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The Most Common Causes Of Garage Door Emergencies And How To Avoid Them

A garage door is an important part of a home's security and protection, but if you're like most homeowners, you don't give your garage door much thought unless it malfunctions and causes a safety hazard and inconvenience. When this occurs, it's common to experience anxiety. Fortunately, many garage door emergencies have relatively easy fixes. The following are some common causes of garage door emergencies and how you can avoid them.

Broken Springs

Broken springs are one of the most common causes of garage door emergencies. When a spring breaks, it can cause the door to become heavy and difficult to open. Regular maintenance and inspections can help you identify worn or damaged springs before they break.

Misaligned Tracks

Garage door tracks can become misaligned due to regular use or damage. When this happens, the door may become stuck or even come off the tracks. Regular inspection and maintenance can help identify misaligned tracks before they cause an emergency.

Malfunctioning Sensors

Garage door sensors are responsible for detecting objects in the door's path and preventing it from closing. Malfunctioning sensors can cause the door to close on objects or people, causing injury or damage. Regular inspection and testing of sensors can help prevent this from happening.

Broken Cables

The cables on a garage door are responsible for lifting and lowering the door. When the cables break or become worn, the door may become stuck or fall unexpectedly. Regular maintenance and inspection can help identify worn or damaged cables before they cause an emergency.

Dead Batteries

Garage door openers rely on batteries to function. When the batteries die, the door may become stuck or difficult to open. Regularly testing and replacing batteries can help prevent this from happening.

To avoid garage door emergencies, regular maintenance and inspection are essential. Here are some tips to help prevent emergencies from happening:

  • Schedule regular maintenance with a professional garage door technician to ensure that the door is functioning properly and to identify any potential issues.
  • Test the door to ensure that it is opening and closing smoothly and without any issues.
  • Regularly lubricate the door's moving parts, such as hinges and rollers.
  • Clean the door's sensors to ensure that they are functioning properly.
  • Regularly replace the batteries in the door's opener to ensure that it is functioning properly.

It's also a good idea to include the contact information of a local 24-hour garage door repair service — such as Old Dominion Door Sales — on your list of emergency contacts in case a garage door malfunction occurs outside of normal business hours.