The 3 Most Common Garage Door Repairs for Overhead Garage Doors

Garage doors are highly complex mechanical devices. They are made up of multiple moving parts working in marriage to create an easy experience.  Most of the time, they run so smooth it’s easy to take them for granted. In fact, the average overhead garage door can last up to 15 years if regularly maintained. The time in between, however, can be filled with repairs that homeowners never seen coming. And so, when they break, it seems like our whole world is crashing down (quite literally if your garage door has a bad spring). Here are 3 of the most common overhead garage door repairs we’ve helped our customers with.

Garage Door Spring Replacement

Your garage door springs are essential to the function of your garage door. They are the reason your garage door opens so smoothly in the first place. At the same time, they are definitely the one repair issue you always want to leave to a professional repair company. These springs are under an incredible amount of tension. If one should suddenly snap, it can cause serious bodily injury — even death. Got a spring issue? Give us a call — we’d be happy to help! If a spring repair is in the cards for your overhead garage door, consider upgrading to two springs. Most garage doors only use one spring but by upgrading to two, it will take the literal weight off of the first one. With shared weight, your garage door springs will operate smoothly and it will reduce the number of repairs needed in the future. This simple upgrade could save you money and extend the life of your overhead garage door. 

Bent Track Repair

Bent tracks are a very common problem with garage doors. Ideally, they are perfectly straight. This allows the wheels of your garage door to carry the door up and down. When they aren’t straight, the garage door can easily go off track, which can cause big problems if you continue to use the door. If the track is bent or warped, it will need to be replaced. A door off track is a common overhead garage door repair that can be solved with the help of a service company. 

There are multiple reasons why a door can go off track. One of the most common reasons is when a driver is backing out hastily and accidently hits the tracks. If your door is jittering or stuttering, it’s also possible that the movement of the door forced it to veer off track. The best way to remedy this in the future is to simply tighten up loose parts of the door with a screwdriver. This simple DIY overhead garage door repair could save you a bent track in the future. Additionally, spend time every few months by lubricating the moving parts of the door. Use a quality lubricant meant for overhead doors. This will stop rust from accumulating and will lead to an overhead door that operates smoothly. 

Garage Door Opener Problems

Your average garage door opener will last about half as long as the garage door itself. This means you’ll likely have to replace the garage door opener at least once before you replace the garage door. Opener problems are common and usually simple to fix. The first thing we suggest is to check the batteries and power supply. Nine times out of 10, it’s a power issue, which is fortunately very easy to fix. If none of that seems to work, you’re likely in need of a garage door opener repair or replacement. Consult the best garage door repair company in your area to figure out the issue. If it’s time to replace your old overhead garage door opener, consider upgrading to a brand new smart one. It will allow you to remotely lock and operate your door. It’s a simple upgrade but one that will make your home safer. 

Finding The Best Garage Door Repair

Hopefully garage door repair isn’t common for you, which means you’re just now starting to find the best repair companies in your area. To find quality, respectable repair services, ask your friends and neighbors who they’ve worked with in the past. If they’ve had mixed responses or have been fortunate enough to not deal with overhead door repairs, your next bet is to scour the internet. Pore through reviews and local listings to find insured companies that have a proven track record. Call around and ask for quotes regarding your issues. The best garage door repair companies will be licenced, meaning their employees have years’ worth of experience dealing with other people’s doors.  

You want a company that stands by their work and does the job right the first time. The last thing you want is to deal with a repair service that frequently has to be called to fix their errors or mistakes. 

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