law to have these), you’ll need to talk to a garage door technician.

Lastly, check the condition of your rollers and cables. We don’t recommend that you try to fix cables yourself, but you can look for broken strands and damage by the bottom of the roller bracket. As for rollers, make sure to check for chips and cracks. Damaged rollers should be replaced immediately, but don’t do this yourself if they are directly attached to the cable system.

Need a repair technician? Here’s what you need to do

Find a professional business in your area that you know you can trust. The best way to do this is to ask around for referrals – positive feedback and experience usually prompts people to spread the word about a garage door repair service provider. If you’re using the internet to find a nearby business, make sure to check their physical address exists and call them to be certain they are legitimate. Never hire a business that asks for full payment upfront, is defensive about providing you with simple credentials like a full company name (scammers will answer the phone using a generic term – be wary of this), and try to be present on the day of repairs in case things go awry.

If you are in East Cobb, GA, talk to our technicians. Pro East Cobb Garage Repair is a local operation, dedicated helping all customers keep everything in check. Whether you need someone to inspect things or you know you need to repair or replace a faulty component, we will do everything we can to ensure you get the right solutions. Give us a call, tell us what you need and we can even make time for a free consultation if needed. We will also provide you with a full written price quote for our suggestions upfront and at no additional cost.

Regardless of where you live, though, we hope this blog post has guided you in how to take good care of your garage door. Remember to maintain these regularly so that they continue to provide the convenience, protection and full peace of mind that they are supposed to.

Why Your Garage Door Continues to Open and Close On Its Own

When your garage door opens and closes on its own, it can be rather dangerous. That is because it could open or close when you do not want it to. It could just close on top of you while you are moving in or out. Worse yet, it could fall on top of one of your loved ones. You may be wondering why this is the case, at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair in East Cobb, GA, we are here to tell you why this sometimes occurs and what you can do to prevent it.

Reasons that Your Garage Door Opens on Its Own

  1. Someone in your neighborhood has the same remote frequency

This will also interfere with your garage door and cause it to open or close without your attempting to do so.

This can be remedied by changing access code on your garage door opener.

  1. A shortage in the button on the all

This is something that should be trouble shot by a professional.

It is necessary to remove the wiring fro the button in order to do so.

  1. Short in the keypad wiring or the wiring that leads to the wired keypad

The keypad should be removed from the opener for troubleshooting.

  1. Short in your sensor’s wiring

The wiring will need to be replaced.

It might be necessary to upgrade from 22” gauge wiring to 16” gauge. When it is too cold, it can sometimes affect the wiring of your sensors. Check for things, such as fraying that can eventually cause the wiring to be cut.

  1. Safety Beam Sensor Shortage

You Safety beam sensors may be damaged.

If you have two of the same type of garage door opener, you should remove the sensors from one opener, apply them to the other to determine if this is the problem.

  1. Short in the Opener Logic Board

The logic board may be damaged.

You should have the circuit board removed in order for a trained professional to troubleshoot the problem. You can troubleshoot on your own by removing the circuit board and applying it to another logic board to see if this resolves the problem.

  1. Receiver board has a short in it

The receive board might be defective.

The receive board should be replaced. Sometimes it is found inside the power head and sometimes is on the outside of the power head.

  1. The external receive may have a short in it

This means there is a receiver board that is defective

You can troubleshoot by placing the openers receiver board on another opener.

  1. The wiring that runs from the external receiver to the opener

This wiring may have a short in it or be defective.

Follow the steps suggested for ‘defective receiver board’ to resolve the problem.

  1. Random signals from your remote

This is an easy fix, it could be as simple as replacing the old batteries with new ones. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, it may be necessary to replace the remote.

  1. Nearby radio tower

It will likely be necessary for you to have the access code to your remote reprogrammed. If the problem still exists, you could try another receiver to see if this is the fix you need.

  1. CB radios causing interference

You can replace your receiver or your transmitter with one that is on a different frequency. You will have to check your frequency on the receiver.

  1. Police Radios

Apply the steps above for ‘CB radios causing interference’ to remedy the problem.

  1. Hospital in the vicinity of your home

Apply the steps above for ‘CB radios causing interference’ to remedy the problem.

  1. Faulty garage door wiring

Try plugging the garage door opener into a different outlet to resolve the problem.

  1. Shortage in electrical outlet

Apply the steps above for ‘Faulty garage door wiring’.

You may have never imagined that you would have to take care of your garage door in order to continue using it without an incident from occurring that could be of harm to you and your family. Yes, caring for your garage is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You should definitely make sure you know what you can expect when you hear strange sounds or when your garage is acting unusual. You certainly shouldn’t ignore it.

