3 Common Garage Door Issues

A garage door makes it so much easier to get in and out of your garage with your vehicle and other equipment. It is easy to forget that your garage door is a complex piece of machinery when it is operating correctly as it should. However, after many usages, it is not uncommon for a garage door to need some repairs. Here are a few common garage door issues and the required repairs you should be aware of. 

Issue #1; Frozen Garage Door  

You expect your garage door to open the first time you hit the button. If it is really cold outside and your garage door doesn't open, don't keep hitting the button trying to force your garage door open. Continuing to hit the button, again and again, can result in more serious issues with your garage door. This can result in broken springs stripped gears and can even burn out your motor. 

If your garage door isn't opening and seems to be frozen in place, the best thing you can do is wait. Sometimes, moisture gets on components and freezes them up. If you are in a rush and need to get out, apply a standard de-icing product to the frozen components in place. This is the best way to get your garage unstuck. 

In the future, be sure to clear snow and ice away from your garage door so that it doesn't get stuck closed. Keeping the area around the base of your garage door clean will prevent this issue. 

Issue #2: Noisy Door 

You know how loud and how much sound your garage door should make during normal operations. If you notice that your garage door is suddenly making a lot more noise, don't ignore that additional noise. That additional noise is generally a sign that something is wrong with your garage door. 

A trained garage door repair person can figure out what is causing the additional noise. You may just need to grease the moving parts of the door. Or you may have a part, such as a spring or a roller, that needs to be replaced. They will be able to quickly pinpoint the source of the sound and get your garage door operating at normal noise levels again.  

Issue #3: Slow Opening 

You also know how quickly your garage door opens and closes. If you notice that your garage door is opening and closing at a slower rate than normal, that is a sign that the springs on the door are getting worn out. When the springs are worn out, they will not open your garage door at the same speed as they once did. If the springs completely break, you will not be able to open your garage door at all. 

If your garage door is opening more slowly, bring in a repair technician to inspect the springs, and replace any that are worn out or damaged. Worn-out or damaged springs contain a lot of pressure and require skills to replace, so be sure to let a technician handle this repair. 

For more information, contact a company like Smooth Operator Garage Doors LLC.