Not sure where to begin when it comes to garage door maintenance and repairs? Between our blog and this FAQ page, we can get you on the right track.
When Should I Call a Garage Door Professional for Repairs?
As a general rule of thumb, you may want to consider calling a garage door professional if you notice any of the following issues:
- Your door doesn’t balance properly.
- The pivot points on the hardware are worn.
- Your spring is broken.
- Loud or unusual noises occur.
- Your door opener malfunctions or does not reverse.
Check out our guide for more signs your garage door needs maintenance or repair.
Even if you don’t notice any issues, you should call a professional once a year for what we call a garage door tune-up. This tune-up will consist of a complete inspection of the hinges, spring tension and overall condition of your garage door. We’ll also inspect the sensitivity and limit adjustment of your door opener.
With the exception of the springs, a garage door with regular maintenance will usually last for many years. Doors and openers often break when the tension is wrong and puts extra stress on the opener or hinges.
How Do I Know When to Replace My Garage Door?
Replacing your garage door can increase the value of your home and save time and money in the long run if extensive repairs are needed, but a new door is still a significant investment. We’ve put together a guide to determining when you should replace your garage door, but here’s a quick rundown of factors to keep in mind:
- Appearance: Does your garage door look outdated? Have you overlooked it in the past when you’ve made upgrades to other aspects of your home’s exterior, like the front entry and siding? If so, a new garage door can significantly increase the curb appeal of your home.
- Energy usage: Older garage doors tend to be a contributing factor to higher utility bills. Your door’s weatherstripping can wear down over time, and newer doors have better built-in insulation thanks to new and improved technology.
- Safety: Modern garage doors often have built-in safety and security features — including door openers that automatically reverse if they come into contact with anything while closing. If you have an older door, you may be missing out on these essential features.
Why Won’t My Garage Door Open or Close?
If you’re having trouble opening or closing your garage door, one of these issues might be the cause:
- A spring in your garage door is broken.
- Your door cables are broken or loose.
- Your door has come off its track.
- You’ve experienced a power outage.
- Your garage door remote is malfunctioning.
If there seems to be an issue with the springs, cables or track of your garage door, you should call a professional so as not to injure yourself. But if the power is out or your remote isn’t working, you can follow our guide to manually open and close your garage door until you can get the problem taken care of.
How Do I Maintain My Garage Door?
Your garage door is one of the most important features of your home. You know regular maintenance can keep it in shape for years, but you might not be sure where to begin. We’ve put together a guide to yearly garage door maintenance and why it matters, but here are a few tips to get you started:
- Degrease any buildup on the track.
- Apply lubricant to moving parts, including rollers, hinges and springs.
- Check the weather stripping and the interior and exterior of the door for indications of wear and tear.
- Clean and maintain the windows, making sure the sealant around the edges is intact.
We also recommend a yearly tune-up from a garage door professional in order to ensure that the mechanical aspects of your garage door are operating smoothly.
Can I Replace a Section of My Garage Door?
The short answer: yes! If one or two panels of your garage door are showing more signs of wear than the rest or they have been damaged by a collision, you may be better off replacing that section rather than the entire door.
Of course, this solution may not work for every homeowner. If your garage door is older, for example, the manufacturer may not offer replacement panels for your model. We’ve put together a guide to determining whether replacing a section of your garage door is the right solution for your home — but as always, you should contact a professional if you’re unsure.
Do I Need a Battery Backup for My Garage Door Opener?
While you don’t necessarily need a battery backup for your garage door opener to function, we strongly recommend one. There are a lot of things to love about living in California, but the weather can be unpredictable at times. You should always be prepared for a power outage, and a battery backup can keep your home secure and your family safe in an emergency.
This safety feature is so important that the California Senate has introduced legislation on it. If your electronic garage door opener was installed after July 1, 2019, the law requires it to contain a battery backup. You can learn more about this legislation and see our recommendations for battery backup in our blog post.