3 Garage Door Repairs You Should Not Delay For Safety Reasons

Automated garage doors help you save time by opening or closing at the click of a button. Thus you don't have to manually open or close the garage door every time you drive in or out of your garage. 

But garage doors also pose a safety hazard when they malfunction. As a result, you should not delay garage door repairs when the issue poses a safety risk to you and your family.

Here are three garage door repairs you should not delay for your safety. 

1. Safety Sensor Repairs 

The safety sensor is a motion detector that prevents your garage door from closing down on someone or something. The safety sensor prevents your garage door from slamming onto your car or closing down on someone. 

But, the safety sensor can sometimes malfunction and fail to detect if there is anything or anyone under the garage door. Thus, a malfunctioning safety sensor makes it pretty easy for the garage door to close while someone or your car is below the door. 

Schedule garage door repairs as soon as your garage door safety sensor malfunctions. 

2. Track Misalignment Repairs 

The track is a segmented tray that hosts the rollers that wind and unwind your garage door. Due to the force exerted on the track by the rollers, segments of the track often become misaligned with each other. 

When a track misalignment occurs, the rollers can't travel along the track, so your garage door refuses to open or close. But, a misaligned track also poses a safety hazard because the misaligned track can cause the door to come loose and fall on someone. Furthermore, a misaligned track can cause a roller to jump off the track and make the door fall on someone or your car. 

So, don't hesitate to schedule garage door repairs when you notice your garage door malfunctioning due to a misaligned track. 

3. Cable Repairs 

The cable is an elastic belt that uses the tension provided by the springs to pull open your garage door. However, the cable encounters two opposing forces whenever you open the garage door. The two opposing forces include the weight of the garage door and the spring's tension. Hence, both these forces tug the cable in different directions causing the cable to stretch. 

After a long time, the constant stretching takes a toll on the cable resulting in wear and tear. Excessive wear and tear cause the cable to incur abrasions or cuts, which make the cable susceptible to snapping. 

If the cable snaps while pulling open the garage door, the door could hurl down on someone or fall on your car. As a result, neglecting a worn-out cable poses a safety risk for you and your family. 

Thus, if you notice your garage door cable showing signs of wear and tear, have a garage door repair contractor such as Byers & Butler Inc. replace it as soon as possible.