Garage Door FAQs
My spring is broken, how do I open my garage door?
Short answer, you shouldn't. Springs bare the weight of garage doors, which can be upwards of 500 pounds. Without the spring, you would be attempting to open that door on your own, which can result in serious injury. Give us a call to schedule a spring replacement.
How often should I service my garage door?
Your garage door is the largest moving piece of equipment in your home. Just like everything else, it is going to need to be serviced to maintain a long lifespan. In order to keep everything running smoothly, you should have your garage door and operator serviced once a year. If your door starts making different noises, its a good idea to have it serviced. Prolonging service on your door can result in more damage.
How long will my garage door springs last?
Most torsion springs have a life expectancy of about 10,000 cycles. A cycle is considered one opening and closing of your garage door. The springs are instrumental in the opening and closing of your door. Without them it would be almost impossible to move your door. This means they are dealing with a majority of the weight.
Once one spring breaks, it is likely the other is not far behind. We recommend replacing both springs at the same time in order to save another service charge in the future.
Since the springs are under immense pressure, it is recommended to contact a professional for replacement or service. Improper handling can result in serious injury.
Can I just replace a section, or do I need to replace the whole door?
Yes, and no. The answer to this question depends on the damage done to the section and the entire door. In this case its best to contact a professional to determine the best solution for fixing your door.
What is R-Value?
R-Value is the thermal rating of the garage door. The higher the R-value, the more insulated your door is. Most door styles have a range of R-values that can meet the residential or commercial needs of your plans for your garage.
Can I fix my garage door myself?
This is another yes and no question. For someone who considers themselves handy, there are parts of your garage door maintenance that you can complete on your own. However, we recommend against installing doors, moving or replacing track, changing sections, or working with springs on your own. Garage doors and especially springs can be dangerous if handled incorrectly. Give your local professional a call to walk through the problem and determine the best solution.
Can I open my garage door if my power goes out?
Garage door openers have a safety release cord that can be pulled in order to disconnect your door from your opener. This will allow you to open and close the door by hand. However, this only works from the inside. It is recommended to not have your garage door be the only entry to your home, in case of an event such as this.
After I push the button on my remote, my door will only close part way before retracting and going back up.
While there could be other issues, this is most likely a problem with the photo eyes. They could be out of alignment, or be obstructed by another object. It is best to call your local professional and have a technician trouble shoot the issue. This way they are able to determine the cause of the issue and make sure your limits are set correctly on your opener.