We want to do our part in helping you maintain a safe garage and that is why we are offering the following suggestions when you experience the problem with your garage opening and closing on its own.

  • If your door is opening and closing on its own, make sure you unplug your garage door opener upon leaving for the day.
  • Make sure you also unplug the garage door opener whenever you plan on going on vacation.
  • Never leave batteries in remotes that are not working, this can short your remote and send signals to the garage door without your wanting it to.
  • Never share your keypad access code with your neighbors. Whenever you have to do so just make sure you remember to change the code back in order to avoid the door from opening when you are away.
  • If you are still trying to determine why your garage door is opening or closing with out your wanting it to, never go to sleep with the opener still plugged in. Unplug the opener before retiring for the night. This will help you to avoid any uninvited intruders.
  • Use a heavy-duty appliance module so that you are able to control your electrical outlet with your door remote instead of using the garage door opener remote. This will serve as additional security for a faulty garage door.

If you are not good at troubleshooting and would simply prefer for the job to be handled professionally, give us a call at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. We will be happy to troubleshoot and repair the problem so that you can go on using your garage.


Technology was created to help us and mostly, it does. We might be using a power drill on a woodworking project or cooking up a masterpiece with our kitchen appliances. We pay good money for our household tools, appliances, and gadgets and we expect them to work on-demand. When they don’t, they get donated, returned or thrown out. Another household tool that we use a lot and expect to function is our garage door opener remote. Here at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair we often get calls concerning a non-functioning unit. Should the customer get it repaired? Or, should they buy a new one? There are so many questions as to what should be done! In actuality, you may not need to repair or replace your garage door opener! Follow these simple steps and you might just save yourself some time and money!

Garage Door Opener Installation

It never fails!

It never fails to happen when you least expect it; garage door opener remote failure, that is! Maybe you are leaving for a much anticipated dinner date. Or, you might be on your way to your first day on the job. Your mind is pre-occupied with the events soon to befall you, when all of a sudden you notice that your remote doesn’t work. Here’s where the first problem lies; is it your opener that has stopped working, or is it your remote that is the problem? How can you tell and what should you do about it?

First of all

Check your remote’s battery before you do anything else. It may be drained or leaking, and it costs nothing to check on your battery status. If you have a home tester, check the battery for power and if you don’t, you should consider getting one. They are inexpensive and sold by East Cobb, GA stores in the local area. Speaking of local stores, you can take your batteries for free testing at any area Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Target, Home Depot, or Best Buy locations and they will be happy to do it for you with no obligation to buy a new one.

Your terminals

Be sure to check your remote terminals. They may look just fine but be slightly loose and this is often enough to stop your batter from transmitting signals to the main opener unit. Squeeze your terminals together gently so that they hold your remote battery snugly and then see if this helps. If you notice any battery fluid that has leaked onto your terminals be sure and clean that up with a dry cloth as leakage like this can also greatly interfere with your remote’s performance.

Worn remote buttons

Your remote’s buttons may be worn out. Signs of this are having to hit the button several times in order to make the opener work along with the buttons sticking in the process. Unfortunately, if this is the case you will need to buy a replacement from your manufacturer or if you have a spare unit, use that one.

Reprogram your remote

If your remote is older and worn, it may have lost its programming. This causes it to lose its memory and stop working. While this won’t apply to newer remote models, the older ones may need to be reprogrammed. You can refer to your owner’s manual for directions on how to do this or if you don’t have one you can watch any number of online videos that can walk you through the steps.

Photo electric safety eyes

What? Why are we talking about your safety sensors? Some local East Cobb, GA customers have assumed that their remote has stopped working, when in reality it was the safety sensors that were off, and not the remote control at all! Be sure to check your safety eyes and see if the sensor LED beam is lit. If not, or if they are blinking, you may need to call a repairman. Always keep the area surrounding your sensors clutter free as items can fall against the safety eyes and move them out of alignment or cut the wires. Pets should also be kept away from the sensors as wires can be chewed or disconnected from the unit. Spiders love safety eyes to build their webs around. These webs can block signals but also, since they are so sticky, they attract dead bugs, leaves, twigs and other debris that can sensor signals and even scratch the senor lenses. Keep these clean and free from dust, mud and other debris by wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Most safety sensors are made so that you the consumer can align them on your own. Simply adjust them manually until the beam matches up and the garage door works again. Test by using your remote and also by lowering your garage door and intentionally blocking the signal to see if the door reverses.

Lock button

Your opener unit may have a lock button that can stop your remote from working. This lock button is located on the wall switch inside the garage. This is a safety feature designed to prevent anyone from using your remote while you are away on vacation or away from home while the remote is still in the car (or at least, not with you!).  This lock button is sometimes activated and then forgotten about. Or, it may be activated by accident and no one realized it until your remote seemingly stopped working. Check your opener system and if it does include this wall lock button, unlock it and see if your garage door works as it should now.

