A garage door plays a significant role in securing your garage. Its function is pretty simple because it is designed to move in two directions, up and down. Like every other piece of furniture, garage doors may not work as perfectly as it used to and would either need to be replaced or fixed. To repair garage doors, it is critical to understand the common problems that could cause your garage door not to function properly.
Common garage door issues and how to fix them
The following are common garage door issues with practical ways of fixing those problems:
• Noisy garage door
A noisy garage door can cause discomfort, especially if where you are sleeping is close to the garage. You can fix the problem of noisy garage doors by replacing some parts, as well as ensuring that you carry out routine maintenance. The noise may be an indication that you need to replace the hinges. Sometimes the noise could be as a result of wearing out of the rollers in the metal tracks. Worn out rollers may cause friction when in contact with the metal tracks. You may also need to replace the rollers to fix this problem.
• Your garage door is frozen
The importance of a garage door is most felt during cold and freezing weather, and you would want your garage door to open and close very quickly. Unfortunately, cold and moisture may make this simple task very difficult. Your garage door can be frozen at times. Hitting the automatic opener button may be helpful in some cases as doing that can break away any ice preventing the opener button from functioning.
But what do you do after hitting the opener, and the door still does not open? It may not be wise to continue banging on the garage door opener as that may lead to a burned-out motor, broken spring, or stripped gears. Look for other more effective ways to break the icy connection between the floor and the door. You may make use of a hairdryer in melting the ice. There are also standard products for deicing purposes. You can make use of a flat shovel to break away the ice, but you have to do it with care to avoid damaging the door seal or the door itself. Once you can open the door, you may then clear out any snow, water, or ice from the floor under the garage door; keeping this area dry may help prevent future problems associated with garage door freezing.
• Broken Glass
It is not uncommon for garage doors to have issues with broken glass periodically. Broken garage door glass may occur since most homes entertain fun activities such as football, baseball, and the use of sporting equipment. Such an issue must be repaired to avoid raising safety concerns in your home. You also do not want to have insects or birds flooding your garage because your garage door is yet to be repaired. Replacing a pane of glass broken from your garage door is easy and similar to the same way you would replace a pane of glass in your window.
Ill-maintained garage doors or doors installed with old and worn out automatic door openers as well as overhead garage door weighs several hundred pounds may be highly insecure. There are sad stories of children or pets who have lost their lives while under a faulty overhead garage door. Modern door openers that come with auto-reverse mechanism and auto-stop have reduced the likely hood of such mishaps.
You must maintain your garage door so that it can last longer and reduce the cost of repairs. You can also repair some of the issues attributed to faulty garage doors through the steps outlined above.