Garage Door Panel
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Garage Door Panel Replacement & Repair Guide

Here we answer the most frequently asked questions about garage door panel replacement and repair. Determine whether you need garage door panel repair or replacement, how much garage door panel repair and replacement costs, and find the answers to many other frequently asked questions by using this guide.

Can I Replace Just One Panel of My Garage Door?

Yes, you can replace one panel of a garage door as long as it is in good condition and has been maintained properly. If your garage door panels are peeling, fading, rusting, or dented, there is a chance that your garage door panels cannot be replaced and you will have to replace the whole garage door.

Can I Replace Multiple Damaged Sections/Panels on My Garage Door?

Yes, you can replace more than 1 section of a garage door but if you have 2 or more sections that are damaged it will cost more to replace them than to replace your entire garage door. No matter if the middle section is damaged or it’s the bottom panels that need to be replaced, replacing more than 1 section just doesn’t make since when you could have a brand new garage door for the exact same price. Read more about Single vs Sectional Garage Door Panels

Will Replacing Broken/Damaged Garage Door Panels Match My Garage Door Color?

Yes and no. Depending on how old your garage door is, replacing panels might not color match perfectly. Colors might match a little better if you have a newer garage door where the paint hasn’t faded yet. Also, the tricky part about installing new garage door panels is that the sheen doesn’t match as well.

Can I Replace Damaged Garage Door Panels Myself?

Yes, you can replace garage door panels DIY but experts do not recommend it. Often it is the bottom garage door panel that needs replacing due to a car backing out and hitting the panel. The bottom garage door panel is connected to the garage door springs which are under high tension. Any mistake you make while working around garage door springs could result in serious injuries.

Warning Signs You Need to Replace the Whole Garage Door

If your garage door needs several panels replaced, you might need to install a brand-new garage door. There are several other factors that warrant the need for a new garage door including:

Paint Cracking or Peeling on Wood Garage Door Panels

Wood garage door panels need property refinishing every so often to keep them in great shape. The stained or painted finish on wood garage door panels breaks down over time, causing rotting wood. The finish on wood garage doors can also fade or become discolored due to exposure from UV rays. If the wood in your garage door panel is cracked, there is moisture in your door, or there are holes in it, its time for a replacement.

Bent or Sagging Garage Doors

Garage doors made out of wood are known for sagging if they do not receive regular maintenance. If you notice large gaps when your door is closed, that means its sagging and it needs to be replaced. Sagging can also be caused by poorly reinforced automatic garage door opener.

Non-Efficient Garage Doors

Garages were built 15 years ago or older are almost impossible to find replacement panels for. Plus, your old garage door isn’t energy efficient like most of the newer garage doors are. Installing an energy-efficient garage door means you will always be able to find replacement panels, your home will stay more comfortable in the winter/summer, and can also reduce your electric bill.

Where to Find Garage Door Replacement Panels For Sale?

You can find garage door replacement panels for sale on Google or Alibaba. You can also hire a local garage door panel replacement company near you such as OnTrack Garage, if you are in the Phoenix area, to provide the service for you. The garage door repair technicians can replace your panels with new garage door panels to match the look of your current garage door.

How Much Does Garage Door Panel Repair Cost?

If you only have a few dings or dents in your garage door that repair might only cost you about $150 to $200.

How Much Does Garage Door Panel Replacement Cost?

On average, garage door panel replacement costs about $500. According to NETWORX, Garage door panel replacement prices range from $250 for a 9’ garage door panel to $750 for a 16’ garage door replacement panels. Replacing 2 garage door panels costs about $1,000, about the same price as replacing your entire garage door. However, we know from experience that most garage door panel replacements only cost about $250 to $400.

How Much Does Garage Door Bottom Panel Replacement Cost?

On average, garage door bottom panel replacement costs about $500. According to NETWORX, Garage door panel replacement prices range from $250 for a 9’ garage door panel to $750 for a 16’ garage door replacement panels. Replacing 2 garage door panels costs about $1,000, about the same price as replacing your entire garage door. Read more about garage door panel replacement costs

How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Dented Garage Door Panel?

Small dents, rot, rust or holes in garage door panels can be repaired without replacing. Depending on what wrong with the panel, average prices for repair are $130 for steel door repairs, $190 for wood, $170 for aluminum and $150 for fiberglass. Read more about garage door panel repair

Garage Door Replacement Panels at Lowes & Home Depot

Looking for garage door panels at Lowes or Home Depot? They do not sell individual garage door panels. They only sell brand new garage doors.

