Your garage doors are a luxury you enjoy as part of your home’s extension every day. You have the convenience of being able to park your vehicle(s) within your garage while keeping items and equipment out of sight behind closed doors. The more you use your garage doors, the more they are going to run into maintenance issues. Garage door repairs are easier and less expensive if you fix small malfunctions as you see them. Here are common garage door repairs you need to be prepared for.
Every time you open and close your garage doors, its accompanying springs (responsible for the smooth action) go through a single cycle. Springs are typically good for 10,000 cycles, which sounds like a lot. But if you use your garage doors several times a day, you may go through springs much sooner than you’d think. You can test your springs and their durability by manually closing your garage door. If it slams to the ground or squeaks as it makes its descent, then new springs are what you need.
If you press your garage door opener to get inside your garage and nothing happens, you are facing one of two repairs: your garage opener needs new batteries or replacement, or the issue lies in the door itself. If you can pull the emergency cord and your door opens (pulling the cord frees the garage door from the commands of the garage door opener), then the issue lies with your opener. If not, then you may be facing broken or stuck hinges in your door or even a door that has come off its track. A garage door company can inspect and then repair your issues for you.
Maintenance is the key to avoiding future garage door repairs, and is something you should be prepared to do yearly. A garage door inspection specialist will check your springs to make sure they are lubricated and free of rust and will make sure your track and motor are working as they should. If any repairs are needed, they can be done at the time of inspection. Your garage door company can also show you how to lubricate your coils and check for other kinds of repairs your garage may need with continued use.
Garage doors do need repairs from time to time. The more you use your garage doors, the more likely you will run into issues of your own. Being able to recognize and anticipate the more common repairs can help you keep your garage doors in good working condition for years.