Garage doors often are used multiple times daily, creating wear and tear. Yet, people still are surprised when their garage door finally fails. Usually, there are some telling signs that typically precede total failure. Below, let’s examine some early symptoms that you may need to call for maintenance or replace your garage door

Noisy Garage Door

It’s off the tracks – A garage door coming off its tracks can create a dangerous situation that impedes garage door function. There are many reasons why a door may come off its tracks, including a misaligned horizontal and vertical rail, broken torsion springs, a broken garage door cable, or broken or worn-out rollers.

It’s too noisy. – Aside from being annoying to listen to, garage door noise can help point to an ongoing problem. Listen carefully to the noise your door is making.  If you hear a popping sound, it may indicate the panels of the garage door are not fitting together properly.  If you hear a grinding sound, it might be a sign that the torsion springs are starting to wear or the hinges, rollers and torsion springs might need to be

The door has a slow response – Sometimes, when opening the garage door, you may notice a slight delay of a few seconds. This could be a sign the door needs some regular maintenance. The delay can be caused by the door getting stuck in the tracks. A professional is able to help lubricate the door to give it a smoother opening.  All moving parts of the door, such as the rollers, tracks, and hinges, should receive a light coat of lubricant.

Out of Balance Garage Door

The garage door is out of balance – An out-of-balance door must be fixed right away to avoid a larger problem. Doors that are still functioning and are out of balance can place undue stress on the door’s other components. These components, such as the springs, can become overstretched and break, causing a dangerous situation. 

Signs your door might be out of balance can include a sagging door or a door that doesn’t close evenly. 

As a main artery into the home, garage doors are an important part of the house.  If your garage door is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be time for professional maintenance or to find a replacement. The professionals at American Garage Door are here to help. 

As a distributor of garage doors and related products since 1959, Phoenix-based American Garage Door Co., Inc. offers a broad selection of high-quality garage doors with the functionality, designs and accessories to complement your home. For more information contact us toll free at 866-541-3300, locally at 602-437-3300, or by email at americangaragedoor@garagedoors.net