There are some issues that will be able to cause your garage door to suffer serious mechanical failures. Unfortunately, there are individuals that will simply be unaware of the various issues that could lead to performance problems with their garage doors. More precisely, there are three issues that your garage door may encounter over the time that you own it, and understanding the causes of and steps for addressing these issues can help you to minimize the disruptions that they can cause.
Electrical surges can be extremely damaging to the sensitive components of a garage door. When an electrical surge strikes your garage door, it can melt the internal wiring, overwhelm the voltage regulators and cause other types of damage. If your garage door suffers this type of damage, you will need to replace these components in order to restore the functionality of the door. You can help to avoid this type of damage by having a surge protection system in place that will be able to intercept these surges before they can reach the sensitive components.
Ice accumulations can form on the exterior and moving components of the door. These accumulations can prevent the moving components of the door from being able to function. In extreme cases, this can contribute to the parts of the door becoming warped. You will be able to help prevent this problem by removing these deposits while they are still relatively small. For example, this can be done by using an ice scraper to remove these substances manually. While manually removing these substances can be effective, it can require individuals to have to do this work during inclement weather, but it may be possible to avoid this through upgrading your system. You can do this by installing a heating system that will melt these substances off the door.
The interior railings of the garage door are essential for helping to guide the door. Unfortunately, these railings can become warped. Once warped, the railings will be unable to effectively guide the door along the desired path. A common cause of this problem can be the weight of the door is improperly balanced. Over time, the unevenly distributed weight can cause the rails to gradually change shape and position, which can further exacerbate this problem. Ideally, you should have the garage door professionally balanced every couple of years to help avoid this type of damage. While you may not want to hire a professional to do this work, it can be well worth the expense as it will be much less costly than replacing the railing for your door.