Call the pros!

If none of these tips work it may be time to call in the professionals. You are always welcome to call our shop, or your favorite East Cobb, GA garage door repair experts, and have them come to your aid. It helps that you tried and tested several of the above tips; be sure and tell your technician what you did. This saves him time and effort since he won’t have to re-do your work.


After opening and closing thousands of times as the years pass, your garage door is bound to require some close attention. There are many reasons for garage door troubles. Let’s look at some of the most probable possibilities and solutions.

Replace Damaged Garage Door Sections

Easy Issues

Check your transmitter batteries. Perhaps they simply have to be replaced, and it will work fine now.

Is your garage door not closing? Your garage door has a photo eye on both sides, and between the two is an invisible beam, which, when it’s broken, keeps the door from shutting. See if these sensors are misaligned or grimy.

Does your garage door go down all the way, yet open again? The open-and-shut limit settings of your garage door opener are most likely on the fritz. Read the manual for how to set the open-and-shut limits. These settings inform the garage door opener on how far the garage door should move before closing completely. If the settings are too high, the garage door will hit the floor before the opener thinks it should, assuming the door is touching something in its path. It will reverse automatically, to prevent from crushing it.

Does your garage door opener run, but the garage door won’t move? In case of a power failure, your garage door opener comes with a disconnect switch that allows you to manually open or shut your garage door. This switch is attached to a knob or rope, which can come unhooked. Shut or open the door manually all the way, and then reattach the hook securely. Then, using the transmitter, attempt to open or close the garage door again. It should work fine now.

Does your garage door opener run several seconds, but turn right off? If your garage door still doesn’t budge, the door is closed and the door motor is attempting yet failing to lift the door up. Examine the springs. If that isn’t the problem, examine the track for any obstacles. If neither of these is the problem, then find out if your garage door is the kind with a built-in lock, and it’s engaging by mistake. This is common with older garage doors.

Does your garage door close and open randomly? If the garage door is opening or closing all by itself, it’s definitely not safe. The solution may be that all you have to is inspect the transmitter. Make sure it’s not stuck beneath an object that might have inadvertently depressed the control mechanism. For example, the transmitter may be found under items you forgot inside your automobile, or somewhere else nearby. Also examine the transmitter’s frequency. Your neighbor could have the same exact frequency as yours.

Complex Issues

Your garage door track may possibly be out of alignment. This is bad. Your garage door’s metal track won’t move unless it’s correctly aligned. Look for any bends in the rails, or any gaps between the rail and rollers. The garage door’s weight can compound these issues over time, so don’t procrastinate; investigate! Your garage door can become dangerous. Hire a professional.

What if your garage door slams with a bang? There could be a broken tension spring, which ought to be countering the door’s weight. Or, the cables connected to the tension spring are broken. Either problem is hazardous. Contact an expert.

Does your garage door close part way, but open again? A garage door is designed with a reversing mechanism to stop it from smashing an object in its path. The reversing instruction is activated by anything on the ground blocking the door’s path, such as a box, trash can, or bicycle. But there might be a buildup of debris on the garage door’s tracks ~ grime or a minute object ~ which will prevent the rollers from moving forward. This is a serious problem, needing professional attention.

Is your garage door not opening at all? It’s probably garage door spring failure. Your garage door might be the type with one or two torsion springs. If either of these is broken, the door will malfunction. Hire a professional for spring repair or replacement.

Finally, please don’t adjust your garage door, unless you’re an engineer! If not serviced correctly, a garage door spring can cause injury or even be deadly. The garage door bottom brackets, drums, and cables may also need adjustment. Hire a local trustworthy professional garage door repair company. If you’re in East Cobb, Georgia, consider a reputable company such as the aptly named Pro East Cobb Garage Repair.

Prevent Future Garage Door Problems

Monthly, examine the components of your garage door system. If there are worn parts, replace them. Tighten loose bolts. Scrutinize any strange noises you hear upon closing and opening.

Schedule a yearly inspection with a reliable local garage door repair company. Springs, cables, pulleys, and wires require additional attention from a professional garage door technician.

Every two years, clean your garage door, and you’ll prolong its life. Wash it on each side with a sponge and mild dish soap and water. Rinse it well. Don’t forget the garage door opener sensor eyes; wash them with a dry, clean cloth. Keep the perimeter around the sensors free of cobwebs and dirt. If your garage door is steel, apply car wax for cold-weather protection. If your garage door is wooden, at the first signs of peeling or chipping, apply a new coat of paint.

