Garage Door Maintenance Suggestions

03/15/2013 21:09

Garage doors have two main sorts of springs. Extension springs run along the horizontal tracks on either side of your garage. They get their power by extending. Torsion springs go along a bar you can see above your garage door when it is closed. Torsion springs get their force from twisting.

In the majority of cases if one of your springs is broken it will be absolutely impossible to open your garage door. The exception is if you have a single door and it is made of a light metal. In any case it is best not to try to open your door yourself. It can lead to injury.

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If one of your garage door springs is damaged, there's little the typical house proprietor can do for herself. The one real alternative is to get in contact with a garage door company. They are always available visit and substitute your springs.

There are a number of things concerning your garage door that you can trouble shoot and fix youself. If you have a garage door opener then you also have some kind of interrupter device that can stop your door from closing if an object is in the way. Typically they are stop/reverse lights.

If your garage door starts going down, then stops and goes back up, accompanied by your garage door opener's lights flashing, you have a trouble you on which you can work

Occassionally your garage door's "eyes" can get bumped in such a way that they are no longer pointing toward each other. If that is the case, carefully adjust the beams. Do not hit them with a hammer. There are adjusting brackets attached to the tracks that should be adjusted with a screw driver.

The chief reason that your door will stop and reverse is that your "eyes" are operating exactly as they are supposed to. There is an object blocking your garage door. Sometimes whatever is blocking the door is not obvious, so vigilantly look around your garage door opening. Eventually you'll figure out what it is.

If you've looked high and low for the item blocking your garage door to the point that you have become frustrated, it may be that nothing is blocking it. Sometimes a fleck of dust, an insect or condensation has gotten on the lenses of your stop/reverse lights. Wipe the lenses with a dry cloth and see if that works.

If wiping the lenses does not make your issue go away, the responsibility may lie with your garage door opener. You might have a bad sprocket or bad logic board.

While a homeowner armed with an adventurous spirit and a certain quantity of mechincal skill can replace a logic board and a gear sprocket, perhaps the easiest course of action is to just call a garage door technician and have the trouble taken care of.

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Garage doors are generally exceptionally dependable and taken for granted by their owners. That means that when one breaks, it is usually a new experience for the average home owner. They are not attentive of the existence of garage door companies and they are concerned that their garage door can be costly to fix. Fortunately garage door companies are in a competitive environment and this keeps their prices reasonable. Give one of them a call. You might be pleasantly surprised.