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How to Fix a Garage Door
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How to Fix a Garage Door

Having your own enclosed garage is great. You’ve got privacy, security, and greater energy efficiency. However, as with anything in your home, the experience becomes a lot less enjoyable when something breaks. A quality garage door should last a long time, even decades. However, anything can malfunction or even break. So here are some solutions to a few of the most common issues when keeping a garage goes wrong.

Step-By-Step Instructions

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Inspect The Hardware On Your Garage Door

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First we’ll cover issues with the garage door itself. First let’s cover a garage door tune-up, which you should do on annual basis to make sure that everything’s working as it should and to prevent problems before they start. Your garage door may open and close a thousand times a year. That much movement puts strain on all of the garage door’s parts, including the hardware, which may be loosened. Make sure that all the hardware, including the roller brackets and all of the nuts and bolts are as tight as they need to be. Tighten them if not.

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Inspect The Rollers

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If your rollers are made of nylon, it will be easy to spot wear, because the rollers will be cracked or chipped. If they’re made of steel, when the bearings wear, the wheel will start to tilt. Any quality hardware store will sell replacement rollers. All you’ll need to do them is remove the roller bracket and then reinstall it. This goes for any roller brackets EXCEPT the bottom one. It is attached to a cable that is under heavy tension—don’t remove it.

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Inspect The Lift Cable

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You’ll need to check it as well for wear, which you will be able to tell by broken strands. The cable is exposed to moisture where it’s attached to the bottom roller bracket, so that’s where you’re most likely to find damage. Grab that old toothbrush and clear away the build-up so you can get the best look. If it’s need of repair, consider hiring a professional to replace it. As mentioned in the last step, it’s under a lot of tension and it can be highly dangerous if you’re not very experienced with working with them.

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Inspect The Opener’s Chain Or Screw

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If you have a screw opener, check your manual because some of them will not require lubrication. For all others and for chain openers, you should lubricate them annually, using spray-on white lithium grease.

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Inspect The Springs

The overhead torsion springs and the extension springs (above the roller tracks) get a workout, so all of them fail eventually. However, you can help prevent corrosion (a leading cause of breakage) by lubricating them annually. Luckily, this doesn’t require anything more complicated than WD-40. You likely already have it home, but even if you don’t, it’s a smart (and cheap) investment that will really pay off for the longevity of your springs.

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Inspect The Weather Seal

If your seal is worn, it’s no good to you and you’ll need to replace it. For a wooden garage door, take off the old seal with your pry bar. Then place the wide angle of the new seal to the inside of the door. Attach it to that side with a few nails and then pull the seal under the door and attach it on that side. After that, put a few nails in the center. This will keep the seal straight while you nail the whole piece in place, putting nails every 3 or 4 inches.

If your door is steel, your seal should be a U-shaped astragal. Using a flat-blade screwdriver, open the ends of the channel that holds the seal. Do this on both ends of the door and then pull out the old seal. Lubricate the channels with silicone spray or with rubbing alcohol.

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Inspect The Door And Its Components

If you’ve read the previous section on the annual checks and maintenance you should be doing, this step will be familiar to you. Inspect the tracks that the door runs on and inspect the brackets that mount the tracks to your garage walls. Tighten any loose bolts, brackets, or screws. If the tracks have any dents or damage, pound them out. You can use a rubber mallet for this or a basic hammer and a scrap wood block. This is only for basic repairs—if the tracks are in severe disrepair, you should replace them.

Check all other hardware, tightening as needed. Check the hinges and replace any damaged ones. For cracked wood at the hinges, remove the hinge and fill in the crack and the screw holes with wood filler. Once the filler dries, replace the hinge. For enlarged screw holes, remove the screw and replace it with a longer one. The new screw should be the same diameter, of course. Dip a hollow fiber plug in carpenters’ glue and put it back in with the screw.

If you have a roll-up garage door with one center torsion spring, you should consult a professional for any repairs. The spring is under a tremendous amount of tension and if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing with it, you’re at risk of serious injury.

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Check The Alignment

Using your level, make sure the tracks are aligned as they should be. The vertical parts should be plumb. The horizontal sections will slant downward toward the back of the garage. Both vertical and horizontal sections should be at the same height on the walls. If there is an issue with alignment, loosen the mounting bracket screws or bolts—don’t remove them—gently tap the tracks back into their positions. Check again with the level. Once they’re in the proper positions, retighten the screws or bolts.

Conclusion

Simple annual maintenance can go a long way to preventing most minor issues with your garage door. If you haven’t made this a habit, there’s no better time to start than today. Taking a few minutes to make some checks and simple repairs, if needed, can save you a lot of grief (and money) in the long run.

However, even the most diligent annual maintenance can’t prevent everything. In that case, you can fix many of your garage door problems with basic repair. Most repairs don’t take that long and they’re all fairly easy to do.

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Questions And Answers

Can a garage door be repaired?

Yes, you can have a garage door repaired. Depending on what is wrong with the door you may find it cheaper to just replace the whole thing. It is also important to keep in mind that because of the springs used in the door assembly, repairing can be dangerous.

How much is a new garage door?

To replace the door for your garage you are looking at $300, on the low end, for a single door garage. On the high end, it will cost about $2,000. The typical range for a garage door replacement is between $730 and $1,422. The national average for replacement is $1,607.

Why is my garage door not opening?

There are many reasons why your garage door would stop opening. You may have a blocked photo-eye. The remote may be malfunctioning. The torsion spring may be broken. You may have a loose or snapped cable. The door may be off track. There are also many other possible causes.

How much is a new garage door?

The cost of your new garage door will be dependent upon a number of things. First, the material used for the garage door, as well as how large the door is. Finally, will you need an automatic door system? If so, you need to calculate in that added expense.

How much is a two car garage door?

For a new two-car garage door to be installed, on the low side it cost about $2000. This price can vary greatly depending on the features you want, as well as the material that you wish to have your garage door constructed of. The price just climbs from there.

What kind of paint to use on a wooden garage door?

It is recommended that you use an exterior acrylic high-quality paint. Latex paint is able to be applied on top of oil or latex-based primer. Make sure that the surface is clean and old paint has been removed before sanding, priming, and ultimately, painting.

How much does it cost to paint a garage door?

Depending on where you are located, the cost of painting your garage door will run between $1.29 and 2.75 for each square foot. The cost can vary based on the type of paint that you want as well as other factors. Where you live may also have an effect.

How much are garage door panels?

Depending on the garage door a panel repair will cost you around $150 and up. A full panel replacement will cost $250 and up. Sometimes it can be the most cost effective to replace the whole garage door as opposed to replacing or repairing panels.

How do you measure for a new garage door?

First, measure the widest point’s width. Then, measure the highest point’s height. Next, measure the areas near the openings for the width. Then, measure the area in between the ceiling and door opening. Finally, you will measure from the nearest obstruction and the opening in the back of the garage.

How long does it take to put on a new garage door?

The timing of putting on a new garage door varies. However, the average installation of a new garage door is around three hours. The larger the door, the longer it is going to take. If you only have a small garage door, it should be a bit quicker.

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