The garage door is one of the most expensive parts of a house and yet, it’s also one of the most neglected. A homeowner usually deals with their garage doors when it’s already too late and the repair already involves several hundreds of dollars—if the door can be salvaged at all. Imagine amounts of money going as much as almost two thousand dollars down the drain because of negligence!
This is the reason why it is important to know the telltale signs of a garage door that already needs some much needed repair work before the garage door gives way and needs to be replaced.
Here are some signs to be vigilant about when it comes to caring for one’s garage door:
Leaks during cold and wet seasons
Does your garage turn into a swimming pool when the rains come around or a winter wonderland once the snow season arrive? This simply means that there are leaks inside due to a garage door that is not properly aligned.
Because of this, there are gaps between the door and its hinges which lead to water and snow coming in. This should be resolved immediately as it will become the cause of bigger problems later on, not to mention the damage that it will affect the quality of your stuff inside the garage.
Higher electricity bills
One of the biggest signs of a faulty garage door is your electricity bill. Due to the gaps, heat or cold may seep out, leading the need for higher or lower temperatures on your thermostat or your air conditioner.
Noise when opening or closing the garage door
Great working garage doors are not noisy at all. The reason for this may be with the springs or the opener. One of the causes of the noise may also be the presence of rust which is much harder to solve in the long run. Rust also happens when the paint starts to crack and some parts of the door are exposed inadvertently to the elements.
Slower or faster garage door operation
What used to be a fast closing garage door or what used to be stopped mid-closing is a garage door that is already encountering problems with alignment. It can also be because the tracks are already filthy and are in need of professional cleaning services.
Aside from that, the rollers may also be in need of proper and ample lubrication.
The remote control is no longer working
The garage door and its remote control are made to work perfectly with each other. However, when the garage door stops responding to the control intuitively, there is already something wrong with the workings of that door.
Presence of dents or other hits
As a door that’s very much exposed to the elements and other human errors, it can experience a lot of accidents. In general, once it is hit or has a dent, it should be fixed immediately as it affects the mechanical integrity of the material.
Smart homeowners know better than to ignore these signs before a need for a bigger investment is needed to purchase another garage door.