Garage Door Repair Tips
Garage doors lead pretty simple lives. Up, down, up, down, over and over until they suddenly don’t work the way they should. Fortunately, that simple life usually makes for relatively simple repairs. Sometimes, though, even reliable old garage doors bite the dust.
If you are having trouble with your garage door, here are some tips on what to do.
Quick Garage Door Fixes
When your garage door starts acting up, more often than not it is telling you it’s time to do a bit of maintenance. So, before hitting the panic button, try these simple repairs. First, examine the rollers and tracks. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned them (and they look the part!), give them a good brushing and then add some lubricant. Next, perform these simple garage door maintenance tasks.
Silencing a Noisy Garage Door
Noisy garage doors cause all kinds of problems, especially for anyone who has to sleep above or next to the garage. Fortunately, most noisy garage door problems can be fixed with a combination of routine maintenance and the replacement of a few parts.
Frozen Garage Door?
It is precisely on those coldest days of the year when you most need and appreciate the convenience of opening and closing your garage door quickly. Sadly, those also happen to be the kinds of days when cold and moisture combine to make this difficult. Garage doors can and do freeze to the garage floor. Sometimes it is a minor icy connection between the two that can be broken when you hit the opener button.
Other times, however, the door refuses to budge. When this happens to you, stop hoping that if you hit that button enough times, a miracle will happen. About the only thing that is going to happen is that you cause a much bigger problem with the garage door opener (including, but not limited to, stripped gears, broken coils and burned out motor).
Instead, take a few moments that break the connection. Use a heat gun or hair dryer to melt the ice. Standard de-icing products will also work. And, if you are careful not to damage the door or the seal on the bottom of the door, use a flat shovel or similar tool to chip away at the ice.
Once you get the door open, clear any water, ice or snow from the spot on the garage floor where the door rests when closed. That way, you should be able to plan on getting the door open next time you need it.
Replacing Broken Glass
Regardless of the cause of broken glass in your garage, this is one problem you want to fix as soon as possible. Broken glass is a safety issue, a security problem, and an invitation to every bird and hornet in the neighborhood to make your garage their next home. For this, it is advisable you hire a professional for garage door repair.
Keep It Safe
Garage doors are much safer these days than they used to be. That is especially true of garage doors equipped with garage door openers. Older garage door openers did not have the kinds of safety features that would stop them from closing on a child or pet wandering in or out of the garage while the door closed. That made for many tragic stories.
But the improvements in safety haven’t eliminated safety concerns when it comes to garage doors. Everyone needs to understand how to stay safe in the garage.