We are the ultimate answer to your damaged or broken garage door and related needs here in the Portage County OH 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.
Garage Door Repair - Problems and Fixes
Garage doors are something we use often and tend to not really think about... until they stop working. That's when it might occur to you that a garage door is actually the biggest moving piece of equipment in your home. It's a giant, heavy sheet of metal, moving over your cars, your pets and your kids. When your garage door isn't working properly, it's inconvenient at best and downright dangerous at worst.
The dangers of choosing a bad garage door repair service
You may think that all garage door repair services are created equal, but that's not the case. You've got to be careful in making the choice. Otherwise, you could end up with multiple other problems that would've been prevented by choosing the correct service.
If you get the wrong repair service in the area, you may very well end up with somebody who's inexperienced and doesn't know how to do the job correctly. They may use inferior parts. A disreputable company might overcharge you for repairs, or even worse, break other things on your garage door and tell you that those need repairing as well.
If the service you choose performs the job incorrectly, then you might be calling somebody else in a few weeks when your garage door has the same problem. Or, even worse, your malfunctioning garage door could damage a car or injure your kids or pets.
Don't let yourself become a victim. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you get a solid, reputable garage door repair service.
See how long they've been in business
In the days of Internet businesses, a business's age seems to have lost the importance it once had. However, with garage door repair, you're looking at an industry with high turnover. If you go with a guy who's working out of the back of his truck, then he might be out of business when something else goes wrong. Even if you've got a warranty, if he's out of business he won't be able to honor it.
Find a garage door repair company that's been in business awhile and has a good reputation in the Dallas or Ft. Worth area. That way, chances are good that not only will you get a company that can do the job right, but they'll also be able to back up their work and provide other repairs in the future.
Check with the Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau is always a good place to check for a business's reputation. You'll be able to find out if they've had any complaints filed against them and why, which can help you greatly in making a decision. Also, you'll be able to find out if previous customers have had good things to say about them.
Get multiple estimates for garage door repair
"How much will it cost?" is the first question everybody asks when faced with a repair. Because each garage door is unique, it's difficult to have a flat price without a thorough inspection.
It's best to get at least three estimates for how much your garage door repair will cost. Once you do, pick the estimate in the middle. It's true that you get what you pay for, which is why you wouldn't want the cheapest option, but you also don't want to get overcharged, which is why you should avoid the most expensive option.
Don't leave the safety of your home and family up to somebody with no experience or reputation. With a little bit of research, you'll be able to find the best garage door repair service for your needs.
How to Choose a Garage Door Repair Company
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!