Your garage door consists of over 10 different parts that all work together to ensure your door opens and closes when you use your keypad, remote, or mobile app. Over the lifespan of your garage door, those pieces would have taken on so much strain that they would become weaker, and less efficient. When this time comes, you will have to call on a local garage door company like Midlothian Garage Doors for a garage door repair to replace or fix those worn-out pieces.
When one of the parts of your garage door breaks, it can cause your entire door to stop working, leaving you with a trapped car or a stuck garage door. You cannot control when parts of your garage door will fail, but you can notice the early warning signs. Here are some of the most common garage door repairs, and the early signs to be on the lookout for!
Garage Door Panel Replacement
It is not uncommon for cars or sporting equipment to leave dents in garage doors, causing the door to be unable to open or close fully. Luckily, garage doors are made of multiple long sections that can be easily removed and replaced in the event of damage. As long as your garage door panels are still in stock, you can have only the damaged panels replaced. Scheduling a garage door panel replacement rather than replacing the entire garage door can save you time and money.
Garage Door Opener Repair
Garage door openers are the starting point for opening and closing your garage. Having your garage door opener inspected regularly can help maintain your garage door opener strength for 15 years or more. Within those 15 years, your opener may experience some issues and need a garage door opener repair. Having a damaged garage door opener can be a huge inconvenience, which is why it is important to know the early signs of aging or breaks in your opener. The signs that you need a garage door opener repair are:
- Your garage door won’t open.
- Your garage door is vibrating or shaking.
- You hear grinding or squeaking noises coming from your garage door opener.
- Your garage door reverses when you try to open it.
- Your keypad, remote, or mobile app is not working.
- Your garage door won’t close.
- Your garage door does not close completely.
Garage Door Spring Replacement
Your garage door is the heaviest moving object in your home and needs a lot of support while lifting and lowering. Your garage door springs are so important because they sustain the weight of your garage door while it is opening and closing. The spring’s coils twist together firmly to close and untwist slowly to open the door. Since your garage door springs take on a great deal of tension, over time they become weaker.
The life expectancy of garage door springs is 7-14 years, but they require routine lubricating, tightening, and testing to ensure they are not putting everyone around in danger. If your garage door springs ever snap or unwind suddenly, it will cause your door to slam down rapidly. If you notice any of the following issues with your garage door, we recommend scheduling a garage door spring replacement as soon as possible:
- You notice fallen or loose garage door cables.
- Your garage door opens crooked or at an angle.
- Your spring is elongated.
- Your garage door is heavy to open manually.
- Your garage door slams down when it tries to open.
- Your garage door opens halfway and stops.
- Your garage door won’t open.
Garage Door Cable Replacement
Your garage door cables are wrapped around drums, and work in unison with your garage door springs to lift and lower the door. They also help maintain the weight of your garage door while in motion. If your garage door springs are not working properly, then your cables will take on their stress. Over time, your garage door cables will become weaker or snap completely and will need to be replaced. We also see garage door cables become disconnected from the drums which will also lead to you needing a garage door cable replacement. Anytime you see your garage door cables loose or fallen, you should schedule a garage door cable replacement.