Garage doors are often used multiple times daily and certainly see their wear and tear. People are often surprised when their garage door finally fails, but there are some telling signs that typically precede total failure. Below, let's examine some early symptoms that you may need to replace your garage door.
1. It’s off the Tracks
If a garage door comes off its tracks, it can create a dangerous situation, which can impede the function of the garage door. There are many reasons why a door may come off its tracks, including a misaligned horizontal and vertical rail, a broken garage door cable, or broken or worn-out rollers.
2. It’s too Noisy
Aside from being annoying to listen to, garage door noise can help point to an ongoing problem. Listen carefully to the noise the garage door is making. If you hear a popping sound, it may indicate the panels of the garage door are not fitting together properly. If you hear a grinding sound, it might be a sign that the torsion springs are starting to wear.
3. It Has a Slow Response
Sometimes, when opening the garage door, you may notice a slight, few second delay. This could be a sign the door needs some regular maintenance. The delay can be caused by the door getting stuck in the tracks. A professional is able to help lubricate the door to give it a smoother opening. All moving parts of the door, such as the rollers, tracks, and hinges, should receive a light coat of lubricant.
4. It’s Out of Balance
An out-of-balance door must be fixed right away to avoid a larger problem. Doors that are still functioning and are out of balance can place undue stress on the other components in the door. These components, such as the springs, can become overstretched and break, causing a dangerous situation. Signs your door might be out of balance can include a sagging door or a door that doesn't close evenly.
As a main artery into the home, garage doors are an important part of the house. If your garage door is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be time to find a replacement. The professionals at Door Power are here to help. We offer a range of services and products to find the right solution for your home. To learn more about the products we carry, contact our team today!