Signs You Need Garage Door Repair

As a homeowner, you likely use your garage door every day — average homeowners use their garage doors at least 1,500 times per year. With constant use, you’ve likely experienced problems with your door and needed urgent garage door repairs. Malfunctioning or broken garage doors can be inconvenient, leaving you unable to quickly and easily leave or enter your home, prompting timely and expensive repairs. They are also a safety hazard for you and family members.

When you notice signs that your garage door needs repairs or experience any of these common garage door issues, call a professional to quickly, reliably and safely make quality repairs to improve the functionality of your door, ensure safe operations and extend the lifespan of your system.

Do I Need Garage Door Repair?

While most homeowners frequently use their garage doors, many make the mistake of not noting usual operations and only inspecting their doors when something breaks. Performing regular monthly maintenance and hiring a professional for in-depth routine repairs can help identify repair needs and prevent hazardous and untimely breakages. Here’s how to tell if you need garage door repair:

  • Unable to Manually Lift Door: The garage door opener is what is primarily responsible for helping your door reliably open and close, but in cases of emergencies or a power outage, the opener may not work and you’ll have to manually open your garage door. With springs in good condition, manually lifting the door should be easy. If you cannot open the door, then your springs are likely in poor condition or need to be retensioned — meaning the spring can no longer hold a portion of the door weight. The spring can be easily fixed or replaced with the assistance of a professional.
  • Sagging or Uneven Garage Door: When your garage door is sagging, it may just appear as a cosmetic fix, but it’s actually a sign of uneven wear of your garage door springs or can be an improperly installed garage door. If not addressed, the door’s springs can break and cause damages or injury. To quickly and easily fix a sagging door, call a professional to diagnose the issue and make repairs or replacements.
  • Rising Electricity Costs: If your utility costs are gradually rising and you can’t easily identify the cause, then it’s likely your increasing bills are due to an improperly working garage door. Typically, costs can rise because of cracked or damaged weather-sealing, allowing air to escape, or your door isn’t closing completely.
  • Dented or Damaged Garage Door Panels: Over time, accidents with your garage door are likely to happen — whether you accidentally back into the panels or a large object impacts the door. When your garage door panels are damaged, it can cause the door to become unbalanced, which can eventually lead to additional strain on other parts and hardware, prompting premature failure and replacement needs. If a panel is damaged, you don’t always have to replace the entire door — only the damaged panel. If the door is older than 15-20 years, however, those panels may no longer be available on the market, so it would require a full door replacement.
  • Noisy Garage Door Operations: Normal garage door operations are marked with a smooth and consistent sound. If your door begins making unusual and loud noises like screeching, rattling or grating, then you may have an issue with your opener’s motor or worn and damaged parts like springs, tracks or cables.

Contact EXL Garage Doors Today for Garage Door Repairs

For the most reliable, knowledgeable and comprehensive garage door repair services in Tennessee, trust the professionals at EXL Garage Doors. We have over 20 years of experience serving residents throughout Nashville, Gallatin and Franklin with all their garage door maintenance, repair and installation needs. For all garage door services, we send fully equipped trucks and make efficient repairs using the highest-quality parts available for lasting results. Schedule garage door repair or maintenance services today by completing our online contact form or calling 615-863-5106 to speak to a team member.

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