Tuesday, February 21, 2017


After opening and closing thousands of times as the years pass, your garage door is bound to require some close attention. There are many reasons for garage door troubles. Let’s look at some of the most probable possibilities and solutions.

Replace Damaged Garage Door Sections

Easy Issues

Check your transmitter batteries. Perhaps they simply have to be replaced, and it will work fine now.

Is your garage door not closing? Your garage door has a photo eye on both sides, and between the two is an invisible beam, which, when it’s broken, keeps the door from shutting. See if these sensors are misaligned or grimy.

Does your garage door go down all the way, yet open again? The open-and-shut limit settings of your garage door opener are most likely on the fritz. Read the manual for how to set the open-and-shut limits. These settings inform the garage door opener on how far the garage door should move before closing completely. If the settings are too high, the garage door will hit the floor before the opener thinks it should, assuming the door is touching something in its path. It will reverse automatically, to prevent from crushing it.

Does your garage door opener run, but the garage door won’t move? In case of a power failure, your garage door opener comes with a disconnect switch that allows you to manually open or shut your garage door. This switch is attached to a knob or rope, which can come unhooked. Shut or open the door manually all the way, and then reattach the hook securely. Then, using the transmitter, attempt to open or close the garage door again. It should work fine now.

Does your garage door opener run several seconds, but turn right off? If your garage door still doesn’t budge, the door is closed and the door motor is attempting yet failing to lift the door up. Examine the springs. If that isn’t the problem, examine the track for any obstacles. If neither of these is the problem, then find out if your garage door is the kind with a built-in lock, and it’s engaging by mistake. This is common with older garage doors.

Does your garage door close and open randomly? If the garage door is opening or closing all by itself, it’s definitely not safe. The solution may be that all you have to is inspect the transmitter. Make sure it’s not stuck beneath an object that might have inadvertently depressed the control mechanism. For example, the transmitter may be found under items you forgot inside your automobile, or somewhere else nearby. Also examine the transmitter’s frequency. Your neighbor could have the same exact frequency as yours.

Complex Issues

Your garage door track may possibly be out of alignment. This is bad. Your garage door’s metal track won’t move unless it’s correctly aligned. Look for any bends in the rails, or any gaps between the rail and rollers. The garage door’s weight can compound these issues over time, so don’t procrastinate; investigate! Your garage door can become dangerous. Hire a professional.

What if your garage door slams with a bang? There could be a broken tension spring, which ought to be countering the door’s weight. Or, the cables connected to the tension spring are broken. Either problem is hazardous. Contact an expert.

Does your garage door close part way, but open again? A garage door is designed with a reversing mechanism to stop it from smashing an object in its path. The reversing instruction is activated by anything on the ground blocking the door’s path, such as a box, trash can, or bicycle. But there might be a buildup of debris on the garage door’s tracks ~ grime or a minute object ~ which will prevent the rollers from moving forward. This is a serious problem, needing professional attention.

Is your garage door not opening at all? It’s probably garage door spring failure. Your garage door might be the type with one or two torsion springs. If either of these is broken, the door will malfunction. Hire a professional for spring repair or replacement.

Finally, please don’t adjust your garage door, unless you’re an engineer! If not serviced correctly, a garage door spring can cause injury or even be deadly. The garage door bottom brackets, drums, and cables may also need adjustment. Hire a local trustworthy professional garage door repair company. If you’re in East Cobb, Georgia, consider a reputable company such as the aptly named Pro East Cobb Garage Repair.

Prevent Future Garage Door Problems

Monthly, examine the components of your garage door system. If there are worn parts, replace them. Tighten loose bolts. Scrutinize any strange noises you hear upon closing and opening.

Schedule a yearly inspection with a reliable local garage door repair company. Springs, cables, pulleys, and wires require additional attention from a professional garage door technician.

Every two years, clean your garage door, and you’ll prolong its life. Wash it on each side with a sponge and mild dish soap and water. Rinse it well. Don’t forget the garage door opener sensor eyes; wash them with a dry, clean cloth. Keep the perimeter around the sensors free of cobwebs and dirt. If your garage door is steel, apply car wax for cold-weather protection. If your garage door is wooden, at the first signs of peeling or chipping, apply a new coat of paint.

Set up a garage door maintenance schedule. It’s smart to keep your garage door in tiptop condition so it will last longer. If your garage doubles as an office, workshop, or game room, then you should keep it especially well-maintained.

