We are the ultimate answer to your damaged or broken garage door and related needs here in the Mantua Township area. A garage door is one of the most basic, yet most important requirements of your everyday life. When you get ready for your office and open the door to your garage with just a flick of your garage gate opener remote, you never realize what an essential tool it is. However, when something goes wrong with your garage gate opener and you have no option of getting to your car, and you are getting late to your office, you realize how important it is to your daily life. Thus, when your overhead door begins to malfunction, it is important that you perform the garage door repair at the soonest.
Three Reasons Why You Should Hire Garage Door Repair Services
Garage door repair may often be done by the homeowner themselves. There are at least 5 simple things to check, before calling a professional. Some repairs are extremely easy. For example, a stiff or a squeaky door will merely require a good cleaning and lubrication. Other repairs, such as repairing a torsion spring, are extremely dangerous and require help from a professional.
Before proceeding to the repair, make sure to unplug your garage door opener, so that you do not get an electric shock while you are repairing your garage door. You will most likely be standing on a ladder, which is a very bad place to get an electric shock, since you may also fall off the ladder. Also, remember to wear safety glasses when working with power tools.
Here is a list of things to check before calling for a professional for your garage door repair:
1. Check the Metal Tracks for Damages
This easy garage door repair tip may often solve the problem very fast. The metal tracks often may have dents or bumps. If you find any such damages, strike the damaged part of the track with a wood block and a hammer to straighten the track.
2. Check the Alignment of the Tracks
If the tracks are not aligned well, they may be causing the door not to work. It's not always necessary to unscrew the tracks; you can just try to loosen the bolts or screws and to tap the tracks slightly into position. Use a level to check the alignment of the tracks. Aligned tracks will let you be done with your garage door repair in no time.
3. Clean and Dry the Tracks
Even though it may sound obvious, but hardened dirt and old lubricant may be the cause of the garage door sticking. In this case, your garage door repair may consist of merely cleaning the tracks and then drying them. You can use regular cleaners to clean the tracks.
4. Lubricate the Tracks and the Rollers
Merely lubricating both, the tracks and the rollers, can fix the problem and conclude your garage door repair in no time. For lubrication, you may use a lubricant spray or a silicon spray. It is probably better to lubricate the tracks after cleaning them. Actually, any movable part will benefit from lubrication.
5. Tightening the Loose Bolts and Screws
Bolts and screws tend to become loose with time. Try to check all of the screws and bolts involved in the opening/closing mechanism of your door. Sometimes, merely tightening them may solve the whole problem. If you cannot tighten the screws, because the holes themselves have become loose, then you can use a "wood filler" or pieces of normal wood to fill the holes.
What Not to Do?
If you have tried every one of the above solutions, and none of them have worked, the problem may be the door spring. However, it is advised not to perform your garage door repair if the problem seems to be the spring, especially if it's a torsion spring. Unfortunately, there have been numerous cases, where people have gotten injured or even killed by the garage door springs. One of the most common injuries is a hit in the head, resulting in serious trauma to the brain.
If you have doubts in your garage repair, by no means should you attempt it. It generally will not cost too much. However, a professional will save you from any injuries.
Different Kinds of Garage Door Repair
If your home has a garage door, it is unlikely the thought of maintenance ever comes to mind. Most of us just go about our day - press the button, door opens, we drive in, press the other button, and the door goes down. Simple, effortless, thoughtless. What happens the day you press the button and your door doesn't open? Panic time! How do you get into your house? Where do you park the car? Many of you are so used to entering and exiting your house through your garage that you forget you even have a front door. Or if you do remember you have a front door you have no idea where you house key is. You say, "my house key is my garage door opener"! Well, don't panic. I thought I would share with you some tips to consider before you have issues or if you are currently experiencing problems with your door. You can trust that what you read is accurate, as I have extensive knowledge of garage door repair.
There are a few common things that are the cause of garage doors malfunctioning. In the next few paragraphs I will discuss them and what you should do.
If you ever experience the panic-inducing scenario I mentioned before where you press the remote and nothing happens, there are a few likely causes. The first thing to check is if your door functions properly by pressing the wall-mounted keypad or button inside your garage. If your door opens with this button you probably need to reprogram your remote. Sometimes they just stop working for no apparent reason, but this is rare. If you find that the button inside your garage also does not make your door open or close, first check and make sure the power to your house is not out. If you have power, there is possibly a problem with your motor. In this case, you should contact your local garage door repair expert to come inspect your motor and determine what the issue is. They should be able to get you fixed up quickly.
If your door is sticking or catching when it goes up or down, this is likely due to your metal rollers and hinges needing a re-application of lubricant. Like any other moving object with hinges, your garage door needs to be lubed in order to keep the moving metal parts operating smoothly. Dirt or grime build-up in the tracks can also cause your door to stick or catch. While this is a task you could try yourself, you will be much better off if you contact a local garage door repair expert to perform the correct procedures in the right order to ensure you get the longest lasting benefits.
Some houses have manual (non-motorized) garage doors, and will find that over time they become harder to keep up in a raised position without holding on to the door. This is certainly not an ideal situation! This is likely due to worn out extension springs, which have lost their tension and can no longer support the weight of the door. Warning: Do not try to replace these yourself! This procedure is very dangerous as these springs are very powerful and can cause some serious damage to you or your stuff in the garage. Call a local garage door repair specialist that knows what they are doing to come perform this work for you.
As you can see, with most instances I suggest you contact a professional. There are several components to a garage door and unless you are trained in working on them it will usually cost your more to have someone undo what you have attempted to fix yourself than to call a professional in the first place.
Most importantly, make sure to properly research local companies in your area.
Finally, be sure to:
Pick a company that has been in business for a long time as they will likely understand the industry best and have some little tricks up their sleeves that can save you money. Work with someone that will send their own insured and trained technicians to your home, not subcontractors that they have little or no control over. Choose your company carefully by seeing what other customers have said about them.
I hope you found this information helpful, and remember - most of you do have a front door too!