How Do I Know My Garage Door Needs to be Repaired?

While it may seem like a no-brainer to get your door repaired if it’s hanging off its tracks or won’t open, there are a lot more subtle signs that your door needs repairs.

Some signs indicate tiny repairs that seem inconsequential but can turn into major repairs if they aren’t fixed soon. Here are a few common signs that something may be wrong with your garage door system:

  • Your garage door won’t open.
  • Your garage door/opener makes a grinding noise when operating.
  • You notice gaps in your garage door springs.
  • Your garage door starts to open/close and then stops/reverses.
  • Your garage door opens at an angle.
  • Your garage door is stuck.
  • You heard a loud pop coming from your garage door.
  • Your safety sensors are not working.
  • Your remote/keypad is not working.
  • Your garage door/opener is over 10 years old.
  • You notice loose/missing parts on your garage door.

There are many other signs, but these are some of the most common that you may encounter. Contact Signature Garage Doors if you notice any of these happening with your garage door.

Is Garage Door Repair Important?

Garage doors require a lot of maintenance and upkeep to stay in proper working order. Even with all the maintenance in the world, they will still require the occasional garage door repair, however.

Garage door repair is very important for keeping your door system in good shape. Without regular repairs, you can cause damage to more parts and end up needing a whole new garage door replacement to compensate.

The Five Most Common Garage Door Repairs

Garage Door Spring Replacement

A garage door spring replacement is by far the most common repair we get here at Signature Garage Doors. This is due to a couple of reasons.

Garage door springs carry the brunt of the garage door.

The springs on a garage door are designed to act as a counterbalance system. This is why it’s so easy to open a garage door manually. The springs contain a lot of energy that contains the weight. As such, they wear down faster than a lot of other operating parts.

Garage door springs can last about 10,000 cycles.

The average garage door spring will last about 10,000 cycles. What does this mean? Well, each cycle is one full opening and closing of your garage door. In other words, if you only used your garage door once a day, your springs would last roughly 27 years.

Most people, however, use their garage doors a lot more than that, and so springs typically last 10-12 years.

Springs need maintenance to last longer.

Just like with anything else, garage door springs can’t perform perfectly for 10+ years without a little help. Regular maintenance ensures that the springs on your garage door will last for a long time. This kind of maintenance includes tightening and oiling the springs.

A spring replacement is a quick fix, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Since springs hold so much energy, they have to be carefully installed and balanced so that no one gets injured.

Garage Door Opener Repair

Garage door openers are the driving force behind your garage door. While it is possible to use a garage door without one, it’s not convenient to do so.

When something goes wrong with your garage door opener, the good news is that you can disengage it and use your door manually until it’s fixed. The bad news is that you’ll have to use your door manually until it’s fixed.

Let one of our expert technicians examine your garage door opener so you can go back to the convenience of having an automatic opener after our garage door opener repair.

Garage Door Panel Replacement

A garage door panel replacement is another very common garage door repair. A panel replacement is typically needed when a dented panel causes the garage door to be unable to open or close.

Garage Door Repair

How does this happen? Most often, it’s from someone backing into the garage or hitting it with a ball while playing.

A panel replacement is not extremely difficult to fix for the average garage door. A new panel is simply added in and color-matched. However, this may be more difficult for elaborate garage doors.

For example, if you have a garage door with an intricate design, a panel would need to be custom-ordered, which would take a lot longer than if it was already made and ready to go.

*Note: If the damage on your garage door covers two or more panels, choosing an entire garage door replacement may be a better option financially. Contact us to get a quote.

Garage Door Cable Replacement

Garage door cables work hand-in-hand with the springs to raise and lower your garage door. They are also under a lot of strain and can quickly wear down. This can damage the springs and other parts if not addressed quickly.

Off-Track Garage Door Repair

An off-track garage door is definitely one of the most apparent repair needs. When your garage door comes off its track, it can’t go up or down, and it leaves your garage exposed and vulnerable. With off-track garage door repair, we can realign your door, make sure it’s properly balanced, and make sure the tracks are well-oiled. Your door will glide like new!

Contact Signature Garage Doors for Garage Door Repair Near You

Whether you need one of these repairs for your garage door or something else entirely, Signature Garage Doors is here for you! We’ll determine the type of repair you need and get it fixed—fast! You can count on us to get the job done right. Contact us today to get started.


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