Garage doors play a very major role in our modern lives, so when they “go on the fritz” it’s very distracting and more than just a minor annoyance.
However, before you call in the professionals, you’ll want to learn how to diagnose a faulty garage door almost instantly – not only so that you can tackle the project on your own (if possible), but also so that you can relay the right information to your garage door expert, so they can remedy the solution (and you can verify that they aren’t sticking it to you).
Does your garage door whine, grind, buck or shake when you open or close it?
The most obvious sign that something is wrong with your garage door is if it begins to make strange sounds during operation, regardless of whether or not you are opening or closing the garage door.
Obviously, you’ll get normal creaks, groans, and whining sounds over time (and especially when it’s been really, really cold for some time), but you want to be on the lookout for any sounds that aren’t old age and could be classified as “out of the ordinary.”
Does your garage door have any bends or kinks in it?
Another surefire sign that your garage door isn’t working exactly as it should is if there are any noticeable damages or bends in the actual physical structure of the door – issues that may not be as pronounced as you would expect.
Every once in a while, you’ll want to look over the entirety of your garage door to make sure that its in perfect health and that it still structurally sound.
Does your garage door get stuck at any point in time while opening or closing, even if it comes free later?
If your door is getting stuck at any point time during operation (even if it comes free shortly after), you will want to address the issue immediately. The last thing that you’ll want to do is lubricate the track system or operation mechanism.
Has your garage door sensor stopped detecting motion or triggering the “safety mechanism”?
You’ll also want to make sure that your garage door sensor system is working effectively. More impotent that the door can detect motion and trigger the built in safety mechanism that all modern doors have without ever being a danger to anyone.
Taking the next step
If you do determine that your garage door isn’t working exactly as it should with the help of this easy to diagnose checklist, you’re going to want to contact a professional experts to come in and tackle the project for you.