Watch Out for These 4 Signs That Your Garage Door Rollers Need Replacement


Garage roller doors come with many benefits to homeowners. First, their ergonomic design makes them a space-saving option. The vertical opening fashion of these garage door systems means that you can park your vehicle as close to your garage door as possible without worrying about any obstructions when opening or closing the door. This would be a plus if you have parked vehicles taking up much of the space in your driveway. However, continued use of your garage door can result in the rollers wearing down or becoming faulty with time. It's imperative to know when this happens to prevent costlier repairs or even injuries. Here are the signs to watch out for.

Your Garage Door Is Noisy

Garage door rollers in perfect working condition result in a smoothly operating garage door. The smooth running of your garage door will, however, be compromised when the rollers start wearing down. Rusted rollers can also lead to a noisy garage door. In such a case, using a lubricant, such as lithium-based grease, would be a practical solution.

Usually, the noise from faulty garage door rollers isn't excessive. In most cases, you will hear popping sounds that may develop into grinding noises as the problem worsens. Too much noise can be a sign of other underlying issues, such as loose hardware.

Your Garage Door Keeps Running Off Its Hinges

Does your garage door pop out of alignment constantly? You could be dealing with failing rollers. Severely worn rollers are often the culprit here and, in this case, replacing them is usually the best idea.

Your Garage Door Is Shaky

A shaky or vibrating garage door can also be another indicator that the rollers are failing. Among the key functions of your garage door rollers is to keep the sides of the door aligned as the door moves along the surrounding tracks. If the rollers corrode or crack over time, the sides of the door won't be aligned anymore, and your door will appear shaky as it opens or closes.

The shakiness can sometimes be accompanied by vibrations. It's worth noting, however, that vibrations can also indicate an issue with your garage door belt or even the tracks. Therefore, conduct a thorough inspection first before you decide to replace the rollers.

The Response Time of Your Garage Door Is Slower

If your garage door seems slower than usual to respond and the opener is fine, your rollers could be the problem. Usually, garage door rollers that haven't been lubricated in a while can affect how fast your door opens.


6 September 2019

Garage Doors: Dealing with Faulty Springs

When my garage door stopped working, I didn't have the first idea of what the problem might be. I contacted a local garage door repair service and they said they would send a contractor out to examine the door. Once the contractor had taken a look, he reported that the springs within the door mechanism were broken. He then got to work repairing the problem. Within an hour or two, my garage door was operational again. The contractor explained that he thought I had been opening the door incorrectly and placing too much strain on the springs. He gave me lots of useful tips which will help to avoid this problem in the future.