When to Call a Professional


We all want to be “Mr. Fix-it” but there are times when we have reached our know how limit. It is best to call a professional once every two years to ensure the smooth operation of your garage door and garage opener.

Garage Door Repair

Garage Door Repair

Spring balance. If you believe there is a balance problem with your springs, calling a professional is vital. The garage door springs assist the motor in raising and lowering the door, which can weigh up to a few hundred pounds. When the door is struggling to stay up or down, it’s time to call a professional for help. Balancing your garage door springs on your own can add to the problem because of the heavy reliance of the door on the springs. During a routine maintenance visit, a professional can check and balance your springs.

Force adjustment. A garage door professional can also check the force adjustment on the motor. When the door comes down, it’s set to spring back up if it feels pressure, so you want to make sure when the door comes down that it pops back up if it feels any resistance.  Force adjustment keeps you, your family, and your car safe.

Rail lubrication. It is recommended to have a professional grease the rail on the motor. While homeowners can do this on their own, sometimes they use the wrong grease, which could cause problems with the operation of the garage door.

Cable jumps. A cable jump occurs when the garage door cable comes off the drum, which is the spool-shaped object it’s wrapped around. A jump usually occurs when the door encounters a foreign object, such as a car bumper, rake, shovel, bike, or toy. One side of the door drops down further than the other, which causes the spring’s tension to shift to one side. You can diagnose a jump by determining if one side of the door is hanging higher than the other when the door is halfway down. Homeowners with cable jumps will also notice loose pulleys or cables along the rails of their door.

Winter care. In the winter, your garage door might not move as easily as it did in warmer weather. A professional can improve the operation of your door by adjusting the force of the motor. This is usually a simple fix and only takes a short visit from your garage door professional.

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  1. I’ve learned from experience that it it very easy for one to overlook the maintenance and upkeep of ones garage door. Keeping a good amount of lubricant in the door rail is vital for smooth operation of your garage door.

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