Does your garage door need repairs? Garage doors are fairly simple–yet vital–machines, and they generally tell you when they need work done. Here are a few of the major signs that your garage door may need maintenance, repair, or even replacement.
- It refuses to open and close at all. When your door refuses to open and close, there could be a variety of issues. The track could be blocked, the machinery could be jammed, or the wiring could be faulty. Any of these issues could be potentially dangerous and require a professional to diagnose.
- It shakes when opening. Any shaking or unexpected movement at all is dangerous when it comes to a garage door. Shaking generally means that there is something wrong with the track — so there is the possibility that the door may come loose and swing downwards. If your door is shaking, you should immediately stop using it.
- It rests unevenly against the ground. Resting unevenly on the ground may be dismissed as aging, but it usually means that the door is slightly off of its track. Over time, this problem can become worse, until the door itself falls down.
- It has dents in the door. Dents mean that something has damaged your garage. If there are dents you can’t identify, the door may have been banged while you were out, potentially by neighbors or children. This could indicate a dangerous alignment issue that you don’t yet know about.
- It’s unbalanced. An unbalanced door is a door that could potentially be putting a lot more wear on the motor than it should be. The motor will eventually give out. It’s better to get this fixed early, so that you don’t need to invest in costly repairs.
- Its door has fallen off the tracks. Never try to put a garage door back on its tracks on your own. Not only is a garage door cumbersome and heavy, but putting it on the wrong way could lead the door to falling on your car, yourself, or your family members.
- It is operating unusually slowly. This can either mean that there’s a delay between when you press the button and when it responds, or that the actual operation of the garage door itself is slow. If it’s operating slowly, there may be something wrong with the motor that needs to be fixed.
- It’s extremely loud. Noise usually means a mechanical problem. Rather than letting the mechanics of your garage door fail and ending up with an expensive repair or replacement bill you can get the problem fixed when it’s minor.
- It has electrical damage. Have you noticed that there are wires that have been damaged around your garage motor? This could be due to pests or simple wear. Electrical damage of any type is likely to both lead to issues with the motor. It could also potentially be a fire hazard.
- It’s at the end of its lifespan. Garage doors are generally intended to last 10 to 15 years. If your garage door is about this old, it may be time for an inspection regardless. You may be able to save money by replacing it rather than keeping up with repairs.
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs in your garage door, call the experienced technicians at Action Garage Door immediately. Action Garage Door operates throughout Texas providing garage door maintenance, repairs, and installations.