There are a few easy fixes you can do yourself to keep your garage door running smoothly and reduce the likelihood that it will need major repair. These include tightening loose bolts and screws, lubricating rollers and tracks, and cleaning rust. Preventive maintenance can extend the lifespan of your garage door repair, make it more quiet and less likely to malfunction, and save you time and money in the long run.

Are garage door openers repairable?

If your garage door is slow to open or close, try disengaging the opener and manually lifting it up to the highest point it can go without assistance. If it continues to move up or down after you’ve removed the opener, your springs may be off balance. This can cause the opener to work harder, and shorten its lifespan.

Loose hinges on the garage door can also be a problem. Check them to be sure they are tightly secured with a wrench, and that they haven’t been damaged or bent. Dented or misshapen hinges can be pounded back into shape with a rubber mallet or a hammer and a block of wood. You can find replacement hinges at most home centers, and online stores offer them in a variety of styles to fit your specific model.

A slow-to-open or slow-to-close garage door can also be a sign that the lift cables are wearing out and need replacing. This isn’t a DIY job, and requires the help of a professional.