Whether your garage door is motor-operated or manual, whether it’s made from aluminum, fiberglass, steel, or wood, there will come a time when it will need some maintenance. Navigating the world of garage door upkeep can be a daunting task; there are multiple factors to take into consideration and the information out there can often be hard to sort through
Here, our goal is to help you get oriented when it comes to fixing your garage door. We’ll discuss the basics that everyone should know, and by the end, you should have a good idea of what your next step is.
What Kind of Problem Are You Dealing With?
Garage doors can be divided into four categories: the door, the hardware, the weather stripping, or the motor system (if you have a motor-operated door). Problems leading to garage door malfunction can come from any of these components. The following are the most common problems people face.
Grinding or Strange Noise
If your garage door makes a grinding or other strange or annoying noise, it could be a result of loose bolts or squeaky parts. If you hear one of these unusual noises, you should stop opening and closing your garage door so that the problem doesn’t get worse. Do not continue to operate the door just to hear where the sound is coming from. Call the repairmen to ensure that no damage is caused by further use.
Garage Door Opens Slightly and Then Immediately Closes
If your garage door opens a little bit and then immediately closes, it could be because you have broken springs. It’s important to stop operating the door immediately because broken springs may compromise the safety of the door.
Usually, when a spring breaks, you’ll hear it, almost like a firecracker going off. If a spring breaks, make sure you repair all the springs at the same time! Repairing each one individually will cost substantially more money.
The cables on your garage door are the pieces of hardware responsible for your door staying up once you open it, and sometimes they break because of wear and tear. If one side of the garage door is sagging and the whole thing is completely lopsided, you might have a broken cable.
Schedule a repair as soon as you can and do not try to open or close the door until it’s fixed. If a cable – the mechanism holding the door up – is broken, it could slam down as soon as you open it, and that’s a serious safety concern.
Rollers Are Sticking
The rollers are the little wheels on your garage door that roll along the tracks and provide the mechanism for your door to slide open and closed. Sometimes, they can get stuck and start sliding instead of rolling. And in the worst-case scenarios, sliding rollers can cause the garage door to fall off the tracks. If your rollers are sliding, or if your door comes off its tracks it could be dangerous. It can also put too much weight on the springs and cables, so if this happens, leave the door alone and call a repairman at once.
The weatherstripping is the long rubber piece that keeps your garage door protected from the elements. If you notice water or snow coming in from outside during precipitation, chances are that you have a leak in your weatherstripping.
This is not a major mechanical problem, but it is important to fix it immediately nonetheless. You probably have things in your garage that you don’t want Mother Nature to get her hands on.
Crack or Hole In the Door
The door itself is fairly simple. Still, without a fully intact door, your garage door can’t do its job properly. If you notice a hole or crack in the door, you should schedule a repair as soon as possible because it could mean that the structural integrity of your whole garage door system is compromised. Also, a crack or hole could indicate that more problems are looming close on the horizon.
Garage Door Is Unresponsive
This category of problems is only applicable to garage doors that open and close by a mechanism of a motor operated by remote control.
This could be a simple case of depleted batteries. Try replacing them, and if your garage door still doesn’t work, then schedule a repair as soon as convenient. An unresponsive door could also mean that there is a malfunction in the motor, in which case you should also immediately call the repair guy or gal.
Why Seek a Professional?
While you may be tempted to try to perform maintenance on your garage door yourself, in the overwhelming majority of cases, you need a professional to do the job, and here’s why. For one, garage doors are heavy and so is much of their hardware. This means if you don’t know what you’re doing and something goes wrong, you could injure yourself. Professionals have been trained to deal with the hazards involved.
Second, due to the lack of experience and training, there’s a good chance that by trying to make repairs yourself, you could end up causing further and more expensive damage. So in the interest of time, safety, and security, when your garage door breaks or malfunctions, call in the pros!