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Garage doors are a very important part of your home and your daily routine. They give you a safe place to park your car every day and they protect your home and belongings from the elements and intruders.

We use our garage doors every day, but we don’t always take the time to check and maintain them. It’s usually only when something goes wrong that we take to our computers to find solutions.

If you feel that your garage door isn’t functioning as well as it should, you may need to have it repaired. Here are some signs that you need to repair your garage door.

When Was the Last Time You Had it Serviced?

Start by asking yourself how long it’s been since you have had anyone look at your garage door. If your answer is ‘never’ or ‘I can’t remember’, you should probably call a professional to maintain or service it. Even if nothing appears to be wrong with it, you should really be scheduling regular checks to make sure that it is still functional and safe to use. These checks will also eliminate any problems that may arise without the proper attention.

Now let’s look at some specific signs:

The Door is Loud

Garage doors are never completely silent, especially older models. But if you notice an increase in the amount of noise it is making while operated, you could have a problem with the spring, the opener bracket or the opener. Also, listen for excessive creaking and straining sounds when you operate your door.

The Door Isn’t Opening or Closing

Ok, this one’s obvious. If you’re using the control buttons and it still won’t open or close, you need to have it repaired. First, make sure that nothing is blocking the door from closing and if that doesn’t work, call a professional to check for a door malfunction. Always remember to be careful when inspecting a faulty garage door.

Sagging Garage Door Sections

Make sure you check the balance of your garage door at least once a month by disconnecting the opener from the door and opening and closing it manually. Leave the door at about midway to make sure it doesn’t continue to rise or fall. If it moves of its own accord, it’s probably not haunted. You just need to have a professional check the tension spring or other parts of the door.

Slow Response Time

If you’re noticing that your door doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to your commands, or is hitching in the middle of operations, then there could be a problem with the door or the opener. Get a professional to diagnose and resolve the problem.

Having some problems with your garage door in Perth? For assistance, call the experts at Swan Garage Doors for repairs on 08 7999 7806. To upgrade to something newer and better, view our range of Colorbond doors or custom doors!