Things do not end with buying and installing a new garage door in Chermside. The thing is, it require proper care and maintenance for them to retain their top quality and condition. In fact, even if you purchased a topnotch brand and a heavy-duty material, it is still a must that you do the right things to care for your garage door. Here are some tips on door maintenance that will help you keep the door looking and working like it is brand new and minimising the need for garage door repairs.
Garage Door Repair – Problems and Fixes in Chermside
So you go to your local Sears store and there is a whole wall of garage door openers. The sales associate is helpful and shows you ALL the items. But you just leave confused. I'll make it easy here and give you the simplest way to figure out which Craftsman garage door opener is best for you.
There are five basic steps to help you get the right door opener and installed in you location.
Step One, Measure the height of you door:
Step Two, Select the HP (horsepower):
Step Three, Select the type of garage door opener:
Step Four, Select the type of remotes you need:
Step Five, Professional Installation or Install it yourself:
Step One, Measure the height of you door:
Measure the height of the opening, not the door itself. Most garages door openings are around 7 feet high. If your opening is 8 feet, 9 feet or 10 feet you will have to buy an extension in addition to the garage door opener itself. If it is around 8 feet buy the 8 foot extension. If it is 9 or 10 feet buy the 10 foot extension.
Step Two, Select the HP:
There are two horsepower ratings for most garage door openers. 1/2 HP and 3/4 HP.
If you have an aluminum, aluminum insulated, or fiberglass door a 1/2 HP is plenty strong to open both a single car (7 to 9 feet wide) or a double car (16 feet wide) door.
If you have a wood door, a door with windows installed in it, a steel door or one of the new doors that look like they are off an old carriage house I recommend you go with the 3/4 HP door. (If a magnet sticks to your door it is steel.)
A new single car carriage style door can use a 1/2 HP opener. If you have an extra tall door (9 or 10 feet) or a door that is wider than 16 feet I also recommend you go with the 3/4 HP door. If you have a one-piece door (usually and old door made out of wood) I recommend a 3/4 HP door.
Step Three, Select the type:
There are three basic types of garage door openers. Chain drive, belt drive, and screw drive.
Chain drive garage door openers are what you are used to. They are reliable, noisy and usually last a long, long time. They come in many different sizes. For example, Sears has an economy version, homeowner versions and heavy duty versions. These chain drive garage door openers are usually the best value and can be easily sized for you garage door. You can buy extensions for the opener for 8 foot and 10 foot doors.
A Belt drive garage door opener is relatively new on the market. It uses a metal reinforced belt instead of a chain to make the drive much quieter than a chain drive. It's usually a little faster than a chain drive opener. If your garage is under the living space of your house and it sounds like a herd of elephants in your bedroom when someone uses the garage door the quiet belt drive may be the best choice for you. You can buy an 8 foot extension kit but not a 10 ft.
Screw drive units feature the fewest number of moving parts. They are powerful and quieter than chain drives. I believe Stanley was the first to introduce the screw drive garage door opener 15 years or so ago. Stanley is not making garage door openers anymore but Sears and Genie still have these available. I expect the screw drives to be replaced with "torsion spring" technology in a few years. You can buy an 8 foot extension for this type but not a 10 foot.
Step Four, Select the remotes: There are different types of remotes. Single button - one button, one door. Mini - small remote to hook right on your key chain. Three function - more buttons to control more doors and even the light in your home. Wireless keypads - attach this to the outside of your garage to open the door securely and safely. Finger Print Wireless Keypad - accepts only the fingerprints you have programmed into it. Great for families with children. Door Monitor - You can use this inside your home to check if the garage door is open or not.
Sears offers different "packages" with the garage door openers to give you the best value.
Step Five, Professional Installation or Install It Yourself
I put this choice as a separate step because there is a good amount of work to install a garage door opener. Yes, your father-in-law can probably do it, but do you really want to pay for a case of beer and at least two trips to the hardware store? If you have not installed one yourself before plan on 4 to 6 hours for a new installation and 2 to 4 hours to replace an existing opener. Sears offer professional installation at a very reasonable price (in my area $109 and the installers have put in hundreds of openers) so it is worth a discussion whether it is a good choice for you to install it yourself.
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Torsion Vs Extension Springs on Garage Doors
Doors for garages can be a mixed blessing. On one hand, they make things quite simple when you return home after a long day at work. On the other, problems can be frustrating and expensive. Before you call a professional for garage door service, make sure that you are not dealing with a problem you can actually fix on your own. Several problems can be fixed with a little it of troubleshooting, saving you the expense and hassle of calling a professional contractor.
Doors that will not open and are equipped with an electric opener are a common problem. The first thing to check is always the clicker that you use to open these doors. Change the battery and inspect the remote for problems. If it has problems that you can fix, then fix them and you will be in good shape. If changing the battery and fixing any visible problems does not fix the issue, check the door itself and the opening apparatus for any visible problems. If you find some that you can fix, do so. If not, it is time to call a garage door service provider.
Doors That Stick
Doors that stick are often due to a problem with the metal rollers and hinges. If the tracks get dirty or the rollers lack lubrication, then you can easily fix the problem by cleaning the tracks and lubricating the rollers. You can find videos to show you how to do this online. Of course, you can call a professional garage door service provider to do this for you, but it may not be worth the cost.
Doors That Fall When Closed
If you press the button to close your door, and the door falls instead of closing slowly, then you may need new extension springs. These can be a bit complicated to replace if you have never done it before. Make sure you carefully research the job before you attempt to do it without professional help. If you need it, call a professional to do the job for you. It is always better to have a professional then to injure yourself or your doors just to save a few bucks.
These are the most common problems that you can tackle on a DIY level. If you are experiencing other problems, you are probably best off calling a garage door service professional. Electrical problems or major components that have gone bad need to be professionally replaced, not tackled by a DIY individual. Remember, safety is always your number one priority when dealing with a large component of your home like doors. If you do not feel like you can tackle the job safely, call a professional. But for smaller problems, professionals and the expense involved may not be completely necessary.
Garage Door Opener Repair Tips