Garage Service Pros Equipment and Hardware
Garage doors are relatively simple parts moved by a simple mechanical opener, but each part plays it’s role. The spring system is by far the most important component to a working garage door and it’s also a part that is commonly repaired. Garage doors use either extension springs (on either side of the track, often used on lighter doors) or torsion springs (typically above the door opening for heavier doors). Replacing garage door torsion springs is dangerous because the springs are under tension. If you do not use the right tools and follow safe procedures, you could severely injure yourself or someone else. You could also damage your property. Even our manufacturers, like Clopay, recommend that only a trained garage door professional install garage door springs.
Another common type of repair is for the door rollers. There are 4 types of rollers that are typically used for garage doors. All rollers are made with steel stems with wheels at one end of roller. The difference is in the materials and design of the wheel:
- Plastic wheels do not use ball bearings in their construction.
- Steel wheels come 2 ways – with ball bearings and without ball bearings.
- Poly constructed wheels are pretty much identical to a skateboard wheel or roller blade wheel and have a ball bearing system built in.
When the rollers are damaged, we recommend replacing them with 11 ball bearing, precision nylon rollers. The poly wheels with ball bearings give the roller more life and are also quieter. However, the bearings need to be lubricated regularly. After this repair is done, there is an overwhelming difference on how your door functions from that point on.
Broken cables or a cable that has come off it’s drum are also pretty common. The track guides and shields the chain, screw or belt as it opens and closes the door. It connects the operator to the trolley, which is connected to the door. When these cables fray or break the door can not function properly or safely. We recommend replacing the cable with a chain drive that will last longer.
Not only are rusty hinges likely to discolor the door, they are a real safety concern. Some trouble signs include the door may open with difficulty or the door is really noisy when it operates. Rust is a clear indication of age or low quality material. Broken hinges can deform the door’s tracks or damaging the door panels. The longer you wait to replace damaged hinges, the more likely it is that you’ll end making other major repairs.
Damaged garage door panels are also fairly common. Panels can be damaged by issues with other garage door parts, like damaged hinges or rollers. Doors panels can also be damaged by the handle and locking mechanism, physical damage from a car, or wind and hail. If the panels are damaged, they need to be replaced as soon as possible.
The motor for your garage door can fail, too. As a result of other problems, the opener may be using it’’s safety features and cause the opener to stop and reverse back open. Other problems with the motor may be faulty wiring, misaligned or defective safety sensors or damaged gears. Gears can get stripped due to excessive pressure with the door being out of balance. Age and usage is also another driving factor.
Damage to the track is fairly common as a result of another problem. Most likely, the track has been twisted so the door can’t roll up and down smoothly. This causes even more stress to the other garage door parts. But, the track itself can be damaged from rust from weather conditions, metal fatigue from repeated door weight put on the track, and normal shifting of the foundation and construction materials over time.
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