For the most part, your garage door is used every day; that’s a lot of openings and closings over the course of the year. But even with all that movement, homeowners rarely take a moment to examine and inspect their garage door’s condition, as well as its performance (until the problem has become glaringly obvious). But performing monthly inspections of your garage door can help you determine whether your door needs to be repaired or replaced. If you conduct inspections regularly, chances are you can avoid the cost of having to entirely replace your door.
Here are some signs that your garage door may need to be repaired or replaced:
Your garage door doesn’t open or close: This is one of those obvious signs, but many people fear that an uncooperative garage door means you have to replace the system entirely. That’s not necessarily so. The issue could be a bad connection between the door and control panel. It could be something obstructing the door. There’s a very good chance you can get the problem fixed in less than a day by hiring a garage door specialist.
Sections of your garage door are sagging: Did you know you can check the balance of your garage door all on your own (and you should do it monthly). Simply disconnect the opener from the door, and manually open it. Bring the door to about midway and leave it there. It should not rise or fall. If it does, you have an issue with the tension spring (or other parts of your door). Luckily, an expert can repair the issue for you.
The door makes a lot of noise: Truth be told, many garage doors make noise. Old ones, in particularly, are infamous for their noisiness. But if your garage door creaking or straining becomes excessive, you might have a problem with your spring, the opener bracket, or the opener itself.
Your garage door shakes or is inconsistent in movement: For many reasons (safety being among the most important) garage doors are intended to operate smoothly. If your garage door shakes, you may have a problem. This shaking is typically an indicator that your garage door contains broken parts that are forcing it to move unevenly. Repair work may suffice, but you may need to get a new garage door.
The same can be said for a garage door that falters when you open or close it. These jerking movements could lead to a complete collapse, which can be disastrous. Get your door inspected to see if it can be repaired, or if it must be replaced.
Your energy bill is soaring: Most folks turn their attention to their heaters and ACs as the culprits for increased energy bills, but your garage door might play its own role as well. If you have an older garage door, then chances are it’s sucking far more energy than it needs to. Newer models are far more energy efficient, helping you to save money in the long run.
Your garage door responds slowly: Your garage door shouldn’t act like a stubborn teenager. If you tell it to do something (like OPEN), it should do it right away. If you observe any type of delay in operation, something is likely amiss with your opener or door. You may not need to have the door replaced, but you’ll likely need a professional to come in and perform some much-needed repairs.