It’s easy not to worry about your garage door until something goes wrong. Most homeowners tend to think the loud creaking or groaning noises are all part of owning a garage door. But these are signs that you need garage door maintenance!
Fortunately, most homeowners can avoid breakdowns by performing a few inspections a year along with frequent lubrication of garage door parts.
However, it’s still a good idea to be aware of these common garage door problems so you know what to look out for if you experience issues with your own:
- Broken Garage Door Springs
If you’re using a manual open garage door, you’ll notice right away that the door may be too difficult to lift open or it slams shut too fast. For those with an automatic garage door opener, the door won’t lift at all – you’ll need to disengage the emergency release and operate it by hand. Depending on the type of spring you use, you should be able to look above the garage door and see a cracked or cleanly split spring. In this case, you’ll need to purchase a replacement.
- Your Garage Door Sensor is Misaligned
The two laser sensors found on the base of your garage door help prevent damage and injuries by preventing garage door operation if there is an object near the door. These sensors should be lined up but if they become misaligned it can cause the door to immediately reverse or not operate at all. The sensor boxes can be adjusted until lined up again.
- Dead Garage Door Remote
Most garage door remotes last for a very long time before they need new batteries. But if your remote won’t open the door, it may be time to replace the batteries. In some cases, the remote may be broken altogether, especially if it was dropped. In this case, try using a spare or test the door with your wall switch instead.
- You Have a Garage Door Off Track
If you’ve slammed your door down too hard or hit it with an object, there’s a good chance you have a door off track. This will require maintenance to the track and your door may need to be reattached to the rail which requires the assistance of a technician.
Prevent Problems with Garage Door Maintenance
The best way to avoid problems before they occur is with quarterly garage door maintenance. Having a technician inspect and lubricate your garage door parts a few times a year can save you a significant amount of money in what otherwise could have been spent on repairs.