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How much does garage door repair cost?
Garage door repair can cost will vary based on which garage door company you work with, what needs to be fixed specifically, and what parts are needed. A garage door professional can inspect the problem and provide an estimate on site.
Why is my garage door not opening?
This can be due to a variety of different reasons. Some common reasons include a broken spring, malfunctioning door opener or general wear and tear. If your garage door is not opening properly be sure to double-check that your garage opener is correctly plugged in and try switching out your garage door remote or even keypad batteries to confirm if it is something more serious.
How do I know if my garage door spring is broken?
There are a few signs of a broken garage door spring to look out for. The most obvious signs include your garage door not opening completely, hearing a loud unusual noise from your garage door, and your garage door closing too quickly or in other unusual ways.
What causes a garage door to come off of its track?
When a garage door comes off of the track that means one of the door lift cables is not able to properly wind up, causing it to come undone altogether. A physical impact to the garage door can cause this or it may just naturally happen over time. If the problem keeps occurring it may be due to a unbalanced door or a damaged track and a garage door professional can take care of it.
How much does it cost to install a garage door opener?
Installing a garage door opener can cost anywhere from $300 to $600 on average. The price will vary based on the labor cost of the company you hire along with what parts and garage door opener you are using.
How long do garage doors last?
The average lifespan of a garage door is between 15 and 30 years. A garage door's lifespan can vary based on what type of garage door it is, how often it gets used, and even the climate of your area.
Can a bent garage door be fixed?
If the dent is small you can usually fix it easily using a hammer to adjust the dent back into place. Larger dents may be more complicated and require a professional.
How do I know if my garage door opener is bad?
If you notice anything out of the ordinary such as your garage vibrating, opening and closing quickly, or even making weird noises, this is most likely a sign that you need your garage door opener to be fixed.
How do you fix a garage door that will not close?
If your garage door will not close there are a few things you can do to try to fix it. This includes checking the sensors, making sure your garage door is still on its track, and reading your garage door manual to troubleshoot. If all else fails and you need your garage closed, for the time being, you can manually close it with caution.
Can a cracked garage door be repaired?
Though welding is a possible fix for some garage door types, typically a crack in a garage door can not be fixed and needs to be replaced. While permanent fixes tend to be uncommon, you can patch them temporarily using putty or other similar materials.
Is there maintenance required for garage doors?
In order to get the full lifespan out of your garage door and keep it working correctly, routine maintenance is strongly recommended, ideally twice a year.
How do I know which type of garage door opener to choose?
If you have a standard single or sectional double garage door then a ½ horsepower motor should do the trick as it can easily lift 300 pounds. If you have a larger or heavier garage door you will want to go with a ¾ horsepower opener that can lift over 600lbs. A stronger opener requires less effort and puts less pressure on your motor, giving your garage a break.
Which spring is better to use, extension or torsion?
Torsion springs are the best option to go with as they last longer and are much stronger than extension springs, but they are more expensive. If you are on a budget extension springs are a good option, though they will need to be replaced much quicker.
What causes a garage door to buckle?
If your garage door is buckling it is probably due to an issue with your tracks. When garage door tracks are not aligned as they should be it can lead to annoying buckling and even take your entire door off its tracks. If you do notice your garage door buckling it is best to limit its use and contact a professional garage door company as soon as possible to avoid damage.
Why is insulation important for a garage door?
A properly insulated garage door is important because it aids in keeping your door protected. A garage door with proper insulation will regulate the temperature of your garage which can save you money on your energy bills and keep your garage safe from the outside temperature.
How long does it take to install a new garage door?
Installing a new garage door can take anywhere from three to six hours. The time it takes depends on what type of garage you are getting and if you are able to use any existing hardware or structure from your prior garage door. A garage door professional will be able to give you a more accurate estimate based on your specific needs.
What is typically done during a garage door tune-up?
During a routine tune-up, a garage door professional will perform a detailed visual inspection of your garage door system. They will be looking for any signs of damage or repair needs as well as listening for any unusual and concerning noises. Tune-ups are important because it allows you to catch any issues before they become worse and cause serious damage.
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