A lot of people let older, worn, less-than-perfect garage doors sit and become more worn until they no longer work at all. But letting your garage door and garage door opener decay until they need to be replaced entirely isn’t the best option. It can end up being more expensive and difficult to replace in the long-run. It might be wise to invest in updating your garage door now rather than later.

5 Signs Your Garage Door Needs To Be Repaired

Here are 5 signs your garage door needs to be repaired.

1. It’s Won’t Open

If your garage door just won’t open, your opener may need to be repaired or replaced. But make sure you check all other possibilities first. Is the battery in your opener dead? Is your opener covered in dust and grime and simply needs to be cleaned? Has the door come off the tracks? Is there something in the way of the sensor? If you’ve checked everything, and it’s still not working, give your local garage door repair person a call and have them come out to take a look at it.

2. It Opens and Closes, but Only Partially

If your garage door is closing part-way and then stopping, it’s usually a problem with the sensor. Check to make sure nothing is in the way. If the way is clear, and there’s still a problem, check the camera on the sensor itself. Clean it and make sure it’s free of dust or scratches. If it’s still not working, the sensor may be malfunctioning.

3. It Makes Strange Noises while Opening

This usually means that there is something wrong with either the opener or the tracks that the garage door is on. Check to make sure that the tracks are properly aligned with the door. Make sure the brackets are in place and secured tightly. Also check the opener to make sure that all the parts are in place.

4. It’s Extremely Worn

If your garage door works but it’s just extremely worn, you may want to think about getting a new door. It’s one of the most obvious features of the outside of your home, so a new one can make a huge difference in the appearance and first impressions of your home. But the problem is not just cosmetic. Having a worn garage door could mean that it’s not keeping out cold weather and noise like it should be.

5. The Metal Parts have Rusted

If the metal parts of your garage door, such as the tracks, brackets, and parts of your opener are getting rusty, you need to clean them. If they’re rusty beyond repair, you might need to replace them too.