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Sunday, 06 February 2022 02:18

Garage Door Repair

Garage Door Repair 

 
If you have any questions, please contact us for more information.

Overhead garage door repair

If maintained and operated properly, Sectional garage doors are one of the safest garage door systems that are available today on the markets. The most common problems of sectional garage doors that require professional attendance are (#2) Torsion spring replacement, Cable replacement, and Off-track overhead garage door.

How overhead garage door operates?

 When closed, the door is basically hung on two steel suspension cables (#8) connected to the bottom section on one end and a (#3) pulley on the other end on both sides of the door. The pulleys are connected to a (#4) torsion bar, and torsion springs are mounted. The springs on one side are connected to a bracket, and the bracket is mounted to the wall. On the other side, springs are locked onto the torsion bar. When the door is closed, springs are under the highest tension in the opening and closing cycle. When you open the door, springs are doing most of the lifting.

Why does off-track occur?

If one of the suspension cables snaps or comes out of its pulley, the overhead garage door becomes unbalanced. One side that is still attached to the system pulls the door up, and the other side with the broken cable has no support, and due to gravity and the door weight pulls that side down. Please keep in mind that the overhead garage door torsion springs are still under very high tension. Forcing the door to open or close can lead to greater damage to the system or some serious injuries!

Your garage door can eventually get off-track due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • Broken springs
  • Unbalanced door
  • Damaged rollers

 

Off track door

  • Loose parts
  • Old and worn cables
  • Cracked sections

 

off track door

Fact: An off-track door can lead to mishaps. We recommend keeping a safe distance and calling a professional right away. Our 24/7 emergency service team is ready at any time to answer your call.

Tip: To ensure a longer lifespan and a smoother operation of your garage door, you should lubricate all moving parts of the door semi-annually. Use a silicone-based lubricant spray for the tracks. Do not grease the tracks since grease will only create a sticky surface and attract more dirt and dust, eventually resulting in more friction. Use machine oil to lubricate the bearings, hinges, and rollers.

 

One Piece Garage Door Repair Service 

One piece garage door

             SERVICES WE OFFER 

  • One Piece Garage Door Repair and installation of new Doors.

 

  • Hardware Supply and installation for both single and double one-piece garage doors.

 

  •  One-piece garage door extension spring replacement.

 

  •  Opener repair or a new opener installation.

 

  • Frame adjustments and repair.

 

If you have any questions, please, contact us for more information.

 

About one piece garage doors

One-piece garage doors are one of the oldest garage door systems that are still available on the markets today. Due to some safety issues, one-piece garage doors are being replaced by sectional overhead garage doors that are safer, lighter, and much more durable. In some tight spaces or very low headroom garages, aluminum one-piece garage doors are still being installed. Old one-piece garage doors are made of wood and are very heavy. Most of its weight is dispersed between only two pivot points on the hardware, and due to that fact - one piece garage door spring failure can cause irreparable damage to the hardware.  The one-piece garage door's wooden frame tends to expand during the winter and retract during the dry summer month, and that can add different issues. It’s impossible to weather/pest seal the one-piece garage doors. There will always be a ¼ - ½  inch gap between the door and the frame.

 

Maintenance

To prolong the lifespan of your one-piece garage door springs and the hardware, the system has to be lubricated every 6 to 12 months. Springs should always be kept oiled to prevent rusting. You should lubricate the hardware at all of its pivot points. WD40 is a good lubricant and a great anti-rusting agent. The one-piece garage door wood frame should be checked and waterproofed (if needed) once every 24 months. 

Sliding Garage Door Repair 

 

sliding door

SERVICES WE OFFER 

  • Sliding garage door repair.

 

  • System balance and maintenance. 

 

  • Sliding garage door track, hinges, rail replacement.

 

  • Sliding garage door opener repair or a new opener installation.

 

 

 

 

   If you have any questions, please contact us for more information.

 Sliding Garage Doors

 Sliding garage doors are the safest and cheapest to maintain garage doors due to their simple system structure. No springs, no complicated hardware, and nothing hanging above your head. But it has two main disadvantages to it. The first one is the need for a large space for the door to open. And the other one is that you can’t seal the door completely against pests and weather. Same as with the one-piece garage doors, you will have a gap of ¼ - 1 inch between the door and its frame. In some suburban areas, to prevent large mice infestation damages, the only solution we have found was to replace the sliding garage door with an overhead garage door. In most cases, there will be

required frame reinforcement.

 

 

 

Saturday, 08 January 2022 02:37

garage door spring replacement bay area

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Garage Door Spring Replacement Service

How do I know when my garage door spring is broken?

Most springs, when broken, will produce a loud sound. In most cases, springs will break when the door is entirely closed because this is when the springs are under the highest tension. Opening the door will be almost impossible due to excessive weight. The garage door opener will lift the door a little bit and stop a couple of inches from the ground. It will take a couple of people to lift the door up. The garage door opener will be able to pull light metal doors or single-car doors up, but you will be clearly able to hear the difference in openers' operation. Keeping and using your garage door with a broken spring is dangerous and can cause irreparable damage to the door and/or the garage door opener.

