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Is It Safe for Me to Repair My Own Garage Door Spring?

DIY Garage Door Spring Replacement

It’s an unmistakable sound – the snap of a spring or the crash of a door. It’s the sound you least want to hear as you get ready to leave the house. If you haven’t heard it, consider yourself lucky.

No, it’s not a cheap horror movie trick. It’s a metal garage door spring snapping under tension. You’ll know it’s broken completely when you go to open your door and find that it’s struggling to lift itself up.

You may think you can repair this yourself. It’s a spring. How hard can it be? It turns out that replacing a garage door spring on your own can be extremely dangerous. It could even end up costing you more in the long run. There are several things to consider before attempting to fix a broken garage door.

Types of Springs

Regardless of style or design, there are only two types of springs in modern overhead doors. Knowing what type of spring you have is the first step for anyone attempting to repair a broken spring.

Torsion Springs are responsible for the getting your garage door up when you open it. This single spring is mounted at the top of a garage door and covered in a tube. The tube is there to prevent further damage to your door or spring system if a break should occur. When these fail, you will hear a loud bang that sounds like a firecracker and see an immediate failure to open the garage door. This spring twists itself in order to gain enough power to lift the door. This spring will be relatively thick and directly above your door opening.

Extension Springs are found in an extension spring system. They essentially do the same thing as tension springs, but the process to get your garage door opened and closed is slightly different. Extension springs stretch or elongate in order to gain enough power to lift the door. These two springs will be relatively thin and run parallel to each door track.

Both of these types of springs build up tension when your garage door is closed. The energy stored up should then allow the garage door to open with ease. This isn’t the case when a spring breaks. Instead of building up energy, a snapped spring loses all of the stored energy it needs to lift the heavy door. Both springs still have a level of tension that could be potentially dangerous if worked on by someone unfamiliar with spring systems and garage door repair.

How Often Do Springs Break?

Extension and torsion springs can only be used for a limited number of open/close cycles. The cycles range anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 opens (up to 10 years with proper maintenance) depending on the quality of your door.

Because of how long they last, it’s unlikely that a DIY homeowner has any experience with spring repair or replacement in residential garage doors. Luckily, we have plenty of experience!

How Dangerous Can It Be?

When an inexperienced person tries to work with loaded springs and a weighted door, chances are that they haven’t considered everything that could go wrong. If the springs have any tension left in them and are handled improperly, they could snap and cause bodily harm.

In addition to the possible physical injuries, improper handling of springs could lead to further property damage or permanent damage to your garage door and its spring system.

Extension springs are considered to be slightly safer to work with because you don’t actually have to deal with the spring tension. However, this doesn’t mean the problems cannot still happen. It’s best to call a certified technician when working with extension springs to make sure there are no issues with the repair.

Torsion springs are extremely dangerous to work with if you don’t have much experience with them. There are many steps to replace a torsion spring, meaning that there are many opportunities for issues to come up. We recommend that you always call for professional service if you have torsion springs because of how tough they are to work with.

If you aren’t sure what type of spring you have, we can help you figure it out!

Should I Open My Door Manually or Use a Garage Door Opener When a Spring is Broken?

In short, we recommend that you do not open your door at all when a spring breaks. This prevents any damage to the door, you or anything else.

However, we know that leaving your car or other possessions in a garage door that won’t open isn’t ideal. It won’t work for everyone. If you must open it, carefully open your door manually and make sure that it is secure at the top of your garage before pulling out. You will then have to slowly close the door manually from the outside – this is the most dangerous part, and we do not recommend it. Unless you know for certain that the safety cable is still in working order, you should not try this.

In these cases, we recommend you call us for emergency service to get your garage in working order on the same day. This guarantees that you get a certified and qualified technician from Garage Doors of Indianapolis and prevents any harm to you or your property.

Your security is our priority. The longer your garage door remains stuck or out of your control due to broken springs, the more you are inconvenienced. We want to make sure you get all of your garage door issues solved in a timely manner.

We are available 24 hours a day for emergency commercial and residential service whenever anything malfunctions with your garage door.

Can I Prevent My Springs Breaking?

You absolutely can! The best way to prevent your spring system from breaking is to schedule regular garage door service and maintenance with the certified technicians at Garage Doors of Indianapolis.

Regular maintenance ensures that your springs are always inspected and replaced before they break.

How Often Should I Have My Garage Door Checked?

