for professional advice and assistance.
Continue reading to learn a few tips and tricks for solving garage door problems on your own, and when to know it’s time to hire a professional garage door repair service.
Automatic Garage Doors
Overtime, natural wear and tear will deteriorate or corrode garage door systems. This is especially true for regions of the country that experience higher levels of precipitation and longer periods of winter climates. Garage doors should be replaced every ten or fifteen years, give or take, depending on the factors mentioned above. For garage doors that begin to show signs of complications, prompt intervention is necessary in order to prevent the need for costly garage door replacements. Here are a few common signs that a garage door is experiencing trouble:
• Failure to Open
• Rattling, Vibrating, Shaking
• Rusted Hinges
• Rusted Metal
• Broken Tracks
• Loud Noises
• Crunching or Cracking Sounds
• And More
When any of these signs, or others, are evident in your garage door, consider trying out a few do-it-yourself methods to fix the areas that show deterioration or trouble. Here’s some tips and tricks to try out for yourself:
Check the Garage Door Opener
One of the biggest overlooked quick-fixes to broken garage doors is dead batteries. If your door simply will not open, it may not be the door at all, but the opener instead. If this is your issue, try replacing the batteries in the garage door opener first, before moving on to anything else. Most of the time, this is the needed repair, and it’s an easy one!
Check the Metal Tracks and Mounting Brackets
Once you have eliminated the possibility of having a dead battery issue on your hands, start by checking the metal tracks and mounting brackets for your garage door. First shut the garage if you can, then see if the tracks and brackets are loose, and tighten them if they need it. Also, check for dents in these areas and flatten them out with a rubber mallet. Use a level to see if they are even and aligned. Alignment for tracks and brackets is vital to the proper operation of an automatic garage door. Use a rubber mallet to lower or realign them. You may also lubricate them for better functionality. If the tracks and mounting brackets seem beyond repair, it is strongly encouraged to contact a local garage door repair contractor or handyman for parts replacement services and assistance.
Sometimes, a garage door needs to be repaired by a professional handyman or general contractor. They retain the proper training, tools, resources, and experience to effectively implement the proper repairs and replacements necessary. Do not attempt any DIY garage door repair if you are not 100% comfortable and confident. Professional assistance is only a phone call away!