Do’s and Don’ts of Garage Door Repairs

If you prefer to do many home repairs yourself, you can save a sizable amount of money if you are mechanically inclined or have some handyman skills. When it comes to garage door maintenance and repairs, you can do some tasks yourself to help save on repair costs and keep your garage door and opener maintained. However, there are some repairs that should not done attempted on your own. Here are some do’s and don’ts of garage door repairs to help extend the life of your garage door and opener, while reducing risks of damage and injury.

Garage Door Repairs and Maintenance that You Should Do

Garage door and automatic opening systems need regular maintenance, safety checks and repairs, many that you can do on your own. Some of these include:

  • Lubrication of moving metal parts, chains and hardware
  • Inspection of garage door, hardware and components for damage and wear
  • Cleaning debris, mildew and dirt from tracks and garage door surfaces
  • Doing safety checks on the auto reverse feature on the garage door
  • Tightening screws and bolts on hardware

Garage Door Repair Don’ts

While some maintenance and inspections can be done by homeowners, it is not recommended that major repairs be done on your own. Garage doors are heavy, awkward and may require special equipment or training to perform some repairs, such as:

  • Replacing garage door springs
  • Replacing rollers, cables, hardware or complete garage doors
  • Repairing a garage door that is off the tracks
  • Installing a new garage door opener

There can be risky safety hazards when repairing garage door issues. Know when to call a professional to reduce the chance of injury to yourself.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Garage Door Torsion Springs 101

Your garage door opener smoothly opens and closes a garage door that weighs hundreds of pounds with the help of a spring. Torsion springs are one of the most common movement devices used in garage doors, using the energy of the spring form to lift the heavy door. This is one of the most important components of your garage door opening system; without it, the opener could not lift your garage door. Here is a basic guide to garage door torsion springs and what you need to know.

The principal behind torsion springs is the same as any door with a spring; wind up the spring and it will have stored energy that will help move the door. For garage doors, torsion springs are usually installed horizontally on the ceiling opening hardware. The ends of the spring are attached to each cable that lifts the door. When the door closes, the spring winds up. When the door needs to open, the stored energy is released as the spring unwinds and transferred to moving the door up.

This simple process can be trusted for thousands of cycles of opening your garage door up and down. Most torsion springs can last about 10,000 cycles, giving you several years of use before they need to be replaced. However, weather and use will wear them out, and when they break it, the garage door they support can slam shut. This can be dangerous, and it can be very risky to try and replace a spring on your own.

Torsion springs should be replaced about every 5-7 years. Make sure to have yours inspected each year as part of your annual service for your garage door opener. It is best to proactively replace springs when recommended, versus waiting for them to break, so follow the advice of your local garage door service company.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Interesting Facts About Garage Door Openers

You may not think about your garage door opener often, but it is an important component in most homes. This device is used almost every day and plays a crucial part in the safety and security of your home. Before you dismiss your garage door opener as just a “convenience” you may want to consider these interesting facts about these important devices.

  • Garage doors are the largest and heaviest moving objects in most homes. The garage door opening system controls a few hundred pounds with a simple push of a button, day in and day out.
  • It is estimated that 70% of people use the garage door to enter their home. This means the security of this door is extremely important.
  • The first electric garage door opener was made in 1926; there has been almost 100 years of technology and advancements made on this device.
  • Since 1993, garage door openers have been required to have an auto-reversal feature to stop them from closing on people or objects. These sensors are a crucial element, but need to be kept aligned and maintained to be functional.
  • Garage door openers have become “smart.” You can purchase openers with wi-fi that will notify you if they are used and you can control the functions through your smartphone for advanced security and convenience.

While garage door openers are a vital part of many people’s everyday life, they often get neglected. Ongoing service and maintenance can ensure that the safety and security features are working correctly. Make sure to schedule annual tune-ups for your garage door opener to keep your home and family safe while extending the life of your garage door opener.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Garage Door Operational Inspection Checklist

There are ways to identify problems with your garage door before they cause a failure in your system. Inspecting the components and operation on a regular basis can alert you to issues that need to be addressed. Preventing a failure of your garage door system is less expensive and certainly more convenient. Here is a checklist of areas to inspect on your garage door a few times a year.

