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Did you know that the average American garage door opens and shuts over 1000 times a year?


Similar to any other home appliance, garage doors needs annual maintenance to keep them opening and closing on demand. We have listed a few common problems that may be affecting your door.


Broken Garage Door Springs - If a garage door is stuck and won't open, this may mean that the torsion springs are broken. Attempting to replace a garage door spring can be dangerous because of the torque in a wound torsion spring or the stretch in an extended extension spring. Many well-meaning homeowners have experienced serious injuries or worse when trying to replace a spring or other parts that tie in to the spring system because they did not understand the powerful forces at work. Use a flashlight and see if you can tell if the spring is broken. Because garage doors are used as the front door in many homes, garage door springs break more often. More use means shorter lifespans.

Cables - Garage door cables are made of steel and can wear out and become frayed due to constant use. The torsion springs wind or unwind the cables to open and close the doors. If the garage door is not opening or closing properly, check the cables. Frayed or broken cables can turn your garage door into a safety hazard. Call the professionals at Action Door to replace your cables . While we are there, we will check all the components of your garage door to make sure they are in good working order.

Balance - The garage door springs are what lift the door, not the opener. If the door can be easily lifted by one hand, it is in balance. The weight of the door and the torsion spring must be in sync. If they are not and the door becomes unbalanced, the torsion springs may need to be adjusted or replaced. For your safety and the safety of your family, Action Door strongly recommends contacting a professional for any work involving garage door springs.

Hinges - Steel hinges can and do wear out. Check each hinge and confirm that they are screwed in tightly to the garage door. Worn out hinges should be replaced immediately to avoid future problems. Garage door hinges should periodically be lubricated. Don't ever use WD-40; it is a solvent-based lubricant, and will eventually cause degradation to your door hardware. One of our technicians would be happy to come by and check your hinges, and other components of your garage door.

Rollers – Rollers are what bear the weight of the door in the ‘up’ position. If your door makes a lot of noise when opening and closing, your rollers may be wearing out. Watch for rollers that wobble while the door is moving. This means that the bearings inside the roller are broken or may even be missing altogether. These rollers need to be replaced. For quieter operation, consider replacing all the steel rollers with smooth and durable nylon rollers.
  
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