Your garage door is an important feature of your home. It increases curb appeal, protects your vehicles and other possessions and is an easy way to enter your home with just the push of a button. With more than 300 working parts, garage door openers can break unexpectedly, at which time you need fast garage door repair.
After hundreds of openings and closings, parts of your garage door may start to wear out. The springs, door tracks, bearings and transmitter are a few of the most common components that need garage door repair. A malfunctioning garage door is a danger to pets and children and even adults.
Garage Door Springs Need Repair?
Your garage door has very large springs that help raise and lower the heavy door. They are not part of the opener and can be replaced separately if you have a broken spring in your garage door. The springs work against gravity to make your door light enough so the garage door opener can lift it easily. There are two types of garage door springs, torsion springs that may be mounted directly above the door, and extension springs that are usually mounted above the garage door track. Both types work to make the door easy to open and with a broken spring in your garage door you will need an immediate repair.
Broken Garage Door Track
When you need your broken garage door track repaired, your new tracks must have a balance of space between the door opening and the ceiling above and enough space on either side of the garage door so the tracks can work smoothly.
One of the most common garage door track repairs is to tighten the bolts on the brackets that hold the tracks. When the bolts become loose, the brackets wobble and the rollers can go off track. This is when the door can fail and fall unexpectedly.
Transmitter Doesn’t Work
If your garage door won’t budge an inch even when you have put new batteries in the remote, there could be several reasons. The most common reasons are:
- A block between the paths of the two sensors
- One eye could be covered in dust, leaves or grime
- Loose wires at the motor or sensor’s head
- Broken sensors
Garage Door Bearings
The bearings in a residential garage door opener are installed according to the specific door weight for long-term use. If they wear out, some can be removed and replaced by hand and some can’t. This isn’t a job for an amateur. It’s important to choose the right bearing not only for the weight and size of the door but also for the local climate.
Garage Door Opener Repair Is a Specialized Craft
Do-it-yourself is a great money saver for many things, but some jobs require expert attention to be safe and secure. Garage door repair is one such thing. There are too many mechanisms that need to work in sync for a garage door to be safe. The springs need to be installed with the right tools or they can recoil and injure you, a child or a pet. If the track isn’t perfectly balanced, the door could look lopsided and worse fall on someone.
Your garage door opener is important. You depend on it for safety and security as well as expediency when you leave and return home. For peace of mind, it’s better to get it done right the first time and let the experts handle any repairs or installations. Contact us today.