Garage Door Repairs
Azle Door proudly offers garage door repairs to Fort Worth, Dallas and the surrounding cities and suburbs. Additionally, Azle Door provides emergency garage door repairs. We have skilled technicians on call 24 hours, so EMERGENCY SERVICE is taken very seriously to keep your home secure.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ’s
I believe my garage door is jammed, what can I try before calling Azle Door?
There are many reasons a Garage Door will jam. First take a moment to see if there is something jammed in the track obstructing the door from opening. If there is nothing obstructing the track, confirm that the lock is not latched. Some garage doors can be locked from the outside as well so confirm you have checked all lock systems to ensure they are unlocked and ready for operations.
Next, check your springs to ensure you do not have any broken springs. There are two types of springs to look for; a torsion spring located at the top horizontially or extension springs that are located on either side of the garage door. If you do not have a break in a torsion spring, you will be able to see a gap between the springs. If the break is related to extension springs, the springs will be hanging on the side. Springs are dangerous to replace and may result in injuries if you are not familiar with repairing springs. Azle Door can help anytime.
Last thing to check for very simply is whether the garage door is off it’s track. Sometimes, the rollers on the door can break or stop functioning properly. If this is the case, a professional should assist in repairing the rollers to ensure no one is injuried.
Why is the garage door shaking while opening or closing?
Garage door parts can wear over time and if you are dealing with a shakey or unstable garage door, it could be time for a professional to inspect the issue. Garage doors use one of two types of pulleys; the Press Fit Pulleys and the Cast Iron Pulleys.
Most major brands use press fit pulley. Press fit pulleys are made up of two separate pieces attached by ball bearings. As the press fit pulley ages, it often gets stuck, stops functioning or may even separate. When the pulley starts to separate, it can cause cables to fry and loud, disruptive noises when opening or closing the garage. While the average life
span of a garage door that is cared for is 30 years, the life span of the press fit pulleys can be around 4 years.
The other pulley you may have on your garage door is the cast iron pulley. The cast iron pulley is a one piece pulley, unlike the press fit pulleys. The cast iron pulley is difficult to split, as it is heavier than the press fit, and prevents fraying on the cables. Chances are if you are using a cast iron pulley, your issue with garage door shaking is unrelated to the pulley system.
Are there some simple maintenance tricks I can do to avoid unnecessary garage repairs later?
Just like anything else in or on your home, maintenance is a great way to prevent issues. Here are some tips to help prevent the need for constant garage door repairs.
- Pay attention to the sound and speak of the garage door. Be on the lookout for jerky garage door movements, listen for screetching or grinding noises, and make sure the garage is symmetrical.
- Tighten up the aging hardware. Over time, hardware can use some tighening. Using a socket wrench, tighten up the rollers and and the bolts.
- Replace the weatherstripping. As a garage door ages, the weatherstripping will become cracked and/or brittle. Be sure to measure out the weatherstripping and head to a local hardware store to order.
- Lubricate. An easy maintenance suggestion is to grab some white lithium grease for the chain or screw, and garage door spray lubricant to coat the springs. Lubricate the garage parts once a year to prevent repairs and add more years of seamless operation.
- Visual Inspection. Take time to visually inspect your garage for possible water damage, warping, paint peeling, etc. These visual inspections can yield some flaws that may cause problems over time, but can also keep the garage looking it’s best. Also pay special attention to clearing the tracks of debris.
- Replace Rollers. It is recommended that you replace rollers on the garage every seven years, depending on how often you use the garage, but inspect them as often as every 2 years.
- Balance Test. After you disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle (usually a red cord), manually move the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay put, the counterweight system (springs) are improperly balanced.
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