Having a garage is a wonderful thing. It provides you with a space to park your car(s), store items, and can even act as your DIY workshop and repair space. In order to keep your garage safe and secure, you’ll of course need a garage door. It’s one of those items you don’t give much thought to – that is until something goes wrong with it. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most common problems homeowners run into with their garage door, and how you can troubleshoot the problem and repair it.
Garage Door Spring
A garage door spring repair is easily one of the most common repair jobs necessary. While these springs typically have a lifespan of seven to nine years but that’s not to say they can’t break before or after that timespan. They typically don’t give any sort of warning either, they will just break. Once this happens, the door will be very heavy to lift open, and you have to be careful closing it as it can crash down if you’re not careful. It will also prevent your garage door opener from working.
Replacing the spring can actually be a very dangerous job thanks to the tension that is involved. The part itself is relatively cheap, ranging in price from $30-$100, and installation can bring it up closer to $300. This is why people often figure it’s better to do the repair on their own. Again, this can be very dangerous and it’s usually recommended you leave it to the experts since they have the proper tools, experience, and safety know-how.
The Door Sounds Loud When Opening and Closing
If you hear a lot of noise coming from the door when you open it and close it, it may be that the tracks and rollers need some attention. Did you know that in order to maintain them they should be lubricated on a regular basis? This ensures all parts can work smoothly and properly, prevents them from seizing up, and extends their lifespan.
Before lubricating the parts though, it is recommended you give them a good cleaning with a brush. This will remove debris, dirt, and dust. After that, you can lubricate the axles and rollers. If that still doesn’t do the trick, it may be time to replace the rollers.
Examine the Pulleys and Cables
You can also do a visual inspection of the cables and pulleys on the door. You want to be looking for signs of wear and tear, damage, and breakage. If you spot any of these issues, then you’ll need to replace the parts that are affected. Keep in mind that replacing pulleys and cables is another one of those jobs that takes skill and experience and is probably best left to the experts.
Dented or Damaged Garage Door Panel
Sometimes a panel of your garage door may become damaged or dented. It’s important to address this issue as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring. That will only make the repair more involved and more costly. Replacing a damaged door panel is a job most DIY’ers can safely tackle on their own when following the correct steps.
Is It Time to Replace the Garage Door Opener?
Then there is the fact it may not be an issue with the actual garage door; rather, it is your garage door opener that needs replacing. These tend to have a lifespan of about 15 years, depending on how much use it gets.
Keeping Your Door in Tip Top Shape
These tips on how to troubleshoot common issues with your garage door will help to keep it in tip-top shape and good working condition.