The garage is among the most overworked rooms in most homes. A day hardly goes by without anyone using their garage for reasons ranging from storage to parking. Add this to the fact that the garage door is the biggest portal to most homes, and it should come as no surprise that they are a major point of vulnerability.
Most garage doors are built to last up to 30 years; however, issues that warrant urgent garage door repair tend to crop up from time to time. Here are some of the common challenges you could face with your garage door.
- Stuck Door
Stuck doors are arguably the most common and inconveniencing issues faced by garage owners. For most of their purposes, garages become practically useless when their doors stop working. While this issue is quite common (and understandable) during winter when the door’s mechanism is likely to freeze, other culprits might include:
- Inadequate lubrication in the mechanism
- The door’s chain slipping off the track
- Broken components, e.g., the motors
- Stuck rollers or hinges
- Loud Noises
Although most garage doors do not move quietly to begin with, abnormally loud grinding or screeching noises could signal a potential underlying problem, not to mention become annoying. These noises are often an indication of dirt or debris buildup in the tracks, and a thorough cleaning might be all your door needs.
Old or rusty springs, hinges, bearings and rollers are another common reason for loud doors. If this is the case for your door, applying a lubricant might temporarily help tone down the noise.
- Malfunctioning Remote Control
Nothing screams convenience quite like opening or closing a heavy door at the simple push of a button. This convenience, however, could be cut short so easily when the remote control stops working.
While there is always the chance that the controller’s batteries are out of juice and due for replacement, a malfunctioning remote control might also be a cue that you need to upgrade your system. Modern door manufacturers use the ubiquity of smartphones to their advantage by developing easy-to-use mobile apps that eliminate the need for remote controls and batteries.
- Drafty Door
While most doors are capable of withstanding the elements and some light knocks, many items stored inside a typical garage cannot. A drafty door beats the purpose of having a door – protecting the items inside the garage from the elements and theft.
In most cases, the only solution to a drafty door is a replacement. However, if the damage on your door is not too extensive, you could insulate the affected parts with steel or replace the weatherstripping at the bottom. Either way, consider getting a professional garage door service when handling a drafty door.
- The Door Opens or Closes Without Prompting
A door opening or closing without prompting has to be the strangest issue you could face. Before pointing fingers at a prankster playing tricks on you, consider checking the door’s electrical components for faulty wiring or a disruption in the power supply.
Get Rid of Door Issues For Good
Garages are undoubtedly the most versatile spaces in most homes. Besides parking or storing old items, modern garages serve as home gyms and workspaces. Door issues can be very frustrating if you depend on your garage for day-to-day functions. Fortunately, our professionals at Universal Garage Door Repair have vast experience in detecting potential problems before they arise. Contact us today to learn more about how we can solve your door issues for good.
Universal Garage Door Services
2607 S State Street Suite B Salt Lake City, Utah 84115