7 Most Common Garage Door Repairs

Any garage door, no matter how well-maintained it is, will eventually need repairs. There are lots of heavy moving parts that can wear out and get damaged. Familiar with the most common issues, Mesa Garage Doors provides all types of garage door repairs in Los Angeles. Here’s a look at seven common repairs our technicians perform.

1. Broken Spring Replacement

A broken garage door spring is one of the most common issues we’re called out to fix. Almost every garage door will have a broken spring during its lifetime. Most extension springs last about 10,000 cycles, and torsion springs last about 15,000 cycles. When a garage door spring breaks, the door cannot be operated and must be repaired to restore function and safety.

2. Damaged Cable Replacement

Garage door cables work along with springs to handle the door’s weight. A cable is strained every time you open or close the garage door, eventually weakening it and causing the cable to break. Call a technician if your garage door hangs unevenly on the tracks or gets stuck part-way. A broken garage door cable can be dangerous, so call for help immediately.

3. Track Repair or Replacement

The garage door puts pressure on the tracks as it operates. A sign of a damaged track is when the door won’t open or close smoothly. If the garage door gets stuck, hesitates, or is extremely noisy, call a professional. A bent track may be repaired on-site. A contractor may also recommend replacing a damaged or broken track to ensure the system works properly. 

4. Garage Door Panel Replacement

A garage door panel can be damaged by small impacts. Even a basketball or hockey puck can cause unsightly dents and dings. Accidentally hitting the door with your car can render it inoperable. That doesn’t always mean it’s time to buy a new one. On most garage doors, the panels can be replaced if the system is in relatively good shape. Replacing a panel costs less than replacing the entire door.

5. Safety Sensor Realignment/Repair

Safety sensors reverse a garage door if an object is in the way. But if a sensor is misaligned or malfunctions, the door may stop, get stuck, or reverse even if no people or objects are present. We recommend having the sensors checked by a professional to determine how to fix them. Even a simple realignment can be risky to fix yourself; getting it wrong can affect how the sensors work or damage them.

6. Roller Replacement

The rollers allow the garage door to run smoothly along the tracks. Wear and tear can take a toll over time, causing the garage door to shutter or squeak when you open or close it. A technician can replace warped or damaged rollers to restore smooth operation.

7. Broken Garage Door Drums

Garage door drums don’t break as often as other parts. But these metal wheels are needed to roll the garage door cables. Located in the upper corners of the doorframe, they can be hard to access. For a professional, replacing them is straightforward. New ones should last a while before wear and tear start to affect them.

When to Call a Garage Door Repair Professional

Your garage door can last up to 30 years if kept in good repair. But regular maintenance is essential and includes calling for help whenever you notice the garage door isn’t operating as it should. If it makes more noise than usual, stops and reverses, seems imbalanced, or any part appears worn or damaged, call a repair company as soon as possible. Minor issues can strain mechanical components, so waiting to call can increase the number of repairs needed and their associated costs.

Call Mesa Garage Doors

Our factory-trained repair technicians are ready to help with any garage door issue. Throughout Los Angeles, we’ve provided high-quality repair services since 1989. To receive prompt garage door repair and a free estimate, call Mesa Garage Doors at (714) 980-4913 today.