Garage door maintenance is a monthly habit that people think will prevent problems.
Most garage door problems are unplanned or happen because of time.
The pandemic is a testament as to how these doors are a tricky business.
After all, overhead doors were not used for months due to the quarantine.
However, people are now finding themselves calling local garage repair shops to fix their doors for many reasons.
The inactivity does not stop time from passing.
It can also worsen problems as it will make you neglect the door unless you do seasonal maintenance.
Even then, the springs might snap due to sudden activity, or the cable suddenly escaped its spool.
Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that you should have a trusted garage door repair shop in your contacts to keep these problems from messing with your brain.
Basic Overhead Door Maintenance
Basic maintenance keeps door parts from further damage.
The first step starts with the inspection.
You need to inspect parts and check on how it works to see if there’s something amiss with your door.
Basic maintenance also includes tightening bolts and realigning the photo-eye, straightening wires, and cables.
Doing these on your own saves time and helps the technician diagnose problems easier.
Common Garage Door Problems
Misaligned Door Track
Door tracks need to be aligned for your door to move.
A track out of alignment can be remedied on your own if it is a simple misalignment.
However, if the door stops running and you notice gaps between rollers, rails, or bent rails, that is already an issue you need to call service for.
Misaligned doors can be fixed by tightening the bolts to secure the door near the walls.
You can also straighten the track if that is the problem.
The moment you hear noises from the track, you should not touch it any further.
Call for a technician to diagnose the problem, and if the damage is beyond repair, then a new door track will be installed for you.
Falsely Enabled Disconnect Switch
A disconnect switch runs when there’s power interruption in between the process of opening the garage door.
The disconnect switch allows you to open and close the door manually.
The switch is attached to the rope, which you can pull or a knob that you can twist in order for it to disconnect.
There are times when the switch is falsely enabled when it is unhooked.
To fix that, you will need to attach the switch to the motor and close your door. Then, reattach the hook once you open the door completely.
Broken Springs are the biggest headache and a big safety hazard at that.
It doesn’t matter if your garage door has an extension spring or a torsion spring.
Both springs’ function is to make a three-hundred to four-hundred-pound door seem lighter and enable you to open and close it manually.
When the spring breaks, nothing will stop it from closing, and that will crush anything below it.
If one spring is broken, it is a domino effect.
When a spring breaks, cables will be removed from its spools, or the tension will cause the cables and pulleys to break.
The axle is also prone to breaking.
A broken spring is not fixed alone.
Both springs need to be replaced.
Homeowners can do extension spring replacement with the assistance of technicians.
However, it is not advisable to do do that with torsion springs.
It may be complicated for a beginner to fix springs because there are other parts that are affected by the broken springs.
Spring replacements require special tools, measurements, and adjustments to keep it running again.
Ultimately, broken springs affect anything near it.
That is why technicians advise that you don’t touch it if you are still unfamiliar with it.
Garage door repair is not a walk in the park. T
here are things you can fix on your own and there are some that you should not even attempt to do.
Make maintenance a habit to keep your garage door in top shape.
If you live in or near Port Credit, give us a call.
We would love to provide assistance and do repairs 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.