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.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

Top 3 Safety Concerns for Garage Doors

Have you ever considered what could happen if your garage door came off the tracks or the safety mechanisms failed? Garage doors are very heavy and can cause extreme damage or severe injury if they malfunction. Many safety features are in place to keep your garage doors from causing harm, but you must maintain these features and ensure your garage door does not have any needed repairs to keep it safe. Here are the top three safety concerns for garage doors.

  1. Auto-stop feature. Almost all modern garage door openers have an auto-stop safety feature. This stops the door from closing if anything is underneath it. Laser “eyes” detect any object underneath and halt the door from closing. If these lasers are not aligned correctly or impaired, this feature may not work and create a safety hazard.
  2. Damaged hardware. A loose screw, bent tracks or rusty rollers can all create safety concerns for your garage door. If the mechanisms and hardware that move and support the door as it goes up and down are damaged, it could slip off the tracks. Also, the spring mechanism can let go, slamming the door downward, or cables could break. It is important to have all hardware inspected routinely to prevent a safety hazard.
  3. Unbalanced or a damaged door. If the door itself is damaged or becomes unbalanced, it could cause a safety risk. If any panels are dented or broken, or if the door is difficult to raise in manual mode, it may need repair to prevent safety issues.

Maintaining your garage door is important for safety. Make sure to schedule a tune-up at least once a year with your garage door professionals and have repairs completed as needed to prevent safety concerns.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

What to Do if You Have a Broken Garage Door Cable

You may not realize how much you rely on the cables that move your garage door until they break. The awkward and heavy door on your garage requires a pulley system to move it smoothly up and down with seemingly no effort, all supported by cables. These wires must be strong and flexible, doing the heavy lifting for your garage door opener. When one breaks, your garage door will not function properly, or sometimes at all. So, what should you do if you have a broken garage door cable?

In most cases, you can replace garage door cables before they break. There are often signs that the cable is worn and needs replacement. Signs to look for include frayed cables – the wires may be poking out in certain spots. Also, you may notice the garage door is crooked or closes unevenly. These are all signs of a worn-out cable, giving you a chance to replace it before it breaks.

However, if you have a broken cable, you will know it right away. The door may not open at all; the springs can come loose when the cables break, making it almost impossible to open the door. Even if you are mechanically inclined, this is not a DIY project – replacing cables is complicated and can be dangerous for those without the training or equipment to perform the job safely.

If you have signs of a worn cable or already have one that is broken, call your local garage door service company. They can safely replace your cable. To prevent unexpected breaks, have your cables inspected at least once a year and proactively replace them when they begin to show signs of wear and tear.

Posted on behalf of:
The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019

Inspect Your Garage Door Pulleys and Cables

Good garage door maintenance includes a thorough inspection of your pulleys and cables.  Most people are under the impression that their garage door opener does most of the work when opening the garage door.  In fact, garage doors are equipped with a counterweight system that helps open the garage door.

An average garage door weighs between 200 and 400 pounds and without the lift assistance provide by the counterweight system, the opener would need a much stronger motor and the door would virtually impossible to open manually.

Large springs act as counterweights to help open heavy garage doors.  These springs are connected to the door through a system of cables and pulleys.  The springs, cables, and pulleys are under a lot of tension so it is important to inspect them regularly and call your garage door repair service when you notice any signs of wear.

Inspect the cables carefully for any signs of fraying or corrosion.  Wipe a soft cotton cloth gently over the cable to locate any broken stands.  A broken strand will snag the cloth and is a sign that cable is wearing out.  Visually inspect the pulleys for wear and damage.

If you find any damage or wear on the pulleys or cables, have them replaced by an experienced garage door technician.  Never try to replace garage door pulleys, cables, or springs.  These are all under very high tension and can cause severe injuries and even death.  Your garage door repair technician has the experience and training to safely replace worn garage door springs, cables and pulleys.