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Four Signs Your Garage Door Needs Service

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

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Your garage door serves multiple purposes. Not only does it protect your vehicle and belongings, it service as a way to keep out the elements. Though garage doors are relatively durable, occasional service and maintenance is required. The experts at Overhead Door share four signs your garage door needs service, so read on for more!

Do You See Signs Your Garage Door Needs Repairs?

There's a Disconnect Somewhere

Click...click...CLICK! No matter how much you mash the buttons, the door won't open or close. If it does, it moves slowly. Additionally, you might notice that the safety equipment at the bottom of your door isn't working properly. Electrical shorts or disconnects are a common problem with garage doors, so it's important to get them checked out as soon as possible.

Did That Always Look That Way?

pexels-photo-237974-1.jpegHave you noticed rusty parts on your garage door parts recently? Perhaps you've seen portions of your garage door getting a little saggy. Though it's sturdy and designed to last a while, your hardware does need replaced eventually. If you notice bolts, screws, or the tracks of your garage door looking a little worse for wear, it's time to schedule a service call with a professional.

There's a Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Watching your garage shimmy and shake like it's in a disco can be very disconcerting. While these symptoms indicate that your door is misaligned with the tracks, this isn't a problem you should ignore. As the door continues along its imbalanced path, it can wear more heavily on one side of the hardware. Be sure to set up an appointment to have your garage door serviced as soon as possible.

You Hear Odd Noises

Garage door should make minimal amounts of noise, especially newer models. Most often, noisy garage doors come from springs or tracks that just require a little grease to help them run smoother. Think of this lubricant as "cartilage" for your garage door and the parts; it acts as a buffer to keep the two rough pieces from rubbing each other raw.

Are you concerned that you need to have your garage door serviced? Overhead Door not only provides new door installations, we can help you with maintenance and repairs, too. Schedule a service call with us today!

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Garage Door Help: How To Tell If A Garage Door Opener Is Broken

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:59 AM

So you finally have your garage ready for the spring/summer, and all of the sudden your garage door opener is broken. The first thing that runs through your mind is, “How can I fix this myself?” As a homeowner you would rather try to assess the problem and figure it out yourself, than to call a repairman. Here are some steps to take in order to get the garage door help you need.

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Assess The Garage Door And Opener

First off, before we assume that it most definitely is the opener, you will want to check the garage door itself. Checking the alignment springs and easy opening are the steps you will need to take. If it is too difficult to open the garage manually, then it more than likely is not the opener. Now, you’ve done all these steps and everything has checked out, but the garage opener still will not open when you push it. You will then start the process of assessing the opener. First, you need to check the wall control. If the light is not on, then there is a tripped circuit breaker, and it needs to be reset.

If that checks out, then try resetting the wall control. Unplug the control, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in. Sometimes resetting the opener is all the garage door help you need.

I’ve Assessed The Problem. Now What?

So you have done the checklist so far, and the opener is still not working… now what? Well, two of the most common repair problems on the openers are nylon gears and logic board malfunctions. Both of these problems are costly, and most homeowners would be better off just buying a new unit.

That is not always the case though; some homeowners can check the warranty to see if parts and labor repair costs are covered by the warranty terms and conditions. If the unit is not covered under warranty, then you should contact your local Overhead Door to assist you with the problem over the phone or request an estimate online.

For more garage door help, questions, or concerns please visit our website!

 

Tags: Garage Door Repairs

Anatomy Of Your Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever thought of the anatomy of your garage door? Probably not BUT knowing the parts of your door and how they work could really benefit you in long run. When there is a problem, you’ll know how to easily identify it and fix it or call a specialist when the job gets too big.

 

Follow along as we take you through the 7 aspects of your garage door.

 

Torsion Spring : This is used to counterbalance the doors weight in order to be lifted easily. This is the most dangerous part of your garage door. This spring is under constant tension. Tampering with it can cause serious injury so give an expert if you think the torsion spring is causing the issue.

 

Track : Guides the door up the ceiling and back. The track is one of the main aspects of your garage’s daily use. Preforming a seasonal check to make sure they are working optimally is beneficial. Make sure the track is clear of any debris or parts. If you are located in a salty area, corrosion can occur so be sure to give your specialist a call to insure you are using the right materials.

 

Roller : Rides inside the track, which move every time you open and close your garage door. Sometimes these rollers can become warn. Contact a specialist to learn more about how to properly replace them.

 

Hinge : Connect the horizontal sections. Sometimes these hinges can become noisy. A simple lubrication or oiling can fix it. If the problem continues, you may need to replace your hinges.

 

Section : The sections of your garage door are linked to the hinges and help fold the door as it is raising and lowering. Every garage door style has a different type of sectioning. These normally hold up well over time.

 

Lock Bar : Engages with the track to prevent the door from opening. This is used as a security measure to insure no one can enter your garage while it is closed.

 

Weather Stripping : Seals the door edges to prevent air flow. This prevents the inside of your garage from being subject to the elementsAnatomy of a garage door

 

 

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Do it yourself garage door maintenance

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 @ 02:26 PM

The sad truth is that garage doors do break over time just like automobiles and others devices that make our life easier throughout the day. However there are some do it yourself tips that you can use to prolong the life of the door and prevent a service technician to come to your house for repairs.

The first issue that people have problems with are photocell cameras. The cameras are located at the bottom corners of the garage door opening and are used to prevent the door from crushing items that are in the path of the moving garage door. A good tip to keep these cameras in good condition is to check and see if the wires are fasten to the cameras. There are instances where loose or corrosion on wires my cause the cameras to not receive the proper power in order to work. To fix this just cut off the bad section of the wire and strip off the section of the plastic coating to expose copper wire. Then attach the exposed wire back to the corresponding terminal the wire broke off of. Another important thing to check on the camera is to see if dirt or spider webs are in the lenses. If this is the case, apply a brush to the lenses wiping away the dirt and webs so that the cameras can see each other clearly.

If you have an older opener that doesn't have photocell cameras. A safety reversing sensor is applied to the opener so that if an object is in the path of the opener. The moving door senses the object when touched and returns back to the open state with damaging the object or the door. As part of maintenance a safety test should be conducted where you take a standard wood 2x4 and place it flat on the ground where the 2x4 is in the path of the moving door. If the door reverses with the 2x4 in the way of the opening then the test is complete. If the door doesn't reverse, the closed sensitivity need to be adjusted and you should call a overhead door technician with the model of the opener for further instruction on how to resolve the issue.

The last thing for our maintenance plan is to lubricate the moving parts of the garage door. You can get garage door lubricant at your nearest hardware store. With the lubricant in hand spray the lubricant on the small wheels in the inside track of the garage door. Also the other important thing to lubricate is the spring which will be located as a long black coil along the top of the opening or along the sides of the track. This will prolong the life of the spring by preventing friction between the coils of the spring.

You should do this maintenance plan every six months for best results of your garage door and opener. If you have any questions or have some other concerns while performing maintenance contact your nearest overhead door technician for assistance.

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