When we think of routine maintenance, we usually think of our cars, pools, and air conditioners – not garage doors. However, maintenance and care come with every big investment we make in life. We rely heavily on our garage doors. Some of us use it daily, and some of us may leave it wide open until we leave for vacation (which isn’t very safe). Nevertheless, most of us don’t realize something needs attention until something big goes wrong. Performing monthly inspections can help you determine whether the door is still functional and safe.
Garage doors are especially important because they control the look of the house and provide security. If your garage door stops working, you and your family may be at risk to break-ins or your belongings in the garage could be stolen. If your garage door won’t open, you may not be able to get your car out of the garage and other large belongings might be trapped.
You should be checking your garage doors functionality every month. Unfortunately, life doesn’t give us as much time as we’d like. Luckily, there are professionals in every field that can help us when we need it most. When it comes to your garage door, you need to know when it’s time to call a repairman. Look for these signs:
Remote control isn’t working
If you have an electric garage door, it should be connected to the garage door opener. If the door isn’t responding to the remote control, you may need to change the batteries. If that still doesn’t fix the problem, check the electric eyes.
The electric eyes face each other near the floor where the garage door closes and emits an invisible light between them. Make sure there is nothing blocking the invisible line and that the eyes are properly aligned. If the eyes are misaligned, try to align them yourself. If that still doesn’t solve the problem, you should call a professional. Hopefully, you will just need a new battery, but there could be something wrong with the electric eyes.
The door won’t open or close
This is the most obvious sign that your garage door is broken. Don’t make the rookie mistake of leaving something in front of a sensor before calling a professional to help. As you are testing your garage doors performance, keep the sensors clear. There are a number of things that could cause the problem, from faulty wiring to misaligned sensors.
Slow response time
Your garage door should begin to open within a couple of seconds from the time you press the button. If there is a delay, the problem could either be in the garage door or in the remote.
A lot of noise
If your garage door is making loud noises, it is usually due to loose hardware, worn rollers, or the door itself. It may be a simple fix, and if you have the time, you might be able to save time waiting for repair. Listen closely to find out where the noise is coming from. Hopefully, it will just be loose screws that need tightening. If it’s not a simple fix, call a garage door repair service. Garage doors are dangerous to work on if you aren’t a professional.
Door is off the tracks
If your door is off the tracks, it won’t be hard to tell. This can cause your door to malfunction and become stuck. Usually, older garage doors and garage doors with previous damages will tend to come off the tracks over time. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about it yourself. This kind of repair requires specific parts and other necessary equipment, so you will need to call in the professionals.
Garage door is sagging
If your garage door is sagging, you will most likely need a new door. Sagging tends to happen when doors aren’t properly maintained. You will notice if it’s sagging because there will be large gaps under the door when it’s closed. Wooden doors are more prone to sagging. If it starts to sag, it is beginning to rot and deteriorate. There is not much you can do to help, and should start shopping around for a new door.
Signs of age or damage
If you notice your garage door has cracks, holes, peeling paint, or rot, consider investing in a new door. Wooden doors can deteriorate if not properly maintained. If moisture gets into any holes or cracks, it can cause serious and irreversible damage.
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