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Mercer Island Garage Doors | Broken Garage Door Springs—the Most Common Repair

Garage doors are heavy and garage doors are frequently used. Therefore, it is not uncommon for the springs to wear and break. While any garage door repair should be left up to professionals, many garage door owners choose to replace the garage door springs themselves to save money. If you should choose to replace your garage door springs on your own there are a couple of things you should remember to make the repair go smoothly.

Safety should always come first when you are working on your garage door. Make sure to power off the garage door opener and unplug it from the power source. You don’t want the door to open or close as you are working on it because this could be very dangerous. Disconnect your garage door opener from the door. Doing this will again insure that the garage door won’t accidentally open or close as you are working on it.

Make sure that you get the right size springs for your garage door. Purchasing the right size springs is important because if they are too small they won’t hold the door, but if they are too large they will add too much tension to the door. To choose the right size spring for your door you will need to know the weight of your door.

Garage door springs are under extreme tension. As you are working with them, you want to keep the garage door open so they are not extended. As you are working with the springs, you also want to wear eye protection. This will keep your eyes safe from injury during the repair.
Finally, if at any point during the repair you don’t feel comfortable, make sure to call your garage door repair company. They can quickly and easily repair your garage door springs and have your door working like new.

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Mercer Island Garage Doors | Broken Garage Door Springs—the Most Common Repair

There are many safety procedures to consider when you are checking to see if your garage door is operating properly. Garage doors are heavy pieces of machinery that can do a lot of damage if they aren’t working correctly. Its good to know different steps you can take to ensure that your garage door is not a potential health and safety hazard.  Here are some easy tips to test out in your home.

Garage Door Safety is Important

Firstly, all parents should acknowledge that children need to stay away from all garage door operators—remotes, or wall buttons.  Also in the interest of child safety, you can easily test the sensors of your garage door by placing a broom, roll of paper towels, or any other obstructive item on the ground in its path, and ensuring that the garage door stops and reverses motion when it contacts the item. Sensors can become off-balanced, causing inaccuracies in the garage door safety program, and disabling the sensors, so this is a must for families with kids.  Many children have suffered varying degrees of serious injury due to rogue garage doors with faulty sensors.  Don’t be included in these unfortunate and scary statistics! Keep your garage door in check to avoid regrets.

Avoid DIY Garage Door Injuries

Garage doors are convenient alternate entrances to the house.  Most everyone uses his or her garage door daily, but never stop to think about how much goes into making that garage door work. A simple visual inspection of your garage door innards is the best first defense against a serious potential problem.  If a cable looks loose, or the paneling looks uneven on the landing, it’s best to hire a garage door technician to assess the situation right away.  Simply giving your garage a visual once-over could be the difference between a small fix and a serious repair.

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Mercer Island Garage Doors | Broken Garage Door Springs—the Most Common Repair

Think of your garage as a large, moveable part. Like all parts, it must be consistently maintained in order for it to function properly. There are a handful of quick and easy steps you can take to help prevent costly repairs. We recommend that you perform these maintenance tasks as needed, but at least every three months.

Lubricate You Door

A noisy garage door can be irritating, but if you follow these helpful tips, cringing at your squeaky door will be a thing of the past. First of all, do not use WD 40 to lubricate any part of your garage door. Instead, use a lithium or silicone spray. Use the lithium or silicone spray to lubricate the top part of the chain rail, the stems, arm bar, hinges, nubs, lock, and metal rollers with ball bearings. However, never spray any lubricant to the bottom part of the door’s chain rail, the chain, the garage door track, or the spring.

Clean the Track

As mentioned in the previous step, you should not lubricate your garage door track. It may seem like the natural solution to a squeaking door or to a door that sticks, but lubricating the track can cause a build up of matter that can actually obstruct the functioning of your garage door.

Okay, so you can’t lubricate your track. What can you do? You can clean your garage door track properly! To properly clean your track, simply wipe the inside of the track with a damp cloth. Then wipe it again with a dry cloth. If, after wiping the track down, there is still a buildup of residue, you may use WD 40 lubricant. Then go over the track once again with a wet cloth followed by a dry cloth.

Install Weather Seals

Make sure to install weather seals to the bottom part of your garage door, in between the door panels, and on the frame of the door. Not only will sealing help prevent moisture inside the garage; it will also cut down your energy bill! Who doesn’t want that???

Realign the Sensors

It is very common for sensors to be moved from their proper position.  A light will generally blink as an indicator whenever your sensors are not aligned correctly. When you see this light, gently push the sensors back into their proper position. When the blinking light changes to a solid light, you know that you have properly readjusted your sensor.

Reset the Garage Door Opener

You know you’re having an issue with your garage door opener when either you’re your garage door stops before it actually connects with the bottom part or if the door begins to close but then stops and reopens. To fix these issues, you need to reset your garage door opener. Each garage door system will have it’s own specific instructions to resets the door opener. However, there are a few common steps to reset any garage door opener. First, unplug the garage door opener. Wait about ten seconds and then plug it back in and turn the power on. Next, press the arrow down button until the garage door closes all the way. Then hit the reset button on the garage door opener.

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