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Local Garage Door Repair

How long does it take to remove and replace a garage door?2022-12-13T16:49:39+00:00

A garage door installation is typically done in less than a day. This includes removing the old door and any hardware no longer needed. If the existing door opening and brackets are in good shape, the job can usually be done in 4-6 hours. Before we do an installation, our team will check out the site and let you know if there are any issues that may impact installation time.

Who are the best garage door manufacturers?2022-12-13T16:59:49+00:00

Our recommended manufactures are listed below. These companies all have solid reputations, products and warranties. In addition, they offer a wide variety of garage door styles and options that are worth looking over.

Recommended Manufacturers

How much does a garage door change the value of my home?2022-12-13T17:08:04+00:00

For many homes, the garage door is one of the most prominent street facing features. As a result, the garage door contributes a lot to the home’s curb appeal. In addition to the curb appeal, garage door add-ons and upgrades like insulation, battery backup and smart openers can help boost the selling price of the home.

Are higher rated R-value garage doors worth the money?2022-12-13T17:13:51+00:00

Adding insulation to a garage door can have a significant impact on your home heating and cooling bill. Without insulation, your garage space tracks the outdoor temperature closely. As a result, it takes more energy to keep your house comfortable, especially if the garage area is used a lot. Insulating the garage door keeps the garage temperature at a more comfortable level reducing heating and cooling costs. In addition, an insulated door is quieter than a non-insulated door.

What should you do if you need garage door repair?2022-12-13T17:32:06+00:00

It can be very frustrating when your door no longer works, especially if your car is stuck inside. Trying to open the door manually or forcefully can cause additional problems or create a hazard. If it’s no an obvious, simple fix, call for emergency service and get the door looked at ASAP. We offer 24/7 service and will let you know how long it will take to get to you.

What are the most common residential garage door problems?2022-12-13T17:34:52+00:00

Garage doors have a lot of moving parts so there are plenty of things than can go wrong. Here are the top 5 problems we get calls for:

Remote Control Not Working

We all know that feeling of dread when we click the opener and nothing happens. Ugh. It could be something as simple as dead batteries in the remote to a defective opener that needs replacing. If you have more than one remote, try another and see if things go better. If not, try the manual wall switch. If that doesn’t work, and the opener doesn’t even try, check your breakers. And if that’s not the issue, you may need to call in the pros to diagnose the situation.

Broken Springs

Springs have a limited lifespan and they break. It’s usually pretty obvious when you look at the springs. If there is a gap in the spring coil, it’s broken. It’s best to get them replaced ASAP because operating the door without the spring assist can cause damage to other parts of the door system.

Noisy Garage Door

There are a number of reasons your door might start making some awful sounds. Sometimes a little lubrication will take care of it, but it could also be a sign of a larger problem. You can try lubricating parts with the correct type of lubricant (lithium grease, not WD-40!) but if that doesn’t help you likely need a professional diagnosis.

Door Doesn’t Open Evenly

A door that doesn’t open evenly is a sign of some impediment to the door rising up. This could be a defective or broken spring or some issues with rollers and the track.

Door Doesn’t Open Or Close Completely

Garage doors have a number of safety features designed to protect people and the garage door system. If a garage door won’t close completely, check for obstructions on the floor than may be blocking beam sensor. If it won’t open all the way, the opener may be sensing too much resistance which could be caused by a broken or defective spring or an issue with rollers or the track.

How can a noisy garage door be fixed?2022-12-12T22:51:10+00:00

There are any number of reasons your garage door could be making excessive noise. Some noise is to be expected, but if you’re suddenly hearing more noises than before, there are a few basic things you can try before calling for help.

Tighten Nuts and Bolts

Make sure all your hinge and track bolts are secure. Use a socket wrench to tighten up any loose nuts and bolts but don’t overdo it. A firm tightening is all that’s needed. Don’t mess around with any components involving the springs including brackets, cables, wood blocks, fasteners, bolts or other parts of the counterbalance system. If you’re not sure, leave it alone and get help from the pros. Knocking the spring out of balance can lead to more problems and be dangerous.

Lubricate Rollers

If your rollers are the standard open bearing type (not upgrade enclosed nylon rollers) you could give them a little squirt of lubrication. We typically recommend lithium grease or a silicone spray but don’t use WD-40.

