Quarantines have been lifted and travel restrictions with that too.
You might be tempted to go on a road trip to enjoy the newfound freedom.
Then something happens, something you did not anticipate.
Your garage door started having issues.
You may ask yourself, you did basic maintenance, why is it acting up?
Well, the pandemic caused the doors to stop functioning aside from the times you did maintenance.
That affects the door’s functions and triggers its parts.
If you did not do any maintenance, your overhead door is more prone to having issues.
When you’re in a bind, simply give your local service repair specialist a call.
That and learn to do basic maintenance.
Basic maintenance prevents small issues from becoming problems.
Those small issues include tightening bolts, straightening the antenna, cleaning the photo-eye.
Tightening bolts keep garage door parts in place and straightening the antenna strengthens the frequency for it to receive signals.
Maintenance starts at being keen on observation.
Inspect every little thing in a bi-weekly manner to check if there is something amiss with your overhead door.
Clean motos, axles, and pulleys, removing possible build-ups from becoming blockage.
Also, lubricate these parts to help it run smoothly.
When these parts are dry, the resistance can be strong enough to snap a cable in two.
Common Garage Door Problems
When you press the remote, your door refuses to open.
Even in close proximity, the door still does not work well.
You checked the remote control and the batteries are still working.
The problem lies in the antenna.
A lopsided antenna will not receive signals the same way as when it was in its proper form.
Straighten the antenna and secure loose bolts.
If that does not work, then there might be something jamming the signals.
Your neighbor’s radio or their universal remote may be triggering your door to open.
The best way to fix that is to put a jammer in that direction to stop the antenna from receiving unwanted signals.
If the devices that emit radiofrequency cannot be moved, then you will need to install an extension.
If you’ve done all these things and the problem persists, call for a technician.
Unresponsive Garage Door
An unresponsive garage door’s problem may be its door’s wirings.
It can also be the door’s logic board.
If the logic board’s circuit may have gone haywire, or it was exposed by a weary housing.
Some wirings may have been removed from the logic board and that is causing the garage door to be unresponsive.
Do not attempt to fix an unresponsive door.
It involves electricity.
Broken Weather Sealant
Weather sealants prevent water from entering your garage.
That and it keeps weather changes from affecting your car.
If the sealant is broken, this means that your garage and your car are vulnerable to water damages and air leaks.
There is no repairing a broken weather sealant.
You will need to replace the whole thing.
This can be a project as weather sealants are available at home depots.
Garage Motor keeps on running
When the garage motor does not stop running, the limit switch is malfunctioning.
This will be confirmed when the motor emits a lot of noise.
The motor is the heaviest part of the garage door aside from the door itself.
The limit switch will be adjusted and shifted little by little.
However, the safety hazard is too high to ignore so it should be handled by a repair specialist.
The garage door is triggered to function that way, and a specialist can do the tune-up for that.
The remote control may stop working because of the batteries or it started to deteriorate from the inside.
If that is not the problem, your remote needs to be replaced with a newer version or be programmed to its latest setting to keep it working well.
Garage door repairs may be daunting to a beginner, but you need to learn at some point.
Fix what you can and leave others to do what you can’t.
If you are from Streetsville or live nearby, we would love to assist you with garage door repairs.
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.