Posted in: Guides
Published: 29 Oct 2020
Automatic garage doors have become a necessity for many Kiwi homeowners, improving security, safety and convenience. Modern garage doors are great workhorses with advanced technological features and fantastic warranties. Though no matter how great it might be, every garage door needs regular servicing and occasional repairs.
From ensuring you have the correct spring tension to lubrication and identifying potential issues before they become problems, regular servicing ensures smooth, safe operation and helps to keep your warranty valid. Ideally, your garage door should be serviced within the first 12 months and then once every 2 years or earlier if you find problems. If you experience any of the issues below, it may be time to call a professional for expert servicing or repairs.
While some sound is normal while your garage door is operating, strange or persistently loud noises may be a sign it needs repairs. This can happen due to a variety of reasons, from insufficient lubrication on parts of the door to a failing motor. Unfortunately, every motor will eventually reach the end of its lifespan and fail in which case, a replacement could be necessary.
Above, left: The smooth lines of Dominator's Sierra. Right: Springs and C-Rails should be checked periodically by a professional technician.
One of the most important components of your garage door is the Opener. Perhaps you start to notice that the garage door sometimes doesn’t move when you try to open or close it. There could be a range of reasons why the opener is unresponsive - start by replacing or recharging the remote battery. If that doesn’t help, enlist a professional technician to inspect for worn down or damaged components.
Sometimes, the problem is not as black and white as the door failing to open or close. Instead, you may notice that it sometimes takes multiple attempts before the door engages when you press the remote. You might simply need a battery change in your remote though unfortunately, inconsistent or intermittent responses to the controls can be a symptom of a failing opener. Over time, you may notice the issue becoming worse, possibly due to something such as insufficient tension of the springs - or it could be a sign of a more serious problem needing a new logic board or even an opener replacement.
You should contact a garage door technician as soon as possible if you discover that your garage door is opening and closing much more quickly than it used to. If you find that your garage door often closes with a loud bang, the problem could be due to broken or damaged springs.
Most garage doors are used at least twice a day and the normal wear and tear of daily use can degrade the springs in your garage door to the point of breaking. If you suspect that the springs in your garage door are causing problems, contact a garage door technician for your own safety and to protect your garage door.
When the garage door has dirty, warped or obstructed tracks, you may notice it will start to shake while it is moving. The garage door may also vibrate excessively because of worn out parts in the lifting system, which can lead to bigger problems. A properly functioning garage door does not vibrate excessively when in use.
If you notice any other problems such as cracks in the hinges, noisy end bearings, loose wheels or any visible damage on the springs, the integrity of your garage door may be compromised. The garage door should be professionally inspected and repaired to prevent accidents.
When your garage door malfunctions, you need a repair done quickly and effectively to regain protection of your cars, property, and personal safety.
At Dominator we service, repair, replace and install garage doors all over New Zealand. If your garage door is having trouble opening or is failing to open at all, contact Dominator immediately!
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