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

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

Annual Maintenance Checklist for Your Garage Door

You can extend the life of your garage door and opener by ensuring you stay on top of needed maintenance. While you should do monthly inspections of your door and periodic lubrication of the opening system, much of the maintenance only needs to be done annually. Here is a basic list of maintenance items that need to be done at least once a year for the best performance and longevity from your garage door and opening system:

  • Thorough cleaning. The garage door and tracks should be thoroughly cleaned inside and out at least once per year.
  • Chain or screw drives need lubrication – most use a lithium grease but check with your owner’s manual.
  • Look for any abnormalities in the hardware and door. Check for loose or rusty screws, dents in the tracks, frayed cables or worn rollers in the opening system that may need replacing.
  • Check the door balance. The garage door should be able to be opened easily manually and stay open at the same level when partially opened if it is balanced.
  • Check the safety auto-reverse feature. Your garage door should stop closing and reopen if anything is placed under the door – use an empty cardboard box to test this feature.
  • Check the weather stripping. Make sure the weather stripping is not worn, torn or cracked and still creates a seal when closed.

While you can do much of this annual maintenance yourself, most repairs should be completed by a garage door service professional. You can also have them complete a tune-up once a year on your system to save yourself time and get needed garage door repairs done at the same time.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Statham, GA 30666
770-985-3355

How Much Garage Door Wear and Tear is Okay?

Your garage door goes through a lot every day.  It is exposed to various elements – hot and cold, rain and wind, snow and hail. Plus, it moves up and down a few times a day. It gets hit by basketballs, tapped by bumpers and much more. So how much abuse can your garage door take before it needs to be replaced?

Some wear and tear is acceptable. A scuff on a garage door panel is no big deal, mostly aesthetics. Weather stripping on the bottom of the door can become cracked, but that can be replaced on its own. What you need to be concerned about is any wear and tear that affects the function of your garage door. Here are some signs that your garage door needs repair or replacement: 

  • Dented tracks. The tracks for your garage door must be kept straight and solid to handle the weight of your door. But they can easily be damaged, often hit by vehicles. Replace dented or damaged tracks.
  • Rusted components. When your garage door opener components get rusted, they are weak. Keep your hardware lubricated and replace components if they show signs of corrosion or rust.
  • Broken panels. Do you have dents or holes in your garage door panels? You can replace single panels on many garage doors, but if you have more than one, you may want to consider replacing the entire door.

Garage doors can withstand quite a bit of wear and tear before you need to replace them. However, you do need to keep an eye on the level of damage and call in a professional when you need garage door repairs. Regular tune-ups and inspections can help extend the life of your garage door and opener, making them a wise investment.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Oakwood, GA 30566
770-985-3355

DIY Garage Door Maintenance Tips

If you are a DIY homeowner, or want to strive to be, then you need to know how to maintain your garage door. The overhead garage door system is a mechanical marvel, lifting hundreds of pounds, thousands of times, without fail. But your garage door and the opening system need maintenance to keep it working smoothly. Here are some maintenance items you do can yourself.

  • Clean your garage door. Keep debris and dirt off your garage door and components. Exposure to the elements can make your door and the components dirty. Wash your door with soap and water, as well as the tracks and rollers.
  • Lubrication. The bearings, hinges and spring components of the garage door system need to be kept lubricated. Use a non-silicon-based lubricant or whatever is recommended by your garage door manufacturer.
  • Safety checks. Periodically check your garage door for safety features. Set a cardboard box under the door and try to close it. The garage door should stop when it detects an object under the door. If it closes on the box, you need to adjust the laser safety sensors. Check with your owner’s manual for your garage door opener system or call your local service professional.
  • You should routinely check your garage door for damage or worn components. Look for rust, dents, holes or loose screws in the door, tracks and complete opening system. Have issues fixed right away to avoid a safety hazard or functional problems.

While you can do some garage door maintenance yourself, there are some garage door repairs that are best left to the professionals. Replacing garage doors, opening systems or even the springs should be only done by a garage door professional.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Lawrenceville, GA 30042
770-985-3355

Simple DIY Garage Door Maintenance Tips

What is the biggest moving object in your home? In most cases, it is your garage door. Hundreds of pounds moving up and down daily, offering you convenience and security. It is easy to forget that this powerful mechanism needs maintenance to keep it working like it should. While you should not try to do major garage door repairs on your own (these heavy doors can be dangerous to repair without the right tools or training), there are some maintenance tasks you can do yourself. Here are a few ways to help maintain your garage door to extend the life of both the door and opener.

  • Keep it clean. Simply washing your garage door and keeping the tracks clean can help prevent damage and wear. You want to prevent rust and rot on the door, and keep the tracks clear for easily movement and less stress on the opener.
  • The chain, belt or moving parts on the opener need frequent lubrication to reduce friction. Check your garage door opener manual for the recommended lubrication type and frequency schedule.
  • Inspect the hardware. Keep an eye on your garage door hardware. Look for dents, rust, loose screws and other issues that could make the garage door opening system unstable.
  • Safety checks. Make sure the auto-reverse feature is working. The garage door should not close all the way if anything is in its path. Laser sensors on each side of the door should be pointed at each other and reverse the direction if anything is under the door when it is closing.

