Your garage door is one of those things that you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about – until it breaks. When the garage door fails, you’ll either find yourself having to exit the vehicle to raise and lower the door manually, or worse, you’ll find yourself stuck inside or outside the garage.
While it can be tempting to try and save money by performing garage door repairs on your own, given the complexities and dangers involved in doing so, these repairs are often best left to a professional. Like many devices, the garage door is one that operates best with a little preventative maintenance. Furthermore, preventative maintenance often ends up saving you considerable money down the line, which is why it’s important to enlist the help of a garage door professional anytime:
- The garage door is out of balance
- Loud, grinding or otherwise unusual noises can be heard when operating the garage door
- A garage door spring breaks
- The hardware on the door has particularly worn pivot points
- The garage door opener fails to operate as it should
Any of the aforementioned issues can cause serious harm to your garage door. These problems can also prove dangerous, because, if left untreated, they can cause the door to bend or even fall. In addition to proving costly to fix, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System estimates that about 20,000 Americans are injured by garage doors each year, further driving home the importance of keeping yours in proper working order.
Preventative Maintenance Can Help You Save Big in the Long Run
Garage owners can enhance safety, save big in the long run and avoid having to determine the cause of many garage door problems on their own just by having a professional conduct an annual garage door inspection and tune-up. Typically, this includes a comprehensive inspection of the garage door and its components, including its springs, hinges and overall working condition. Your professional may also test the sensitivity of your opening device to ensure it is up to standard, and he or she will likely also conduct tests to make sure tension levels are appropriate. When there are issues with tension, the garage door opener and its hinges are placed under unnecessary stress, which can prove both problematic and pricy. With regular maintenance, your garage door can last a lifetime. The one exception to this is its springs, which will have to be replaced periodically to ensure optimum performance.
If you’re experiencing problems with your garage door, enlist the pros at Ponderosa Garage Door & Repair today by calling (503)-730-0444.