Step by Step Garage Door Panel Replacement

Are you searching for how to replace or repair a garage door panel, because someone ran into your door?  Have you had a kid run their bike into the garage door, or worse have you bumped it with the car?  Don’t stress out, it’s not too hard to replace a damaged garage door panel.

Follow our step by step guide to replacing a garage door panel.  Safety should always be first when working on your garage door as the springs are under high tension and the weight of the garage door can injure you.  If you’re not confident about doing the replacement yourself, call 480-641-2301 for one of our garage door repair technicians.

Panel Replacement Step 1. – Finding the replacement

You’re going to have to identify the manufacturer of your garage door.  There are usually labels found on the door where it will tell you which company made it and what the model name or number is.  It’s important to make sure you find the right one because even within a single manufacturer they use varying methods for securing the panels into their doors.

If you’ve got an older garage door and you can’t find a company still selling the panels you need, it’s time to talk to someone about replacement.

Panel Replacement Step 2. – Safety

Once you’ve either gone and bought the correct panels or had them shipped to you, ensuring the safety of your family and yourself takes center stage.  Firstly you are going to want to have the garage door in the down position.  Then you’re going to need to unplug your garage door opener, so someone doesn’t accidentally hit the switch and cause you harm, or even more damage to the garage door.  Once you’ve done that you are going to want to take the tension off the system by removing the springs.

Panel Replacement Step 3. – Panel removal

The first step here is to need to make some room in the garage door system by either removing the top panel completely or use a come-a-long to separate them.  Each panel is secured in two ways, to the guide track using hinge brackets, and to each other using hinges.  Once you’ve got the room to work you’re going to want to unscrew the hinges on the broken panel, or panels and remove it from the garage door.

Panel Replacement Step 4. – New Panel Installation

Now that you’ve got the old panel out you’re going to want to work backward and slide the new panel into the available spot and reattach the hinge brackets and hinges on both sides.  Replace the top panel that you either removed or release the come-a-long nice and slow to ease that panel back into place.  After you’ve got that done you’re going to need to slide the garage door into the open position and reattach the spring.

Panel Replacement Step 5. – Match the new to the old

With sun bleaching and weathering even if you were able to find the same color you had before, invariably you will find that they don’t look exactly alike.  Just be ready for a refinish or repainting so that one of the largest items on the front of your home looks just as good as the rest of the hard work you put into your house maintenance and landscaping.

How To Repair Small Holes, Dents, Rust or Rot On Your Garage Door.

  • Using coarse grit sandpaper you need to continue to sand that area around the hole until you sand down to the bare metal.  For dents or crevices use the corner of the sandpaper to effectively get the paint off.
  • If you’ve got rust you need to get a wire brush and some liquid rust remover.  Apply some rust remover to the area and a little to the brush and scrub the area until the rust is gone.
  • To ensure that the repair is effective you need to use a degreaser to remove any oily residue or dirt.  This makes it so the patch material can bond permanently.
  • Using a putty knife you’ll want to apply a smooth and even layer of the filler over the damage with a putty knife.  Use a little more than it being flush and let it completely dry before moving to the next step.  Read the directions to find out average drying times and take into consideration your humidity and temperature.
  • Get your sandpaper back out and use it to smooth the patch, make sure to remove any dust from the door and ensure there are not any additional holes, if so repeat the previous step and wait till it drys, then sands it smooth and flat.
  • Move on to less coarse sandpaper, a medium grit sanding block will help you get a more smooth patch area, again just ensure that all the dust is removed.
  • Next, you need to use a primer that’s good for rust prevention.  It’s fine to use a spray can get this done.  Just make sure it’s totally dry before you continue.
  • Find some 400-grit dry or wet sandpaper and dip it in water.  Then wrap it around a rubber sanding block and get the area smooth.
  • Finally with the chosen color of rust-inhibiting paint cover the area, or the entire garage door to help it have a matched and perfectly uniform look.

Garage Door Panel Repair & Replacement Service in Phoenix

If you’d rather sit back and enjoy a nice cool afternoon inside your home while the experts take care of your garage door panel replacement or repair service, give the professionals at On Track Garage Door a call at 480-641-2301 or use our Contact Form.

