Garage – Keep Your Investment Protected
For most homeowners, the garage door is one of the most frequently used entrances to the house. As such, it’s crucial that it operates smoothly and safely. However, like any frequently used mechanical system, garage doors can develop issues over time that affect their functionality. At Wallen Garage Door Repair and Installation, we have the knowledge and experience to handle all aspects of garage door repair.
Common Garage Door Problems
Before delving into solutions, it’s essential to understand the types of issues garage doors commonly face. Being able to identify the problem is the first step in the repair process. Here are some of the most prevalent garage door problems homeowners encounter:
Not Opening or Closing
This is likely the most noticeable and inconvenient issue. A garage door that refuses to budge or open on command is a major hindrance.
A garage door that suddenly starts making loud noises like squeaking, screeching etc. can be alarming for homeowners. This often signals a underlying problem.
Doors that shake or vibrate when in motion are indicative of a problem with alignment or balance.
Remote Not Working
While not a mechanical problem per se, remote controls failing to work can prevent access to the garage.
Damage to Panels/Sections
Dents, cracks or holes in the door’s panels not only look unsightly but also impede smooth operation.
|Not Opening/Closing||Door refuses to open or close on command|
|Making Noise||Squeaks, screeches or other loud noises|
|Shaking/Vibrating||Door shakes or rattles when moving|
|Remote Not Working||Remote fails to open/close door|
|Damage to Panels||Dents, cracks, holes in panels|
Causes of Common Garage Door Problems
Now that we’ve identified some prevalent issues, it’s critical to understand what causes them. Knowing the root of the problem makes it easier to address. Here are some typical causes that we at Wallen Garage Door Repair and Installation have run into:
Worn Out Springs
Garage door springs endure enormous wear and tear during daily operation. Over time, their tension diminishes, preventing proper lifting/lowering.
Out of Balance Door
An imbalanced door strains the opener system and can cause vibrations, noise and affect movement.
Tracks that are bent, damaged or knocked out of alignment can cause the rollers to derail resulting in door issues.
Cables and pulleys are integral components whose failure can stop the door from working.
Hinges anchor panels together. Loose or worn out hinges impact alignment and smooth operation.
A simple dead battery in the remote control can render it useless.
Nearby devices using same frequency can interfere with remote signal reception.
|Worn Out Springs||Loss of tension prevents lifting/lowering|
|Out of Balance||Strains system and affects movement|
|Misaligned Tracks||Rollers derail due to damage/misalignment|
|Broken Cables/Pulleys||Critical components for door operation|
|Loose/Damaged Hinges||Impact alignment and smooth operation|
|Remote Battery||Dead battery renders remote non-functional|
|Interference||External signals hinder remote operation|
DIY Garage Door Repairs vs Professional Service
Once you’ve diagnosed an issue, the next decision is whether to attempt a DIY garage door repair or call a professional service like Wallen Garage Door Repair and Installation. Here are some key considerations:
- Saves money on labor costs
- Convenient for minor fixes like lubricating parts
- Can exacerbate problems if done incorrectly
- Lack of proper tools and expertise
- Risk of injury with complex components like springs
- Experienced technicians with proper tools/training
- Able to diagnose and fix complex issues
- Access to quality replacement parts/components
- Higher labor costs involved
- Waiting period for technician availability
Ultimately, while minor quick fixes can be DIYed, it’s advisable to enlist a professional garage door repair service for complex, safety-related and unfamiliar repairs.
Common Garage Door Repair Services
Garage doors are complex mechanical systems that undergo a lot of wear and tear over time. As such, they inevitably require professional repair services to restore proper and safe function. Being familiar with the most common garage door repairs will help homeowners identify issues early and determine the right solutions.
Torsion and extension springs are essential components that counterbalance the weight of garage doors. However, springs wear out due to metal fatigue after repeated use. Replacing worn or broken springs with new ones of the proper type and size will enable the door to open and close smoothly again. Professional technicians have the expertise to diagnose spring issues and perform safe spring repair or replacement.
Cables and pulleys are integral to the lifting mechanism that enables overhead garage doors to open and close. Frayed or broken cables and worn or cracked pulleys will cause the door to malfunction. Technicians will examine the full cable and pulley system, replace any damaged components, and adjust the tension as needed to restore proper operation.
Garage door rollers move along metal tracks to guide the door. If the rollers or tracks become misaligned, it can cause the door to stick or bind. Technicians will loosen brackets to straighten bent tracks and adjust the roller mounts to get the door moving smoothly again.
Electric garage door openers consist of a motor, drive mechanism, and control board that work together to open and close the door. If any of these components malfunction due to age or wear, the opener will fail to work. Professional repair services involve diagnosing issues with the opener system and fixing or replacing worn parts and electronics.
Garage door panels can become dented, rusted, or cracked over years of use. Severely damaged panels not only look unsightly but also compromise the structural integrity of the door. The Wallen Garage Door Repair and Installation technicians will remove damaged sections of the door and replace them with new matching panels.