Lubricate Hinges

Hinges can be subject to corrosion or dirt build up causing unwanted friction in the system which in turn makes noise. While you’re doing the rollers, you may as well give all hinges a squirt as well. Again, lithium grease or silicone spray but no WD-40!

Lubricate the Garage Door Spring

Noisy or not, it’s a good idea to lubricate your springs one or twice a year. Not only will it reduce noise, it will prolong the life of your spring. Take your lithium grease and spray across the top of the spring. Apply just enough that it seeps down but doesn’t drip all over the floor below. Wipe away any excess if needed.

Still Noisy?

After tightening your nuts and bolts and lubricating the components mentioned above, open and close the door a couple of times. If you’re still hearing unusual noises, it may be time to call in the pros for a more detailed inspection.

How much does it cost to get a garage door repaired?2022-12-11T19:14:34+00:00

Garage door repair costs are impacted parts and labor. Needless to say, repair cost will be determined by what needs to be repaired and how much time it takes. We always provide free quotes, but here are some guidelines to get a sense of what you can expect:

Average Repair Costs By Service

Type of Repair or Replacement Average Cost of Repair or Replacement
Adjustment or Alignment $150 – $300
Wheel Tracks $130 – $160
Spring $100 – $300
Chain or Cable $150 – $200
Glass $75 – $100
Dents $75 – $100
Panels $150 – $400
Circuit Board $100 – $150
Hinges and Rollers $10 – $15 each
Why should a garage door be repaired by experts?2022-12-11T18:52:26+00:00

A garage door system consists of many components that all work in unison to open or close the door in a reliable way. If one or more of those components breaks or degrades, it can start to impact other parts of system. So while fixing an individual item may seem like a good DIY project to save money, it may not always work out that way. Here are some reasons to leave it to the pros:

Safety

Safety is by far the biggest reason to leave garage door repair to the pros. Garage doors weigh several hundred pounds and the forces involved with the lifting and closing an door can be deadly. Hundreds of accidents are reported every year in the United States from DIYers getting hurt trying to save a few bucks. Garage door springs are particularly dangerous in the wrong hands. It’s just not worth the risk.

Cost

Servicing a garage door system is complex and requires some specialized tools. In addition to the tools cost, garage door contractors typically get parts at reduced pricing by buying in quantity. More often than not, an untrained homeowner will make a mistake that will add to the cost immediately or down the road.

Time

Researching the fix, acquiring parts and tools and performing the repair all take time. Homeowners should consider what their time is worth when deciding how to repair their system. What might take a professional an hour to fix could take a DIYer a day or more and still not get the desired outcome.

Insurance

If you plan on making an insurance claim to cover the repair, it makes no sense to make the fix yourself. Insurance companies will want paperwork to process the claim so let the pros handle it.

Warranty

Any decent repair company will offer some warranty on their work because they have confidence in the service they provide. This provides the homeowner with some additional peace of mind.

What are garage door springs?2022-12-07T17:44:49+00:00

Garage door springs are used to provide additional lift and control for a garage door. Garage doors typically weight more than 150lbs so without some extra help, they would be hard to lift manually or with an opener. There are two types of springs used in garage doors: torsion springs and extension springs.

Torsion springs are pre-wound or coiled up by a certified garage door tech so they have some force stored in them. They naturally want to unwind but the weight of the door keeps them from unwinding. But when some upward force is applied to a closed door, that energy in the spring plus the applied force allows the door to open with minimal effort.

Extension springs do the same thing except instead of winding and unwinding, they stretch and compress like a slinky toy. When the door is closed, the spring is stretched out and want to compress but the weight of the door prevents it from compressing. A small applied force in addition to the stored energy in the stretched spring will allow the door to be opened.

In both cases, as the door is opened, the door weight is transferred to the horizontal tracks which means less downward force. As the door closes, more weight is transferred vertically while the springs provide more and more upward force, thus preventing the door from crashing down.

In summary, garage door springs provide additional force to maintain a balance between the weight of the door and the energy stored in the springs.

What does it cost to have a professional replace a garage door spring?2022-12-07T17:53:48+00:00

Replacing a garage door spring will typically cost around $250 for a standard spring including hardware and labor.

Are heavy duty garage door springs worth the cost?2022-12-08T17:26:15+00:00

In a word, yes. Garage door springs have cycle ratings, where a cycle is an open and close starting from the closed position. The number of cycles a spring is rated for is determined by the construction of the spring including wire width, coil diameter and length. It also assumes the spring is properly maintained.