Installing A Garage Door Keypad
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Installing A Garage Door Keypad

Installing A Garage Door Keypad

Are you searching for instructions on installing a garage door keypad?  Garage door keypads makes your automatic garage door easier to use, and more convenient. Installing the exterior keypad control for your garage makes it so you don’t have to have your keys, phone, or a clunky garage door remote with you to get back in the garage or house.

The keypad is mounted on the frame of the garage door and has a numeric keypad where you enter a code only you and your family know. Being mounted outside it makes it possible for anyone with the code to get into the garage without hunting for a remote that is “somewhere” in the vehicle.

Choosing The Right Keypad

Not all keypads or wireless keypads are compatible with all garage door openers. While there are systems that claim to be universal, there are limitations to the technology and you need to make sure the accessory keypad you are buying is made to work with your garage door opener system.

When shopping for your garage door keypad refer to your owner’s manual and know what model of opener you are using. Talk with the company you hire to do the work over which keypads will work with your garage. If you are doing the install yourself make sure you look at the boxes at the store and make sure it will work with your garage door opener before you buy it and run home.

DIY Garage Door Keypad Installation

To install the keypad yourself you will need a few basic tools, the hardware itself plus a screwdriver or cordless drill, tape measure, level, keypad batteries, and the programming instructions.

Batteries & Code

Install the batteries in the keypad following the manufacturer’s instructions. Next program your keypad so it works with your garage door opener. Choose a numeric code; different models will have 4 or 6 digit options for your code. Most keypads will require the pressing of the learn button on the garage door opener, so they will cooperate.

Verify & Install

Before you take off the backing of the adhesive strips make sure that the keypad works. Then choose a spot of your garage doorjamb to place the keypad. Make sure that you choose a height that every family member that is meant to use the keypad can reach easily. Once you’ve picked out your place remove any adhesive backing and place it on the doorjamb.

Securely Screw It Down

Once you have the garage door keypad where you want it get your cordless drill out and put the Phillips head in. Make sure the strength of your drill isn’t set too high or when you screw the keypad down it might over tighten and break the plastic. Place the top screw and get the screw started. Stop before it is completely tight. Using a level you can make sure that your keypad is plumb and line up the second screw. Using the drill, screw down the bottom side of your keypad.


Garage Door Keypad Troubleshooting

If you’ve had your keypad for a while or the one you just installed isn’t working use these tips to troubleshoot it. Today’s keypads work much like another garage door opener remote with a wireless signal.  The difference being that it’s attached to the outside of your home and is operated using a secret PIN. Usually problems with garage door keypads track back to something with the keypad itself.  Most repairs are simple and only take a few minutes.

Check For Stuck Keys

One of the most common problems with garage door keypads is when the keys get stuck.  This usually happens as sand, dust, grime, or dirt gets into the keys and makes them stick.  If the keys are sticking you’ll need to clean the keypad both on the inside and the outside.  Ensure you clean the front and back of the keypad housing along with the keys and spaces between the keys.  Before putting it back on make sure you brush all sand and dust out of the housing and then reassemble it and screw it back onto your home.

Inspect Wires For Problems

If you have shorts in the wiring inside your keypad it can cause problems. It can prevent the right PIN from being entered.  In addition it can make it so even when the right keys are pressed the signal isn’t sent to the garage door opener.  To fix this you’ll need to open up your keypad housing and inspect all of the contacts and wires for shorts or fraying.  Repair all shorts if possible, reassemble, and test your keypad.

Resetting The PIN Code

Occasionally the keypad may lose it’s code and need to relearn it.  To do this you’ll need to set your opener back into learn mode and then enter your PIN code.   Refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to program your keypad to your brand and model of garage door opener.

System Rebooting

If you’ve done everything else and nothing is fixing your garage door keypad you should unplug and power down.  Give it at least 5 minutes before powering back up and testing it.  Some times power cycling your system can clear problems in the memory and restore control.  If none of this works, consider professional garage door keypad repair.


Garage Door Keypad Installation & Repair

On Track inspects, repairs, replaces, and install garage doors all over the Phoenix valley. If you have a garage door accessory like a keypad that you want installed we can help you out. We can get it installed and make sure everything else is on the right track and your garage door is up to the job and in good condition. Give us a call today and get your garage door keypad.

