Garage doors are ranked in the top 3 for home improvements that will aid in increasing the value of your home. Having an automated garage door not only adds to the security of your home but is also a very convenient feature to any home.
Automated garage doors are a great investment but like anything else, they unfortunately wear and break. Either they no longer track correctly, your motor is giving electrical problems or it was damaged from a vehicle or weather conditions. It is at this point when you’ll probably ask yourself “Should I have it repaired or replaced?”
Common problems that can be repaired
There are common problems that have some relatively quick and cheap solutions when looking at a damaged garage door. Below we’ll have a look at some of these problems and how to deal with them.
Door suddenly stops working:
Sudden break downs are easier to fix most of the times, that is because the problem is usually isolated and because it is sudden, it means you have not been neglecting your door for years causing irreparable damage.
The first thing you need to look for in this situation will be the batteries in the remote. If you have checked the batteries and your garage door is still not working, it will be best to contact a professional to diagnose the problem.
Door seems heavy and slow
If you notice that the door seems heavier than usual this is most likely due to the springs being worn out. Another sign you might notice when you need to replace the springs will be when the door is “sagging”, the door will close unevenly meaning that one of your springs are worn out and this could add more wear and tear to the lifting mechanism. Luckily a worn spring is usually a quick and affordable fix.
If there is any physical damage to your garage door, you want to have this repaired as soon as possible to keep the cost low.
The key is to repair the damage if it is limited to a single panel. Most factory manufactured garage doors also supply individual panels to service dealers, so changing out the panel is a quick fix.
It’s time to replace your garage door
We had a look at some common issues that may occur and how to address them, now we’ll look at some more serious problems you may come across that will possibly need replacing.
Garage door not running well for an extended period
If there has been a small problem with the garage door and it was not addressed soon, it might have turned into something more serious. Adding unnecessary strain for prolonged periods of time on the motor could damage it beyond repair and will then have to be replaced.
Severely damaged garage door
In most cases you will be able to repair your garage door but in some instances where the garage door has been severely damaged, it might be a better option to look at a complete replacement as this could be the cheaper option.
While there are some quick solutions you can handle yourself, we recommend getting in touch with a professional to have a look at the more serious parts of repairing or replacing your garage door. JD Gates staff have many years of experience in this field and will be able to assist you.