Garage door systems can last up to 30 years, but during this time, a number of parts should be replaced. The tension springs are usually the first thing that need to be replaced at anywhere from 5 to 7 years old. The opener will last around 15 years, but it can burn out early if the tension springs are loose. The door itself tends to last up to 30 years, but eventually, the door itself becomes worn out enough to be replaced. Issues with the tracks, loose brackets, and wheels can lead to a call for garage repair services to see what is going on with your garage door.
Your Garage Door Moves Slowly
If the garage door opener engages but the door is moving slowly, you could have an issue with the tension springs. If they are loose, they aren't holding the weight of the door and helping the opener. Try opening the garage door manually. If this is tough to do, the tension springs are loose. When the door is moving slowly, it is either a problem with the tension springs, the opener, or a combination of both.
Your Door Won't Stay Open
Your door stays in the open position when your tension springs are holding the weight of the door. If the door shuts a few inches or more, the tension springs probably need to be adjusted or replaced. Don't touch your tension springs as this is dangerous when you don't know what you are doing. If a tension spring snaps, the door is going to slam shut without warning.
Your Door Changes Direction
Your door may change direction midstream if there is something either in the track or the tracks are not even with one another. Brackets get loose over time, and when a bracket goes missing, the tracks are no longer even. Check your brackets to see if one is missing. If the tracks aren't even and you aren't sure how to fix it, call your garage door services to come and get your tracks aligned.
Garage door services can fix what is going on with your garage door. Eventually, it will be time to replace your entire system, but you can expect a decent garage door to last about 30 years. Once your opener is burning out or your springs are more than 5 years old, it's time for replacing your opener and springs to keep your door in good working order. Speak with a professional who provides garage door services to learn more.