Garage door spring replacement. Torsion springs.

Broken garage door spring
Torsion spring replacement
Garage door spring replacement

Garage door torsion springs are the most common spring systems and are used in most commercial and residential doors. The torsion spring system is the safest of them all. Springs are mounted on a torsion tube, and when they break, all broken pieces remain on that torsion tube.
Pricing. Like we mentioned above, there are many different door types, weights, and systems. High lift, low headroom, 12-15-18 radius rails, doors. 1-2-3-4 springs. Each door will require a different spring coil diameter, different lengths. All standard springs should have a life expectancy of a minimum of 10.000 cycles. We use high-quality oil-tempered springs for our 10-15k and 20-30k cycles.

  • How torsion garage door springs work

    When you are closing your garage door, torsion springs are winding up. In a fully closed position, your torsion springs are under the highest tension, and at that position, springs are most likely to break. If you have a two-car garage door, then you would probably have two torsion springs that are connected together on top of your overhead garage door. Each spring is designed to lift half of your garage door weight and that is why your overhead garage door appears to be nearly weightless when you lift it up manually, but this is an illusion. Average steel overhead garage door weights ~ 220lbs. In case of a torsion spring failure while the door is in an open position it will suddenly gain ~110lbs and if the door is disengaged from the garage door opener it will drop down with a force of ~110lbs. That is why we strongly recommend you and your family members never walk or stand under your overhead garage door when you open or close it.

    Torsion garage door spring life expectancy

    Oil tempered torsion garage door springs have a life expectancy that ranges from 10.000 to 12.000 cycles. Galvanized torsion garage door springs have a life expectancy that ranges from 10.000 to 15.000 cycles. The galvanizing process softens the steel and it becomes less fraudulent, but it loses its tension faster and has to be frequently readjusted to prevent overload damage to the opener. Garage door springs experience tremendous forces every time your overhead garage door opens or closes.  Slowly with time, the spring fatigues with each flexure, and at some point, it cracks and breaks. One thing that you should consider is that replacing only one spring will take the same time and effort as replacing both springs and your second spring has reached the same amount of cycles and its breaking will soon follow.  

    Torsion spring size determination

    Different doors use different size torsion springs it depends on the weight of the door. For us to be able to determine the exact spring size we’ll need the diameter of the spring, the length of the springs coil, and the gauge of the coil. But be aware of improper prior installations. Many times we encounter the wrong type or size of spring prior to installations and in that case, we have to use a scale to determine the weight of the door.

Wayne Dalton, Torquemaster Spring replacement

Broken garage door torque master spring
Torque master spring replacement
Garage door spring replacement

Some years ago, Wayne Dalton Came up with the TorqueMaster torsion spring system. But some years later, this type was discontinued. Wayne Dalton continues manufacturing the springs, but most of their Suppliers do not stock them any longer. Spring cost will vary from $160-$200 per spring, depending on the door model. Ordering times are long and can take up to two weeks. So, we recommend converting the TorqueMaster spring system to the standard torsion spring system in most cases. We carry all needed parts to do the conversion, new springs, torsion tube, end bearing and center plates, new cables, and cable drums. Total conversion cost ranges from $340-$640; in all cases, the conversion is cheaper and can be completed faster than TorqueMaster spring replacement.

One Piece Garage door spring replacement.

Broken garage door extension spring
Extension spring replacement
Garage door spring replacement

One-piece doors, in most cases, will have Holmes hardware. Depending on the size and weight of the door powered by 2 or 4 springs. All new Holmes springs have a safety mechanism that prevents damages to the surrounding areas in spring breakage. The cost of spring replacement starts from $140 parts and labor.

Canopy Door Spring Replacement

Canopy doors are very similar to one-piece doors. The only difference is that canopy doors have a vertical track, and the top portion of the door slides on that track. The spring hardware lifts the bottom part of the door. Hardware is usually powered by only one large spring on each side of the door. All springs for this type of door system are custom ordered. And the price starts at $200 per spring.

Extension springs replacement.

There is a minimal amount of garage doors with extension springs left out there. Most doors switched to the standard torsion spring system, mainly because the extension spring system is unsafe, even with some attempts to secure it. And it is also very hard to balance the springs because they are not connected one with the other.

Friday, 31 December 2021 04:21

Mobile Garage Door Repair

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 Garage Door Repair Services.

  • Garage door does up a couple of inches and then stops or goes back down. Or its impossible to open the door manually.

    Please check above your garage door. You should have a set of one or two torsion springs. As shown in the picture, if you see a gap on one of the springs, the torsion spring is broken. At this point, your garage door is heavier than your garage door opener was designed to lift. Any further attempts to open the door can cause damage to the garage door or the garage door opener.

