If you’ve been enjoying all the advantages that a garage door brings to modern living, you will know how convenient it is and how much easier it makes life. So when it goes wrong, it’s a real nuisance. Not just because you can’t get in and out of your garage as you usually do, but because you then have to go about trying to find out what the problem is and then, even worse, attempt to fix it yourself. Whilst it’s always recommended to speak to your local garage door specialists for repairs, there are a few small maintenance tasks that you can carry out yourself to improve the workings and ensure it’s in good working order.
The average lifespan of a garage door is anywhere from eight to five years. Most come with a manufacturer’s warranty so if yours is still covered, it’s always a good idea to get the experts in before you tackle any repairs yourself. If not, or if you’ve inherited your garage door as you’ve just moved house, and you like to turn your hand at some simple DIY, here are some tips on how to fix a garage door.
First of all, you need to find out what’s stopping it from working properly. There are lots of different types of garage doors and so there are plenty of common garage door problems. Couple that with some complex working mechanisms and it’s not a surprise that they go wrong from time to time. But sometimes, there’s a simple reason for the fault which you can manage yourself.
If your garage door is making high pitched squeaking or creaking noises, there’s a good chance that the rollers need to be lubricated. While you’re there, you could check all the other parts too, like nuts, bolts and hinges and tighten them up if necessary. If the noises are more like crunching or grinding, it’s possible that the rollers have become bent or the springs have become worn from use. In this case, you must contact your local garage door technician to have them repaired or replaced.
An open and closed case
A garage door that’s not opening or closing properly is not only an annoyance, it also poses a security risk as garage doors are often an alternative way of entering the house. There are some things that you can tick off in the firsthand. For example, if the door is getting stuck in the same place, you can check that there are no obstructions inside the garage and outside on the drive or pathway which are causing the door to jam. Additionally, if it’s opening and closing randomly or not at all, there may be an issue with the door opener or remote transmitter which operates the open and closing mechanism. Sometimes, a battery change or a simple reset will get it working again. Have a look at the disconnect switch too – this allows you to override the open/close mechanism in case of a power cut and could be faulty. If none of these measures help, it’s more than likely that you’ll need a professional to fix it for you.
A crooked garage door usually means that the rollers are broken or one of the lift cables has snapped. You could also have problems with tracking that isn’t in alignment so causing wonky opening and closing. The first thing to do here is to check that there’s no dirt or dust in the area and remove with a damp cloth if there is. After that, check to see if the door has warped as this is a sign that it will need to be replaced for safety reasons. As with most things, continued use will eventually cause wear and tear and sometimes it will be the cheaper option to replace your door with a lovely shiny new one. This way you’ll no longer have the hassle of a malfunctioning door whilst also having the peace of mind that it will be safe and your home will be secure too. Make sure you contact an accredited supplier and fitter who will be able to advise on the best model for your house and will have all of the correct insurance and guarantees in place too.