You should have your garage door checked at least once a year, ideally before the cold weather hits. This is a technical job that should be conducted by experts who have the tools and training to do the job safely. That’s where we come in!

At Garage Doors of Indianapolis, we work to not only extend the life of your garage door but also ensure that you are always able to enter and exit freely at all times.

No one wants to be ready to leave the house and hear the unmistakable sound of a spring snapping and breaking. Call today to have a technician come to check your spring system before it becomes an inconvenience at 317-316-0423.

How Regular Garage Door Servicing Saves You Hassle In the Future

Do you know the last time your garage door was serviced? When you open and close your garage door every day, do you think about all of the common problems that could occur without regular service from a garage door professional? Smart homeowners know that getting their garage door serviced regularly ensures a door that works properly and safely at all times throughout the year.

Because of all of the moving parts in your garage door, there are many opportunities for common problems to occur with everyday use. From stressed torsion springs to properly applying white lithium grease to high-tension issues, any of a wide number of problems can grind your morning routine to a stop and force you to deal with sometimes-costly repairs. Don’t wait until your garage door breaks down to give it the attention it needs to run properly. When maintaining your garage door before you need to make repairs, there is nothing that a service call to Garage Doors of Indianapolis can’t resolve quickly and effectively.

Common Problems that Regular Service Can Mitigate

Tension Springs & Cables

All garage doors have tension springs and cables that control the safe and slow opening and closing of the garage door at all times. If these tension springs and cables are under a great amount of stress, they can break. The most noticeable sign of a broken or stressed tension spring is the door opening and closing extremely fast with a loud bang. While faster opening and closing may sound like a good thing on paper, broken tension springs and cables can cause significant damage because there is nothing preventing the door from smashing anything beneath it. Regular garage door service will allow for your garage door professional to spot any instances of high tension before significant damage occurs to your door or property.

Torsion Springs

Similar to tension springs, torsion springs are responsible for the heavy lifting, getting your garage door up when you open it. When these fail, you will hear a loud bang that sounds like a firecracker and an immediate failure to open the garage door. Torsion springs can only be used for a limited number of open/close cycles and, given enough time, they will break. For this reason, regular garage door maintenance will allow for your service technician to appraise the state of your torsion springs and replace them before they break.

Noisy Opening and Closing

The creaking and clanging of your garage door when opening and closing may seem like just a minor inconvenience; however, noisy steel doors could mean that there are improperly lubricated moving parts of the garage door. Proper lubrication with white lithium grease is essential for maintaining your garage door health and preventing problems in the future. Luckily, regular service calls can ensure proper lubrication on all moving parts in the garage door and prevent noisy garage doors throughout the entire year.

Failure of Garage Door Auto Reversal

Garage door reversal is one of the most important features a garage door has at its disposal. Essentially, garage door auto reversal prevents your door from closing if there is an obstruction in its path. Obstructions could be anything from pets to dropped grocery items to rocks. With any obstruction, there is a very real chance of damage to the door or damage to the object or thing in its path if auto reversal fails. As a basic modern safety feature, all doors should be able to reverse automatically if an obstruction is present. Just because it should reverse does not mean that failure cannot occur. A call to your local garage door professional will allow for regular auto reversal checks and prevent any opportunity for reversal failure.

Failing Safety Features

Garage doors are designed with your safety in mind. Most safety features come standard and are required by the federal government at installation, but a lack of regular garage door maintenance can allow for safety features like an auto reversal, motion detection and manual control to fail. Your safety when operating a garage door is a priority at every stage of the door’s lifecycle. It is essential to schedule regular service if only to ensure that all safety features of the door are working properly. Common garage door repairs and regular maintenance can prevent major damage to you and your property.

How much does Garage Door Service Cost?

While the cost of regular maintenance may be a concern for many garage door owners, smart homeowners know that by scheduling regular maintenance, they are preventing major issues and damage to the garage door in the future. Savvy homeowners know that problems can occur with so many moving parts and understand that making a regular service call with a garage door professional is essential in prolonging a properly functioning garage door.

Expert maintenance on a regular basis makes certain that you get the best value out of your garage door investment. Instead of paying for the costly major repair, plan ahead and schedule regular service to prevent any issues with garage door functionality.

You should have your garage door checked at least once a year, ideally before the cold weather hits. Multiple tune-ups throughout the year allow you to have a properly working garage door at all times of the year without interference. While you may think you’ll be able to tell if something is wrong with your garage door, this is a technical job that should be conducted by experts who have the tools and training to do the job safely and effectively.

