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Maintaining Your Own Garage Door

Don’t you just find it so annoying when you garage door remote doesn’t work?

You arrive home from a long day at work to find that when you press that remote control pad button, instead of opening smoothly, you door stops half open or just doesn’t open at all. Of course, you can call in a technician to fix the problem, but before you pay out for this expense, you can of course try and fix the problem themselves.

First things first, you need to check the power supply to the opener. If this is faulty, then it will immediately answer your question as to why it is failing. If you cannot find any fault here, then your next place to look will be that there is no dirt of obstruction that means that the sensors are not receiving the correct signal to open the garage door. The sensors of course need to be aligned properly so they will recognize the signal to open.

As your garage door is on the outside of your home, it is easy to forget about. It’s one of those things that constantly seem to be on your list of things to do, but never reaches the top of the list. As well as this, make sure that all the moving parts within the garage are in good and working order and that they are lubricated.

If your door is an old fashioned up and over type, you need to look at all the parts for wear and tear including bolts and screws. If the screws are not tightly done up, this could cause the tracks to come off line and will mean that the door will not open smoothly. It is easy to secure your tracks and see if this is the problem that is prohibiting the door from opening.

If you have a door that swings open, you need to look carefully at the springs and the spring mounts to make sure everything is as it should be.

The springs also have to have the correct tensile strength; otherwise they will not lift the door smoothly. Make sure all brackets are also tightened properly and that the springs look as though they are in good order.

Another key to the proper opening and closing of your door is to make sure that you do regularly maintain your garage door. By checking and replacing the springs periodically as well as lubricating moving parts you can make sure that you garage door really does open smoothly every time you press the button. A little maintenance goes a long way to insure that you have a good working garage door.

Learn more about garage door maintenance here!

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Troubleshooting a Garage Door for Cold Weather Problems

Troubleshooting your garage door is something to undertake before the weather goes bad. When the temperatures dip, the snow piles up on your driveway and the sidewalk becomes slick with ice, the last thing you want to deal with is trouble getting into your own garage after a long, blustery day at work.

Unfortunately, the cold weather season is precisely the time of year that most homeowners start to have problems with their garage doors. It’s best to be prepared for these types of situations, so as not to waste too much time hopping from foot to foot in desperation if you can’t get the door to lift in the middle of a blizzard! Read the troubleshooting tips below to be prepared in case this happens to you.

Problem 1 – Garage Door Won’t Open

The most common problem by far that is reported by homeowners during the winter season is that their garage doors either won’t open completely or won’t close all the way shut. This can be due to a variety of reasons, so try each of the following steps to address the issue. First, lubricate all hinges and joints with an appropriate lubricant, like Genie lubricant, to make sure that all the parts are sliding smoothly.

If you’re still having problems, then the cold temperatures may have caused the brackets that hold the runners for the garage door in place to become misaligned, due to contraction of the metal in the cold weather. Check them to make sure they’re correctly in place, and if not, adjust them so that they are.

Still having problems? Then do a thorough check of all the electrical fittings for your garage door. The cold weather may have caused cracks or other damage to parts that house electrical wires or sensors. If you don’t have much experience with electrical work, you may want to call in an expert to help address this problem, since a lot could go wrong if you try to fix it yourself without the proper background and know-how.

Problem 2 – A Creaky, Complaining Garage Door

Another common wintertime complaint for homeowners is a garage door that just won’t shut up. As it opens or closes, it moans and groans as if it were being tortured! Again, the most likely cause is probably a lack of proper lubrication, due to freezing temperatures. Get some lube (making sure to use one that’s specifically for things like garage doors, otherwise, you could end up sticking up the joints) and slick up all the necessary joints, hinges and other metal parts.

If after that procedure the door is still super noisy, it’s probably another case of metal contracting in the cold weather, causing the door and its runners to be slightly misaligned. Unfortunately, depending on your individual situation, there may be nothing you can do to fix that until spring comes and thaws things out.

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