Common Garage Door Issues09/17/2016 Back To Blog
It's easy to fall into the trap of oversimplifying your collective garage door mechanism into just the door and the opener. In a way, this general way of seeing things is true but if you want to check them for wear and tear, damage or inconsistencies in their function, then you have to know a little more about their parts.
Parts, Functions and Failure
The door can be one piece or sectioned into several panels. In terms of material, the door can be made up of wood, steel, aluminum or glass. With typical use, an overhead door may last more than 20 years. The problem arises when they're mishandled or if they're not maintained well. Damage also typically happen when drivers fail to step on the brakes at the right time. The doors themselves are sturdy enough to take a couple of hits sustaining only minor damage. If the panels or hinges are bent or broken, these can easily be replaced and bent metal can be hammered straight.
In order for the door to move up and down, the garage door tracks, rollers, cable and springs need to be properly aligned and intact. With age, these parts may get bent, frayed, misaligned or broken. When any of these parts show signs of damage, they need to be replaced. As a matter of safety, in under no circumstances should you try and perform a garage door torsion spring repair on your own because this can be dangerous. When these things unravel uncontrollably, you could get severely injured.
Openers are very sturdy pieces of electronic equipment but they can still malfunction. They may not open nor close properly or even at all. The chain or belt could snag on something, get derailed, snap or get stuck. The gears could be worn down and become ineffective. If there was a recent electric storm, the circuit board could've been fried.