A properly functioning garage door is an integral part of your home security. It’s important to check the working of your garage door and its automatic opener to investigate any fault or anomaly.
But how to know when it’s the right time to replace a garage door?
Like all mechanical devices, your garage door will deteriorate. However, it’s a rare occurrence—to see a garage door fail, showing no warning signs.
Usually, it starts when the garage door shows some symptoms of malfunction. It performs slowly and the noise levels get louder and louder.
If you think your garage door is not functioning properly, start by looking into the automatic opener. You can detach the opener to check if it’s balanced and working smoothly.
It will also ensure if the springs can lift the door properly. Check by lifting the door halfway up. If it stays there, the springs are fine. If the door falls on the floor, it means you need to replace the springs.
Here are some key signs that you must not ignore:
Intermittent garage door opening and reversing
Suddenly opening and reversing is a clear sign of a failing garage door. It could be an issue with the electronic circuit board of the door opener or an issue with the “safety eye” feature installed in models after 1992.
If you have an old or outdated garage door, it’s best to replace it with a hi-tech unit. If you have recently installed a new garage door, and it’s working abruptly, make sure you call a professional to look into the issue more carefully.
Another important pointer is vibration, often caused by old motors with worn or bent shafts. If you notice a sudden vibration in your garage door, make sure you call an expert to avoid catastrophic failure.
If you notice that your garage door has slowed down over the last couple of months, it could be because of the aging lift mechanism. You can check the springs if they need a replacement.
Issues in rolling codes
It’s a protocol used by garage door openers. When the garage door opener receives a signal from the remote control, it uses a specific code to communicate.
While older models used the same code every time, modern garage doors use a dynamic code every time, ensuring complete safety against burglars.
Replacing your garage door
If your garage door is beyond repair and has been showing persistent problems, it’s probably the right time to replace it. The best way is to get a thorough evaluation of your door by an expert.
They will tell you about the extent of the damage, and what additional safety features you can expect from a new garage door.
If you have children or pets in your home, a modern garage door with sensors can add an extra layer of security.