What's Wrong With My Garage Door?

A garage door that won't open or close is more than an inconvenience, it's a safety hazard as well. Intruders can gain access to your home through a broken garage door and so can pests. If yours isn't operating the way it should, it's time to call in a professional for garage door repair. The most common garage door problems are often an easier fix than you think:

Broken Torsion Spring

If you're around when the torsion spring breaks, you'll hear a loud bang. Your garage door will then cease to raise when you try to open it. You may still hear the motor running, but there will be no movement from the door. A broken torsion spring is a common garage door malfunction and is an easy fix for a professional. It's also easy to spot: Look above your garage door in the center, and you'll see the torsion spring. It's a large, long, metal coil that produces the torque that raises your door. If it's broken, you'll notice it right away. 

Most torsion springs have a lifetime of about 10,000 cycles. Depending upon how often you raise and lower your door, they can last between five and 15 years before needing to be replaced. 

Snapped Cable

The cables that connect the bottom of your garage door to the drum at the top are under extreme pressure. If one snaps, it can injure or even kill anyone standing nearby. It's a good idea to have your cables inspected by a professional on occasion to prevent just such an accident. If your door has suffered a broken cable, it can free-fall instead of lowering at a safe speed. This presents another safety hazard. Never try to replace, repair, or reposition a garage door cable on your own. This is a job for a professional garage door repairman only. 

Track Debris

Over time, dirt and debris can lodge in the tracks on which your garage door runs. If you notice a shimmy or loud noises as the door goes up or down, debris might be the issue. Your repairman can fix this easily and economically by professionally cleaning and lubricating the tracks. 

Most garage door repairs are easily accomplished and not terribly expensive, so there's no reason to delay calling in a repairman like those at Kim's Garage when yours begins to malfunction. A crooked, broken, or otherwise compromised garage door is not only an aesthetic issue for your neighbors, it's a safety issue for your family and for your pets as well.