  • Door panels. Are there any dents, holes or cracks in the panels of the door? Check inside and out. Damage can affect balance, safety and security. Make sure that panels and sections seal tightly when door is closed.
  • Weather stripping. Check the weather stripping at the bottom of the door for wear and tear. Look for cracking and check the pliability of the rubber; replace when needed to keep your door water resistant when closed.
  • Inspect the tracks and rollers. Look for dents and damage on the tracks; these are often hit by vehicles coming or going. Damaged tracks should be replaced for safety. Also, check the rollers and tracks for rust, wear and tear.
  • Cables. Inspect the cables that move your garage door. Look for fraying or unravelling of the cables. Call your local garage door repair service to replace them if needed.
  • Check balance/operation. Engage the manual switch and check the operation of your door. Can it be easily opened with one hand? Does it stay partially open? If it falls closed or is heavy, it needs service.

These are easy components to check on your own, but replacing parts should be performed by an experienced garage door repair technician for safety. This inspection can also be performed by your service technician during your routine tune-ups on your garage door system each year.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

5 Basic Choices in Garage Doors

If you are buying a new garage door, you have many options to consider. Garage doors may seem simple, but there are choices to make when you want to get the best door for your budget. Here are five basic features you will need to consider when buying a new garage door.

  1. Material. Wood, steel, aluminum or glass? Solid wood and steel are popular options, both durable and dependable. Glass on a metal frame is more expensive, but, it can offer beauty and light while adding value to your home. Aluminum can be budget-friendly and versatile, but less durable.
  2. Windows. Adding windows can be a nice way to allow natural light into the garage and add style to your garage’s appearance. You can choose frosted or tempered glass for security and safety.
  3. Insulation. Good insulation can save you money on energy costs while helping keep your garage climate controlled and sound proofed.
  4. Style. You can choose from carriage-style doors, panel designs and many other styles for your garage door. There are many more options than ever before to add beauty and curb appeal as well as function.
  5. Storm preparedness. You want to garage that can weather the storms in your region. If high winds are a possibility, choose garage doors with hurricane or high-wind resistance rating to protect your home.

Not all garage doors are the same. There are many features available that can impact the function and style of your new door. Talk with your local garage door experts about all the options available to ensure you get a garage door that will add value to your home while fitting under your budget.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Ways to Reduce Garage Door Repair Costs

Garage door problems are not just inconvenient, they can be costly and dangerous. A broken cable can allow a garage door to crash down on your car, or worse, you or a family member. A spring can break in the middle of the night, trapping your car inside the garage until it can be replaced. To avoid unexpected garage door repairs and cut down on costs, considers these tips for garage door maintenance.

  1. Complete regular inspections. You can identify many garage door issues before they become a major problem. Inspect your garage doors and opening system at least once a month for loose screws, frayed cables, dents, rust and other obvious issues.
  2. Lubricate your opening system. Follow the manufacturer recommendations for lubricating your garage door system. This can protect the hardware and reduce wear on your opener to help extend the life and cut down on repairs.
  3. Start with a quality door and opener. It may cost most initially, but the adage is true: you get what you pay for. Invest in a quality garage door and opener and you can cut down on repairs and enjoy a longer life from your system.
  4. Schedule annual tune-ups. Scheduling a tune-up on your garage door system once a year can catch issues proactively, reducing emergency garage door repairs. Tune-ups also can extend the life of your garage door system, saving you money in the long run.

Not all garage door repairs can be avoided but keeping up with preventive maintenance and investing in quality equipment is a good start. Contact your local garage door service to schedule your next tune-up and inspection to reduce unexpected garage door repairs.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Things to Know About Garage Door Springs

The spring on your garage door is what allows you to open and close this large door with ease. Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds and without a spring to mitigate this heavy weight, it would take some strength to pull it up and keep gravity from slamming it shut. Heavy-duty springs are the workhorse of a garage door system – knowing the basics about these springs can help you maintain your garage door and opening system. Here are four things you should know about your garage door spring.

  1. Torsion and extension springs. Garage doors either have torsion or extension springs. Most garage doors with an opening system have torsion springs that wind and recoil to release energy to move the door.
  2. Torsion springs wear out. The continuous winding of the torsion spring wears out the material over time. Eventually, the spring will break, often without warning. When this happens, the garage door will no longer be easy to open.
  3. Cycles for springs. You can gauge how soon a spring will wear out on the number of cycles (opening and closing). Most torsion springs will last about 20,000 cycles, so the more times per day you use it, the quicker it will need replacement.
  4. Replacement. You can wait until a spring breaks to replace it, but then you may be stuck until it can be replaced. Proactive replacement is best, but never attempt to do this yourself as it can be dangerous. Leave spring replacements to a garage door professional.

