There are many ways that your garage door can become damaged. The tracks may be cracked or rusted, the weather stripping may have to be replaced or even the door itself may actually be broken or simply have a crack in it. But whatever the reason for the malfunction, you will need to get your door repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Getting an expert garage door replacement is the best thing you can do for the sake of your garage’s safety and its ability to function properly. So what steps should you take to ensure that you get the best service from the experts?
Before any replacement is done, you must first lubricate all moving parts, including the garage door springs. Garage door springs are very heavy, so lubrication helps with the movement of the door as well as the overall performance of the device. Garage door springs should be lubricated every few months to ensure that they continue to work correctly and they do not wear out prematurely. Lubrication is especially important if you have children or pets. It helps to keep them safe and prevent them from hurting themselves when the garage door springs begin to sag or give way.
After you have lubricated the garage door springs, it is important that you coat them in some sort of anti-rust paint. It is possible for rust to form on the metal after it has been exposed to the elements, but you should avoid spraying the metal with paint unless you want to repaint it every year. Spray painting affects the finish of the metal, which means that it can actually make the metal look worse than it is. If you must paint your springs every year, then use special rust-resistant paint that is specially made for this purpose. This way, you can make sure that you do not have to repair the garage door springs in the future, but the paint will likely last for a long time without having to be redone.
If you notice that one or more of the garage door springs are starting to give way, then the time has come to replace them. Before you start your job, make sure that you turn off the power to the motor. You should also secure the brackets that are holding the springs in place. When you have checked everything and you know that the problem is with the springs and not the rest of the system, then you should remove the damaged springs and put new ones in their place. It is possible to install new springs and replace the broken ones at the same time, but you need to make sure that they are installed correctly for the right height and the proper tension.
If you have replaced the garage door springs, but they are still not properly aligned, then you need to retie them properly so that they are correctly aligned. If you have done this and the springs are not functioning correctly, then you should find out why and fix the problem as soon as possible. The springs on your doors can be a weak link, and if you don’t get them aligned correctly, there is a good chance that the entire system will break. When retie the springs, you need to make certain that you use the right tools. You don’t want to use regular pliers to do this job because they might catch the springs that are already split.
After you have replaced the garage door springs, you should check the brackets to make sure that they are all in good working order. If you haven’t already, you should install a reversing mechanism before you lift your vehicle up, just in case the springs reverse unexpectedly. Some vehicles have automatic lifting devices, which will reverse automatically when the vehicle lifts. Make sure that the reversing mechanism is operational, or your lift might malfunction.
When you have finally replaced the broken garage doors springs, it is important that you inspect the torsion spring. If you see any cracks, signs of wear and tear, or overall disrepair, you should consider replacing the whole spring. If you have an old or vintage garage doors, then you will need special tools to remove and replace the torsion spring. Before you do this job though, make sure that you have a professional install the spring so that you don’t damage the device itself. Most garage doors have a manual process when it comes to replacing the torsion spring, but for some, the installation might be included in the cost of the garage doors.
If you have also found broken garage door springs, you should take them to a professional repair shop and have them replace them. Though you can probably fix most problems yourself with tools, it is always best to leave the heavy duty job to the professionals. You definitely don’t want to hurt yourself trying to fix something, so make sure that you know what you are doing and get professional help if you have any doubts. It would be much cheaper to pay for a repair than to have your entire garage door springs ruined by rust.