Like all machines that are in regular use, your garage door suffers from wear and tear and is impacted by exposure to the elements, operating less efficiently over time and even posing a safety hazard to you and your family.
At Best Doors, we recommend that you have your garage door serviced by a professional every 12 to 24 months, dependent on the age of your door. On top of a regular service, keeping your eye (and ears) out for signs that your garage door is in need of repair is the best way to ensure it is always in good working order. Below are 4 of the top signs your garage door needs some attention.
1. Lots of noise
The vast majority of modern garage doors are extremely quiet when in operation; in fact this is one of the major selling points of a quality garage door. Clearly, then, if your garage door is making lots of noise when opening or closing, something is not right. Not only is your noisy door probably getting on your neighbours’ nerves, it’s definitely time to have it looked at before things get worse.
2. Uneven closing
If your garage door is not closing evenly, with one side sagging or sticking, or if you always have to close it manually, there is potentially an issue with the tension spring or balance of your door. This is a serious malfunction and warrants immediate attention, as it puts both you and your family’s personal safety at risk, and also means your garage is not as secure as it should be.
3. Off the tracks
Sometimes, when your garage door is ageing or has been damaged, it will come off the tracks on either side of the door, making it impossible to operate and posing a risk to both people and property. Never try to put a garage door back on its tracks by yourself, as this can result in serious injury. If your garage door has come off its tracks, give the professionals at Best Doors a call on 1800 066 142. We’ll inspect your door and repair it if possible; or it may be time for you to invest in a new garage door.
4. Shaking, jerking & rattling
If your garage door is experiencing shaking, jerking or rattling when opening and closing, there is a potential risk that the entire door may come off, leaving your garage and home exposed, and posing a danger to you and your family’s safety. At the first sign of any of these symptoms, organise an inspection and service of your garage door – as the old saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine!