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4 Signs Your Garage Door Needs To Be Replaced Or Repaired

by Wade Black

While your garage door is running smoothly, you probably don't put too much thought into it. However, when it becomes damaged or starts running poorly, it could pose a serious danger to your family. Check out these four signs that your garage door is damaged and needs to be replaced or repaired.  

It Has Damage or Cosmetic Problems

If your garage door has extensive cosmetic damage, such as scratching and rust, or if it has a lot of physical damage caused from wear and tear, storm damage or an accident, it's time to get it replaced. Not only will a new garage door look better, but it will run more effectively too. However, if only one panel of your garage door is damaged, you don't need to have it completely replaced. Simply get the damaged panel replaced, but don't put off the repair; one damaged panel can affect the whole door.

The Door Is Running Slowly or Has Stopped

A garage door that is running slowly or completely stops at times usually has some broken parts. Damage to even one spring or cord can cause your garage door to feel heavy. This puts unnecessary stress and strain on the door, which could cause it to completely collapse. If your garage door is running slowly, have it inspected to see if you can simply replace some broken pieces. Another problem may be that it needs cleaning, which affects how the door opens. Try cleaning and oiling the parts to see if that helps.  

The Door Shakes When Opening or Closing

Another common sign that you have broken parts is shaking. If the door shakes upon opening or closing, the broken parts are causing it to move unevenly. The damage could be located in several areas. Firstly, the shaking may be due to uneven tracks, which affect how the garage door rolls up and down. Look for bends and crimps in the tracks, which can easily be corrected with a mallet or hammer. However, if that doesn't fix the problem, you'll need a professional to inspect the overhead garage rollers or look for other damaged parts.

Your Electric Bill Is Increasing

If you haven't made any changes to your electric usage but spot a sudden increase in the bill, you may need to get your garage door replaced. Older garage doors don't have as much insulation as newer ones. The weathering strip around the garage door may also be damaged. This causes heat and cold air to escape, forcing you to use more energy to cool and heat your home. Another problem could be that the garage door sits uneven when closed. This leaves a gap through which air can escape. This uneven sit is usually caused by a mechanical malfunction.

A new or repaired garage door will improve the appearance of your house, but it is also dramatically safer than a poorly running garage door. If you notice any of these signs, contact a garage door specialist in your area like Crawford Door Company today.