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Cedar Garage Door Maintenance
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Cedar Garage Door Maintenance Tips

If you’re looking for the best care tips for cedar garage door maintenance On Track Garage Door can help!  For the customers who have had us install their cedar garage doors and even those who didn’t we prepared this guide.  It will help you know what to look for in inspecting the door, how to clean it, and discuss the protective treatments that keep cedar garage doors looking great!

In homes throughout the country you can find cedar garage doors, as they have become more popular in recent years, and there is a very good reason for that. Which is that they are so much stronger and durable than an overlay garage door or even steel garage doors, and they come with their own natural beauty, that along will make your neighbors envy.

Tips For Caring For Cedar Garage Doors

There is a small price to pay for the benefits that cedar garage doors offer. Garage doors made of cedar is going to consist of some significant commitments in maintenance, whereas other garage doors that are less wouldn’t needs as much commitment. It comes down to you being able to spend less time taking care of your garage doors than chasing after the kids and the dogs.

The following are a few of the things to keep your eye out for when maintaining the cedar doors.

Cedar Garage Door Protective Treatments

Cedar is wood, and wood is harvested from trees, it is a natural material which has been configured in order for it to fit the opening of your garage, still it needs to be protected from various damages.

The garage doors used, here at the ‘On Track Garage Door’, is that of kiln dried wood. By using this process, it lowers the chance of expansions and contracting when temperatures vary back and forth from hot to cold, and vice versa, also making it less apt to be ruin by moisture. The wood panels used by ‘On Track Garage Door’ is covered in a finish that provides protection for the wood from scratches to large hail.

No matter which cedar garage door you decide to choose, always be sure the panels has a coated finish for its protection. Of course, a finish coating may wear down or off every couple of years, that is why it is important to have it refinished as soon as you notice it happening. You definitely want to refinish both sides of the garage door, after all, you should be able to access the door from either side.

You should clean your garage door using a combination of detergent (light) and water.

Cleaning the garage doors

Since wood is a natural material, it has its own unique beauty. Yet, if your garage door is panels made from cedar, they are going to be susceptible to deterioration, unless they are kept properly cleaned on a regular basis.

Your cedar door should be cleaned anytime you feel it needs it, however, at least once per year otherwise. For instance, let’s say you are planning to finish your garage door, wouldn’t it make sense to make sure it is cleaned of dust and dirt deposits first, including anything else that may be sticking to it?

Keep in mind, that the task of cleaning your garage door is a simple one, but you will need to take the time to clean its wood thoroughly. Just mix a cup of any mild detergent you have around the house with five gallons of warm water and rub this solution onto the wood panels. Then you need to rinse away the soapy solution with clear water, and let the door air dry.

Should you intend to apply more finish to the garage door, make sure it has completely dried before adding the new finish. Also, this should not be done if it calls for rain over a matter of several days, as it will need time to completely dry.

Cedar Garage Door Inspection

A good cleaning and refinishing will help to protect those beautiful cedar panels on the door. So, what if some damage has already become deeper?

Most people do not realize how important it is to check their garage door every few days, in order to catch any cracks and/or scratches that may have, or might will cause damage to your cedar panels. Because your garage door gets opened and closed on the average, several times every day, there can be stress fractions in the panels, which you have no warning of. It is things like this that can compromise the finish of your cedar garage door, leaving the door susceptible to pollutant infiltration and/or water damage.

Should you notice any damage to your cedar panels, it is important that you immediately clean and refinish all the areas in order to restore the original protection.

Phoenix Valley Garage Door Repair

If you own a cedar garage door that needs maintenance or repair in Mesa, Phoenix, or another city in the valley, On Track Garage Door can help.  Our team specializes in garage door installation, maintenance, and repair.  So if you’re thinking about getting a cedar garage door, we can install it. If you already have one we can help you care for it and repair anything that goes wrong.

Call today for cedar garage door installation, maintenance, or repair at 480-641-2301

Why Do Garage Doors Jerk When Closing
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Why Do Garage Doors Jerk When Closing?

Why Do Garage Doors Jerk When Closing? Is a question we get asked a lot, and there are a few common reasons your garage door might be jerking while it is opening or closing.  Common causes for this are bent tracks, bad rollers, or even problems with your garage door opener.  Don’t ignore these issues as they put strain on the opener and if left to fester can burn out your garage door opener’s motor. Some repairs are quite simple and can be done by homeowners while others require more tools, training, and can be dangerous.

What Causes A Garage Door To Jerk?

