garage door problemsThere isn’t much worse than being stuck out in the snow or rain just to find out that your garage door is no longer working. Now you’re left in the cold hitting the opener over and over again but to no avail.

While it should be pretty obvious to homeowners that they have garage door problems with the remote, there could be other underlying issues that require more extensive garage door repairs. Here are a few examples of what to look for:

  1. Bending: If you notice what looks like an indentation at the top of your garage door, you may simply assume that a neighbor kid chose to take his basketball to it. However, this could be an indicator of a serious problem with your door spring. If you’re lucky, a new strut or spring could end up bending back the top section after a few uses so that you don’t have to pay for an entire garage door replacement, which according to the Cost vs Value report, costs on average $1,496.
  2. Closing quickly If your garage door still functions yet seems to drop quickly upon closing it, it may not last much longer. Electric garage door openers were not meant to carry the weight of an unbalanced door. If this continues to happen, at least one spring on the door is likely broken, and could lead to more garage door problems in the future.
  3. Loud noises At least this one is easy to notice. Upon both opening and closing the garage door, if there is a loud bang, then something is either seriously wrong with the spring or with the track that guides the door. It usually won’t take long for people to take action in these cases, even if it’s only to free themselves from the obnoxious noise.

If you notice any of these garage door problems, it’s important to act fast. If not for your wallet, then for your social life, considering that around 70% of Americans think that a garage’s organization reflects on the owner. Fortunately, with the United States garage door installation industry worth around $5 billion, there is no shortage of experienced professionals to help you.