Performing a monthly or annual inspection of your garage door and opener system is a smart way to spot a potentially critical and costly problem early so you can have it repaired as soon as possible. You can inspect your garage door and opener by opening and closing the door and paying close attention to what you see and hear. Garage door and opener systems can be expensive and dangerous, and trying to tinker with the chain, cables, and tracks without experience can lead to serious injury or even death.
When you see the garage door still or moving, make sure you look at each part and component for any signs of wear and tear. For some parts you might have to look more closely, but visible signs like these are arguably the most worrisome and the ones you should have repaired right away. Here are common visible signs to look for:
- Sagging — make sure no part of the door sags inward or else there might be a reinforcement problem
- Cracks — make sure no components have any visible cracks
- Rust — make sure no components show any rust or wear
Make sure you look at the door panels, the tracks and the rollers, the chain or cable, the mounting mechanisms and the electric opener if you use one. Also check to make sure that the door opens and closes smoothly.
Another way to discover a sign of potential issues with your door is simply by standing and listening while the door is opened and closed. If you have an electric opener you can just use that, but if it is manually opened and closed get someone to do it for you so you can focus on listening. Here are common issues you might hear:
- Rattling — if you hear rattling then there’s a loose component somewhere
- Screeching — the tracks or rollers might be broken or dried out
- Grinding — if you hear grinding the motor or movement components might be misaligned or breaking down
Move to different areas so you are closer to the different components of the door’s sections and mechanisms, that way you can more easily hear any problems with each part. Try it a few times to make sure you don’t miss anything.
A more subtle way you might notice signs that something with your garage door needs repairs is by checking your energy bill. Garages tend to allow the most heat or cooling, and therefore energy, to escape from your home out of any other part of your house. So if there are problems with your garage door that exacerbates this problem, you’ll probably see a spike in your energy bill. Here are things to check for:
- Door panels — check for cracks or holes in the door itself
- Sealing — make sure the sealing around the door isn’t cracked or missing
- Closing — make sure the door fully closes and doesn’t leave a gap for air to get in and out
These issues can be very subtle and ones you might not notice on normal inspection. Make sure you look very closely or have a garage door professional inspect it for you. Repairing any of these issues not only ensures a longer life for your garage door but should also help you directly save money on your energy bill. Fill out this form to get a free quote now.