Most people don't even consider the function of their garage door until there is a problem. At this point, they have no clue what the problem is – they just want it repaired. While knowing what the cause of the problem is won't necessarily correct the problem, it can shorten the length of time it takes to have the repairs made, getting your door back in operation faster. Here are a handful of tips to assist you with determining what could be wrong with your door.

Worn Hinges

A common problem with a malfunctioning garage door is worn hinges. Simply through normal operation, the hinges can withstand a great deal of wear. Wear can be especially problematic if you have failed to lubricate the hinges as necessary.

One indication that a worn hinge is the problem is excessive noise when the door is in motion. If you fail to lubricate the hinges over an extended period of time, they could break, leaving you with a door that won't move.

Broken Cable

A part of what makes your garage door appear to effortlessly lower and raise when you press the opener is a cable. Given the weight of the door, it should come as no surprise that the cables are high-grade and can withstand a great deal of use. However, this does not mean they are indestructible.

The cables can break at some point. An indication of this problem often begins with fraying, before the cable completely snaps. Should the cable snap, the entire door could actually fall off the track.

Opener Motor Failure

In some cases, when a garage door isn't operating as it should, it's not the actual door at all. Instead, it's the door opener system. More specifically, the motor. Although door openers require little, if any, maintenance, the motor can fail at some point. This is especially the case if there is a malfunction in the way the door moves along the track, such as a failing hinge that puts extra pressure on the motor.

An indication of this problem is a door that suddenly stops opening or closing when you press the opener. The reason for this is that motors often don't show signs of failure; they just simply stop working.

If your door is not operating correctly, this is not the time to try and tackle the repair on your own. Garage door repairs are both highly technical and dangerous and require the skill of a professional.