Electric garage doors are a convenient and essential part of life, so much so that they are easily taken for granted. If your garage door is broken or malfunctioning, you will soon notice how much you need your door to be in working order to maintain the ease of daily life. It is not uncommon for homeowners to be unfamiliar with the components and technology behind the garage door. This is where a garage door technician becomes essential.
There are a few key issues you may encounter with your garage door that either has an easy fix or need extra attention from our technicians, including:
- A loss of power.
A blackout or power outage can be scary, even more so when you realise your car is trapped in your garage. Electric garage doors have a red manual override cord hanging from the door track for such a scenario. This allows any able-bodied person to open the door manually. Don’t worry – you won’t have to be able to lift the weight of the door, the cord will do the work for you.
- Your garage door is sagging, making it difficult to open and close
Garage doors should last a decade or longer, but if your door is particularly old, hard-used or wasn’t installed correctly – the door may go out of alignment and appear to be sagging. This can stop the door from opening or closing correctly or cause it to stick in place. Most garage doors have tension rods on the back of the door that is easily adjusted. If your door does not have these rods – they’re easily located at any hardware store. Adjusting these rods should square the door up and bring it back into alignment. Additionally, the door may need lubricating or be a victim of humidity changes. If you are concerned that the issue is more than the door being out of alignment or if you need assistance to realign the door, a garage door technician can help.
- Your garage door won’t lock
A door that has come out of alignment may not lock. The two horizontal bars that stretch from the centre of the door may have moved over time and worked their way out of alignment with the locking slots on the sides of the door. To fix, loosen the guide brackets and reposition them, then tighten and lubricate with oil.
- Broken springs or cables
The springs and cables on your garage door are designed to keep the door opening and closing properly. If the springs or the cables break, it can be dangerous and tricky to repair – a certified garage door technician is needed. If your springs or cables snap or if the door is lower on one side than the other, don’t try to open or close the garage – schedule service immediately and steer clear of the door.
- The garage door won’t close
Your garage door not closing can add a huge inconvenience to your day. Generally, the issue is related to the sensors being blocked or dirty. A simple check that there is nothing in front of them or that the lenses are clean should be enough to get your door closing. Otherwise, changing your remote-control batteries can solve the problem. If your door still won’t close, it’s time to bring in an expert.
A broken or stuck garage door can be a hassle and a danger if treated incorrectly. Your garage door can provide top-level security, safety and convenience when used correctly and in working order.
The Queensland police have outlined 10 security tips to follow to keep your home, car and belongings safe when using your electric door.
- Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle.
- Invest in a keychain remote opener.
- Secure your garage door emergency release.
- Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage.
- Ensure you have a strong, sturdy door leading from the garage to the house-made from solid-core wood or reinforced steel.
- Don’t leave your garage door open.
- Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage.
- Frost or cover your garage windows.
- If you have a manual lock on your garage door, padlock the throw latch on your garage door when you’re out of town.
- Don’t neglect maintenance on the mechanical parts of your roll-up garage door and keep an eye out for corrosion.
All garage door elements should be in working order 24/7 and able to withstand all weather conditions. With regular care and attention, at least once every year, your garage door will perform reliably and long into the future. Steel-Line Garage Doors has qualified garage and roller door service technicians on-hand to service or repair your garage door whenever it needs it and to provide regular servicing to avoid an emergency. Our experienced technicians service all Steel-Line garage doors and operators as well as those of most other brands (dependent on availability of parts from suppliers). They bring a perfect installation every time, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. From lubrication and maintenance to new garage door installations or complete replacements of essential parts, we can help. To request a garage door service, please fill out our contact form, and we will be in touch.