Angie's List: Garage door

Having a functioning garage door is an everyday necessity, especially if your car is locked inside with no escape route.

Angie Hicks of Angie’s List says, "Garage doors are the most forgotten item on your house until they don't open and you're late for work. A lot of times consumers forget to take regular care of their garage door which could leave them in a pinch and it also can be dangerous."

That’s why it is crucial to have garage doors inspected, especially before the bitterly cold winter rolls in.

"A garage door inspection should be done regularly. It will include things like checking the springs, lubricating the door, and also checking the little sensors that send the door back up if something is in the way. This is really important if you have children or pets," says Angie.

Typically for around $80-$100, a garage door professional will do an inspection and tune-up, which should include adjusting springs and cables, lubricating moving parts, tightening all hardware, tracks and hinges, inspecting the safety sensors and opener gears, as well as troubleshooting other issues.

By staying on top of needed maintenance, you'll protect yourself from potentially expensive repairs down the road.

According to Angie, "Some people are able to do a little bit of work on the garage themselves such as lubricating the door, but since a door is so heavy it should be left up to professionals because it can quickly turn dangerous."

Adding a lubricant like petroleum jelly to the bottom of the rubber door seal can help keep it from sticking to the ground when the temperatures drop below freezing.

One frequent problem people face with garage doors is a broken spring. Garage door springs generally last between five and seven years before needing to be replaced. Living in a cold climate can cause springs to wear-out even faster.

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