If you have an older garage door opener, you may have noticed that it is no longer working as well as it did in the past, and you may be thinking its time to get a new one. If so, look for the following signs that your garage door opener is going bad and getting ready to fail completely.

Makes Noise During Operation

One sign that your garage door opener is starting to go bad is that it is starting to go bad while it is in operation. You may notice a screeching sound coming from the opener, especially when you are trying to open your garage door.

If you are hearing this noise, your garage door opener is most likely struggling to handle the weight of the garage door. This difficulty is usually caused by the motor become weak and worn out. While you may hear the noise while opening and closing the door, it will usually be louder while opening it because of the extra strain on the motor.

Overheats Constantly

Because the motor is starting to wear out, it may start overheating. As a safety mechanism, the motor will shut itself off until it has a chance to cool down. Then, after a few minutes, you should be able to use the garage door opener. However, the closer the motor gets to breaking down, the more often this overheating will occur. Eventually, the motor will overheat every time you use your garage door opener until it eventually burns up completely.

Moves Erratically When Opening and Closing

Loud screeching noises are not the only sign that your garage door opener's motor is ready to give out. You may also notice that your garage door moves erratically whenever you open and close it. For example, while trying to open the door, you may find that it stalls intermittently. Whenever it is in motion, it may slow down significantly because the motor is having a hard time pulling it.

However, when you close the garage door, it may fall too fast and even slam against the ground. If the motor is unable to hold the weight, the cable may slip and let go of the door.

If your garage door opener starts showing one or all of the above signs, it's probably getting ready to break down completely. Before this happens, contact a garage door installation service to have them inspect the opener and your garage door so they can discuss suitable options for replacing it. For more information, contact a company like Edelen Door.