Are you tired of parking in the driveway because you can't get the garage door open? There are a few things that can prevent the garage door from opening, but it may have simply become worn out and need to be replaced. Find out below how your garage door may have stopped working, as well as how much a new one costs if repairs can't be done.
What Causes a Garage Door to Not Open?
There are two torsion springs on your garage door that can cause the door to stall if one or both are damaged. Garage doors are heavy, so the torsion springs are in place for support as the door is being opened or closed. It is possible that the torsion spring coils have unraveled a little and is no longer able to lift the door efficiently. If the torsion springs are not fully coiled, you must invest in a timely repair to prevent them from suddenly breaking loose and causing a serious injury.
There are also photo eyes (sensors) on each side of the garage door that can cause the door to stall. The sensors are a few inches from the bottom of the door and point towards each other to create an invisible beam. The beam sends a signal to the motor that nothing is under the door and that it is safe for it open or close. If your door is partially open, it is possible that it won't move because an object is breaking the invisible beam. Remove any items that are under the door, and you may also need to clean the beams with a cloth that has warm water on it.
You can also inspect your garage door to see if it has a lot of dents in it. Too many dents can prevent the door from moving. A badly dented garage door should be replaced.
How Much Does a Garage Door Replacement Cost?
The estimated price to replace a garage door begins at only $400. If you want your new garage door to be customized, the price can go over $3,000. The overall price depends on the quality of the door, as some doors can provide better insulation than others. The price also depends on how easy the door is to handle during installation. Don't delay hiring a contractor to examine your garage door so you can find out if you need a new one!
To learn more, contact a company like Kaufman Overhead Door.