The garage door has three primary parts.  The garage door, the garage door opener, and the garage door springs. The garage door opener uses a lift motor that drives a chain or screws to lift and lower the garage door.  The lift motor is responsible for working in unison with the springs to pull the door up, and lets it back down when it should close.  The garage door runs on the track system that keeps it in place during opening and closing.

When the garage door is jerking or shaking during operation it can be caused by the track being dirty or damaged.  The tracks need to be aligned correctly and inspected for debris or damage if the door is jerking and shaking.

Handling Damage

If you inspect the track and discover damage it will usually be in the form of crimps, or bends.  Minor damage can be repaired with a hammer or mallet to straighten out the track.  However if you are not confident you can do this correctly, or the damage is severe you should call for garage door repair.  Removing the bends and crimps from tracks takes a trained hand to not cause new problems while removing the old ones.  If there is dirt or debris in the track you should remove it with tools and wipe clean the track to prevent it from jerking while operating.

Check Rollers & Hardware

Rollers on your garage door that follow the track can wear out or be damaged.  If they are making noises like squeaking or squealing while the door is opening or closing they might be the source of your jerking door.  Replacing rollers means matching up new rollers to the old hardware.  Ensuring this is done correctly will determine the operation and life of the door system, and should be left to professionals.

Hardware like screws and hinges that hold the panels together and the track system to the garage should also be checked.  If you have loose hardware it can also cause the door to jerk during operation.  This is because they cannot properly support the weight of the door.  Ignoring a garage door that is jerking can lead to burning out your garage door opener motor.  If this happens it will have to be replaced.

DIY or Professional Garage Door Repair

Some small repairs like adjusting the photo eye alignment, or replacing batteries in a remote are well within the abilities of most homeowners.  However there are many elements of the garage door system that are potentially dangerous.  There are hundreds of Americans injured during garage door repair, or by garage doors that are not repaired or maintained properly.  Garage door springs for example are one of the most dangerous elements to garage door systems.  They do the heavy lifting, not the opener, and are under very high tension.  If they are not handled properly or if they break serious injuries are possible.

Do homeowners must choose which garage door repairs to handle themselves and which should be left to professionals.

Phoenix Garage Door Repair

For garage door repair in Phoenix On Track Garage Door Service offers repair by highly trained technicians.  Our technicians are known for their upfront garage door repair prices and honesty.  We value the business of our customers in Phoenix and only recommend the necessary repairs.  While we offer and install upgrades to new garage doors and technology like smartphone garage door control, we always try to repair and maintain what you have to keep services affordable.  Call today if you need garage door repair services for a door that is jerking or shaking in Phoenix.

Give us a call today at 480-641-2301

Common Garage Door Problems
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Common Garage Door Problems

If you’re searching for common garage door problems and want to find the best solutions this post is for you.   Read through some of the common garage door problems and our solutions.  If these tips don’t resolve your problem please call for garage door repair service.

Object In Path Of Door

Garage doors since the 90’s have been built with safety mechanisms which help cut down on garage door injuries.  The auto reverse systems watch for people, pets, and property which might be injured or damaged and stops the door from closing.  Common reasons the system will stop the door is toys, cars, or other things in the path of the door.  There are also times where dirt buildup on the track will mimic something being “felt” by the system and cause it to auto reverse.

Many times this can be resolved by simply checking to make sure there is nothing in the path of the door, or there isn’t excessive buildup in the track.

Dead Remote Batteries

If you’re using a garage door remote and your system isn’t working when you press the button, the most common reason is dead batteries.  The easiest way to find out if it is the remote is to check to see if your garage door button in the house will operate the door.  If it does it’s likely that all you need is a fresh set of batteries in your remote.

Typically all you need to do is undo a screw and slide the back of the remote open to swap out the batteries.  Just line up the negative and positive symbols inside your remote with the batteries and you’ll be set.

Vehicle Has Forgotten Code

If you’ve programmed your car, suv, or truck with your garage door code and the vehicle has been serviced there is a chance the code will be forgotten.  Some repairs require unhooking the battery and things like garage door codes, radio stations, and time settings will need to be redone. If this is the case you will just need to reprogram your vehicle by following your manufacturer owner’s guide.

Door Is Locked Manually

Garage doors are typically equipped with a manual locking system which is commonly used for times where you’ll be away for an extended period of time.  Longer vacations are a common reason to lock your garage.  The locking system is a common problem as it is fairly easy to accidentally engage the lock on older garage door models.  A small mutton on the side or top of the handle is all it takes to accidentally lock the garage door.

