People are becoming hyperaware of the littlest things that go on in their homes.
The attention may be diverted to garage doors, which are now functioning every day after being inactive for months.
With the pandemic, people’s state of mind may not have been at its best.
Now is the time to brush up on garage door skills.
If not, then it is time to call a technician to fix things.
Garage doors function two ways; it goes up and down.
Still, it is prone to malfunctioning from time to time.
Parts will need replacements and maintenance will only keep these matters at bay.
Simple Garage Door Maintenance
Start the day by observing your garage door.
Make it a habit to check its parts.
Always lubricate pulleys, axels, rollers, and hinges to keep them running smoothly.
Clear areas to avoid debris build-up.
Untangle cables and wires that can end up destroying each other.
Check and update the garage settings periodically to ensure that the garage is working the way it should be.
Now that we’ve established simple maintenance, it is time to discuss common garage door problems.
Some problems you can fix by yourself while others are best not touched by inexperienced hands at all.
Common Garage Door Problems
Overhead doors won’t budge
When the door does not open, first, think if you locked the door manually.
You may have overlooked the lock you placed.
However, if that is not the case, you can blame it on faulty wirings.
When a wire starts to wear away from the logic board, this will cause the overhead doors to refuse to open.
The logic board’s housing may also be to blame if it starts to deteriorate.
That will cause the logic board and its wirings to go haywire.
If that is the problem, the simple fix is not for you to do.
It involves electricity and complex settings that may not be suitable for beginners.
We fix logic boards and replace faulty wiring in a short span of a time, so it would not inconvenience you.
Remote Control does not work properly
Remote controls enable the door to open and close.
If that does not work, there are two things that may be causing it to malfunction.
Something must have caused the antenna to move sideward.
To fix that, you will simply need to straighten the antenna.
If it is a frequency issue, then a jammer and antenna extension do the trick.
When the problem is the remote, there are things you need to consider.
First, the batteries.
Change the batteries to avoid draining it completely and causing the remote to start degenerating from the inside.
Two, update your system, that includes your remote control.
A local garage door repair service shop will do that for you.
Three, keep your remote clean.
Make sure that there is nothing in between the crevices of the buttons that may be causing the remote control to stop working properly.
Broken Extension Spring
Extension springs are the most common overhead door spring.
The extension spring enables you to open the garage door with ease.
However, when the door starts to feel heavier and you feel a bit of resistance, the extension spring may be broken.
The problem is already at a critical stage when the door is emitting loud noises.
That means that the cables are stopping the door from opening properly and the remnants are impeding the normal process.
There is no way to fix an extension spring, only replacement.
It is not advisable to do the reparation by yourself and without assistance.
You can be injured when you remove the spring from the door the way YouTube videos suggest.
Also, there are tools used for the removal and installation that may not be in your toolbox.
Touching the extension springs without proper knowledge will only worsen the problem.
Garage door repairs is a part of the cycle.
Maintenance helps prolong these problems from manifesting.
Despite the complexity of these, we encourage homeowners to learn the basics of garage door repair and maintenance.
If you find yourself facing these problems, we have a branch in Erin Mills that can diagnose and repair it all for you.
We are only a dial away, so call now.
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.