Many issues arise from overhead door problems. These are the top 10 most common problems homeowners report to repairmen:
1. The close proximity of a chain hanging from an overhead door to a low clearance area is hazardous and can cause damage to property or injury (i.e., bumping one's head, getting clothes caught).
2. A broken spring can be hazardous.
3. The relatively small diameter of cables used to lift doors make them easily broken or kinked, requiring replacement.
4. Rollers that are broken or jammed with dirt and dust require replacement.
5. Cable drums can jam when cantilevered beyond their structural capacity (i.e., failing).
6. The lack of weatherstripping on the bottom edge of the door allows cold air, rain and snow to enter the garage.
7. If the door is not balanced properly, it will be hard to open and close and may eventually fall off its tracks.
8. A poorly adjusted automatic opener can cause the door to close too quickly or slowly.
9. Broken safety devices can cause the door to close fully and pinch a person between the door and frame, causing injury.
10. Weather-stripping-not securing weather-stripping can lead to rain leaks in the garage as well as poor indoor air quality from moisture being sealed into your home's foundation wall or slab.
In order to avoid these common problems, it is important to perform routine maintenance on your overhead door. This includes cleaning and lubricating the moving parts, checking the balance of the door and ensuring that all safety devices are in working order. If you do experience a problem with your overhead door, it is best to call a professional to assess and repair the issue. Taking on a repair project without the proper knowledge or tools can lead to further damage and increased costs. Prevention is key when it comes to overhead door problems, so be sure to keep your door well-maintained!