To unlock your door usually all you need to do is turn the handle until you hear a clicking sound.  This will retract the horizontal bars from the frame and set the handle to the open position.

Bad Photo Eye Alignment

While just about every kid from the 80’s might have slid under a closing garage door like Indiana Jones, garage doors built after 1993 are equipped with photo eyes that watch for people in the path of the door.  These photo eyes use an invisible beam to watch for anything in the path of the door, and will auto reverse the door if anything is detected.  If the door opens with no problem but hesitates when you go to close it you may need to adjust or clean your photo eyes.

Dirty Photo Eyes

Dirty photo eyes need to be cleaned so they don’t think something is in the way when the door begins to close.  This can be done by treating the photo eyes like a camera lens and use soft cloth and mild cleaner that is streak free.  Ensure that the photo is gently but fully cleaned and dry.

Misaligned Photo Eyes

Another common problem with photo eyes is when people are moving things around in the garage or working and the photo eyes get bumped.  While they are mounted tightly they can be moved so they beam isn’t being properly sent and received.  This will cause the door system to sense that something is in the way and prevent it from closing.  Ensure they are both at the same height and use a level to check to make sure they are straight.

Lost In Transmission

Batteries are not the only thing that can be wrong with a garage door remote.  Different garage door openers and remotes are capable of operating from difference distances. You may simply be trying to operate your door from further away than it was designed.

Check the antenna – a common problem with remotes successfully sending a signal to the opener is tha the antenna is blocked or damaged.  Make sure it is hanging straight down and nothing is blocking it. Also watch for signs of damage on your antenna as it will prevent the system from working also.

Spontaneous Operation

If your garage door is acting like its having a nervous breakdown and operating without you touching a button there is a chance the unit will need to be replaced, but there are more common explanations.

Check The Remote

There are times where the opener is stuck where something is pressing the button in your vehicle. Make sure it isn’t dropped between the seats getting pressed half a million times.  There is also a chance your neighbor has inadvertently bought or set a garage door system with your same frequency.  This is unlikely but possible.

Disconnect Switch Enabled

The disconnect switch is used for when there are power outages.  It releases the garage door from the opener and lets you operate the garage door manually.  If the cord has been pulled and the door isn’t connected to the track, it isn’t going to go very far no matter how many times you push the button.

To fix this problem open your garage door all the way and reattach the hook so your door is connected to the garage door opener track system.  This should resolve this problem.

Broken Garage Door Springs

When the garage door has power and is trying to work but it isn’t going anywhere there is a chance your garage door springs have broken.  If these torsion springs fail while you are home you will know it, there is a loud bang when they break.  It is so loud in fact that many people believe a firecracker has been set off.  This is due to the springs being the primary lifting component which lifts the heavy doors, not the opener.

Doors are equipped with two springs and if one has failed your opener will struggle or simply not be able to lift your garage door.  Garage door spring repair is a task that only professionals should attempt as these springs are under an incredible amount of tension.  Injuries are common and some are fatal, so exercise extreme caution if your garage door springs have failed.

Garage Door Repair Service

On Track Garage Door has decades of experience in garage door repair in Mesa and the Phoenix Valley.  We provide our customers with affordable, reliable, and quick garage door repair.  We know how important it is to be able to come and go from your home easily and offer repair to simplify repair and help keep homeowners from injury.

How To Open Garage Doors Manually
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How To Open Garage Doors Manually

Photo by Dave Dugdale

If you’re searching “How To Open Garage Doors Manually” you’re probably experiencing a power outage or your garage door opener has quit working.  Either way when you cannot open or close your garage door by simply pressing the button on your remote, it’s a problem.  This guide will help you understand how to open your garage door manually.

Pull The Cord

The first step in manual garage door operation is to release the door from the belt or chain attached to the garage door opener.  Most garage door openers have a cord or rope which when pulled disengages the trolley from being attached to the rail.  Many times the handle or the rope itself is red and is a warning that you should be careful pulling it.  If the garage is up it is likely to slam closed, so you will want to make sure there aren’t any people, property, or objects in the path of the garage door before you pull the cord.  It is a best practice to disengage the cord when the garage door is down.  If the door is in the up position when you pull the cord, use 2×4’s to prop it up so you can slowly and safely let it down.  Once this is done you will be able to manually operate your garage door.

