You might be one of the many people stuck at home for months.
If that’s the case, then you haven’t used your cars in a while.
By default, that means that your garage door hasn’t been used in a while.
The inactivity affects the parts of the door’s functions if you start to use it again.
Maintenance and tune-ups can be hassle despite having knowledge of garage doors.
It is imperative to keep things running by making sure that doors are up to date.
That may be the parts of the door or the settings itself.
Either way, these doors should be observed to diagnose problems at an early stage.
Basic Garage Door Maintenance
Basic garage door maintenance is a must.
You don’t need to have advanced knowledge of garage doors, though it is pretty much welcomed.
Doing the basics help prolong the life of the door’s parts and is a longterm investment when you think about it.
Basic maintenance starts with observation.
Observe your door and its parts.
Schedule a biweekly inspection for an up-close on the parts to see if there is something amiss.
Clean your garage doors and straighten cables and wires to keep dirt from building up and ruining the said parts.
There are a lot of things that you should do when it comes to basic door maintenance.
However, that does not mean that you will not encounter problems with your garage door.
Common Garage Door Problems
Frozen doors are a problem in winter or even the rainy season.
That is because the water freezes due to the cold that may be emitted from inside the garage or the snow outside.
Frozen doors mean that the sealant is damaged.
If the snow managed to freeze the outside parts direct to the motors, that is a problem because the moist turned to ice.
The garage door will also be shut to the ground and will be difficult to lift.
A frozen door is best left at the hands of an experienced technician.
Yes, you can just pour hot water on the iced garage door outside.
However, the parts of the door, particularly those that conduct electricity, are dangerous to touch.
Removing the ice by striking the door can also damage it.
Reversing Garage Door
An overhead door that reverses on its own comes down to adjustment screws and rollers.
If the door stops midway and reverses, the adjustment screw may be loose.
The adjustment screw controls the closing force, which is the pressure that allows the door to descend as the motor dies down.
If the problem is the adjustment screw, you can easily tighten it.
However, if it is the rollers, then there may be more reasons as to why it is malfunctioning.
First, there is something stuck between the rollers.
It can be a build-up or debris and that will only require cleaning.
A damaged roller on the other hand will need to be tuned-up if it is still salvageable.
If the roller is rusty or a part of it is broken, that will require replacement.
Keep rollers lubricated, clean, and replaced when it shows signs of wearing out.
Garage doors have glass parts that are vulnerable to being damaged.
If the garage door is showing signs of breaking or already dented, then it is time to have it replaced before it becomes a safety hazard.
An exposed door allows water to seep through the doors or let small creatures such as snakes to enter your garage.
It is easy to replace the glass.
However, if the glass is broken and there are parts of it caught up in other parts of the garage door, call for a repairman to do the cleaning and installation.
You may cause a problem when you end up removing glass from areas such as the cables or springs.
There are other common garage door problems out there that will require you to face it hands-on or leave it at the hands of a professional.
If you live in Meadowvale or close to it, you can contact us to do advance maintenance and garage door repair for you.
Consult us, we’ll do everything 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.