No matter how careful you are with your garage door, like any other part of your home, eventually, it will need to be repaired. Parts will wear down and break, and the constant movement of the door going up and down is the ideal recipe for a door to need repair. Fortunately, there are several types of garage door repairs which mean that a door replacement can be delayed or completely avoided. Here are some examples of common repairs.
This routine garage door repair can be performed very easily. Replacing the weather seal in your garage door is fairly straightforward and necessary since this is what keeps them warm or cold air inside and the pests and dirt outside.
To do this, start by measuring the width of the seal. Once you have the new seal, remove the old one and secure the new one by putting in one screw or nail at a time. Keep an eye on the sloped edge and make sure it is always facing the outside of the garage door while the flat part faces the bottom of the door. It is easy to cut off any excess material.
Try out the garage door, opening and closing it several times to confirm that it is not catching and operates smoothly. Adjust as needed.
Replace Broken Cables
Cables used in garage doors come from individual wires tied together to end up with thicker strands that create the cable when assembled. They are used to pull the door up and must be able to hold the weight of the door.
Because they are used so frequently, they tend to fray until they eventually snap. Any time you look at your garage door, and it seems to be hanging at an odd angle, or any time it gets stuck halfway, you know that you need a cable replacement.
Before tackling this job, you need to be sure that you have the knowledge to do it correctly. Otherwise, you risk causing severe damage to the garage door and end up injuring yourself. It may be worth it for you to call a garage door technician to take care of this repair.
Replace Coiled Springs
These springs are used to enable the raising and lowering of the garage door. They are not a part of the door opener but a component of the door. Any time they break, it is possible for you to replace just that one piece. If this has happened before, you may consider upgrading your spring.
A clear sign that a spring needs replacing is when the door is difficult to raise or when it makes quite a bit of noise as it moves up. A spring that breaks sounds like a gunshot, which is a sound that you are not likely to ignore. Springs may also get twisted or overstretched.
It is not recommended that you try to replace a coil spring on your own. Doing it can be dangerous and result in damage to the door and injuries to you. You need a solid metal winding bar to remove a torsion spring and two solid metal winding bars to complete the installation.
The best thing you can do when you need a garage door repair is to call a professional.