Your garage door is probably the most complex door in your house. It has dozens of moving parts, and each one of them can malfunction. There are malfunctions that occur in many different ways. There are also many different reasons for these malfunctions; some of them involve user error, but a lot of them are just the product of time and wear. The best way to avoid these problems is to have your garage door inspected by a specialist, from time to time. However, that’s not something most people will do. Fortunately, garage doors don’t completely malfunction all at once; typically, problems will develop over time. That will give you time to diagnose the problem, and determine if you need to call a specialist.
In the past, a garage door used a counterweight to help is open and close. For example, a 200 pound garage door, with a 100 pound counterweight, would only weigh about 100 pounds when you try to lift it. The counterweight system is the way that large doors and bridges have been handled for centuries. Now, instead of an actual counterweight, garage doors use springs. Problems with your springs are one of the most common causes for garage door repairs in Wiltshire.
If you have a problem with your spring, the counterweight will not be working properly. That means the motor will probably struggle to lift the door. Alternately, the door might close too quickly. If it seems like the door is falling, you could have a spring problem. However, it could also be a cable problem.
The garage door cable is the wire that connects your door to the motor. Garage door cables are designed not to stretch or break, but in reality, they do both of these things, over time. A stretching cable will likely not open the door completely. Also, if the motor keeps running after the door has already closed, you could have a cable problem. Cable problem are very dangerous, because the cable is under incredible pressure. If it snaps, it could injure someone. Also, if the cable were to snap, the door would likely fall. That’s very dangerous for anyone near your garage door.
You should visually inspect your garage door cable, from time to time. You should look for signs of fraying or rusting. If you see either of those things, call a garage door specialist immediately. They’ll be able to help address the problem.
Motor problems are the easiest to diagnose. If you press the button to open your garage door, and the motor does not engage, you have a problem with your remote or your motor. Change the batteries in the remote to troubleshoot. If you change the batteries, and the motor still does not work, you have a motor problem. If the motor has not failed completely, you’ll still be able to identify the problem by the performance of the motor.
If the motor starts making abnormal noises, or failing to lift the door, you need to call a specialist.