Common Garage Door Repairs

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Having a working garage door is a must for any homeowner, which makes garage door repairs vital in making sure it’s working correctly.

There are several projects that homeowners can do themselves to make sure that their garage door works like it should over a long period of time.

Of course you may have a garage door repair San Jose that may require a local professional repairman to complete the job, but for the most part, these are do-it-yourself projects that homeowners should apply to their garage doors frequently.

Adjusting Wheels & Tracks

One thing every homeowner can do is make adjustments to the wheels and the tracks for their garage door.  This might be necessary if the garage door doesn’t open and close as smooth as it should.  The first thing you can do is take your electric drill and screw the brackets and hinges down a little bit tighter along the tracks.  These can loosen over a period of time which makes for a bumpy ride for the garage door.   Tightening the wheels will also help this as the wheels will run more efficiently once they are tightened.

Grease The Tracks

This is not necessarily repairs, but more like maintenance.  Greasing the tracks can be done once a month to keep your garage door track and wheels working without that loud annoying noises. Hinges and wheels can become loose with a lot of use from the garage door opening and closing.  If you never want to hear that annoying sound again, spray some WD40 along the tracks and on the wheels of the garage door.

Garage Opener

Garage openers do not last a lifetime, which means most homeowners are going to have to make repairs at some point.  These repairs might be from replacing batteries to getting a new garage door opener all together.  One way to troubleshoot a malfunctioning garage door opener is to try opening your garage on all of your devices.  If the garage door opens or closes on some devices, but not all, then it’s time to start making repairs to those garage door openers that wont work.  However, if your garage door does not respond to any device that opens or closes the door, then you need to look at the opener in the middle of your garage.

Broken Springs

If your garage door isn’t opening and closing correctly, it could be do to broken springs that are located at the top of the garage.  These torsion springs are what make the garage door open and close by coiling and uncoiling as the garage opens and closes.  Sometimes these springs can get overly rusted which can make them inefficient.  In a worst case scenario, they are extremely damaged and could snap off the garage door at an unpredictable time.  If your garage door springs look like they could use some serious repairs, then it’s best to contact a local garage door company to come and look at it.

Check The Eye Laser

This is more like a garage door cleaning.  In every garage door there is a sensor that is located about 6 inches off the ground on both sides of the door.  These sensors shoot a laser from one side to the other checking to see if the path is clear for the garage door to open and close.   Sometimes, these sensors can get extremely dirty and will affect the path of the sensor.  It’s best to clean these when your garage door stops opening and closing, as there could be some dirt, mud, or even cob webs that prevent the sensor from shooting the laser in a clean path to the other side.