A garage door can last for around 15 years before needing any major repairs, but sometimes it's better to replace the whole thing than to repair smaller problems. This article will discuss how to tell if you need a replacement or if you should attempt some simple repairs by looking for 4 specific signs that your garage needs repair, professional attention, or to be replaced altogether:
1) Your garage door is unable to completely shut.
Your garage door isn't supposed to have a huge gap at the top that prevents it from closing all the way. The first sign that your garage door needs replacement or repair can be if you can feel cold air coming in during the winter months and/or bugs and critters getting into your home.
Although it is repairable, the cost of repairing your garage door may not be worth it compared to buying a new one.
2) You hear loud noises when opening or closing the door.
When you hear loud banging and clanging sounds while you use your garage door, there might be a larger problem at hand. These loud sounds can indicate that your garage door opener or springs need to be replaced, but it could also mean that the rollers are broken. These problems can be addressed with minor repairs if they are caught early enough, but otherwise, you may have to look into replacement options.
3) The electronic keypad doesn't work right.
Garage doors are equipped with an electronic keypad, and the first sign that your door needs repaired or replaced can be if you find yourself fiddling with the keypad all the time trying to get it to work. You could fix this small problem by replacing a malfunctioning electronic panel; however, it will likely cost as much as just buying a new one.
4) The door is no longer balanced.
If your garage door has come unbalanced, it may be time to install a new one. If you try to fix this by adjusting the springs on your own, you could do more damage than good; therefore, you should call in a professional or buy a new door altogether.
All of these issues are signs that you need to repair or replace your garage door immediately. Whether this is due to significant damage or normal wear and tear, it's best not to wait when there are so many other options available. Contact our friendly and reliable team for help!