Set up a garage door maintenance schedule. It’s smart to keep your garage door in tiptop condition so it will last longer. If your garage doubles as an office, workshop, or game room, then you should keep it especially well-maintained.

Lubricate your garage door springs, hinges, and rollers, with just a light coating ~ each year before winter arrives. Without lubrication, the springs will rust, and the coils will bind. Use a top name brand, so it won’t dry out.

Garage door maintenance takes minimal effort. It’s certainly worth it. You’ll spend a lot less on any repairs that do arise, and it’s likely you won’t have to replace it for a good many years.

Why Your Garage Door Won’t Stay Open

If you have ever had an automatic garage door opener (or even if you haven’t), surely you can imagine that issues can arise from time to time. One issue that can be troublesome is a garage door that refuses to stay open. Perhaps you are doing work in your garage, and want the door to remain open so that you can monitor your children, or just so you are not working in an enclosed space. The last thing you need to deal with is constantly pulling up a garage door that keeps slipping down the tracks. There are a few reasons this could be happening to you. Keep reading to find out some common causes of this issue.

Repair Garage Door Rollers

Most times when this problem happens, the culprit is your garage door springs. The springs do the heavy lifting for the door, and the tension in the springs is supposed to keep the door held up. If you are dealing with a door that is slipping down the track, your springs may need to get looked at. The spring issue could have arisen due to various factors, such as:

  • Spring is old (age)
  • Spring is broken
  • Spring has been overextended
  • Spring needs to be readjusted

If you are having issues with your garage door staying open, the first thing to check around for is a broken spring. Please bear in mind, you should call a technician to actually fix the problem. Just like electrical issues in the home, garage door spring issues can be dangerous and should be handled by a professional. Depending on your type of door, there may be multiple springs present. Take a close look and try to determine if you can find any separation in the springs. Some doors have springs on each side, so be sure to check all springs that are present. If you cannot find the spring, try opening the door. When the door is opened, that fully extends the spring. This will make it easier to see if there is a break somewhere. If your door uses extension springs, there is a built in safety mechanism in the spring system. The spring has a rod on the inside that prevents the spring from overextending too much. If this kind of spring is broken or damaged, the safety rods inside the spring will be visible to you.

Another reason your door could be given you problems is due to a lack of tension in the spring. Springs are imperative to ensuring your garage doors work properly. When the door is fully open, the springs are working at their maximum tension. This tension allows the door to stay up without falling down the track. One way to determine if this is the issue is to look at the garage door chain. If there is slack in the chain when the door is up, this points to a lack of tension in your springs. The chain runs between the bottom of the spring and your wall (generally). Instead of the chain being taut when the door is in the open position, the chain will have slack. To fix this issue, it is best to call a technician to help. It is very dangerous to work with garage door springs, and instead of taking an unnecessary risk you should call an expert to assist you.

Garage door springs are only manufactured to last a certain amount of time. This springs are operating at a great amount of tension, and are hefting a heavy load. The average garage door can be up to 250 lbs. So each garage door spring has a standard life cycle. This life cycle is generally 10,000 cycles for most standard springs. You can also purchase high cycle springs if you prefer. A garage door spring generally last 7 -10 years (depending on use).  Your garage door spring can age prematurely if you are not employing proper maintenance procedures. Keep the springs lubricated (using a silicone based lubricant). If your area is going through a cold snap, some homeowners use a space heater to warm up the garage. This is because in extreme cold weather, the garage door springs are under extra stress and you would hear a loud crack – your garage door spring snapping. This is not much of an issue in Georgia, but it is another point to keep in mind.

There is a reason (outside of your springs) that your garage door may not be staying open. This can be due to the door actually reversing closed. This issue has the potential to be damaging, as your personal property can become damaged if this is happening. This issue points to a limit switch problem. If you are comfortable in doing so, you can adjust the limit switch yourself and see if this fixes the issue. The limit switch tells the garage door opener motor when it has “hit the limit” and should stop operating. This switch is sometimes set up incorrectly and will cause your door to reverse closed on you, or not open far enough to begin with. The limit switch is located on the garage door motor unit and can be adjusted. You may have to do several adjustments to find the right setting for your home. If you are not feeling handy, or do not consider yourself a DIY’er, a qualified technician should be called to help. Most reputable companies will offer 24/7 assistance and can easily help you fix this issue.

In East Cobb, GA the expert team at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair is always there to assist you. They have years of experience, and offer fast, friendly and affordable service.  The team of technicians is able to help on your schedule, and will make sure your garage door is working correctly and safely. If you are in the area and looking for help with your garage door that just won’t stay open, look no further than Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. We have consultants standing by for help, and will provide a no obligation consultation free of charge!