What to do about a broken garage door
Finding that your garage door is broken can be extremely frustrating, especially if you discover it just at the time when you want to use your garage.
There are many things that can go wrong with a garage door – some of them minor, and others very serious. In this article we take a look at what you can do if you discover you have a broken garage door, ranging from identifying the problem to advice on how to choose a new one if replacement is the only option.
Prevention is better than cure…
The first thing to note here is that preventing your garage door from breaking or deteriorating has to be the major priority for a garage owner. This puts the onus you to ensure that you are keeping up with the maintenance on your door and regularly checking it over for problems that could grow into something bigger.
Maintaining your garage doors can take a little time, but it is generally not complicated. Springs can be lubricated with a little oil, and keeping the door clean is generally a job of wiping the tracks with a damp cloth.
Understand common problems
There are many common problems relating to garage doors – and the good news is that many of these actually have a relatively easy fix. With automatic garage doors it is common for owners to have trouble with them operating – finding that the remote control or wall switch does not work. These are usually individual problems, but it can be more complex when neither option operates the door. It could be that the motor unit has been unplugged, or that a component has burned out.
Another common issue is when the door does not open completely. This is usually an issue with the up-limit switch, and it can be easily adjusted. If not, there could be a problem with the rollers.
Identify the issue
Before you can deal with your specific garage door issue, you need to spend a little time identifying the problem itself. Rather than immediately calling in a garage door specialist, you should examine the door yourself – you may find that it can actually be easily fixed without the need for technical skill.
Even if the problem is beyond your ability to fix, knowing where the issue might lie can help you to more quickly find a solution.
Work with experienced garage door technicians
If the fix for the garage door is beyond you, it is a great idea to work with garage door specialists. Talk to a local specialist with experience of fitting and maintaining the type of door that you have. They will be able to provide you with helpful tips and advice, or come out and fix the problem for you.
When you require more complicated help it is essential to work with qualified and experienced garage door technicians – do not attempt to take on a task that is beyond your training or expertise.
Source the replacement part
It may be the case that your garage door is entirely fixable, but needs a new specific part. Talk to a local garage door specialist as they may be able to source replacement parts from the manufacturers of your garage door.
Typically, this will be far less expensive than getting the door completely replaced. And it can usually be accomplished far more quickly too.
Invest in a new garage door
Of course, it may also be the case that your door has reached the point where it is beyond repair. If you have had the door for a long time, this may well not be a problem – and it potentially allows you to get into better habits of maintenance and repair when you get your replacement.
When you get a new one, it could actually be worth upgrading the type of door that you opt for. Installing an automatic door, for instance, not only makes your life easier, but can also increase the value of your home.
Whether your garage door can be easily fixed or needs replacing all together, it is best to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible before you make the decision.