7 indications your garage door needs a service
Although most garage doors are well made and durable, maintenance checks are still necessary to keep everything running smoothly. Recognising issues and getting them checked before they become larger problems can end up saving you both money and time.
WA Roller door recommends an annual service maintenance for low cycle garage doors or every 6 months for high cycle doors. New motors usually require general services/checks within the 7-year warranty period. However, if you notice any of the following issues, it’s a good idea to contact us as soon as possible, in order to avoid further damage.
1. Opening on it’s own
If your garage door is opening randomly on its own, your opener may have a fault on the circuit board. In order to prevent any accidents or an open garage when you’re not home, avoid using the door at all and contact a technician for a motor replacement and a general service.
2. Making unusual noises
All garage doors make noise, but if your door is louder and has a different sound to before, it may be due for routine maintenance and lubrication. Most doors will become noisy after years of wear and tear, so it’s usually just a case of booking a garage door technician to check it out.
3. Heavy and hard to open
If your garage door is suddenly too heavy to open, it may have a broken spring. Torsion springs can only be fixed when the garage door is closed, meaning there’s no safe way to DIY repairs. Contacting a technician to organise a spring replacement and general service is your best option.
4. Opener is not working
If your opener won’t respond, your door may have become disengaged from the chain/belt or you may have a broken gear in the opener. In order to correct any issues or prevent further damage, book a general service and adjustment to your door and auto.
A shaky or vibrating garage door usually indicates an issue with the tracks (dirt, warping or other obstructions). Eventually these obstructions will cause wear and tear and will lead to larger problems like your door not closing at all.
6. Obvious damage
Any other signs of damage such as loose wheels, cracks or warping are all good reasons to book a service. If you can see a problem, it’s likely to impact the integrity of the door – getting a professional in for the job is the safest idea.
7. Not closing properly
If your garage door won’t close, look around for an obstruction that may be causing the door to stop or reverse. If the area is clear and you can’t find anything blocking the door from closing, your door may be out of alignment. Attempting to fix an alignment issue yourself could do further damage, so it’s best to book a service instead.