We all do it: zone out on the drive home, pull into the driveway, and with just the push of a button your garage door opens and you’re in. Safe, secure, and ready to unwind. However, in the daily expectation of this modern convenience to seamlessly work, you may forget to notice some of the little details that could forewarn you of an issue. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the Top Warning Signs Your Garage Door Needs Repair.
- DELAYED RESPONSE AFTER PRESSING THE OPENER
The garage door should typically open within one to two seconds after pressing the opener. If there appears to be a delay, or worse if there’s no response at all, the first option is to change the batteries in the opener. If the problem persists, your garage door needs repair and it’s time to call a professional.
- THE GARAGE DOOR OPENS IN SLOW MOTION
All things take time…but if your garage door is taking too much time to open, it could indicate the need for repair to the torsion springs. These springs pose a huge threat if they snap, so it is important to have this looked at as soon as you notice the door opening slower than usual.
- FUNNY NOISES AS THE GARAGE DOOR MOVES
Who doesn’t love jamming out to their favorite tune in the car? But it may be wise to turn the music down and listen for any strange noises that happen as the garage door opens. Some sounds are normal, but other sounds such as squeaking and scraping could indicate an issue with the springs or track.
- THE DOOR IS SHAKING AS IT OPENS OR CLOSES
The movement of the garage door opening or closing should be smooth and steady – if you notice excessive shaking this could be caused by loose screws or rollers coming off the tracks, and should be repaired immediately.
- THE DOOR IS SAGGING
A sagging garage door happens over time, but tends to be overlooked. You can manually lift your garage door to check for sagging, which can be caused by a worn spring or dulled track, but be sure to have it checked by a professional before attempting to tighten bolts or perform other maintenance on your own.
Garage doors can also be prone to rust, weathering, and other ware and tare that comes from daily usage. This is why it is important to manually inspect your garage door at least once a month. If you do notice signs of damage during one of these inspections, don’t hesitate to contact our reliable and professional repairman at 905-602-6550 (Mississauga) or 416-502-2212 (Toronto).