The good news about garage doors is that you’ll only need to replace them once or twice as a homeowner. Most garage doors last an average of 10 to 15 years with regular maintenance. The bad news is, the signs your garage door needs replacing may not be as noticeable as you might think. Mechanical issues are not always visible to the untrained eye.
Here are some signs that it’s time to call in a professional in garage door installation in the Grand Rapids area to perform an inspection. A malfunctioning garage door is not only inconvenient, it’s a safety hazard.
A garage door that is inconsistent in its movement, such as shaking or jerking when it opens or closes, may indicate that there are parts that are missing or not functioning. A missing part can cause the door to collapse if not addressed. Not only is this a potential damage threat to your property, but it could also cause serious injury to yourself or a family member.
The most important and potentially most dangerous component of your garage door are the springs. Some garage doors have a spring on either side, others have just one. The springs allow you or your garage door opener to easily open and close a garage door that weighs anywhere from 80 to 180 lbs. Springs balance the door for smooth operation. While some springs have a built-in safety feature that prevents them from causing bodily harm and property damage should they break, not all do. Here are the signs your springs need attention from a professional:
- Springs wear out, usually after 7 to 9 years of service if you’ve opened and closed your garage door an average of 4 times per day. If you used your garage door significantly more, those springs could need replacing after 4 to 6 years. If your garage door is older than 10 years, with little or no maintenance, it might be time to replace it with a new garage door install in Lansing.
- A balanced garage door opens and closes smoothly. Try opening your garage door manually, and then close it halfway. If the door won’t stay up, or if it is hard to operate, the springs may need to be rebalanced.
- Unless you are a trained professional, many manufacturers suggest that you not attempt to repair or adjust the springs on your overhead door. It’s a major safety issue.
If you hear noises when you open or close the garage door, it could be either the door itself, or the opener. To determine which one is causing the noise, operate your door manually to see if it is the cause. If no sound is exhibited, it may be the opener, and requires a pro’s attention to remedy. A grinding noise may indicate a motor malfunction or failure.
If you’ve determined the cause is the overhead door itself, the type of noise it’s making will let you know what type of problem is occurring.
- Rumbling noises most likely indicate spring issues. Call a reputable repair service for overhead doors in Battle Creek or the surrounding area.
- Popping sounds usually mean door’s sections aren’t meeting together properly. In some garage doors, you can replace damaged panels instead of the entire garage door. Call in a pro for an inspection.
If you’ve had to call for repairs on a frequent basis, or if you feel your garage is getting harder to open, don’t wait for major damage to occur. Call a local expert who can repair or replace your overhead door in the Kalamazoo area. For questions about your overhead door in Lansing or in nearby locations, call and speak with one of our experienced professionals at Ingstrup Construction.