Modern garage doors can be expected to last for several years, but they are not impervious to wear and tear. Using your garage door daily will necessitate occasional repairs to maintain its appearance and function. This guide will serve as an introduction to three common garage door repairs so that you are better prepared for these problems.
1. Broken Springs or Cables
Springs and cables are the hardware that allows your garage door to open and shut smoothly and effortlessly. These components are also under the greatest amount of tension in any automatic garage door system. Garage door springs and cables bear the considerable weight of the door, and several thousands of open and shut cycles can cause them to fail.
Replacing worn garage door springs and cables is the only viable option for repair. If your garage door has failing springs that can no longer balance the weight of the door, it may wobble slightly as it moves. Worn cables could cause your garage door to get stuck in the middle of the track. A broken cable may prevent your garage door from opening at all.
2. Misaligned Tracks
Garage door springs and cables can't do their job without the tracks to guide the door along a straight path. The tracks can become misaligned over time due to environmental factors such as moisture exposure. Misaligned tracks can cause your garage door to hang crooked or leave a gap at the bottom of the door when it is closed.
Garage door repair professionals can correct a misaligned track by loosening the screws that secure the track and adjusting its position with a tool such as a rubber mallet. The complexity of this repair will depend on factors such as the severity of misalignment and the position of the garage door.
3. Damaged Panels
Minor vehicle collisions can easily leave dents in garage door panels, even in panels made of more durable materials such as steel. A severe impression can warp the door enough that it no longer opens or shuts correctly.
There are a few different methods for removing dents in garage doors. Minor dents may be hammered out with a mallet or pulled out with suction cups. In the worst cases, your technician may recommend replacing the damaged panel with an identical panel from the garage door manufacturer.
Garage door problems are rare, but they can be quite inconvenient when they arise. Get in touch with a local garage door repair company if you notice signs of any of the problems listed above.