    For assistance, please call us any time.

    garage door won't open due to a broken spring

    Springs lose tension over time, doors lose their balance, and become heavier. Most garage door openers have a safety feature that prevents operation if excessive open force is required to open the door. To resolve this issue, spring tension will have to be adjusted and the door lubricated.

  • Cant close the garage door, it seems to be not aligned, rollers are popping out.

    Please read carefully

    Garage doors weight anywhere between 100 to 800 pounds. Garage doors are lifted by the unwinning springs pulled up with metal cables that are connected to the bottom of the door on both sides. Cables are being winded onto drums. if one of the cables jumps off the drum, this can happen for many reasons. One side of the door will lose its support gravity will pull the door down, while the other side will be pullet up buy the spring system with double of the needed force. any further attempt to close the door will only make the matters worse. you can derail the door completely and in most cases, it will require replacing it.

    For assistance, please call us any time.

    garage door off track

    Solution: Spring system has to gert reset.  

  • I can hear the motor running but nothing happens.

    1. The most common issue could be the easiest to fix. All openers have an emergency release mechanism shown in the picture.

    2. In most cases, one of the family members would pull on the release handle by mistake or purposely open or close the door manually. This will disengage the trolley mechanism from the garage door opener. The purpose of that emergency release is to unlatch the door from the garage door opener and open the door manually in case of an emergency, power outage, or a malfunction of the garage door opener.

    3. If True, on most Lift-Master openers you will see the inner trolley moving back and forward every time you activate the unit. Please watch the linked videos to learn how to reengage the emergency release mechanism.

    4. Most old Genie openers have a screw-driven mechanism, to reengage the opener open the door halfway, and pull the release string back towards the opener motor until it clicks and stays in the locked position.

  • Door stops before it is fully closed, or it will reverse after hitting the floor.

    Liftmaster openers, Chamberlain openers, Genie Openers.

    1. Most garage door openers transfer power from the motor to the chain/belt through a series of gears and sprockets. Travel limits set using mechanical or digital rotation counters; if those sprockets are worn-off, they start slipping, and the opener loses the open and closed travel limit settings.

    Solution: Gears or Garage door opener needs to be replaced.

    garage door wont open due to a broken gear

  • Garage door wont open or close using remote controller.

    1. A most common issue is old remote control batteries. Please use the remote control model number to search for the appropriate batteries online.

    2. Some older lift master opener receivers won­t work properly if an LED light bulb is installed anywhere close or on the motorhead itself, due to similar emitted frequencies. Please try removing light bulbs and then try operating the opener.

    3. If none of the above solves the issue then it means that your garage door openers logic board had failed and needs to be replaced. You should conceder the age of your opener and the possibility of other parts failing soon. We offer repair and garage door opener replacement services in the San Francisco bay area.  

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 03:19

garage door troubleshooting

Garage door won't open or close?  

Here are some FAQ

 

  • My garage door goes up a little, stops, or falls back down.

Please check above your garage door. You should have a set of one or two torsion springs. As shown in the picture, if you see a gap on one of the springs, the torsion spring is broken. At this point, your garage door is heavier than your garage door opener was designed to lift. Any further attempts to open the door can cause damage to the garage door or the garage door opener.

 For assistance, please call us at  510-458 2048

garage door won't open due to a broken spring

 

  • My garage door goes up a little and stops. 

Springs lose tension over time, doors lose their balance, and become heavier. Most garage door openers have a safety feature that prevents operation if excessive open force is required to open the door. To resolve this issue, spring tension will have to be adjusted and the door lubricated.

  • When I push the button, I hear a noise, but nothing happens.

1. The most common issue could be the easiest to fix. All openers have an emergency release mechanism shown in the picture.

Sometimes one of the family members would pull on the release handle by mistake or purposely and will disengage the trolley mechanism from the garage door opener. The purpose of that emergency release is to unlatch the door from the garage door opener and open the door manually in case of an emergency, power outage, or a malfunction of the garage door opener.

In this case, you will see the inner trolley moving back and forward every time you activate the unit. Please watch the linked videos to learn how to reengage the emergency release mechanism.

Liftmaster opener, Chamberlain openers, Genie Opener.

Most garage door openers transfer power from the motor to the chain/belt through a series of gears and sprockets. Those sprockets are wearing off over time and have to be replaced.

 

garage door wont open due to a broken gear

In this case, the inner trolley won't be traveling back and forward the opener will make a humming sound.

  • My Garage door won't close. It goes down a little bit and pops back up. 

Before you do anything, please take a look at both cables. Located on the wall, on both the right and left sides of the door. Garage door cables must be wined on the drums as shown in picture #1

garage door wont open due to cable off drum

 If you discover that the cable is off the drum, Please cease all attempts to close the door and call a professional because you might end up with a de-railed door and very costly additional repair costs.