When a garage door works they are wonderful. They make your life easier. Most new models now contain remote controls so that you can open the door before entering the driveway. They are quiet and efficient. Since people rarely have them looked at until they don't open or close, many garage doors are an accident waiting to happen. Like anything else of value they need to be maintained periodically to prevent problems. Chances are if you have a garage door you will experience a malfunction sometime during its existence. Garage doors are used often and because of this parts get worn and falter. Springs can snap and bolts can become loose.
A garage door system is intricate. If any one item fails the door will not work. What is even more troubling is that people do not understand that the average door weighs in at 400 pounds. That is not an object you want falling off its base. If your garage door is a couple of years old it may be a good time to call in a professional repairman to inspect the door and its counterparts. Do not wait for it to fail when the expense will be more costly.
Nowadays garages are used for more than just your car. Tools and many other household items of value are contained in this space. That last thing you want is to come home and have the door open and then fall. At the very least you will damage many items. In the worst case you or a family member may be injured in the process.
If the door to your garage seems to be less than reliable it is time to call in a professional. By having a professional garage door repairman come you will know what the problem is and how it will be fixed. Most repairman have the equipment on hand when they come to inspect the door. If the door has minor repairs needed it can be fixed that day. If the repairman finds that something more serious is going on they can schedule an appointment quickly and order the necessary parts to fix the door thoroughly. During this time, it is a good idea to avoid using the door, at least until it is fixed.