Absolutely! Extension springs (located on either side of the door) need to work together and in sync in order for your door to run smoothly. If one is pulling too much and the other not enough the door will wobble or not go up and down at all. Unless you truly know what you are doing, DO NOT attempt to change you springs yourself. Springs (extension or torsion) hold an enormous amount of tension and one mistake can cause bodily harm.
Garage doors will never run silently. There is a difference however, in a little noise from a running motor or parts and something that sounds like the house is coming down. Here are a few things consider:
1. Over time many garage doors just need a tune-up or lubricating parts to release the friction. Spray the moving parts such as rollers.
2.Some parts like nuts and bolts may wear out and need replacing. Looking for loose bolts will give this away.
3. If you have a garage door motor that runs your door, look for chain or belts off track.
Do I have to call a professional?
While we will always come to your aid, sometimes inspecting, lubricating, and tightening nuts and bolts yourself makes more budget sense.
If you think any parts need to be replaced, that might be best left to a professional like us! Garage doors are under high tension and can cause bodily harm if not handled properly.
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There are a few common and easy repairs to get your car out of that garage.
1. Safety Sensors - An absolute must when your door is operated by a motor is having some sort of safety sensors installed. Typically these look like small cameras with a lens that must face each other in order to work properly. They are installed about 6 inches from the ground on either side of the garage door.
Safety Commission has posted official regulations here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/1993/Safety-Commission-Publishes-Final-Rules-For-Automatic-Garage-Door-Openers/
2. Lock the door and use the motor? - NEVER! So many homeowners ask to have a lock installed on a garage door that has a garage door motor installed. Although against our recommendation we do as the customer wants. We also tell them that adding a lock can become a big future expense. How? I can't tell you many times in the past years homeowners have forgotten that they locked the garage door and then used the motor to open door. What happened? The garage door panel dented. If the panel has glass, the glass can break. Bottom line, a lock is not needed when you have a motor. If you must have one. Place something over the garage door remotes, keypads, or wall buttons to remind you to unlock the door first.
3. Maintenance is key - Regularly inspect your garage door tracks, springs, cables, and other moving parts. Look for loose hinges and damaged or deteriorating parts. If you have a wood door, annual paint/stain maintenance is a must to avoid any rotting panels.
4. What NOT to use - Part of maintaining your garage door is lubrication of parts. Contrary to popular belief WD40 is NOT a lubricant and should NOT be used on your doors. Most hardware stores carry products such as a light motor oil or a non-silicon based lubricant.
In torsion spring systems, cables are attached to the brackets at the bottom of the door. The cables are attached to the drums at the top of the door and when the door is raised, the cables wind onto the drums.
In extension spring systems, the cables are part of the pulley system.
Cables help both side of your door stay in balance as it moves up and down. It is crucial that cables are running in sync so that other parts do not get damaged. Furthermore, because these parts are under high tension, please have a door professional take care of this repair.
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