At its best, your garage door is a well-oiled machine. It silently and smoothly opens and closes without any effort on your part. You probably don't think about your garage door until it doesn't work as it once did.

The garage door owes its functionality to many intricate moving parts. A problem with just one of these garage door parts could throw your entire garage door out of whack.

Let's take a closer look at each of these parts, how they work, and how to know whether there's something wrong with them.

1. Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are the key to your garage door's success. When the torsion spring turns, it exerts a force in the opposite direction. This stabilizes your garage door and helps it remain open or closed.

Torsion springs are built to last between three and seven years. Due to age, humidity, or lack of maintenance, the springs can rust or crack. When this happens, they can release the garage door and cause serious injury. The moment you notice an issue with your torsion springs, call a garage door professional for repair or replacement.

2. Cables

The torsion springs couldn't do their job without the help of cables. The cables' function is straightforward. When the door opens, they wrap around the cable drums, releasing tension in the torsion springs. When the door closes, the cables unwrap and create tension in the springs.

If a cable is under too much tension, it could break, causing your garage door to fall. Watch for cables that are frayed or worn and get them replaced as soon as possible.

3. Hinges

Hinges hold your garage door panels in place while allowing them to still move freely when they need to. Problems with your hinges can affect other parts of your garage door and prevent it from opening and closing smoothly.

Look closely at your door's hinges for any cracks or fractures. Also, listen for a snapping or popping sound when your garage door opens. If you notice these signs, call a garage door specialist.

4. Rollers and Tracks

The roller rolls up and down the garage door tracks, allowing your garage door to open and close.

If you hear a popping sound when your door opens or closes, the roller might have worn down. Similarly, a squeaking sound can indicate dry rollers that require lubrication.

Problems with your garage door's track can prevent your door from closing all the way. Look closely at your track to see if it's misaligned or bent.

5. Garage Door Openers and Operators

When you push a garage door opener, you activate the operator inside your garage door. This operator consists of a motor and gears. It also has a limit switch, which regulates the electrical current that controls the motor's functions. Along with setting the door in motion, the operator controls how far the door travels.

If your garage door doesn't move when you push the button on your opener, the problem could be as simple as a dead battery or a tripped circuit.

There's also a chance that the problem is more complicated. If the garage door won't stay closed after you push the garage door opener, there might be an issue with the limit switch. If the garage door won't open completely, a professional may need to move the limit switch closer to the motor.

Ignoring these garage door parts can put your and your family’s safety at risk. If you notice problems with any of these garage door parts, call a garage door specialist as soon as possible.

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