Garage doors typically suffer a lot of wear and tear. This means that they need regular mending and maintenance and repair work to remain fully functional and work properly. One major indication that it is time for your garage door’s servicing is if opening and closing it takes more time than usual.
Let’s take a quick look at the most common reasons behind the faulty functioning of garage doors and how to fix these problems.
A garage door that is in good condition should, ideally, not take more than 12 to 15 seconds to open or close, and most garage doors will be able to complete their opening or closing cycles within this period of time. So, if your garage door is taking 20 seconds or a number that is in the same neighborhood to open or close, it is a sign that your garage door is in need of servicing and repairs.
Trying to figure out how to fix your slow garage door? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The first thing to do is to lubricate all the moving parts of the door such as all the brackets, hinges and tracks, as these parts are usually at the receiving end of a lot of stress and tension due to frequent usage over time and eventually, come loose or get worn down as a result.
Check to see it your door is moving faster and more smoothly now. If not, it is possible that your garage door has speed setting controls, in which case, you will have to ensure that the adjustment of these speed setting controls is such that they do not slow down the movement and affect the speed of opening and closing your garage door.
In case neither lubrication nor readjusting the speed control settings solve the problem and fix your door, it might be a sign that you require professional help to fix your garage door. A professional garage door expert or engineer would be able to check your garage door’s springs and pulleys to figure out if there is a more complex issue at the heart of the problem that might need treatment or repair first.
It’s highly unadvisable for amateurs to carry out more complicated or technical repair work on their own. An expert or professional is more qualified to spot and solve these problems and carry out these repairs as they have the specialized knowledge and technical skills required for these tasks.