Contractor Tips Blog

Oct
25

Does Your Garage Door Need a Spring Replacement?

Posted in Garage Doors

One of the most common garage door repairs is on the spring or springs that controls the opening and closing of the garage door. These springs take the brunt of the weight and allow for easier movement of these heavy, awkward doors. However, they do have a limited amount of use and do need replacement more frequently than most other garage door components. So, how do you know when it is time to replace your garage door spring?

Unfortunately, there is not a quick and simple answer for when any spring on a garage door will need replacement. They are like timing belts or chains in vehicle engines – they work, until one day they don’t. For cars, they recommend timing belts be replaced as preventive maintenance – having one break can ruin the engine in some vehicles. The same can be true for garage door springs. They should be replaced when they have put on the recommended “miles” or cycles to prevent them breaking and causing damage.

While each type of spring and manufacturer may be different, the average garage door spring is good for about 10,000 cycles. Depending on how often you use your garage door, that could mean about five years, give or take a year. Some springs have extended lifespans, with 60,000 or more cycles, giving you longer between replacements.

The best way to stay on top of your spring and other maintenance for your garage door is to schedule routine tune-ups once or twice a year. This will help ensure everything is kept lubricated and in good working order, which can extend the life of your spring and opening system. Your garage door service tech can let you know when it is time to replace your spring to prevent unexpected failure.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Sep
4

What to Do if Your Garage Door Has a Bent Track

Posted in Garage Doors

The metal tracks that are so essential to an overhead garage door can be easily damage. Vehicles going in and out, plus other influences can damage the tracks and impact their stability. If these tracks are bent or dented, they can jeopardize the safety of your garage door. It is important to inspect these tracks and make sure they can support the hundreds of pounds of door that they move up and down each day. Here is what to do if there is a problem with your garage door tracks.

You may think a small dent in your garage door track is not a big deal, but it can impact the entire door opening system. A dent or bend can throw off the alignment of your door. This can result in it coming off the tracks. Since most garage doors weigh a few hundred pounds, this can be a major safety hazard.

It is important to regularly inspect your tracks and hardware. Look for dents or a bent track, corrosion and other signs of weakness in the structure. Also inspect the cables, rollers and stabilizing hardware in and around the tracks. If there are signs of rust or damage, these components should be replaced right away.

While you may be able to replace a rusty screw in your tracks, replacing the entire track should be left to the garage door repair professionals. Tracks must be perfectly aligned to allow the opening system to work correctly. Call your local garage door service to replace your bent or damaged track and any other components that are showing wear and tear. It is important to keep these parts in good repair to ensure your garage door can safely function.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

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