If your garage is filled with stuff, it may be a bit annoying to find what you need. What’s even worse, though, is when your garage door stops working! One little problem can take your garage from a useful-but-packed space and push it over the line into “major homeowner’s headache” territory. If your garage door has stopped working, the best place to start is to call your local garage door repair company. But it’s also important to understand what caused the problem to begin with. Stay tuned to explore the components of your garage door, what it looks like when each element malfunctions, and how to care for your garage door so it lasts longer. 


Garage Door Panels

When you picture your garage door, you’re probably picturing the door panels. This component is pretty self-explanatory, as it’s the single biggest element to your garage door system. Panels are most often made of metals like steel and aluminum, but they can also be made of wood, fiberglass, copper, vinyl, and other materials. When a garage door panel fails, it is most likely going to be a problem with the hinges between panels or a dent in the panel itself. Dents are most likely going to be caused by accident, so there is not much to do there except be careful. The hinges, on the other hand, are made for long-term wear and tear. You may occasionally need to lubricate them and watch for signs of rust, but they will otherwise not need much care. 


Garage Door Tracks and Rollers

The tracks are the metal guides on either side of the garage door panels. In combination with the rollers, which attach to the door panels, the tracks help keep your garage door panels in place. They are secured at the top by brackets, or top fixtures, with closed ends that prevent your garage door from continuing too far when the door is raised. The most common issues with the tracks and rollers occur when grime builds up or the rollers wear down and come off the track. In both cases, you’ll want to check the tracks and rollers on occasion to look for signs of wear or gunk building up. If you see rust, dirt, or grime collecting in the tracks, this can hamper how well the rollers move and eventually lead to bigger problems. If you notice buildup happening, clear it out; you may also need to lubricate the rollers. Also, look for nearby gaps from which a draft may be blowing gunk around, and close those up to provide a more long-term solution. 


Garage Door Opener and Springs

This is the set of components that actually make your garage door move. If you have a manual garage door, of course, you won’t have an opener — and you may want to talk to your local garage door repair company about getting an opener installed! The garage door opener is the mechanical component that, when signaled, will do the hard work of raising or lowering your garage door. The torsion spring twists to move the door along its track, and the opener winds up and unwinds internally to pull the door. If any one of those components malfunctions, you’ll notice it pretty quickly because your garage door will move slowly, move in jerking motions, or stop working entirely. 

The garage door opener and spring are the components that most commonly malfunction and cause your garage door to stop working. The issues could be as simple as a dead battery in your garage door opener transmitter (the clicker), or it could be something more complex, like a broken torsion spring. In these instances, it’s a good idea to call for professional garage door repair because they are, generally, harder to pinpoint the problem and more difficult to repair. 


Experienced Garage Door Repair and Replacement Services

If you need help with a broken garage door in Westbury, turn to your local pros. Danibul Garage Door may not be a huge company, but we know our craft and we know Westbury. Whether you have questions about your garage door or you need quick, experienced repair work, connect with us online or give us a call today!