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An automatic garage door on you home provides safety and security, and can give many years of long-lasting service. But, there are times when even the best doors have problems, and here are some of the common ones to be aware of.

Since there are a number of moving parts within the garage door assembly, as well as the automatic garage door opener, it’s a good idea to perform a monthly inspection for wear and tear. Keep in mind that simple lubrication of moving parts is important, but serious service or maintenance should be left to a professional technician.

One of the most common problems is broken springs, and these can be a very hazardous problem if ignored. Attempting to fix broken or worn out springs yourself can lead to loss of fingers or worse injuries if you aren’t a seasoned service specialist.

Bad track alignment or bent tracks are another common problem that people often try to fix themselves by banging them with a hammer. Tracks need to align properly, and allow the rollers to move freely – so trying to adjust or alter them could cause damage to the door and wear on the opener.

Slow operation or grinding of the automatic garage door opener could indicate a worn out motor, or other moving parts that need attention. Trying to disassemble the automatic opener yourself can void the warranty.

Old or worn out door parts can pose a safety hazard. Check to be sure the electric eye system is working, that the door is aligned when closed, and opens evenly, and watch for loose or worn parts.

It’s a good idea to have your automatic garage door inspected on a regular basis, and the professionals at Adrian Overhead Doors can help you with affordable garage door repairs.