Garage door repairs are a popular past time these days.
The pandemic forced people to be hyperaware of their homes and the overhead doors are becoming one of the most searched keywords on Google.
These doors are notorious for malfunctioning even when not in use.
The complex machinery behind one door is enough to keep people from being bored.
However, garage doors should be taken seriously.
You may be scratching your head right now as to why your door is suddenly not working.
It comes down to two things; inactivity and lack of maintenance.
The pandemic forced people to stay at home and so garage doors weren’t in use for months.
Lack of maintenance leads to severe consequences because you end up finding the problem when it’s already too late.
Here are some tips to keep garage door problems at bay.
Basic maintenance is something you can do.
That requires you to observe the way your door works and compare each day to see if there’s something amiss.
Maintenance starts at observation.
Motors, pulleys, axels, and cables should be cleaned and lubricated.
This will stop these parts from getting caught on each other’s parts or wearing away.
By doing these things, you are keeping your door in top shape.
However, advanced maintenance is still a requisite.
You will need to have a trusted garage door repair shop to do that for you.
With that in mind, here are some common garage door problems you may encounter.
Common Garage Door Problems
Unaligned Photo Eye
The photo-eye is a safety feature made up of two black boxes that detect if there is something below the garage door.
It was invented in 1983 and is a part of every overhead door in existence today.
The photo-eye is extremely sensitive and easily tilts or builds up dirt.
There’s something wrong with the photo-eye if the lens does not permit a beam of light to come through.
The remedy for that is to clean the lens.
If that does not solve the problem, then the issue is complex and should be left to a technician to diagnose and repair.
Improperly adjusted springs
Extension springs and torsion springs function to keep the garage door from closing on its own.
The springs are attached to safety cables to equalize the tension.
If the springs are not adjusted equally, that will affect the door’s function and the safety cables.
The door will emit loud, grinding noises and the safety cables will escape from its spool.
Safety cables can also snap due to the applied force.
The unequal amount of tension can break the springs and affect the shaft for torsion springs.
Wires are also at risk of breaking when that happens.
This is a repair we do not encourage people to make into a project.
It consists of many steps and parts that anything can go wrong and will have serious consequences.
If your door won’t open unless the remote is close, the problem lies in the frequency.
Frequency coming from external devices jams the signal or can cause the doors to open and close on its own.
Radios, LED lights, and a neighbor’s garage door remote can cause the antenna to malfunction.
To fix this, check the transmitters first.
If that is not the problem, then the next thing on the list is the antenna.
A lopsided antenna affects its effectivity in receiving a signal.
The solution is to straighten the antenna and the wires surrounding the antenna.
See if the antenna wires are securely connected to the logic board.
If that still does not fix things, then remove devices close to the opener antenna.
Use a jammer to keep unwanted signals from being received by the antenna.
Another way to solve the issue is to install an antenna extension.
These problems can be done as a DIY project.
We do recommend that you use insulated gloves to keep yourself from being electrocuted.
Overall, garage door problems have straightforward solutions.
A background in this topic goes a long way.
Garage door repair services are a convenient and time-saving choice.
If you are in or close to Dixie, call us and we’ll do reparations and more for you.
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.