Garage door springs make life easier and require little maintenance to work day in and day out. Just perform annual service on your opening system and keep the system lubricated to reduce stress on your spring to make it last longer.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Garage Door Opener

Are you still using a remote or control panel to operate your garage door? It is time to upgrade to a smart garage door opener for improved security, safety and convenience. Smart garage door openers are linked to your mobile device and can be operated straight through your cell phone or tablet. Here are four reasons these smart garage door openers are a wise investment for your home.

  1. No more remote. Remotes were a wonderful option when they first became available for garage doors but are now a known security risk. Anyone who has access to your remote also has access to your home. If your vehicle is stolen or broken into, someone can steal your remote and be in your home without any problems.
  2. Always have access to your garage door. You may not always have a remote on you when you need to open your garage door, but most people always have their cell phone. When you have a smart system, you can open your garage door whenever needed, even when you are not home.
  3. Security alerts. A smart garage door opener can alert you when someone has entered your home through the garage door without authorization or if the door was left open accidentally, helping keep your family and home safe.
  4. Air safety alerts. Your garage door opener can alert you when there is a safety issue in your garage or home. Smart openers can be connected to carbon monoxide, smoke and temperature sensors to alert you when there is a problem.

These are just a few of the reasons to invest in a smart garage door opener. They can also be connected to your home automation system and have other cool features that make life easier. Contact your local garage door service to learn more about the options available and to make the move to a smart opener device.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Reasons to Add Windows to Your Next Garage Door

Are you considering updating your garage door or doors? As one of the first features people see on your home, garage doors can help enhance the beauty of your home and are a vital component for convenience, safety and security. One feature that may be missing on your garage doors is windows. Here are four reasons why you should consider opting for windows on your next garage door upgrade.

  1. Aesthetics. Garage door windows can enhance the design and style, giving you a chance to improve your curb appeal. There are many options to choose from that can create a beautiful appearance for your home and garage.
  2. Safety. Garages without windows can be dark and dangerous. Windows let in light, so even when a bulb goes out or there is a power outage, you can still safely navigate through your garage.
  3. Natural light. Using only electric lights can make your garage feel like a dungeon. Natural light from garage door windows creates a more enticing atmosphere in your garage. You can reduce the need to keep a light on in the garage all the time, saving money on your electricity bills.
  4. View. With windows, you can see whether there is anything or anybody outside your garage doors without opening them. This can prevent accidents and help with security for your home.

If you are concerned that windows on your garage door will let people peek inside your garage, talk to your dealer about options for glass that lets in light, but obstructs the view. There are options to fit all your needs, while still gaining the benefits of adding windows to your new garage doors.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Combatting Mold Problems in Your Garage

Garages are used for more than parking and storing vehicles. Most households also use their garages for storing valuable items which can be ruined by mildew and mold. If you have noticed excessive mold on your garage doors, windows and a mildew odor in your garage, you may have too much moisture accumulating in this enclosure . Here are some tips to reduce moisture to prevent mold in your garage.

Use a Dehumidifier

If you store valuable items that could be ruined by mold or mildew like papers or fabric, considering using a dehumidifier in your garage during the wet season. Wet vehicles drying in your garage create excess humidity that form a perfect environment for mold growth.

Check Your Weather Stripping

The rubber weather stripping on your garage doors is meant to seal the bottoms of your garage doors. This helps with insulation and preventing water from entering your garage. Check your weather stripping periodically for cracking and tears; if it looks worn, replace it to create a better seal at the bottom of your garage doors.

Repair Dents and Door Cracks

If your garage doors have dents or cracks, they could be leaking rain and moisture into your garage. Damaged doors also may not seal on the sides or the tops of the doors. Damaged doors should be repaired or replaced for improved protection against leaking and to prevent safety issues.

Mold can cause damage to wood, fabric and paper products and also become a health hazard. Make sure your garage doors are properly sealed with ongoing maintenance and repairs performed by your local garage door service to prevent mold problems in your garage.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355