A regular maintenance schedule will not only extend the life of your garage door but also ensure that you are always able to enter and exit freely and safely throughout the year.

Call your local garage door expert at Garage Doors of Indianapolis today to schedule your next regular service call.

Garage Door with Snow

Ways To Winterize Your Garage Door

As we run to and from the car this winter, you might think of a garage as nothing more than a middle ground that protects you from the harsh outdoors and it’s unforgiving elements. However, we can’t forget the good times of pulling out the pool floaties and grabbing a cold drink from the cooler on a hot day.

Our garages are a vital part of our homes year round and can be a real inconvenience when something with the garage door goes wrong. It’s important to maintain these systems in order for them to last through the winter and continue to operate efficiently as the warm weather returns, but they need our help to do it.

Preparation

Changing – Remote garage door buttons and external keypads are vital tools and gateways to warmth. Ensure you don’t get stuck out in the snow by checking their batteries and even consider keeping a spare set of batteries nearby.

Organizing – This is the season for bad weather. Locate any snow blowers, shovels, salt bags, ice scrapers, or tools you may need to battle the winter and keep them at the ready. Check the weather frequently so you’re not surprised by changes that could affect your routine.

Closing – It’s cold out! Keeping your garage door closed is better for the door’s lifespan and your heating bills overall. It prevents excess moisture and brisk air from making a home in the welcoming warmth of your garage and causing damage during its stay.

Maintenance

Cleaning – The tracks and sensors should be cleared of any debris in order for them to continue to run smoothly. Even the door itself could probably use a wipe down as dirt can make its way into places it shouldn’t and cause more problems than it should. Also check for any rust spots, water damage, or warping that may have occurred since it’s last check-up.

Lubricating – Working pieces such as ball bearings, rollers, springs, hinges, and any other metal parts that move should be sprayed regularly. This is crucial in the winter months as these components are more prone to sticking, causing excessive tension and possibly costly damage.

Balancing – To keep all parts running smoothly, the tracks and metal framing need to a be aligned and a quick balance check should do the trick. Have a professional check these regularly to ensure all is operating correctly.

Inspection

Cracking – Weather stripping, sensors, and window panes can become victims to the winter weather as well. These components are less durable than their previously mentioned metal counterparts, but can easily be maintained. However, metal springs are typically the ones that we see the most problems with in the cold. Checking for any cracking in these parts can be a quick, vital fix.

Contracting – Much like we wish we could do with our body’s extremities, metal contracts in cold temperatures. When this happens, certain nuts and bolts can become loose, may even fall out of place, and will need to be tightened and replaced.

Adjusting – Even if the sensors don’t have visual cracks, they may need to be realigned instead. These safety features can become askew over time and adjusting them back into place is an important aspect of their usefulness.

Consultation

Continued regular maintenance should be on the calendar in order for your faithful garage door to be able to continue its mission. If you see anything out of place, contact the experts at Garage Doors of Indianapolis to come out and inspect and repair it today!

industrial garage door

Deciding On An Insulated Garage Door For Your Business

What are my options?

Garage Doors of Indianapolis offers a large array of commercial garage doors for any Central Indiana facility, backed by good quality at a great price. Our selection includes insulated and non-insulated doors, both with and without glass. Rolling overhead industrial doors are also available in aluminum, steel, or stainless steel options, with an assortment of fire doors or interior, high-strength fabric traffic doors, and shutters.

There are a lot of possibilities to sort through – how do you decide which garage door is right for your business? It all depends on how you need your door to function, and what it is protecting.

Consider

  1. Where is your business located?
  2. How much will the door be utilized?
  3. What you are keeping stored beyond the door?
  4. What other needs might be involving the door, its functionality, and its durability?

What are the benefits?

Energy Efficiency

Insulated garage doors from Garage Doors of Indianapolis have one to two additional layers of defense when compared to our traditional single-paneled, uninsulated doors. The extra material, including a core of insulation in between the outer metal panels helps to keep your building from leaking air conditioning or heating – reducing the costs of your energy bill.

Climate Control

Some businesses require more comfortable environments than an average storage warehouse might – places such as restaurants where patrons don’t want to freeze in the winter, or food packing plants that can’t afford to lose their product to a summer heat wave. Facilities with temperature-sensitive materials would benefit from insulated garage doors as well, as they are built to block inclimate weather in any season.