Reattach The Garage Door

Once the power is restored to your neighborhood or home you will be able to reattach the door to the opener.  To reconnect your garage door pull the cord towards the front of your garage so it presses into your garage door.  Pull up on your garage door until it snaps back together securely with the garage door opener trolley.  It’s also possible to use your remote to force the trolley and spring back into being connected to the door.  If you needed garage door opener repair your technician will have taken care of this step for you.

Extended Manual Mode

If the opener needs to be replaced or the power is going to be out for an extended period of time the cord needs to be pulled out of the way.  To safely stay in manual mode and avoid getting the cord stuck in the tracks.  Tie the cord off at the back of the opener or pull it out of the way towards the back of your garage.  If your garage door opener is broken and needs to be repaired or replaced contact your local garage door repair company.  Professional garage door techs will be able to tell you why your opener is not working and recommend the most cost effective solutions.  Most of the time repair is possible and affordable but there are some repair problems where simply replacing your old garage door opener will be less expensive and offer longer durability than patching your old opener together.

Phoenix Valley Garage Door Service

If you need help with your garage door our technicians are helpful, friendly, qualified, and ready to fix any garage door problem you’re having.  If your garage door won’t work and you’ve had to bypass the broken garage door opener, we can help you repair or replace it.  No matter what brand or model we can fix the opener or offer a cost effective garage door opener replacement.  Call today with your questions or to schedule garage door service or garage door opener repair.

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Difference between garage door torsion and extension springs
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Difference between garage door torsion and extension springs

If you are searching for garage door springs it’s likely you’re installing a new garage door or you may be replacing old worn or broken springs. Garage doors usually have 1 of 2 designs of garage door springs, torsion garage door springs and extension garage door springs.  This post should help you understand the difference between garage door torsion and extension springs.

Torsion Spring Advantages

On Track Garage Service sells and installs new garage doors, and use torsion spring in most installations. This includes commercial door installations for localized businesses. It is a rare circumstance when we will need to use extension springs. For instance, an inability of using rear torsion springs or lack of headroom. Below are some reasons torsion springs have gained popularity, and why we think they are the better choice:

  • When operating the door, torsion springs do not extend fully like extension springs. Extension springs will expand fully, then contract during operation of overhead doors. Meanwhile, torsion springs turn.
  • Torsion springs last longer, and sturdier. Although torsion springs are not more expensive, they tend to last longer, up to 20,000 cycles. Extension springs commonly last up to 10,000 cycles. For instance, if you open the garage door an average of 4 times per day, extension springs last roughly 7-year. That means torsion springs can last up to twice as long.
  • Torsion springs provide controlled motion. Jerking motions can be a result of extension springs. The tension level could be high when opening the door, and once tension is released, the door opens at a faster rate. Using torsion springs allow for a controlled and steady motion when opening and closing the garage door. This provides a long-term control of motion and helps maintain proper door balance. When garage doors jerk, it can result in needing adjustments. When your garage door needs an adjustment or is out of alignment, it tends to wear more and may even lead to damage of other parts.
  • Extension springs need additional parts. When additional parts are involved, there is a higher risk of thing going wrong. For instance, extension springs require sheaves that need a longer cable. Meanwhile, torsion springs are easier to maintain and lubricate. Also, extension springs have additional parts that can wear down.
  • Using torsion spring lowers the wear and tear on the operator. Overhead door operators are able to properly do its job when using torsion springs, without causing additional wear or needing extra power for functioning as extension springs. This means the operator will not need to work as hard for opening and closing the garage door due to having better balance due to a controlled motion. This is able to provide less issues with the operator while performing longer and better.
  • When extension springs break down, it can cause more danger compared to torsion spring breakage. When hearing about extension springs breaking, it often results in major damage. For example, we have heard about it flying through car windshields, garage windows, and even personal injury and death. When torsion springs break, it won’t fly off. You might experience a loud bang, but torsion springs remain on the shaft. When springs break, it is a major issue; do not wait to contact your garage door professionals if you are in need of assistance or got questions.

Garage Door Spring Conversion

Another item to take into consideration when having overhead or garage doors that currently use extension springs, is that we can help convert them to torsion spring.  This means that despite the type of garage door springs you have in your home now you can take advantage of safer and more durable torsion springs.  If you would like to have new garage door installation or garage door spring repair done in the Phoenix Valley please contact On Track Garage Door Service by calling  480-641-2301 or use our contact form.