After a tiring day, you have just arrived home and are ready to settle in, rest, and relax. But it’s a shame when your garage door gets in the way and won’t open after many tries. When it comes to garage door repair, you need to know when you can tackle the problem yourself and when you really need to hire a garage door repair technician. This is because trying to repair your garage door incorrectly when you are not qualified for it or have no experience, can result in serious injury. However, that does not mean that there are not a lot of other garage door repairs you can do on your own. If you want to try tackling garage door repair projects on your own or want to find out further about what is involved before you decide to the hardware store, the following tips will help definitely you.
How Garage Door Works
Roof garage doors, whether rolled up in sections or opened in one piece, operate on spring tension. The door moves on metal tracks in the garage walls and one or more heavy springs provide the power. In most cases, when the door does not operate smoothly, repairs are fairly straightforward, Cheap and are not even time taking.
Tools Needed For Repair:
- Adjustable wrench
- Cordless drill
- Leather gloves
- Locking pliers
- Safety Glasses
Garage Door Repair Safety
Working on your garage door can be dangerous and complicated, so this is exactly what you will need to make sure you don’t die, injure yourself or lose a finger, and keep your jeans, and shirt on, Keep your mind alert and focus on what you’re doing and also wear these important things.
- Protective gloves
- Eye Protection
- Safety boots
Check the Mountings
Look at the escalating brackets that hold the rails to the walls. If they are loose, tighten the bolts or screws on the brackets. Working inside the garage with the garage door closed, inspect the paths or tracks for any dents, kinks, or flat spots. If there are any damaged spots, hit them with a rubber mallet or hammer and pieces of wood. If the tracks are severely damaged, they should be replaced and replacing check the door thoroughly that it’s working fine.
Garage Door Spring Repair:
What is a tension Spring for a garage door?
Garage door tension springs provide lifting force for the heavy door and are under enormous stress. Be carefree and they can hurt you. Before attempting to replace a garage door spring, check the type of spring that needs to be replaced and replace it with the same new Spring.
- Extension springs.
- Open-loop extension springs.
- Double-loop extension springs.
- Clip-on end extension springs.
A garage door can have between one and four torsion springs, depending on the size, weight, and strength of the door. These springs are wide and can be found on a metal rod directly above the door opening. Aluminum drums are attached to each end of the metal shaft and the springs are wound at a specific tuning torque relative to the assembly.
- Standard torsion springs.
- First installation of torsion springs.
- Torsion springs for steel roll-up doors.
- Torque torsion springs.
Opening The Spring
Open the garage door to release any spring tension and lock it in place. Once in place, unplug the garage door opener. Use a piece of masking tape to mark the current location of the pulley so that it can be reinstalled in the same location and after reinstalling the spring make sure that it’s working is same as new door.
- Disconnect the spring from the rail bracket and spring pulley.
- A safety cable passes through the spring to hold it in place.
Securing The Tube
Place a locking clamp or C-clamp on the center bracket to hold the torque tube in the bracket. Then loosen the adjusting screws of the left and right lifting cable drums and disconnect the lifting cables.
Garage Door Spring Measurement
Measuring torsion springs on garage doors is technical and precise work. This often leaves technicians, engineers, and machinists experienced in garage door maintenance in awe. You can ask an expert for help. Start by measuring the inside diameter of the spring. Loosen the broken or damaged spring set screws and slide the broken piece to meet the stationary section. Measure the total length of the springs not including the cones and the new spring have the same length and diameter.
Replacing The Springs
Owners have long been warned that it is extremely dangerous to work with torsion springs, and their replacement should be entrusted to a professional. But these claims are somewhat exaggerated. If you understand how they work and are careful with what you are doing, it is safe and surprisingly easy to replace them and you don’t even need to hire a professional for this you can it on your own.
The complicated parts of the job involve you wearing the spring tension. Replacing a spring requires first unwinding the spring to relieve tension, then rewinding it and securing it while under tension. Winding bars are utilized for all winding and unwinding movements. Don’t try to save a few dollars by substituting long screwdrivers or reinforcing pieces for the actual winding bars it’s not even going to cost you that much.
If The Garage Door Chain Or Belt Is Broken
The chain or belt on a garage door, the part that moves it up and down, can break over time. Replacing it is the only way to repair the issue. You should not use that broken chain or belt. Here are some simple steps to fix garage door belt or chain.
- Disconnect the power at the garage fuse box.
- Unplug the garage door motor from the roof outlet.
- Detach the engine mounting hardware and drop the engine to the ground.
- Remove the cap that encloses the chain mechanism.