How to Check if Your Garage Door Needs to Be Repaired or Replaced

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Having problems with your garage door? Feel that its time for inspection and maintenance? But how would you know if your garage door is just damaged and needs a repair, or whether its better to replace it?

As a homeowner, you need to know that your garage door also needs regular maintenance and inspection. Ensuring that you perform inspections each month can help determine whether or not your garage door is safe and functional. If you inspect your garage door regularly it can bring to light potential problems that will require the attention of an expert, garage door repair-service provider.

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Here are a couple of the signs to look out for in order to determine whether your garage door requires repairs or need to be replaced.

The Garage Door Does Not Open or Close

If you notice that your garage door is refusing to open or close after clicking on the control button, then you will need to have the garage door repaired. There a number of factors that can cause a garage door to not open or close, like door malfunction or bad connection between the garage door and the door’s control panel. Call a professional garage repair service provider if you have ascertained that the garage door is not moving at all.

Slow Response Time

Your garage door should open or close in one or two seconds after pressing the opener. If you notice a delay (no matter how little) in the operation, this is an indication that there is something wrong with your garage door or the control panel/opener. A garage door repair expert will be able to tell you what is wrong with your door after they give the door and opener a thorough inspection.

Sagging Parts

At least once each month, ensure that you inspect and test the balance of your garage door. This entails operating the garage door manually, lifting the door to about halfway and leaving it; it should not continue to rise up or fall down. If the door rises or falls after lifting it halfway, then there is something wrong with either the tension spring or the other garage door parts. Do not try to repair or check the components on your own, particularly if you have no experience, you could end up causing further damage to the door.

The Door Makes a Noisy Sound

The sound of a noisy garage door is an indication that the garage door is old, you may need to have it repaired, even if the noise is minimal.

A professional garage door repair expert will tell you if your garage doors require minor or major repairs or if it needs to be completely replaced.