Durability

Speaking of weather, wind and hail damage costs can also be reduced when a business installs an insulated garage door. Insulated doors provide superior energy efficiency and stand up better to wind gusts. When it’s not fighting the elements of the outdoors, these doors will can withstand everyday wear and tear as well. Whether they are attached to a residential building or business, garage doors are frequently used. Making sure they will withstand the miles, but are also are easy to use is important to keep in mind.

Protection

Having multiple layers of material also means more layers of security. Garage Doors of Indianapolis’ insulated doors can help protect against internal accidents that can happen, as well as thieves who may try to break in. Whatever your facility’s needs may be, our doors will withstand demands for higher security with their impact-resistant structure.

Our team of technicians has met with designers, builders, and architects to bring you the highest standards, training, and understanding of installation and the quality our products have to offer. Whether your business is in search of a safeguard against any outside force, a cushion preserving any valuables inside, simply a long-lasting garage door, or all of the above, an insulated commercial garage door might be the right choice for you and your business.

With so many choices, look for quality products at fair prices, unrivaled customer service, and expertise in commercial garage door maintenance. Contact Garage Doors of Indianapolis today for a free consultation! As always, you can contact us this morning for service today!

Smart Garage Door

How “Smart” is Your Garage Door?

The future of technology lies in custom-built homes. A garage door renovation might seem like it’ll break the bank, but it doesn’t have to be. Having work done on your garage door can make a big difference, from curb appeal to increased usefulness.

One of the most common trends in home renovation lies in garage doors. These doors are only improving as technology improves. Doors that are reliable, quiet, and quick are the key components you should look for when it comes to garage doors. Today you can purchase a garage beautiful door that is also energy efficient. And more frequently, consumers are choosing to purchase garage doors with automatic technology. This technology makes opening doors safer, and you can control your door opener from anywhere.

New garage door technology no longer has to operate off of traditional electricity. Some models operate off of a battery charged by house current. So, if the power goes out, the opener will continue to work. High tech openers are able to operate the door anywhere an Internet connection is available by using smartphones or computer. Through apps, you can operate the garage lights, or open and close the garage door.

New garage door technology also comes with safety sensors. These sensors prevent the door from closing if it senses something is below the door. Thanks to an infrared light that expands the width of the door, when something is sensed in the line of the light, the door will reverse. These precautions help families with young children or pets to have peace of mind and also protects belongings from being crushed.

Garage door opener technology is also important for the safety of your home. How many times have you thought, “did I actually close the garage door?”. If your door is left open, your home could be a target. With new technology, you are able to customize settings so that your door will be programmed to always close at a certain time. You can also access your door technology through an app, and can close it from a remote location. With smart garage door technology, safety and a sense of security are at your fingertips.

Peace of mind can also come in the form of garage door lighting. Coming home to an unlit home can be scary, and external lighting can help to ease that discomfort. Not only is there garage door opener technology that is purely solar powered, but the interior and exterior lighting are also powered through this same sustainable technology. With bright lighting, you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to fumble around in the dark or wonder what is in your surroundings.

Garage doors shouldn’t have a load of features that you don’t need. Rolling code is useful garage door opener technology that you might want though – this advanced coding system reduces the change of a thief hacking your opener code and breaking into your home. “Code grabbers” are no longer able to hack this rolling code to gain entry into your home.

Interested in getting the latest garage door technology? Safety and quality doors have been our specialty since 1979. Locally owned and operated, Garage Doors of Indianapolis can answer your questions about improving the insulation of your existing garage, as well as explain all of the available options for insulated garage doors.

Contact our team of garage experts to start cutting energy costs in your home today!

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What You Need To Know About Seamless Gutters

If you’re getting new gutters for your home, is it time to go to seamless gutters? Indiana winters can be brutal, and your gutters will need to be able to protect your home from the elements. It’s important that gutters don’t become clogged and they continue to flow despite facing heavy rain, snow, and during a storm.

On houses everywhere, seamed (or sectional) gutters are the default setting. Sections of metal cut to fit your needs, and the pieces are welded or snapped together. They’re inexpensive and a simpler system overall. But are seamless gutters worth the increased cost? Many believe so.

The following will take a closer look at seamless gutters and help you figure out which style best suits your needs.

What Are Seamless Gutters?

Seamless gutters are long sections of metal or copper that attach to the corners and downspouts of your house. They are dispatched out of a gutter machine into the exact measurements of your gutter system.

