If you are like many homeowners, then it is likely that you use your garage door every day and that you find your garage is often your primary means of entering and exiting your home. If this is the case, then it is critical that you are aware of the condition that your garage door is in, and whether it needs repairs, in order to ensure that it continues to function properly. The last thing that you want is to find that your garage door won’t open properly when you need to leave for work in the morning. To help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, here are a few signs that you can be on the lookout for indicating that your garage door may need repairs.
Slow Response Time
One of the most notable signs that it may be time to have your garage door inspected and repaired is if it begins responding slower than it used to. Typically, a properly functioning garage door should begin opening or closing within a second or two after you have pressed the opener. However, if you notice that it appears to take a few seconds before your garage door responds to your remote, and/or it doesn’t open smoothly or at the right speed, then it is likely that something is wrong with either your garage door opener or with the door itself that will need to be repaired.
Your Garage Door Doesn’t Open Evenly
Another clear sign that your garage door needs repairing is if you notice that one side of your garage door appears to rise/fall faster than the other when your garage door is opening or closing. If you notice that your garage door is not opening evenly, this likely indicates that one of your door’s springs has failed, and the door is now being supported and lifted by a single spring. It is critical that you have your garage door repaired as soon as possible, as the added stress may cause the remaining spring to fail, preventing your garage door from working at all.
Your Garage Door Makes a Lot of Noise
You can also tell a lot about the condition of your garage door by the noises it makes as it is opening/closing. While garage doors tend to be noisy, you should pay attention to the noises your garage door makes when it is operating so that you will know if it begins making any new and unusual sounds. If your garage door begins making grinding, squealing, or rattling noises, you should have it inspected, as there may be a problem with the opener, the track, or one of the springs, resulting in this unusual noise.
Contact us to learn more about how you will know when your garage door needs repair or replacement.