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How To Know If Your Garage Door Is Broken: Common Issues

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Garage Doors: Unnoticed Until They Need Repairing 

Garage doors are a considerable investment, so it’s always good to know if something needs fixing. Garage door repairs are not only important for your safety, but they also help maintain the value of your home. 

Unfortunately, they are too often disregarded, which can lead to bigger problems in the long run. This blog will help you identify issues with your garage door and allow you to confidently know if something needs fixing. So you can spot and fix an issue before it escalates into a big repair job or you need a complete replacement.

What Are The Common Malfunctions Garage Doors Face?

Broken/damaged springs: The springs ensure your garage door is properly balanced as they counteract the force of gravity. The torsion springs work with the tracks to allow the doors up/down motion. Therefore, problems with these springs that arise can cause significant damage. If you notice any changes in the garage door’s weight or sluggishness when opening and closing it, it’s usually a spring issue, which needs to be addressed immediately by professionals. If a spring completely breaks, you will know as it makes a very loud, firework-like noise.

Snapped cables: Garage door cables can withstand a lot but are vulnerable to breakage due to wear and tear. A snapped cable will manifest itself by causing your garage door to look angled or ‘sagging’ on one side, which may also feel heavier. When your garage door is opened, it may not stay in position if all of the cables are snapped.

Sticking rollers: Garage door rollers are responsible for the smooth movement of the garage door. If they aren’t greased up regularly or thoroughly enough, their components will rust and jam up resulting in a stopped roller. When this happens, your overhead section may not be able to completely close properly. Look for signs of rusting in the garage door’s tracks and any build-up of dirt/debris to identify potential problems.

The Garage door opens but won’t close: Garage doors are equipped with sensors that prevent them from closing on people or objects. If your garage door won’t close all the way, check its sensor to ensure it’s not blocked by anything and clean the lens as well as remove any obstructions.

The Garage door closes and reopens: This could also be linked to the sensors mistakenly detecting an obstruction, so you can check to see if there is something in front of them. Alternatively, it could mean that the automatic garage door opener needs to be adjusted and re-synched.

The remote opener doesn’t work: Garage door remote openers can fail due to a lack of battery power or other malfunctions. If your remote is not working at all, check its batteries first before calling professionals.

Call The Garage Door Repair Man

Garage door malfunctions can be dangerous if left unattended. There are times when it is best to call professionals for repairs, especially in cases where safety becomes an issue. 

If you aren’t sure of the problem or how serious it might be, Diamond Garage Door Repair is available to help. You can easily access our repair services through our contact page.

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