Garage doors operate in two ways; it opens up, and it closes down.
Well, with that simple function, many things go wrong.
The pandemic has forced people to check on their garages.
You might be one of them too.
Overhead doors have a complex system that enables it to function.
That is why it requires maintenance and tune-ups.
You may be tempted to make it a home project to kill time.
However, we’re talking about a three-hundred to four-hundred-pound door.
That should make you pick your battles and, if not, surrender it to the experts.
Basic Overhead Door Maintenance
For you to keep problems at bay, you need to do simple door maintenance.
Here are some examples of what you can do to keep your garage door in good shape.
First, you must observe.
Yes, simply observing the doors will help you find out what is wrong with your garage door and if it can be fixed easily.
Check the settings periodically, whether it is something physical such as the logic board or it is your signal frequency.
Keep cables, pulleys, and axles clean and lubricated.
When these things are dirty, they tend to stick together or wear out easily.
However, don’t think for one second that you can avoid problems at all.
Something will go wrong, and sometimes, it is out of your control.
Here are some common Garage Door Problems that you can and should not fix.
Common Overhead Door Problems
Dead Transmitter Batteries
Dead transmitter batteries sound like an easy thing to fix, right?
Well, when it comes to electricity, it is a good idea to leave it to technicians.
You may not have the tools to do a replacement.
Garage door repair shops do.
Replacing the transmitter batteries might include replacing the transmitter door itself.
When your door emits noise, the fix may be simple.
Your axels and pulleys may have build-up debris.
Clean it with a dry cloth and lubricate it.
If it is still making noises, there must be parts of it that wore off and got chipped away.
The solution is to replace these parts.
However, if you’ve done all of this, the problem may be your track door.
If that is the case, check if your track door is attached to the wall or it has loosened bolts.
The track door might also have been moved out of its case.
It can simply be remedied by pushing the track door back in place.
Broken Torsion Spring
Now, this is a problem you should not attempt to fix when you are not well-versed with springs.
A broken torsion spring is diagnosed when your door suddenly feels heavier than before when manually opened.
You will face resistance, and that in itself is a safety hazard.
A torsion spring is the type of garage door spring that is attached to a shaft helically.
People are normally discouraged from making it a DIY project because of the complicated process of replacement.
The door opener is extremely sensitive and it will have to be fixed with the door closed.
Broken torsion springs should be left at the hands of an experienced technician.
The interrupted signal goes down to the opener range’ antenna.
It may be receiving other signals, causing it to malfunction.
That or something made it lopsided.
Either way, interrupting signals can be fixed easily.
First, remove anything in close proximity that may be interrupting the signal.
That may be a LED light or a radio.
If your neighbor’s garage is close to yours, use a jammer to keep their signal away from yours.
When that does not fix anything, it is time to fix the antenna itself.
Your antenna may be old, or something was removed from the logic board.
Screw the bolts and straighten the antenna.
The last resort is the need for an antenna extension or to replace the antenna itself.
These are only some of the few problems that can go wrong with an overhead door.
It is imperative to observe your door even when not in use.
Our garage door repair service in Lakeview would be glad to assist and do repairs for you.
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.