Your garage door opener is likely one of the most heavily used mechanisms in your home, as you use it multiple times a day when you enter and exit your home. However, many homeowners take their garage door opener for granted, and they do not think about the condition it is in until it breaks down on them suddenly. Yet, how will you know when your garage door opener needs to be repaired or replaced? Here are a few of the signs indicating that your garage door opener may need to be serviced.
Your Garage Door Has a Mind of Its Own
A clear sign that your garage door opener is failing is if it seems to have a mind of its own and is not operating as it should. For instance, if there is a fault in your garage door opener, your garage door may occasionally open and close on its own. Not only is this a nuisance, but it is also a security risk if your garage door opens when you are not home. Another sign of trouble is if your garage door reverses suddenly halfway through opening or closing. Both issues can indicate electrical issues that may be repairable, but they may also require an entirely new opener to be installed.
Your Opener Has Gotten Much Noisier
It goes without saying that garage door openers are not quiet, and they usually make some noise when opening and closing your garage door. However, you should pay attention to the noises that your garage door opener makes, as there may be trouble if your garage door opener begins making any new or unusual sounds. If your garage door opener suddenly starts operating much louder, or if it begins making unusual noises, then you should have it inspected immediately as it may be on the verge of failing.
Your Opener Does Not Always Work
Perhaps the most obvious sign of trouble with your garage door opener is if it does not always respond when you try to open or close it. However, before you write off your garage door opener as a loss, try changing the battery in your remote control, or try opening/closing your garage door using the button in your garage. If your garage door opener still does not work properly, then it may be time to have it replaced.
Contact us to learn more about the signs that you can be on the lookout for indicating that your garage door opener may need to be repaired or replaced.