Garage Doors Have Eyes Too

04/09/2013 07:55

Torsion springs and extension springs. They are not new, but they may be new to you unless you work on mechanical things, such as garage doors. Torsion springs gain their energy by twisting and expend it by untwisting. Extension springs gain their energy by extending, then release their energy my compressing. Without these magic springs, raising your garage door and lowering it gently would not be possible. If fact the whole idea of convenient overhead doors would probably not work. So thank your springs the next time you're in your garage.

In the majority of cases if one of your springs is busted 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 injuries.

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If one of your garage door springs is broken, there's little the average residence owner can do for herself. The one real alternative is to get in touch with a garage door company. They're all the time accessible visit and substitute your springs.

If you attempt to close your garage door using your opener and the door goes part way down, then stops and goes back up, you most probably have something blocking your door's travel path. Or maybe not

By far the most universal sensor that stops and reverses your garage door is a set of "eyes" that are located toward the bottom of your garage door's track on either side of the door.

Does your garage go down, then back up for no obvious reason? If you have carefully checked for something blocking of the door and can't find anything, you may have bumped your stop/reverse lights out of alignment.

If adjusting the beams does not fix your issue, carefully look around the opening of your garage door. The object that might be blocking the door's path may not be entirely apparent. Look carefully.

If there's nothing clearly blocking your garage door, don't tear your hair out. There's one more thing to try. Get a paper wipe and wipe the lenses on your stop/reverse lights. At times condensation or a small bug or dust particle will get on the lense and cause all your stop/reverse problems.

If your door is still acting irradically the trouble may not be your stop/reverse lights after all. You may have a issue with the logic board or the gear sprocket in your opener.

If your opener is the difficulty you will be glad to know that you probably don't have to replace it. Parts are obtainable to garage door technicians who can repair your opener at a fraction of the cost of a new opener.

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Garage doors are as a rule very reliable and taken for granted by their owners. That means that when one fails, it is generally a new occurrence for the typical home owner. They are not attentive of the existence of garage door companies and they are anxious that their garage door will be costly to fix. Luckily garage door companies are in a competitive environment and this keeps their fees reasonable. Give one of them a call. You can be pleasantly surprised.