Your garage door helps to protect your automobile and any other personal belongings that are in the garage safe from the exterior elements. Many homeowners assume that as long as the garage door is opening and closing that the door is functioning properly. However, there are some subtle signs that could indicate that the structure of the door is having some issues. To ensure that you are able to contact a repair technician and have repairs performed before it is too late, here are a few red flags that you should be on the lookout for.
When a garage door is operating, you should only notice a faint humming sound. If you notice anything more or something strange, then this is indicative of a compromised component somewhere in the garage door system. Faint rumbling noises or grinding sounds are often signs that a spring has warped or broken. A popping noise typically signals that the garage door is out of alignment. If you begin to hear a faint or prolonged humming sound, this could indicate that the garage door opener is failing electronically and needs to be looked at by a professional technician before it stops working completely.
When a garage door is opening and/or closing, it should move quite smoothly. If you notice that the door is shaking or vibrating rather excessively as it is opening or closing, you should stop using the door immediately. In some instances, the issue may be something simple like screws that have come loose. However, even something minor like this can put the door at risk of falling and potentially damaging your vehicle and/or injuring someone.
Shaking and vibrating garage doors may also be a sign the door has come off the track—at least partially. This can occur when components have worn out over the years or due to an impact of some sort. Regardless, if you notice that your door is shaking or vibrating excessively, it is important to contact a professional garage door repair technician immediately to avoid property damage and personal injuries.
Small or Large Gaps
If there are gaps at the bottom of the garage door because the door is not fully closing, you may find yourself with a few extra household members. Certain critters like to invite themselves into your garage since it is a warm, comfortable space out of the cold, rain, etc. These gaps are generally a result of uneven wear on the cables or springs. When you notice gaps along the bottom edge of your garage door, contact a professional to address the issue as soon as possible.
For more information on the aforementioned issues and more, contact a garage door repair service.