Lubricate your garage door springs, hinges, and rollers, with just a light coating ~ each year before winter arrives. Without lubrication, the springs will rust, and the coils will bind. Use a top name brand, so it won’t dry out.

Garage door maintenance takes minimal effort. It’s certainly worth it. You’ll spend a lot less on any repairs that do arise, and it’s likely you won’t have to replace it for a good many years.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Why Your Garage Door Won’t Stay Open

If you have ever had an automatic garage door opener (or even if you haven’t), surely you can imagine that issues can arise from time to time. One issue that can be troublesome is a garage door that refuses to stay open. Perhaps you are doing work in your garage, and want the door to remain open so that you can monitor your children, or just so you are not working in an enclosed space. The last thing you need to deal with is constantly pulling up a garage door that keeps slipping down the tracks. There are a few reasons this could be happening to you. Keep reading to find out some common causes of this issue.

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Most times when this problem happens, the culprit is your garage door springs. The springs do the heavy lifting for the door, and the tension in the springs is supposed to keep the door held up. If you are dealing with a door that is slipping down the track, your springs may need to get looked at. The spring issue could have arisen due to various factors, such as:

  • Spring is old (age)
  • Spring is broken
  • Spring has been overextended
  • Spring needs to be readjusted

If you are having issues with your garage door staying open, the first thing to check around for is a broken spring. Please bear in mind, you should call a technician to actually fix the problem. Just like electrical issues in the home, garage door spring issues can be dangerous and should be handled by a professional. Depending on your type of door, there may be multiple springs present. Take a close look and try to determine if you can find any separation in the springs. Some doors have springs on each side, so be sure to check all springs that are present. If you cannot find the spring, try opening the door. When the door is opened, that fully extends the spring. This will make it easier to see if there is a break somewhere. If your door uses extension springs, there is a built in safety mechanism in the spring system. The spring has a rod on the inside that prevents the spring from overextending too much. If this kind of spring is broken or damaged, the safety rods inside the spring will be visible to you.

Another reason your door could be given you problems is due to a lack of tension in the spring. Springs are imperative to ensuring your garage doors work properly. When the door is fully open, the springs are working at their maximum tension. This tension allows the door to stay up without falling down the track. One way to determine if this is the issue is to look at the garage door chain. If there is slack in the chain when the door is up, this points to a lack of tension in your springs. The chain runs between the bottom of the spring and your wall (generally). Instead of the chain being taut when the door is in the open position, the chain will have slack. To fix this issue, it is best to call a technician to help. It is very dangerous to work with garage door springs, and instead of taking an unnecessary risk you should call an expert to assist you.

Garage door springs are only manufactured to last a certain amount of time. This springs are operating at a great amount of tension, and are hefting a heavy load. The average garage door can be up to 250 lbs. So each garage door spring has a standard life cycle. This life cycle is generally 10,000 cycles for most standard springs. You can also purchase high cycle springs if you prefer. A garage door spring generally last 7 -10 years (depending on use).  Your garage door spring can age prematurely if you are not employing proper maintenance procedures. Keep the springs lubricated (using a silicone based lubricant). If your area is going through a cold snap, some homeowners use a space heater to warm up the garage. This is because in extreme cold weather, the garage door springs are under extra stress and you would hear a loud crack – your garage door spring snapping. This is not much of an issue in Georgia, but it is another point to keep in mind.

There is a reason (outside of your springs) that your garage door may not be staying open. This can be due to the door actually reversing closed. This issue has the potential to be damaging, as your personal property can become damaged if this is happening. This issue points to a limit switch problem. If you are comfortable in doing so, you can adjust the limit switch yourself and see if this fixes the issue. The limit switch tells the garage door opener motor when it has “hit the limit” and should stop operating. This switch is sometimes set up incorrectly and will cause your door to reverse closed on you, or not open far enough to begin with. The limit switch is located on the garage door motor unit and can be adjusted. You may have to do several adjustments to find the right setting for your home. If you are not feeling handy, or do not consider yourself a DIY’er, a qualified technician should be called to help. Most reputable companies will offer 24/7 assistance and can easily help you fix this issue.

In East Cobb, GA the expert team at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair is always there to assist you. They have years of experience, and offer fast, friendly and affordable service.  The team of technicians is able to help on your schedule, and will make sure your garage door is working correctly and safely. If you are in the area and looking for help with your garage door that just won’t stay open, look no further than Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. We have consultants standing by for help, and will provide a no obligation consultation free of charge!

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