Garage Door Sounds and What They Mean

While visual inspections of your garage door can be helpful if there is a problem, listening to your garage door can also alert you to issues. The sounds your garage door make are often signs of wear and tear on the system, and if ignored, can lead to a garage door breakdown. If you have noticed your garage door is no longer quietly humming along but making new sounds, it may be time to schedule a garage door service appointment. Here are some common garage door sounds and what they mean.

Squealing or Squeaking

This is one of the most common issues for garage doors and often the easiest one to fix. Most squeaking and squealing noises mean the opening system needs lubrication. Try lubricating your system adhering to the manufacturer recommendations. If that does not stop the sound, it could be an issue with your rollers or tracks.

Grinding Noise

A grinding noise when you are opening or closing your garage door can be an issue with the crankshaft. You can try lubrication (it never hurts) but if the noise continues, you should have your system inspected by a professional.

Banging Sound

A pounding or banging sound can be caused by a few different issues. The sound is usually due to the panels of the door hitting each other or parts moving as the door opens or closes. It can be worn cables, loose bolts/screws or an issue with your spring. A thorough inspection and service or repair by a professional is your best solution.

Listen when your garage door begins to talk to you. It is one of the first signs it needs service and responding quickly can avoid more serious damage to your garage door system.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Who Should You Call When You Need a Garage Door Repair?

When your garage door is not working right, or not working at all, and you are not a DIY homeowner, you may wonder who to call. Should you call your cousin Bob that is handy with home repairs or a garage door professional? While some garage door repairs can be done by a DIY expert, some should be left to a qualified garage door repair service. It all depends on the issue and what needs to be repaired or replaced.

DIY Fixes

Items that do not require removal of major components can often be DIY fixes. Replacing weather stripping, tightening bolts, lubricating the system, adjusting the door sensors and other light maintenance issues can be completed by you or a trusted DIY expert. However, when it comes to removing essential parts, you may want to invest in a professional repair.

When to Call a Garage Door Pro

If you or your DIY friend have troubleshooted the problem and it is likely a major component, you should call a garage door pro. Replacing items like cables, rollers, springs, crankshafts and entire doors can be dangerous and require special equipment and training. Choose a garage door company that is licensed, insured and has an excellent reputation for experience and quality in your area. It is worth spending a little extra to protect your home and yourself from damage or injury from a garage door DIY repair gone wrong.

Regular inspections and service on your garage door can help identify issues before they become big problems. Schedule annual garage door tune-ups to keep up with maintenance and reduce the need for emergency repairs.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a New Garage Door

Purchasing a new garage door is a big decision. There is more to think about than just how much it will cost or the color of the door. To get a garage door that will last, you want to research the different options and find the right door for your needs. Here are five things to consider before you purchase your next garage door.

  1. Wood and steel garage doors tend to be higher quality than aluminum or composite. While they may cost more, they are also more durable and secure for higher value.
  2. There are many style options beyond the plain paneled garage door. Consider carriage-style, decorative windows or other options to make your door match your home’s style.
  3. Check the insulation rating – an insulated garage door helps save on cooling/heating costs and adds soundproofing.
  4. Wind resistance. High-wind storms can tear off or buckle a garage door, causing extensive damage to your home. Make sure your garage door has a high-wind resistance for stability and safety.
  5. Features. You want your garage door to look great and stand up to the elements, but there are so many other features now available, especially with garage door openers. When you update your door, upgrade your garage door opener with it. Add features like fingerprint entry, smartphone applications, battery backup and remote access to make your new garage door more convenient and secure.

Make sure you get the garage door that will add value, security and style to your home. Talk with your local garage door company about these factors to find the best door for your needs.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Ways to Improve Your Garage Security

If you have an attached garage, security is of the utmost importance. Your garage doors are the largest entrance to your home, and for most people, the door most frequently used to access the house. It can also be the most used entrance for intruders to your home. Keeping your garage secure should be a top priority, not just to protect what is in your garage, but what is in your home. Here are four ways to improve your garage security.

