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Because the average garage door can last for years with minimal upkeep, many homeowners assume that their garage doors will never need repairs during the doors' expected lifespans. However, many everyday circumstances can cause garage door damage that calls for professional repairs.
Prompt repairs can prolong the use of the door and reduce the safety risks associated with nonfunctional garage doors.
In this blog, we list 10 of the most common warning signs that it's time to schedule professional garage door repair.
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Your garage door is a heavy piece of equipment that could close quickly without adequate tension in the lifting system. For the safety of you, your family, and your pets, stop using the door immediately and schedule a service if you notice any unwanted door closures.
In addition to your door slamming shut unexpectedly, you may notice that the door slides down the track under its own weight if you stop it while partially open.
Your garage door's opener is one of the most common elements that may need repair during the lifetime of the door. Lack of response to the door opener can happen for numerous reasons, such as a shift in the wiring.
If your door won't budge, have a professional inspect the system for any components that have become misplaced or damaged.
Some garage door opener issues are not as obvious as the door failing to open or close. You may instead notice that it sometimes take multiple tries to get the door to move.
This inconsistency can sometimes occur before the issues that cause unsafe door closures and unresponsive doors, so if you notice performance problems, have the door checked out to reduce the risk of more complex issues.
In addition to the opener issues discussed in the previous two sections, your door could also display a delayed response to the controls. The delay may become longer over time until it becomes difficult to tell whether or not the door will respond at all.
In most cases, this delayed response indicates a failing door opener system that may need to be replaced.
If you've ever had a ball roll under your garage door or a pet dart through the opening while the door was in motion, you know that your door has sensors that stop the door in its tracks and reverse its motion.
These sensors can prevent property damage and injury, but if the sensors malfunction, you may notice a random pattern of door motion stops, starts, and reversals with no explanation.
While modern garage doors generally move smoothly on their tracks, older doors or doors with worn out tracks could fall off the tracks. This misalignment may be immediately visible or may only become noticeable when you try to operate the door and it sticks or grinds.
Do not attempt to put the door back on its tracks yourself as this task comes with a high risk of injury to yourself and damage to the door or track system.
Even if your door doesn't completely jump its tracks, you may notice other track-related problems. For example, tracks that are dirty, obstructed, or warped may make the door shake when it's in motion.
This excess vibration can also occur due to a broken part of the lifting system that could cause a more serious problem like unwanted door closures.
While your garage door likely makes some noise when it moves, the sound should easily fade into the background. If you notice a new, developing, or persistent abnormal noise, the garage door likely needs repairs.
For example, whirring can come from opener issues, and screeching or grinding sounds may be related to track problems.
If you notice sagging along your garage door, you may assume that the problem will require a replacement. However, some warping comes from the door being out of balance.
A garage door professional can diagnose and correct this problem to prevent permanent damage that would make your door misshapen.
Garages present unique heating and cooling challenges. When the garage door becomes damaged or ages out, you may notice a rapid change in the climate in your garage.
If you notice higher or lower garage temperatures or excess power bills, you may need garage door repairs.
If you notice any of the warning signs listed above, reach out to a garage door professional to schedule repairs as soon as possible. Quick action on your part can eliminate the need for more costly repairs in the future if the problem becomes advanced. Quick repairs also reduce the likelihood that immediate door replacement will be necessary.
For expert garage door services, including both routine and emergency garage door repair and maintenance, trust the experienced team at Hung-Rite Garage Door.
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