Having an attached garage is a huge convenience. Whether you use it for parking your car, as storage or for any other purpose, it’s great to have that space accessible to you. While the garage may not be something you give much thought to in terms of maintenance, some issues can occur with the garage door. The minute the door stops working properly, the entire garage suddenly isn’t such a useable space.
Here is a closer look at four common issues that can happen with garage doors and automatic garage door openers.
The Garage Door is Very Noisy When in Use
This issue tends to act as a red flag and an indicator that something may be going on with the garage door. If you are noticing new and loud sounds coming from the door while opening or closing, it’s time to take a closer look. Homeowners may explain the sounds like rattling, grinding, popping or squeaking – basically anything out of the ordinary. It could just be that the door or parts need lubricating, or some parts may be wearing down and need replacing.
The Springs Have Broken
The good news is that springs don’t break often, but when they do, it will be very clear. These are what provide the tension as you open and close the door. If the door suddenly slams shut, there’s a very good chance that the spring or even the main cable is broken.
While the repair is straightforward, it needs to be done by a professional who is skilled and has the right tools/equipment. It can be very dangerous otherwise, since you are working with a lot of tension. Kald Gart Doors is a company that can come out and service the door promptly, replacing the spring and/or cable for you. All the parts used are backed up with a warranty so you also know that the fix will be reliable.
The Door Is Off the Track
This problem will be very obvious should it happen. A door that is off the track will look like it is hanging off the frame. Depending on how extreme the issue is, the door can completely crash to the ground if it falls off the tracks completely. For this to happen, it was most likely knocked out of place. Because this is such a precarious situation you don’t want to attempt to fix it yourself. You’ll need a professional to repair it.
The Sensor Is Malfunctioning
When you have a garage door opener, there is a sensor that is meant to detect obstacles. Should something be in the way, the door won’t be able to open/close until that obstacle is cleared. Sometimes they may malfunction, become blocked or even knocked out of place, which will then affect the ability to open and close the door with the remote control or keypad. Being an informed homeowner means you know what to watch for when it comes to red flags regarding the garage door. Acting promptly will ensure you can keep the garage door operational