A standard spring is rated at 10,000 cycles. Assuming an average of 3 cycles per day, that would be 1,095 cycles per year. So a standard spring would last around 9 years. Higher quality springs have higher cycle ratings. Now look at the chart below to get a cost per year estimate based on avearge spring cost and cycle rating:

10,000 cycles / 1095 cycles per year = 9.13 years  

$84.00 Per Pair/ 9.13 years =  $9.20 per year

20,000 cycles / 1095 cycles per year = 18.26 years 

$96.00 Per Pair / 18.26 years =  $5.26 per year

30,000 cycles / 1095 cycles per year = 27.40 years

$108.00 Per Pair / 27.4 years =  $3.94 per year

50,000 cycles / 1095 cycles per year = 45.66 years

$120.00 Per Pair / 45.66 years =  $2.63 per year

In summary, to go from a standard spring to a 50,000 cycle heavy duty spring is an extra $40 (50%) increase in part cost but you get 500% longer life and lower annual cost. So on an average replacement cost including parts and labor of $250, and extra $40 seems like money well spent!

How can I tell if there is a problem with my garage door springs?2022-12-08T17:55:16+00:00

There are a number of tell-tale signs that your springs are broken or are on their last legs. If any of these signs exist, it’s probably a good idea to get them repaired right away.

Door Opener Doesn’t Open The Door All the Way

A working spring provides force to help open the door. If the spring is broken, the garage door opener will sense the lack of assist and stop to preventing burning out the opener motor

Door Crashes When Closing

Garage door springs provide a balancing upward force when the door is closing so it closes gently. If the spring is defective, the door has nothing but gravity working and the heavy door will crash to the ground.

Door Doesn’t Open Evenly

If a single spring in a pair is broken, the amount of lift on both sides will not be the same resulting in the door opening unevenly.

Single Loud Bang From the Garage

Springs can break spontaneously and when they do, it’s not subtle. If you hear a loud bang from the garage, do a visual check on your springs. If one is broken, call for service before operating the door to protect other system components.

Noisy Door Operation

Failing springs can make some scary noises. If you’re hearing unusual noises when the door opens or closes, have a look at springs and if you suspect the springs are the culprit, get them serviced. It’s better to be proactive than get a nasty surprise when you least expect or want it!

Gaps In The Spring

If you see a gap in the spring coil, it’s broken. Don’t bother trying the door, you could cause more damage. Call for service and get the springs replaced.

 

How long should my garage door spring last?2022-12-08T17:58:14+00:00

The life of your garage door springs are affected by a number of factors:

  • the number of daily garage door cycles (a cycle is one open and close)
  • the quality and construction of the spring which determine the expected cycle rating
  • maintenance and care of the springs
  • your environment (metal springs are prone to rust and corrosion)

Standard springs are rated at 10,000 cycles and can be expected to last 7-9 years on average. Heavy duty springs, rated at 50,000 cycles can last up to 45 years if maintained well given the same usage pattern.

Should you lubricate garage door springs?2022-12-08T17:26:29+00:00

Certain types of garage door springs need periodic lubrication. To clarify, if your garage door uses extension springs, no lubrication is necessary. Extensions springs stretch or “extend” resulting in little friction. On the other hand, torsion springs are wound up or down as the garage door opens or closes resulting in friction as the coils rub against each other. If you have powder coated torsion springs, no lubrication is necessary.

That leaves the more common galvanized torsion spring which does benefit from periodic lubrication. It’s important to use the preferred lithium grease spray or a silicone spray. Importantly, never use WD-40 to lubricate your torsion spring (or other garage door components). That’s because WD-40 is a degreaser and will remove the all-important lubricating grease. To lubricate the torsions springs, with the help of a stepladder, simply spray a reasonable amount of lithium grease across the top of the spring from end to end. After spraying, open and close the door a few times to work the grease in. We recommend lubricating the torsion springs once or twice a year for optimal spring performance.

Is replacing a garage door spring dangerous?2022-12-07T18:00:03+00:00

Yes it is. The amount of force stored or required in a garage door spring is enough to help lift and lower a garage door weighing several hundred pounds. If the garage door spring snaps or unwinds in an uncontrolled way, any parts improperly attached, like a tightening wrench, can fly off and cause tremendous harm or kill. Saving a few hundred dollars is not worth the risk.

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