On top of your DIY maintenance, schedule annual tune-ups and inspections on your garage door by a professional. They can replace any hardware, springs or other parts to prevent breakdowns, plus regular maintenance will extend the life of your garage door and opener.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Lawrenceville, GA 30042
770-985-3355

Preventing Flooding in Your Garage

Heavy rains, melting snow and hurricanes can all lead to flooding in your home, including your garage. It only takes a small amount of water pooling inside your garage to cause damage. If you are like most people, you have items stored in your garage you don’t want damaged due to water or mold; plus, water can ruin the walls and create mold infestation in the structure. To prevent damage to your garage due to flooding, here are a few prevention tips. 

  • Check your garage door weather stripping. The rubber strip on the bottom of your garage door is meant to seal the door, keeping water out. If this is worn, it can leave gaps that allow water in. Replace the weather stripping if it is cracked or no longer in good condition.
  • Inspect your garage floor. Flooding can occur from the ground up if you have cracks in your garage floor. Fix cracks in cement to prevent leaks.
  • Check your garage door function. Sometimes flooding can occur if the garage door is not closing completely. If the weather stripping is in good condition, yet there is a small gap under the door, water can leak into the garage. This can be due to small items under the door like rocks, or it can be a mechanical issue. Clean out from under the door; if it still does not seal, call your local garage door service company.

If your garage is completely sealed, you have good protection against flooding. Of course, severe storms can push water in to any space, so a barricade may be needed. Sand bags and other barriers can be placed in front of garage doors to give you extra protection during storms to prevent flooding and damage to your garage.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists

5 Signs That Your Garage Door Needs Repair

Garage doors and the opening equipment can last for many years, especially if you keep up with regular maintenance. However, they do need repair and replacement of components as they get older. In most cases, your garage door will begin to show signs that it needs some work done. Here are five signs it is time to get your garage door repaired.

  1. Squeaks and other noises. Does your garage door squeak or moan when it open and closes? Strange noises can be a sign of trouble. You may need something as simple as lubrication for your hardware or it may something more serious.
  2. Slow opening or closing. If you garage door begins to operate slower, this is not something to ignore. Eventually, slow will go to stop. Don’t be stuck with a failed garage door – call for an inspection.
  3. Rust or door damage. When you start seeing damage to panels on your garage door, it may be time to replace panels or the entire door.
  4. Bent, rusted or worn out hardware. A bent track or worn cable can be dangerous. Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds and need strong support. Get hardware replaced when there is any sign of wear.
  5. Does your garage door sometimes hesitate when closing or go halfway down and then go back up again? You may need your sensors realigned or the sensitivity is up too high on the close safety feature.

Don’t ignore signs of problems with your garage doors. A garage door failure can be dangerous, causing damage to your vehicle or a serious injury. Call your local garage door service company if you have any of these signs that you need garage door repairs.

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

When Is the Last Time Your Garage Door Spring was Replaced?

Have you ever had the spring in your garage door go out? Garage door springs handle hundreds of pounds of weight thousands of times a year, making them a vital part of your garage door opening system. Unfortunately, there is no sign or warning before they fail. When the spring breaks, the door can slam closed if it is open or refuse to open. If possible, don’t wait for your spring to fail – proactively replace your garage door springs during maintenance.  Garage door springs are under a lot of pressure so this is one garage door repair that you should leave to a garage door service professional.

When to Replace Garage Door Springs

The average garage door spring will last for 10,000 cycles. However, this is not written in stone and different types may need replacing sooner. If you use your garage door twice a day, it cycles four times a day, over 1400 times a year, requiring replacement about every six years. If you use it more often, then you will need to replace your springs more frequently.

While you can wait for the spring to stop working or break, this can be inconvenient. You could be running late for work and realize your garage door won’t open, or come home with a car full of groceries and be stuck in the driveway. If possible, proactively replacing your garage door spring is the best option. It can save you the inconvenience of being locked in or out of your garage until a service technician arrives.

As part of your regular maintenance, have your garage door service company replace your spring when it gets close to its lifespan. It is worth the peace of mind to avoid the danger and inconvenience of a failed spring at the wrong time.

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

7 Things to Inspect on Your Garage Door

You may not be mechanical or a garage door expert, but you can still perform a visual inspection on your garage doors. Your garage doors are not just a convenience – they are important to the security of your home and are also a high-risk factor for injury if they are not maintained. You should visually inspect your garage doors throughout the year to ensure they are in good working order. Here are seven things you should look at when inspecting your garage doors.

  1. Tracks. Look at the tracks and rollers that move your garage door. Check for rust, dents or abnormalities.
  2. Door panels. Check the whole door for issues like rust, dents or holes.
  3. Seal. Does your door seal completely when closed? This is important for security and to keep your garage weatherproofed.
  4. Weather stripping. When checking to see if the door seals, also check the weather stripping for cracks or tears.
  5. Safety features. You can perform a quick safety test by putting a box or board under your garage door. The door should stop closing when it realizes there is something below it; if it doesn’t, it needs the sensors adjusted or replaced.
  6. Cables and other hardware. A frayed cable or a rusted screw could be dangerous. Look for any signs of wear and tear on your hardware.
  7. Listen too. It is not just your eyes that are useful for inspecting your garage door – listen for strange noises, squeaking or loud operation that could indicate an issue.

If you notice any wear, tear or dysfunction with your garage doors, get service right away. A thorough tune up from a professional can help avoid unnecessary and ensure your garage doors stay safe and provide years of reliable service.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA
770-985-3355