You rely on your garage door and opener daily to provide security to your home and house your vehicles away from damaging exterior elements. Over time, however, the components that operate your garage door can become worn and/or damaged. Aside from the obvious signs of a problem, such as a door that won't open or close at all, there are some other less-obvious signs you'll want to be on the lookout for that could indicate the need for professional service.
Garage Door Remote Won't Work
If your garage door won't respond to your opener remote, there are a few steps you'll want to follow on your own before calling a professional. Start by making sure that the batteries have not only been replaced, but that you've re-synced the remote to the motor after replacing the batteries (this is usually done by pressing a button on the opener itself). If that doesn't do the trick, you could be dealing with a bad sensor, which will need to be replaced by a professional.
Scraping Noises While Opening/Closing
Do you notice scraping noises while your garage door opens or closes? If so, try to figure out where the scraping is occurring (side walls, ceiling, etc.). It's possible that the cables that carry your garage door to open and close are worn and in need of replacement, but another possible problem is damaged or missing garage door reinforcement. Garage door reinforcement refers to the horizontal and vertical bars found on garage doors; these help to stabilize and protect garage doors from sagging and other damage, which can lead to scraping. If you're not sure if your garage door has enough reinforcement, contact a garage door repair company. If you're a DIY-er, you can even find garage door reinforcement kits at most home improvement stores.
Your Garage Door Opener is Old
You might not think to tie your high energy bills to your garage door opener, but this could actually be the case if you've had the same opener for about a decade or more. Older openers can consume as much as 10 watts just sitting idly all day (that's right—your garage door opener is always "on" and drawing power, even if you're not using it). Consider switching to a new opener that uses 5 watts or less per day and you could save on your energy bills.
Extremely Slow Opening/Closing
Does your garage door appear to struggle when opening or closing? If so, then there's a good chance you're dealing with bad springs. The problem will only worsen over time if not addressed, so it's best to call a professional like Action Door Services Ltd Garage Door Repair sooner rather than later. Never attempt to replace garage door springs yourself, as they're under a great deal of tension and could cause a serious accident or injury.