The garage door might be a part of your home you don’t often think about — right up until something goes wrong. It may be as simple as dead batteries, or a more complex issue, but when your garage door no longer works, it can create ripples of chaos through your daily life. While many signs of garage door issues make themselves known quite clearly, there are some other more subtle signs to pay attention to as well. Here are the most common signs that it’s time to schedule garage door repairs:
It Doesn’t Open or Close
This sign is a pretty clear one. If your garage door no longer opens, or refuses to close, you’ve got something going on. It may be a small concern, like a dead battery, which can easily be fixed. However, if neither your garage door transmitter nor the button inside your garage have any effect, the issue is more likely something to do with the garage door opener or another issue in the moving mechanism. If replacing the batteries doesn’t work, you’ll want to call your local garage door repair company for help.
It Makes Loud Noises
Any garage door is going to make some amount of noise while it’s in motion. There are some measures to make it quieter, but the nature of the rollers-and-tracks system means that some level of rattling noise is common. However, if your garage door is extra noisy, something is going wrong. For example, if you’ve started hearing loud creaking or shaking sounds, something could be wrong with the tracks and rollers. Loud squealing sounds may indicate an issue with the belt that actually moves the garage door. In any case, an uptick in noises coming from your garage door generally suggests that something has happened, or that some component may be failing. The sooner you call your local garage door repair company, the more likely it is that damage will be kept to a minimum.
You See Sagging
Garage doors are meant to hang straight. If you can see one side dipping lower than the other, or space where the door panels sag backward to create a gap when closed, these are clear signs that something has gone wrong with your garage door’s alignment. It may be an issue with the panels that make up the actual garage door, or it could be an issue with the tracks that guide the door. Sagging on one side could mean that a tension spring is strained and can no longer support the door the way it should. In any case, sagging is a signal to stop using your garage door until you can get a garage door repair technician to come take a look.
It Refuses to Close
Now, we’ve already talked about what happens if your garage door doesn’t open and close, but what about cases where it opens just fine, but refuses to close? This is more common than you think, and it will likely be an easy enough fix. The photo eyes that sit near the base of each track are there to make sure your garage door doesn’t come crashing down on your vehicle or anything else while it’s in motion. They’re the little sensors that keep watch for movement and stop the door if motion is sensed. Of course, if those sensors become misaligned, your garage door may think there is perpetually an obstacle in the path, and refuse to allow the door to close. If the sensors are properly aligned, check to see if one or both are dirty. If the sensors are both clean and aligned, there may be a fault in the wiring somewhere.
It Opens and Closes in Jerks
Garage door mechanisms are designed so that opening and closing should both be seamless processes. If you see your door jerking or stuttering as it moves, this could be an indication that tension springs and/or cables are failing. These aren’t problems that will simply go away on their own and, in fact, could lead to a totally non-functioning garage door if left unfixed. If you see your garage door moving in jerky motions, it’s definitely time to call your local garage door repair team.