  1. Use a smart opening system. If it has been 10 years or more since your last garage door opener upgrade, it may be time to replace your old system. New smart technology can help you monitor usage of your garage 24/7 from anywhere on your smartphone.
  2. Never leave remotes in your car. Garage door remotes are easy access to your garage and home. Never leave them in your car; all someone needs to do is break into your vehicle to have access to your home at a push of a button.
  3. Lock the door into your home. Although it will only slow an intruder down, it may be just the time needed to thwart their plans. Keep the door from the garage into your home locked.
  4. Disable garage door opener when on vacation. Make sure your garage door opener is disabled when you are out of town or on vacation. New systems have a ‘vacation’ mode, but you can also unplug your system.

Make sure your garage is secure and safe. During your next garage door service, talk to your garage technicians about other ways to improve security on your doors and opening system.

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

Why Won’t My Garage Door Close?

Garage door problems come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the door will not open. As inconvenient as this is, it poses less problems than if your door will not close. You do not want to leave your garage open, inviting intruders into your garage and home. If your garage door will not close using your opener, there are only a few things that could be stopping it. Here are some troubleshooting tips to resolve the issue.

Is Your Opener Working?

The first component to check is your opener. If you are using your remote, try using the wall unit. If the wall unit works, then it is most likely a dead battery in your remote. If neither remote or wall unit work, make sure the wall unit is getting power. If it is, then move on to other possible issues.

Is There Something Under the Door?

Your garage door should be equipped with sensors to reverse the door if anything is under it. Make sure there is not a small object under the door. Even objects close to the opening may trigger the auto-reverse mechanism, keeping the door from closing.

Are the Safety Sensors Working?

Another issue is when the sensors on the auto-reserve system are not working correctly. Try aligning them to point directly at each other to see if that resolves the issue.

If you still cannot get your garage door opener to work, you can use the manual option to close it. However, you will need to also manually lock it for security. Contact your local garage door service if you cannot find the problem to get a garage door inspection to restore the function at your earliest convenience.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

5 Easy Ways to Keep Up with Garage Door Maintenance

For many homeowners with attached garages, the garage door is the main point of entry to the home. It is often used more than the front door for coming and going, making it a priority to keep the system working properly. Maintenance is key in extending the life of your opener and garage door but it may seem like a hassle. Here are five ways to simplify garage door maintenance to protect your system.

  1. Cleaning. Keep your garage door tidy by spraying it off when you wash your vehicle or are using the hose in front of your garage. A quick spray down when you already have the hose out only takes a few minutes.
  2. Wipe down the tracks. Once a month when you are out in your garage, wipe down the door tracks to remove dirt and debris. This can minimize damage to the tracks and rollers.
  3. Visual inspection. When you clean the tracks, look at the rollers, hardware and cables. Take note of any rust, loose screws or damaged rollers – get them replaced immediately if they are damaged.
  4. Use the manual system. Try using the manual system when you are only opening the garage door to use lawn equipment or let in light. Lift the door and let go after a few feet to check the balance. It should stay partially open if it is balanced properly.
  5. Schedule annual service. Having your opening system and door serviced and inspected once a year by a professional can go a long way in keeping your garage doors maintained.

It doesn’t need to be time consuming to keep up with garage door maintenance. Follow these steps to help extend the lifespan of your garage door components and lower repair costs.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

 

3 Ways to Keep Garage Door Repair Cost Low

You want your garage doors to last, and you want to reduce the number of needed repairs to keep them working like it should. Repairs can add up fast, often costing more than the garage door and opener in the long run. There are ways to minimize the number of repairs you need and keep the cost of maintaining your garage door low. Here are three tips on how to lower the cost and inconvenience of garage door repairs.

  1. Start with quality. It pays to choose higher quality when purchasing your garage door and opener. While it may cost more initially, quality pays off with a longer lifespan and less likelihood of breakdown of materials if it is maintained.
  2. Keep up with maintenance. You can do some maintenance yourself, like cleaning and lubrication. Schedule a tune-up and inspection for your door and opening system once per year by a professional. Like your vehicles that use the garage, a little maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your opening system and garage doors.
  3. Fix small issues quickly. The best way to avoid big, expensive repairs is to catch them when they are small. Replacing worn, rusted or bent hardware is cheap; replacing the whole tracking system is not. Fix and repair little problems right away to avoid bigger problems down the road.

