Function of Garage Door Hinges
The garage door hinge serves as the fixed point between garage door panels. The hinge allows the panels to pivot smoothly upon opening and closing the door. The hinges on the ends of the panels also serve as the housing for the stems of the rollers, which depend on the hinges remaining fixed for proper operation. Hinges can come in gauges of 11, 14 and 18 depending on the door’s weight.
Garage door systems can only operate properly if all of their components work. If something even as small as a hinge becomes loose or rusty, the door may cease to operate.
What Happens When Hinges Break
If your garage door hinges become worn or cease to work, they will hinder your garage door from working properly. Your garage door may open or close slowly or unevenly, causing abnormal wear to a number of different parts, specifically the rollers. If you notice panels shifting or rollers moving unevenly, it may be time for a garage door hinge replacement.
There are many symptoms to help diagnose whether your hinges are faulty. A broken hinge will allow more flex than usual, which can cause panels to shift and not pivot properly. As a result, your panels can become damaged.
A broken garage door hinge can cause uneven motion and roller issues. The stem of the roller can become offset, causing the roller to tilt and drag. Because hinges help carry the weight of the door, a broken one can cause other parts to bear the load and result in undue stress. This could lead to failure in the springs or even the electric garage door opener.
If you know your garage door is broken and plan to have it fixed, you should ask the technician to check on your rollers as well. Rollers will succumb to wear over time just like hinges, and you may need to have them replaced during the same service visit. Performing preventative maintenance will help keep your garage door working in a reliable manner.
Contact the Professionals for Garage Door Hinge Replacement
Fixing a garage door yourself is not impossible, but it is a dangerous task without the proper knowledge and tools. Accidentally removing a piece while the garage door is under load can cause the door to cave in or fall, potentially injuring you or damaging your property.
At EXL Garage Doors, we offer fast, reliable maintenance and repair services for your safety and peace of mind. If you believe your hinges may be broken or have any questions about the services we provide, please contact us today to request service.