First, let’s talk about a few common garage door problems that can typically be fixed by a repair. If you have any of the following problems with your garage door, the odds are that the issue can be fixed by a repair, and you shouldn’t have to worry about a total replacement:
- Your garage door abruptly stops working. If your garage has been working just fine, but it suddenly stops opening and closing, it most likely is an isolated incident that can be handled by a repair. Before you call for repairs, try checking your remote batteries. If that doesn’t work, make sure the power source for your lift motor is working. Then, call a technician if that doesn’t fix it.
- Your door has a damaged panel. A dented panel, or even one with fairly significant damage, doesn’t mean the whole door needs to be replaced. The repair is likely simple and relatively affordable. Additionally, you shouldn’t put off fixing it, as a dented panel can force your door off its track and lead to further damage that may actually require a replacement.
- The garage door feels heavy. If your door feels heavy when you open it manually, or if your motorized door is lifting more slowly than normal, this is likely a signal your springs are wearing out. The springs help to lift the door and prevent excessive strain on the motor, so you should get this fixed quickly. It’s also a relatively quick and affordable fix.
- The garage door is lower on one side. If you stop your door when it’s halfway open and one side is lower than the other, you probably think that looks pretty bad. But fear not, it doesn’t necessarily require a replacement. It likely is a sign that your door is imbalanced. Getting your springs replaced and rehanging your door will usually do the trick.
When to Replace Your Door
Now that you know some of the most common issues that can be fixed with repairs, let’s discuss issues that need a total replacement:
- It hasn’t been functional for a while. If it’s been a long time since your garage door has worked properly, or there have been recurring issues, it’s likely a persistent problem that can only be handled with a replacement.
- Your door is significantly damaged. While a dent can be fixed, extensive damage to the panels will need a total replacement.
- There are no safety sensors. If your garage door is old enough that it doesn’t have safety sensors, it’s usually best to consider a replacement. Not only does it tend to be more cost-effective than an add-on, but a garage door old enough to not have a safety sensor is usually old enough that replacement will be necessary soon anyways.
- It’s been broken into. If your garage door has been broken into, you might want to consider a replacement instead of just repairing the damage and changing the code. A replacement will ensure that no matter how the intruder got in, they won’t be able to take advantage of the same weaknesses again.