If you start with a quality garage door and opening system and keep up with little repairs and maintenance, repair costs can remain low. Plus, your investment will last longer, extending the time between garage door purchases. A little time on DIY maintenance and scheduling annual service is worth the effort to reduce repair issues and ensuring your garage doors last until you are ready to replace them.

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

How to Winterize Your Garage

If you have a basic garage, it is likely that is not well-insulated or made to stay warm during the winter. However, if it attached to your home, you should consider winterizing it to make it more efficient and comfortable. A few improvements can help reduce energy bills and keep your garage warm during the colder months. Here are a few winterizing tips to keep cold air out.

  • Insulate your garage door. One of the best ways to improve the temperature in your garage is insulating your door. You can add insulation to an older door, or upgrade to an insulated door. This can make a big difference in the climate control in your garage, both in the winter and hot summer months.
  • Replace weather stripping. Every few years you should replace the weather stripping on your garage door. This is an inexpensive way to reduce air and moisture coming into your garage under the door.
  • Caulk around doors and windows. Like your home, you want to limit cold air entering your garage from around doors and windows. A quick caulk job around garage doors, windows and the door into the home can help reduce drafts.
  • Cover pipes. If you have plumbing in your garage, make sure those pipes are covered or insulated. This is a common place where pipes burst during a cold snap, causing expensive plumbing repairs and possible water damage to your garage.

Another item to put on your to-do list before winter for your garage is scheduling a garage door service and inspection. You want to ensure your garage door is well-lubricated and ready to perform throughout the winter months to avoid being shut out in the cold.

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

Does Your Garage Door Spring Need Replacing?

When was the last time your garage door spring was replaced? If you have owned a garage door with an automatic opener for more than five years and never replaced your spring, there is a good chance that it is due. Springs wear out and when they do, your garage door can be almost useless. Here is how to determine if it is time to have your spring replaced on your garage door before it breaks and leaves you without a working door.

Garage door springs are designed to perform a certain number of cycles. This number can change depending on the type of spring you have. If you have the make and model of spring, you can check with the manufacturer to find out the average number of cycles. However, most springs average about 10,000 cycles before they should be replaced. If you use your garage door every day, this means about seven years. If you tend to use it twice a day or more, that is over a 1,500-cycles per year, giving you about five years of use or less.

The problem with garage door springs is there is no good way to tell when the spring is about to break. And when it does break, you can have difficulty opening your garage door, or worse, the spring can break when you are using it. It is best to proactively have it replaced to avoid breaks when it is unexpected. Your local garage door service company can replace your spring and tune-up your garage door opener – this is not a DIY repair and should only be performed by a professional for your safety.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Garage Door Issues That Could Become Dangerous

Ignoring garage door issues is never a good idea. It is important to remember garage doors are more than just a convenience; they can also be dangerous if not maintained. You open and close your garage doors hundreds, even thousands, of times each year. If there are issues with your opening system or the doors themselves, it is important to get these problems resolved to avoid injury or damage to your property. Here are a few garage door issues that can become dangerous and require immediate attention. 

Bent Tracks

The tracks that hold your garage door in place as it goes up and down are important to your entire system. However, they can often be damaged. If you notice a track is dented or bent, you need to have it replaced. This can weaken the system, possibly allowing the door to fall during operation, endangering you, your family and your vehicles.

Old Springs

Springs need replacement on average about every 10,000 cycles. If you use your garage door 2-3 times a day, this is about every 4-5 years. Springs can fail without warning, allowing your door to come crashing down. Replace your old springs proactively for safety.

Unbalanced Doors

Your garage door should easily move up and down, even when you use manual operation. If your garage door is out of balance, it may be difficult to open your garage door manually. This could cause problems – it puts more stress and strain on your opening system and the door could also become unstable, slipping off the tracks. Get your door balanced for safety.

To prevent mishaps with your garage doors, schedule annual tune-ups and inspections. Your local garage door service company can perform a safety inspection and and complete any garage door repairs needed to keep your garage doors safe.

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