Garage doors as exterior entry points are constantly underused. Opening and closing, while getting out for work and returning home, exposes these doors to usual wear and tear. Like exterior doors, they are also constantly exposed to bad weather such as storms, floodwater, and strong winds, which, apart from exposing them to undue pressure, also throws debris on them degrading their décor quality with time. This means that even the garage door installations require regular maintenance and repair services. The following guide can be used to check when and why your garage door may need a repair service.
The door opens unexpectedly
A garage door may behave in an unexpected way when they are not in good condition. If the door bounces back when you close it or if it rolls back down or up when you attempt to open it or close it, respectively, do not take it for granted as this is a clear sign of a technical problem. Inform all users of the door about the problem and discontinue usage of the door immediately before you can schedule as repair service.
Warping may be a sign of vehicle impact or long exposure to bad weather or still maybe a result of an attempted break-in. Engage a professional garage door technician to resolve the issue before it exposes your home to a security threat.
A garage door opener is a critical part of the garage door. Unresponsive garage door opener issues may be caused by several technical door problems and even weather, such as accumulation of moisture in the door opener. When this happens, call a professional technician to inspect the opener and advice on repair needs immediately. If unattended to immediately, such signs may graduate into bigger issues that may even lock you out of the garage for some time, adding to a number of possible home inconveniences.
Pauses in the movements of the door
Some garage doors have sensors that help the door to respond to the presence of objects such as pets or even children crossing the door while the door is closing. This makes the door to pause or roll back automatically to avoid injuries to the available objects. This should, however, not worry you. On the other hand, constant door pauses may be as a result of the wrong spring tension or presence of an object on the door panel or just another technical issue. Inform your garage door technician as early as possible to avoid accidents and injuries to you, your pets, and your family.
If the garage door has a damaged motor or has poor lubrication, it may start producing noises that are not ordinary. You may need to involve a professional technician or just lubricate the parts.
Constantly watch out for signs such as:
- Loose wheels
- Noisy end bearings
- Cracks in the hinges
These damages are clear signs that the wheels, bearings or hinges have compromised integrity and will not work effectively. If the damages are on the springs, it may be extremely dangerous to attempt a DIY. It is, therefore, more advisable that you engage a professional garage door technician from time to time to assess the garage door in order to be able to prevent accidents and injuries that may result from such minor problems.