Although the first electric garage door was invented nearly a century ago, back in 1926, they were not considered standard equipment in the average home until sometime after the end of World War II. Since that time, garage doors have undergone many improvements to make them safer, more durable, and more secure.
But like other home appliances, garage doors have moving parts that wear out and an average lifespan that must eventually come to an end. Homeowners who would like to be able to recognize the signs of an impending garage door repair or replacement issue will find the following information helpful.
A garage door that operates with unexpected noises
Squealing, squeaking, unusually loud clanging sounds, and other noises are usually harmless, but annoying indications of a developing problem with your garage door. Homeowners who want to attempt to alleviate the problems behind these noises can try some of the following solutions, including:
- lubricating the roller system (usually indicated with grinding or squeaking sounds)
- checking all visible nuts and bolts for any that may need to be tightened (usually indicated by excessive vibrations, shuddering, or grinding noises)
- checking hinges for wear or breaks (usually indicated by grinding and louder than normal clanging noises upon completion of the cycle)
Homeowners who find damaged hinges or issues with a worn or broken torsion spring should never attempt a repair on their own due to the potential for the door to fall unexpectedly and cause injury or death. Instead, always refer these potentially dangerous repairs to a qualified professional.
A garage door that fails to go up and down
Garage doors usually provide warnings of problems to come. Occasionally, however, a door may simply stop going up or down. When this happens, the cause can be simple issues, such as a blocked or misaligned photo eye, a malfunctioning remote control, or an unplugged power cord. None of these issues is likely to cause injury and homeowners can often correct them easily on their own by simply checking each component and making corrections and repairs, as needed.
Sometimes, however, a garage door will cease to operate because of a more serious problem, including:
- broken cables
- cables that have become too loose
- broken torsion springs
- track issues, including misalignment and when the door has become dislodged
Homeowners who find their garage door is still inoperable after checking for minor issues may be facing one of these more serious problems. When this happens, there is an increased risk that the door could fall or otherwise operate erratically and cause an injury to anyone in the immediate vicinity.
Homeowners who suspect this type of problem should immediately contact a reputable garage door installation and repair service to address the problem before attempting to use the door again.