Garage doors are exposed to the elements and need proper weather-sealing to prevent rain, wind, leaves, dirt from entering the garage. Technicians will examine weatherstripping around the perimeter of the garage door and replace torn or missing seals. Proper sealing protects items stored in the garage from damage.
|Spring Repair/Replacement||Restore proper door function|
|Cable/Pulley Repair||Get door moving again|
|Roller/Track Alignment||Enable smooth operation|
|Opener Repair||Fix opener motor, drive, control board issues|
|Panel Replacement||Replace damaged sections|
|Weather Sealing||Prevent elements from entering garage|
Garage Door Replacement
In some cases, especially with very old garage doors, replacement may be more sensible than continued repairs. Here are some signs indicating replacement:
- Frequent and recurring problems
- Difficulty finding replacement parts
- Outdated technology lacking safety features
- Deteriorating condition affecting appearance
- Hefty ongoing repair costs
Replacing an old inefficient garage door with a modern energy-efficient model can also yield long-term cost savings. To find out more, give us a call, the professionals at Wallen Garage Door Repair and Installation will be happy to discuss your options and give you our recommendations.
Factors Impacting Garage Door Replacement Cost
Here are some key factors that influence the cost of a new garage door installation:
- Materials: Steel, wood, aluminum, vinyl etc.
- Insulation rating: Higher R-value doors cost more.
- Design and finish: More ornate doors cost extra.
- Size: Larger doors are pricier to manufacture and install.
- Opening mechanism: Chain/belt drives cost more than screw drives.
- Windows/hardware: Additional features add to cost.
- Sales tax and labor: Account for a portion of total price.
Getting multiple installer quotes is recommended to find the best value replacement door for your requirements and budget.
Garage Door Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is key to maximize garage door longevity and minimize repair costs. Here are some do-it-yourself tasks homeowners can perform at regular intervals:
Lubricate Moving Parts
- Apply lubricant to rollers, hinges, pulleys and tracks to reduce friction.
- Use lithium grease or silicone spray formulated for garage doors.
- Lubricate twice a year before the seasons change.
Inspect Cables and Pulleys
- Check for fraying, kinks or signs of wear and tear.
- Have cables evaluated by a pro if you spot any damage.
- Oil pulleys so they can turn smoothly.
Test Door Balance
- Unhook door from opener using the manual release cord.
- Raise door halfway up. It should stay in place if properly balanced.
- Have pros adjust springs if door doesn’t stay put.
Check Safety Sensors
- Ensure sensors are aligned and lenses are clean.
- Place obstruction in door’s path while closing to test sensor response.
- Adjust/replace sensors if door doesn’t stop and reverse.
Inspect Weather Stripping
- Check for gaps, cracks, wear and tear on bottom seal.
- Replace damaged stripping to prevent outside air infiltration.
|Lubricate Moving Parts||Apply lubricant on rollers, hinges, pulleys etc.|
|Inspect Cables/Pulleys||Check for damage, oil pulleys|
|Test Door Balance||Raise halfway, ensure stays put|
|Check Safety Sensors||Align, clean lenses, test response|
|Inspect Weather Stripping||Replace if cracked/torn|
While DIY maintenance can go a long way, an annual tune-up by a professional garage door technician is recommended for a thorough evaluation of all components.
Garage Door Safety Tips
Proper garage door safety is imperative, given their heavy, mechanical nature and potential hazards if mishandled. Here are some key safety pointers:
- Keep hands and fingers away from moving parts.
- Ensure children/pets do not play near or under operating door.
- Stand clear of door’s path when opening/closing.
- Do not try to manually operate an electric door since springs are wound tightly.
- Do not operate door if a repair seems beyond your skill level.
- Consult technicians for repairs involving springs, cables, rollers etc.
- Ensure door is fully open before driving in or out of garage.
- Perform monthly reversal test on electric door auto-reverse function.
- Keep the path of electric safety sensors clean and unobstructed.
Being vigilant and proactive with garage door safety, maintenance and repairs ensures it continues functioning efficiently while protecting your vehicles, belongings and loved ones.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should garage door maintenance be performed?
Ideally, lubrication and inspection of moving parts should be done twice a year. Testing door balance and safety sensors can be done monthly. An annual tune-up by a professional is recommended for a comprehensive maintenance check.
What are signs that a garage door may need replacing?
Indicators include recurring problems, difficulty finding replacement parts, outdated technology lacking safety features, deteriorating physical condition and high ongoing repair expenses.
Is it safe to repair garage door springs on my own?
No, repairing torsion springs can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. The tension in the springs poses risk of injury if they snap. Professionals have the tools and training to safely replace springs.
How do I find reputable garage door repair technicians in my area?
Search for licensed, insured and bonded repair companies that have been operating locally for several years. Check reviews and testimonials from past customers. Obtain multiple quotes to compare prices. We know you’ll find Wallen Garage Door Repair and Installation at the top of your list after doing your due diligence.
What maintenance can I do myself vs hiring a pro?
Simple tasks like lubricating hinges and tightening screws can be DIYed. Complex repairs like spring or cable replacement should be left to professionals. Annual tune-ups should be done by technicians. Give Wallen Garage Door Repair and Installation a call today for a free quote on all your garage door repairs.