The Top 7 Stanley Garage Door Problems (and How to Troubleshoot Them)

According to a recent American Housing Survey report, six out of every ten American homes have a garage or carport. This is not surprising considering that in 2018 alone, America registered close to 273.6 million vehicles. Your garage keeps your cars safe from varying hazards, including weather elements and buglers.

Considering that on average Americans spend 9 hours and 43 minutes in their cars, the frequency of opening and closing of the garage doors is often high. This recurrent use of the garage doors can cause wear and tear over time.

When your Stanley garage door shows the first signs of problems, your first concern becomes how do I fix this. But don’t flinch. Most common garage door issues are resolvable.

In this article, we review the typical garage door problems and how to troubleshoot them. 

1. Garage Door Is Unresponsive to Remote or Keypad  

In this age of technology, a remote-controlled garage door is the least you can ask for as a homeowner. However, at times, your garage door fails to respond to the remote control or the keypad. This can be a frustrating turn of events.

The first thing you should do when the garage door remote is unresponsive should be to try to move closer to the door. Most times, the problem with an unresponsive garage remote control is the difference in the range of the antennae. A few extra feet away from the remote radio control can affect how the remote control functions.

You may need to check the batteries if the issue isn’t the distance. The other common issue when the remote is non-functional could be a problem with the programming.  If the underlying issue is with programming, then you need to call in a technician to reprogram the remote.

2. The Garage Door Won’t Close All the Way

Sometimes, you may end up in a situation where the garage door opens correctly but fails to close properly. If the door fails to shut correctly, the first place to check should be the close-limit switch.

Your garage door has a close-limit switch that instructs the motor when to roll and stop. This component is important when opening and closing the garage door. If the close-limit switch has issues, this may affect how the garage door opens and closes.

You can always call in the experts to help you repair or replace the garage door parts when the close-limit switches fail. This will help you minimize the risk of safety hazards caused by the erratic opening and closing of the garage door.

3. Your Stanley Garage Door Reverses Before Hitting the Ground

When your garage door reverses before hitting the ground, it can present a safety concern. Most times, the cause of such sudden reversal is an issue with the close-force settings. You may need to call in an expert to help you adjust these settings.

The other common reason for the sudden reversal of garage doors is an issue with door rollers. If your garage rollers become overly sensitive, you might experience such a recurrence of sudden garage door reversal.

If your rollers are rusty, they might require urgent attention. Lubrication can help reduce the friction and minimize the rust on the garage door rollers. The good thing about the process of lubrication is that you can consider DIY.

4. Garage Door Doesn’t Open All The Way

When the garage door starts to open but falls short at some point, the issue could be with the motor unit and the up-limit switch. If the controller, which is often a touch-lever mounted on the end of the track near the motor unit is far away, the door won’t open fully.

Most times, this issue happens when you first install your garage door. If the underlying issue is a lack of balance from the automatic opener, you may consider calling in an expert to assess the situation. If this garage door problem is due to a fault in the garage door motor, all you need is to reset the motor settings.

5. Broken Garage Door Springs

The other common garage door issue that may manifest relates to broken garage door springs. When your Stanley garage door doesn’t open at all, the springs may be faulty. Your garage door springs may break over time due to wear and tear.

The average garage spring has a lifecycle of 10,000 cycles. One cycle being the garage door going down and coming up. Beyond the 10,000 cycles, your garage door could begin to show signs of breaking.

The best way to deal with broken garage door springs would be to consider a replacement. You can either consider our range of garage door torsion springs or extension garage door springs. Once you buy these springs, you can then call in an expert to install them or consider our videos on DIY replacement.

6. Your Garage Door Track Is Blocked 

It takes a smooth path to ensure that your garage door moves up and down with minimum tension. When your garage door fails to open and close as it should, the issue could be a problem with the door tracks. If your garage door hasn’t been maintained in awhile, it could experience hitches due to build-up.

The first thing to do when your garage door seems to be struggling to open and close should be to clean the tracks. Monitor the garage door track for any debris build-up on the path. Consider a cleaning schedule to help keep the track in check at all times.

7. The Photo Eye Is Out of Alignment 

Most modern garages have photo eyes, which send an invisible beam across your garage. The eye helps stop the garage door halfway when closing or opening in case an item or a person is blocking the way. This helps to avoid injuries or accidents.

If the photo eye isn’t working, the issue could be a dirty lens. You can start by cleaning the lens using a soft cloth and streak-free cleaner. You may also call in experts to help you realign the lenses where they may be misaligned.

This Is How to Repair a Faulty Stanley Garage Door

The garage door is among the most critical installations in your home. With such a high frequency of use, your Stanley garage door and the various components that make up the door may be susceptible to wear and tear over time.

When your garage door starts to show subtle instances of failure, you may need to replace specific components as soon as possible. With our range of DIY garage door parts, you don’t have to worry about your garage door developing faults.

Are you looking for reliable garage door parts? Contact us today for quality parts.


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