Garage doors can be faulty at times and may require repair. The type and magnitude of the repair work required depend on the specific problem. Garage doors with many moving parts are more prone to breakdowns as friction causes wear and tear on these parts. However, faults can also be electrical in nature, not just mechanical. Here are some common repairs you may encounter for residential garage doors.
Your garage door springs help in the opening and closing movement of your garage door. Given this constant motion, it is inevitable that this is one of the most common garage door repair jobs that you may have to do on your garage door. It is estimated that extension springs can last about 10,000 cycles while torsion springs have a life cycle of about 15,000 cycles. After this period of time, your garage door springs may start to show signs of wear and tear. As the damage worsens, it will become increasingly difficult to open or close the garage door. Eventually, the springs will have to be replaced in order to use the garage. Since garage door springs are fitted with great tension, it is often recommended that you get an expert to replace or repair your garage door springs. This is because the spring tension can cause injury, especially in the hand of someone who is not a garage door expert.
Your garage door panel is likely to suffer damage if it has been hit by a car or any other hard object. While the damage may start off as a tiny dent, eventually, the panel develops unsightly damage and this in turn is likely to ruin the curb appeal of your home. Fortunately, these panels can be replaced, which means you end up with a garage door that looks brand new. Another option is to purchase an entirely new garage door that can be fitted in place of the damaged one.
Your garage door tracks help in the opening and closing movement of the door. These tracks guide the rollers on the door, ensuring that the opening and closing motions are smooth and easy. However, tracks may become bent or broken, which makes it hard for the door to open. The bent creates an obstruction for the rollers which are often unable to go beyond the damaged area. For that reason, your garage door may get stuck in a halfway position and refuse to move in one or both directions. Depending on the extent of the damage, your garage door expert may either replace the tracks, or both the tracks and the rollers. This is because damaged tracks sometimes cause damage to the rollers, especially if there is an attempt to force the door to close or open.
Your garage door may have sensors that are designed to prevent the door from closing if there is an object (as as a car or a person) in its line of movement. However, these sensors can become faulty and leave the door stuck in an open position. Replacing these sensors often solves the problem.