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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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

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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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

Silencing a Noisy Garage Door

If the sound of your garage door opening or closing grinds on your last nerve, there are options to keep that door quiet. Noisy garage doors are common; many chain-driven openers can be loud and there is hardware that can cause grinding, squeaking and other noises. But, there are ways to quiet down your garage door and making it open and close smoothly.

Lubricate Your Opener

Your opening system needs lubrication to prevent friction. A poorly lubricated opener will wear out quicker and tends to be noisier. Check the manual from your opener manufacturer for lubrication instructions. Also, check to make sure that all the nuts and bolts are tight to prevent movement, squeaking and rattling.

Check Your Rollers

Inspect your rollers on your opening system. If they look rusty or worn, it may be best to replace them. This can help quiet the system and help it move more smoothly to put less stress on your opener.

Is Your How Old Is Your Spring?

Torsion springs that are noisy may be getting ready to break. Most springs last about 10,000 cycles, which can mean about 5-10 years, depending on how often you use your garage door. Replacing springs before they break can prevent accidents and inconvenience, plus make your garage door quieter.

Change Your Opener to a Belt System

If it is not your door, but your opening system, that is too loud for your taste, consider switching to a newer belt system. These openers can be almost silent, which many people prefer over the louder chain-driven systems.

Maintenance is key to keeping your garage door quiet. Make sure to schedule routine tune-ups, inspections and service for your garage door through your local garage door repair and maintenance service.

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Habpro The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019

What Is the Lifespan of a Torsion Spring?

Have you ever had a spring break on your garage door? It can happen at any time – while you are leaving for work or even in the middle of the night. Once the spring breaks, you may not be able to open your garage door, trapping your vehicles inside or out. If you have a torsion spring on your garage door, it is best to replace it before it breaks unexpectedly. So, how long is the lifespan of a torsion spring and when should you replace it?

Torsion springs are common in garage door opening systems. Without a working spring, the opener cannot do its job. Since torsion springs are extended when the door is closed, it is more likely to break when the door is shut. When it snaps, a loud cracking sound will occur, and your garage door will not open. The spring is used to easily move a door that weighs hundreds of pounds. Without it, the door is not mobile, and the spring will need to be replaced.

The lifespan of a torsion spring all depends on the amount of cycles it is rated to complete and how often it is used. The average cycle rate is about 10,000 cycles, but some higher quality garage door springs can be rated for two to three times that amount. If you open and close your door twice a day, an average spring can last about 10-15 years. The more often you use your garage door, the shorter the lifespan will be.

It is important to note the rating of cycles for your torsion spring and when it is installed. You can average the frequency of use to come up with a close estimate of when it should be replaced. When it is nearing its expected cycle amount, call your local garage door service to proactively replace your spring to avoid a breakdown of your garage door opening system.

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The Garage Door Specialists
Snellville, GA 30039
(770) 985-3355

Maintaining Your Garage Door Springs

If you have ever had your garage door spring break, you know it can be a highly inconvenient situation. In one quick snap, your garage door goes from easily sliding up and down to virtually immobile. While all springs will eventually need replacement, there are ways to increase the life of your spring through regular maintenance. By taking care of your garage door spring, you can prevent most spring failures from catching you off guard. 

Basic Garage Door Spring Maintenance

Garage door springs are designed to safely allow your door to easily open and close with minimal impact on the opening device. Most springs have an expectant lifespan of 10,000 cycles of opening and closing. However, if not maintained properly, this life-span can be cut drastically short. A few basic maintenance tips to get the most time and cycles from your garage door springs include: 

  • Balancing your door. A poorly balanced door will create excess wear on your spring. Make sure your door is balanced correctly to allow for easier movement up and down the tracks.
  • Prevent rust. A rusty spring will not last long; the rust causes both the spring and the coil to weaken and become more likely to break. Lubricating the spring every few months can keep rust away.
  • Garage door tune-ups. A properly functioning garage door lessens the wear and tear on your spring. Schedule a tune-up with your local garage door repair company each year to ensure all parts are in good working order.
  • Preventive replacement. If your spring lasts for 10,000 cycles, opening two to four times a day, it will last for about five to seven years. Instead of waiting for the inevitable, consider replacing your spring once it approaches or has passed this mark. Consult your garage door service technician during annual tune-ups about when you should replace your spring.

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