Garage Door Experts Give 3 Tips for Do-it-Yourself Repairs
Have you noticed that your garage door is not opening and closing properly? In time, wear and tear causes disruptions to occur because of faulty or rusty cables, springs and alignment sensors. Here are three do-it-yourself repair tips that garage door experts recommend.
1. Replacing the Garage Door Cables
Are you having issues with your garage door attempting to open or close? Does it shake or make a high-pitched sound as it moves up or down? If so, it is a sign that you need to replace your garage door cables. The lift cable attaches to the bottom, and then routes to the retaining cable. As the lift cable’s spring tension offset the door’s weight, it lifts easily. As the cables move the pulleys each time you operate the door, they deteriorate easily or cause the bearings to malfunction. Moisture near the base of the door frame will also cause deterioration from rust, excessive usage or corrosion.
Solution: If you have experience with the cables, you need to replace them. As it is a major component, consult with Garage Doors Repair Wizard before starting.
2. Installing Garage Door Springs
The garage door’s springs are a vital component that controls the opening and closing mechanism and the torque. If the spring is broken or worn down, the door will either be difficult or impossible to lift. Wear and tear is normal because of the normal usage, so you will need to replace them before they break. Make sure the cables have not loosened. You will notice it right away as the cables will not be in their regular position. You will also notice the door opens only a few inches after the safety mechanism kicks in.
Solution: Verify if you have an extension or torsion spring. Extension springs attach on the sides of the door frame and extend diagonally. Torsion springs are located at the top of the garage door and do not move as the door opens or closes. Extension springs are easy to install. Torsion springs are difficult to restore, so it is best to hire an expert.
3. Aligning the Garage Door Evenly
Is your garage door unbalanced? Is so, it is a safety hazard that will potentially cause property damage. It also puts you or your family at risk for injury if the door closes too quickly. Adjusting your garage door alignment is an easy fix.
Solution: Lower the door until there is no longer any tension in the springs. Remove it from its hanger, and move it up one hole if the door was previously closing too fast. If opening too fast, move it down one hole lower than it was. You will also need to adjust the springs using the same method. Test the door’s balance and adjust the springs again. You will also need to adjust the lift cable if the garage door does not close evenly.
Fine-tuning a garage door or opener is more complex than you imagine. If at any time you are unsure of how to proceed, you will save time and money by contacting a garage door expert.
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