When to Replace Garage Door Parts04/25/2014 Back To Blog
If your garage door is not operating flawlessly like before, there is a problem and it must be fixed. Most of the time the malfunctioning is caused by damaged garage door parts. In some cases, they can be repaired, but typically replacement is needed to eliminate the issue. Find out when it is necessary for parts to be replaced with new ones.
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If a part is broken, it will no longer perform its function. It may prevent the whole automatic system from working. It is also possible for it to pose safety and security risks. That is why it requires immediate replacement. When you have a broken garage door spring, for instance, the opener will stop working and the other parts will be at higher risk of damage. In this and similar situations, you should not procrastinate, but take action right away.
Rusting is another major reason why metal parts require replacement. Rust literally destroys metal and deprives it of its major properties - firmness, strength and durability. Heavily rusted parts have to be replaced timely. Otherwise, they can cause serious malfunctioning and damage to other parts. It is possible to replace some metal parts with parts made from more durable materials. For example, metal garage door rollers can be replaced with nylon ones.
When parts have become deformed, they will not longer function properly. The most common forms of deformation are bending and twisting, but other changes in the original shape of the parts are possible as well. In the case of bent garage door tracks, for instance, the rollers will make a horrible scraping sound when moving. The tracks will be at greater risk of breakage. When a track breaks, it may cause damage even to the garage door opener.
As long as damaged parts are replaced timely and good spare ones are used, you can expect the door and the opener to have a much longer useful life.