If you are lucky enough to have a garage attached to the side of your home, there’s every chance that you rely on it to get to and from work every day, because you can just press the button, the doors will open and you can go. The problem is that when your garage door is not working, you have to be able to identify what’s wrong or you could find yourself stranded.
Identifying the common signs of a broken garage door is essential as a homeowner, especially because the faster you recognise and repair it, the faster you can prevent any future inconveniences. Automated garage doors should come with a manual latch, but what do you do if your manual latch isn’t working? You still need to be able to leave your house, especially if you rely on your car to get you from A to B. So if you are worried about your garage doors, or you’re pretty naive about what to look for when they’re broken, here’s a list of signs that your garage doors are currently not working.
The button doesn’t work. It’s not that the garage doors won’t open, but the actual button to control the automated door is not connecting. You can always check your fuse box to make sure that things are switched on in your garage if this is the case, but you might find that if the button is not working, you need to pull on the manual latch to open the garage door. The problem here is that you might be able to close it again.
It’s becoming difficult to open or close the door. When a garage door spring breaks, the biggest difficulty that arises in manual opening or closing is that you just can’t do it. The door feels a lot heavier and you’ll have a lot more physical effort to put into it to get it to open. If the doors aren’t working well enough to open or close effectively, then you need to make sure that you have somebody come out to fix it.
It’s moving unevenly. A good sign that your garage door is broken is that there is uneven movement in the door. If one side is lifting but the other side is not, then the safety will kick in and the door will stop moving altogether. Uneven movement can hamper the operation of the door, and when it comes to automated garage doors, you need them to be smooth moving so that you can get your car in and out.
You had a loud bang. Garage doors are not quiet. It’s very rare to find garage doors that are pretty silent when they’re moving up or down. However, if you’ve pressed the button, or you’ve pulled the manual cord and you’ve heard a loud snap or a bang, then there could be a good possibility that the springs of your garage doors have snapped off. Getting it fixed ASAP is important!