Garage spaces are an elemental addition to your house and other structures within the home. Besides parking your car in there, you can also use the garage for other purposes like storing farm inputs and equipment. Certainly, you need a good garage door to guarantee the security of your valuables. The regular use of the garage door elevates the risk of running into mechanical and functional problems. Here is a discussion that will help you to troubleshoot and deal with some of the problems emanating from garage doors:
Worn Out Weatherstripping
Garage doors come with a weatherstripping at the bottom. The purpose of the stripping is to insulate and seal the door perfectly to keep out dirt, insects and runoff water. After using the door for some months, the rubber stripping wears off because of friction and constant traction with dirt and leaves. A common sign of a worn out weatherstripping is runoff rainwater flowing easily into the garage during heavy rain showers. Thankfully, the stripping is easy to replace. All you need to do is to take out the old stripping and slide a new one into the groove on the lower section of the garage door.
Dead Transmitter Batteries
If you have an automated garage door, it relies on electrical signals to close and open. Dead batteries mean that the transmitter won't be able to send signals from your car for the garage door to open or close. Begin by checking if the transmitter on the garage door operate the door when pressed. If so, replacing the batteries in your car's transmitter should be able to get the door working again. If this fails, then you have to replace the batteries in the wall transmitter as well. Slide the transmitter's door open and remove the old batteries. Slip in the new ones ensuring that the "- and +" signs on the new batteries match those on the transmitter.
Noisy hinges are another problem you are likely to encounter with garage doors. The noise results from friction between the metallic parts used to make the hinges, and it is irritating and loud considering that most garage doors are heavy. In such cases, you should apply suitable lubricants designed for door hinges to prevent friction and cut out the noise generated by the dry hinges.
Worn Out Springs
Garage doors rely on springs for vertical or horizontal movements. Most springs are designed to last at least ten thousand cycles, after which they lose torsion or break. Noticeable gaps in the sprigs are the first sign that they need to be replaced. Ideally, you should call in a professional to do the work for you since it is not a do-it-yourself friendly task.