Why Is The Garage Door Opening Or Closing Slowly?

When you press the button on your wall or on your remote to open or close your garage door, you expect it to do so in a timely manner. However, there may come a time where it seems like the door is taking its sweet time to fully open or close. When this happens, it is usually your garage doors' way of telling you that something may be wrong. Here are a few of the most common reasons why your garage door may be taking longer to open or close. 

Your Unit May Be Sliding out of the Outlet

One of the reasons why your garage door may be opening or closing slower than you expected is that the plug may be sliding out of the outlet. Most electric garage door openers are plugged into an outlet that is above the unit that pulls the door open and closed. As the unit opens and closes your door, it can vibrate. This vibration can cause the plug to start to wiggle out of the outlet. If it is partway in and partway out, your unit may not be getting the power it needs to quickly open or close your door. Plugging the plug back in can solve this issue. 

The Torsion Spring Is Worn

Another reason why your garage door may be slow to open or close is that the torsion spring is wearing out. When your door opens or closes, the torsion spring helps to support the weight of the door. The spring extends as the door is opened and retracts as the door closes. However, if the spring is worn, it may not properly retract. Without the support of this important spring, your door may go slower than before. 

The Motor on Your Opener Is Going Out

The final reason why your garage door may not open or close as quickly as it normally does is that the motor on your garage door opener is going out. This may be due to age, wear, or a lack of maintenance. When the motor goes out, you may also hear grinding or squealing, or you may smell burning rubber or a burning metal scent. 

If you notice that your garage door is not opening as quickly as it normally does, your garage door is likely telling you that something is amiss. If you have checked the plug and ensured the electric opener is plugged in, you may need to call in a garage door repair and replacement company, such as Above All Overhead Door, to help you. They can determine what is causing your garage door to be slow to open or close and then repair the problem so your door once again opens and closes quickly.