Garage doors tend to malfunction even when not in use.
That is exactly the case in this pandemic.
After being overworked up and down, it suddenly stops operating for months.
Using it again after such a long time of inactivity will affect the door’s efficiency.
That is why garage door repair shops encourage homeowners to do maintenance during the lockdown.
Overhead doors, including its summative parts, weigh three-hundred-pounds on an average and can exceed four-hundred pounds.
That may be daunting for you to learn now.
We encourage you to learn about garage doors for starters to help you diagnose the problem and see if you can fix it.
If not, we are located in Cooksville and would love to assist you.
Garage Door Maintenance
Maintenance starts with observation.
When you use your door, always observe the way it works.
Check if it makes sounds or resisting.
Evaluate the pulleys, axels, and springs of the door.
Clean your garage door from time to time to avoid dirt build-up as that affects the materials that make up the door.
However, that will only keep problems at bay.
After all, garage door parts will deteriorate and be in need of replacements and updates from time to time.
Here are some common garage door problems.
Common Garage Door Problems
Faulty Ground Fault Interpreter
A ground fault interpreter is a safety measure to keep you safe from being electrocuted.
Logic boards, antennas, wirings, any overhead door tech device may malfunction.
Overheating can also be a cause that will trigger the ground fault interpreter
While the cause is unknown, a ground fault interpreter is there to make sure that you don’t get hurt.
A faulty ground interpreter is easily triggered.
To fix this, you can reprogram the ground fault interpreter.
Find the switch and turn it on and off to reprogram it.
It will reset the settings.
Check the reason why the ground fault interpreter was triggered.
If the problem persists, then it is time to call for a technician to look into it.
You know the track door is having issues when it emits a loud, grinding noise.
When the door refuses to open, that means that the track doors have stopped running.
One of the reasons why it did can be attributed to the doors being anchored on the garage walls.
It is easy to fix this by separating the door from the wall and tightening the loose bolts using a wrench.
Another reason may be because the tracks were dented.
Depending on the dent, you can fix it by straightening the dents with a hammer.
However, if the damage is too big, it is best to just replace the track doors.
Unresponsive Door Limit Settings
There is something wrong with the door limit settings when the overhead door is not opening and closing properly.
This can be confirmed by flashing safety sensors.
When you are sure that the door limit settings are the problem, you will need to set the door on manual mode.
The limit settings have to be updated manually.
Depending on the issue, it may need adjustments or updates.
Loose Roller Bearings
Garage door roller bearings are mostly made of plastic.
This will require a complete replacement.
Garage repair shops have access to commercial-grade rollers.
There are also tools that will be used that might not be in your toolbox.
The replacement also needs to be measured and tested, which is a tedious job.
Vibrating doors may be caused by a moving opener.
The placing affects the opener causing it to move, which leads to the door to vibrate.
If the opener keeps on getting hit, it might be dismantled from its place.
Call a local technician to install anti-vibration pads to keep the door opener safe.
Garage door repair is a constant challenge of choosing your battles.
Some of the problems enumerated above can be fixed on your own with assistance.
However, some are best left in the hands of experienced technicians.
Still, you should always brush up on your garage door knowledge.
Observe the door and its machinations on a weekly basis and fix the smallest issue that arises.
We are located in Cooksville.
If you need garage door repair services, give us a call.
Garage Door Repairs tips, recommendations and frequently asked questions
Why does my garage door opener light bulb keep dying?
First, check for any shaking of the garage door during operation. Usually, excessive vibration can cause the filament in your opener's bulb to prematurely expire.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should ALWAYS be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
Does my garage door require maintenance?
Yes. How often you will require garage door maintenance all depends on how much the door is being used. Generally, we perform the following to ensure your garage door is working properly and tuned up: We do a visual inspection of all the moving parts. We ensure the tracks; rollers and hinges are clean and lubricated properly. We make sure all nuts and bolts are tight and clean. We manually run the operator and door through a cycle to make sure it is running quietly and smoothly. Also, We check the door balance at various opening heights. If the garage door passes all these test, congratulations, you do not need a tune-up.
Can I use the old tracks for a new garage door?
Using old garage door tracks with a new garage door is quite dangerous. Surprisingly or not, many home and business owners try to reduce costs on a new garage door installation by reusing their old garage door track with new panels. While this might reduce the cost, the new door can get damaged faster than normal and derail.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous. You should call a professional garage door technician.
How long does it take to change a garage door?
if done properly, roughly 3 to 4 hours.