The good news is that this is completely possible. Every garage door opener comes with a release switch, which makes it possible to open and close the door manually.
I can use my garage door opener to open the door, but I can’t get it to close. What might be the problem?
While this could be a symptom of many different issues, the most common one is because your sensors are dirty or have obstructions. If you clean them off and the problem pertains, reach out to a professional.
Most of the time, estimates will be free. This might differ from company to company, but the majority will come out to check out the garage and see what needs work needs to be done, and give you an estimate of the total cost.
I need repairs but only have a certain amount of money. Can I ask the company to give me a lower price?
While you can ask for deals or coupons, the prices the company sets aren’t usually waived. They have these prices set to make sure they can make some kind of revenue off of their services. If you need a lower price, you’ll definitely want to shop around and find the best.
It isn’t something that absolutely needs to be done, but it’s a good idea. This is especially true for those that live in areas where the weather is unpredictable. Not only will insulation keep the garage warmer, but it will help ensure that all parts are working correctly and not freezing over.
It’s going to depend on what kind of garage door you have, but there’s an opener for every type. Steel doors work well with any type of opener, wood doors work well with chain drive openers, and garages with small headroom work well with jackshaft openers.
Depending on how damaged the doors are and whether or not they are custom made will be what decides if they can be replaced. There’s a good chance that replacement is possible, but calling a professional will give you an idea if the new panels need to be made before replaced.
Without ball bearings, your garage door won’t move as smoothly or quietly. It’s essential to have stainless steel or zinc rollers installed to ensure there isn’t any corrosion or breaking from the pressure and the ball bearings will help extend the lifespan of these rollers.
There are usually two options to choose from, which are disposing of the door on your own or having the company that did the installation get rid of it. Either service is usually free and it comes down to which option works best for you.
For the most part, getting a survey of your garage for the purpose of garage door installation is free. All you need to do is give the professionals a quick call and they’ll send someone out. Keep in mind, there is no obligation to actually buy the services.
With so many parts, trying to repair your garage door by yourself is extremely dangerous. You put yourself at serious risk if you aren’t trained or using the right tools and materials. A professional will do the job right and make sure it’s as safe as possible.
The two most common types of insulation are polystyrene and polyurethane. Polystyrene insulation comes in big sheets that are put into the layers of your garage door panels, while polyurethane comes in the form of a foam spray that’s sprayed into nooks and crannies. Talk with a professional to see what insulation is best for your needs.
Not only should you replace your door if it becomes unsafe, but a door that’s old or has normal wear and tear should be replaced too. If you call out a professional, they should be able to check out the situation and give recommendations.
If the tension spring on your garage door is too loose, then it might move too fast while closing, and if it’s too tight, then the door will move super slow. Moving too fast could cause the doors to slam onto the ground and moving too slow could cause the panels to hang farther down.
Only one of the springs on the top of my garage door shaft is broken. Should I replace them both or just the broken one?
It doesn’t matter how much of the spring is broken or where it’s broken. Once there’s damage, you’ll want to get them replaced. Calling a professional to come out and evaluate the door and damage will give you an idea of the next steps.
To check the balance, use the red release cord and let the door open halfway. A well-balanced door might move a little bit, but it should stay roughly in the same place. If there is a lot of movement, you’ll want to get the door balanced.
If there comes a time when you want to use your garage door by hand, all you have to do is disconnect the red cord that’s beneath the operating unit. Make sure you are very careful when doing this to help decrease the chances of damage or injury.
I’m thinking about having a garage door installed at my Houston area home. How long will this process take?
You should be able to have your new garage door installed within a few hours. This gives professionals plenty of time to correctly install everything and ensure things are safe. You’ll want to make sure you hire a professional because doing the work at home could make the manufacturer’s warranty void.
Most garage doors will have a slide lock built-in. You can manually slide this lock and stop the garage door from being opened. One thing to remember is if you try to use the garage door while the lock is in place, there’s a chance you can damage the lock or door.
We have a one-piece single panel garage door but want to get a sectional garage door. Is this possible?
Most of the time, this is completely possible. A professional can change your garage door from a single panel to a sectional panel by adding new door panels, tracks, and door rollers. Keep in mind, it will depend greatly on how your garage is constructed.
My garage door is broken but I’m not sure if I need a new one or just a repair. Can you send someone to check it out?
Calling a professional can give you an answer to your problem. Not only will they fully inspect the garage door, but they’ll give recommendations on the situation. Regardless of what work you need done, they will try and work within your budget and do what they can to get your door working again.
These types of installations are that cheap and doing preventive maintenance can help reduce the chances of needing a replacement done early. A garage door tends to be used quite a bit, so making sure you do the preventive maintenance that’s recommended by the manufacturer is essential.
What if the broken springs are near the bottom? Can I just throw them away and keep using the springs without issues?
When a garage door spring breaks, it means it has passed its lifespan. With that being the case, don’t try and reuse a broken spring as it can do more damage or cause serious injury. You’ll want to call a professional as soon as you see these broken parts.
There was a popping sound in the garage and my garage door won’t open anymore. What could be the issue?
The loud popping sound is a huge indication that your garage door springs are broken. The springs usually sit all the way across the top of the garage door and you might see broken or hanging parts around that area. If you do see this, call a professional and don’t try and fix it yourself.
With the moving parts of the garage door, you would maintain them the same way you would moving parts of a normal door. As for the wood, you should stain and paint every year. If you live in an area that causes a lot of damage, you should add some kind of sealant.
It will ultimately depend on the size and type of garage door, but most professionals can have the installation done in 2-3 hours. Keep in mind, if you need a replacement, the old garage door will need to be completely removed first.
Most garage doors used in residential areas are opened and closed using an automatic garage opener. This means you shouldn’t need to get a lock because the door will automatically lock once it completely closes. With that said, though, you can always get a lock if you feel like you need extra security.
While you can, there are several things that go wrong. With that being the case, it isn’t a good idea for someone without proper training to try and install a garage door opener on their own. In addition to possibly damaging parts, you could get seriously hurt from the motorized parts.
Most companies will do this as a part of monthly or annual cleaning and maintenance, but there might be times in between when you’ll need to have them lubricated. The best way to tell is by listening when the garage door opens and closes. It should do so with resisting or squealing sounds. If you hear this, it’s time for lubrication.
The sensors are the things that help keep everyone safe, but they need to be able to see each other in order to work the way they should. Most of the time, the sensors have issues because there’s debris in the way. You can try and clean off the sensors and see if that makes the garage door start working correctly. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to call in a professional.
Even if your garage door seems to be opening and closing the way it should, this doesn’t guarantee that it is. You can get a garage door that has sensors that will stop halfway if they sense a child or something else in the way. You can get other safety features that can increase how safe your garage door is.