7 Signs That It's Time To Call A Garage Door Mechanic

Know when to call a garage door mechanicAs the holidays approach, budgets become a bit tighter, and we all try to put off the household projects for another month or two. Unfortunately, your garage door never gets to take a holiday and the changing seasons begin to take their toll. Ignoring the warning signals your garage door is sending you can mean that "repair" just became "replace", and you won't want to put that off until the dead of winter. How can you tell it's time to call in an expert? Here are a few of the most common signs that your door is asking for help.

  1. Excessive Vibration or Shakiness - Garage doors usually have some extra movement, regardless of how new it is. Vibration or shakiness is not the concern, but rather the severity of the vibration.

    If you notice a sudden increase in the amount of shuddering and shaking, then there is most likely an issue with either the rollers coming off the tracks, loose hinges, or any of a number of parts. This is generally a precursor to a larger problem coming down the road, and a garage door mechanic should investigate.

  2. A Sudden Increase In Power Bills - If you notice a sudden spike in power bills, you may need to investigate your garage door. If your door has worn down, your garage may be letting cold air in, throwing off the temperature of your home, resulting in a much higher power bill. A certified inspector might be able to help you determine if this is the cause, and if replacing the door could save you money in the long run.

  3. Your Safety Features Are Out of Date - A garage door does not always need to be the most up-to-date in order to meet your needs. While you don't necessarily need to replace the garage door, you should have it inspected to make sure that the door is safe.

    There are many key safety features on a garage door. Motion detection, auto-reverse, manual controls, and more are all key features of a safe garage door system. For the safety of your family, make sure these features are up to date

  4. Making New and Unusual Noises - Let's face it: garage doors are not 100% silent at any time. However, when the noise suddenly changes in volume, tone, or rhythm, that's not a good sign.

    There are a number of possible factors that might cause a change in noise. Rusty hinges, faulty opening mechanisms, or uneven tension can be leading causes but regardless of which factor caused the noise, it should be investigated as soon as possible.

  5. Worn Out Or Broken Sections - Cracked rollers, broken weatherstripping, loose screws, wires, or bolts. Any of these can lead to a domino effect, causing your garage door to stop functioning as intended.

    If you notice any of these, immediate action should be taken to ensure the continued safe use of the garage door.

  6. Sagging or Uneven Garage Door - Over time, garage doors tend to lose their balance, having tension become uneven, or stretched. Over time, this can become so severe, that local pests can enter the garage door without issue, and even can result in the door no longer functioning. 

  7. Home Break-ins - If you have an older garage door, it may not be as secure as the rest of your home. This might allow a thief to enter your garage with greater ease then they would enter the rest of your home. Worse still, if your garage is attached to your house, this might give a thief easy access to your home. Don't leave your home open to the outside world.

Contact Hamburg Overhead Door

When your garage door is calling for attention, don't wait until it's too late. Call Hamburg Overhead Door and schedule an appointment to have your door checked by an expert.