Seamed vs. Seamless

Let’s take a look at the two versions of gutters and analyze the pros and cons of each:

Cost – Seamless gutters cost more than seamed ones. There are material and labor costs to consider when buying a seamless gutter system. As always, the key is to shop around and keep a close eye on what each contractor is saying. It’s also good to collect references and drive by those houses to get a feel for the quality of their work.

Installation – If you want a simple gutter system and you know your way around a hacksaw, a seamed gutter is the way to go. If you don’t consider yourself handy enough or don’t have the proper tools, you may consider a seamless system.

Ease Of Maintenance – While more expensive, seamless gutters are easier to maintain. They’re literally long sections of metal, not segmented pieces to connect. And cut correctly, they’re custom made to fit your home.

Protection – As seamless gutters don’t have seams in their middle sections – only at the corners – there are fewer weakness areas in them. This means, while you’re paying more for it, seamless gutters can often offer better protection.

Taking Care Of Gutter Needs In Indianapolis

Garage Doors of Indianapolis can help you put the finishing touches on your home. Whether you decide seamed or seamless gutters are your best bet, our team of experts have the experience and knowledge to make gutter installation and maintenance of a hassle-free job.

Contact us for a free quote today or call 317-284-9857 to make the decision a seamless one!

Tips to Get Your Garage Door Ready for Fall

The Fall Season is Upon Us, What Should You Do To Prepare Your Garage Door for Colder Weather

Cooler weather will be on its way sooner than you think, meaning it will be time to replace your summer wardrobe, as well as make sure you don’t have to replace your garage door.

If you have a garage door, you more than likely use it every day. Because of that, it’s easy to overlook gradual issues that form, minor changes or build-up that can occur. But how can you tell if your garage door needs some fall maintenance?

  • Has the rate of opening and closing slowed?
  • Are there pieces or parts coming out of place?
  • What can be done to help prevent more problems from arising?

A quick visual inspection of your garage door can tell you what you may need to have updated and our maintenance team can help!

Before the unpredictable winter weather rolls into Indianapolis, now is a great time to follow a few quick steps to ensure your garage door is ready for fall:

Trust Your Senses

As the weather turns, it’s important to make sure the mechanisms of your door are fully functional after experiencing wear and tear. Over time, the tracks or door panels may become warped naturally or due to a few dings from the cars or the kids playing in the driveway. Use a level to check up on the tracks to decipher if any adjustments or repairs need to be made.

Don’t rule out any strange sounds either. Most garage doors are loud, but excessive noise, shaking, or new creaks may be a sign of a larger issue.

Tidy It Up

Like any part of your home, it’s important to keep your door and the area around it clean. Here are some things to look for when doing some fall cleaning:

  • Remove any dirt, grass or debris. You may have some build-up left over from summer fun. Clean your door and the nearby area with a pass of the vacuum hose or quick wipe with a wet rag.
  • Clean and realign your safety sensors. This will help prevent accidents and injuries and ensure the door closes properly. The last thing you want is colder weather to roll in and a door with misfiring sensors.
  • Check or change batteries. Not many things still run on alkaline batteries, but your garage door openers might do so. Replace the current batteries with a fresh pair if you haven’t done so in a while. It’s also helpful to keep a spare in your car.

Test The Moving Parts

Lubricate any parts that may be thirsty – typically rollers, hinges, springs, or smaller moving parts. Keep in mind that these same elements may need to be replaced if they’re cracked, chipped, or rusted.

Insulation will also help these parts continue to sail smoothly through the colder weather. Tasks such as checking on the weatherstripping can assist with keeping unwanted pests from making your warm home theirs as well. Don’t let your garage door become a victim of harsh weather – these easy tips for fall-proofing your garage door can save you time and money.

Ready For Fall With Garage Doors Of Indianapolis

Sometimes garage door maintenance isn’t an easy fix – and that’s when you need to call the professionals to help. The experienced experts at Garage Doors of Indianapolis are here for any and all of your garage door repair needs. Whether you’re coming in from a bonfire or back from a Colts game, make sure the cold weather and elements stay outside.

Contact our garage door experts or call us to prepare your garage door for fall today!

Should You Consider an Insulated Garage Door?

Here’s what you need to know when considering an insulated garage door for your home

A garage door renovation might seem like it’ll break the bank, but it doesn’t have to be. Installation of a single new garage door costs on average between $500 and $800. Having work done on your garage door can make a big difference, from curb appeal to increased usefulness.

One of the most common trends in home renovation is installing an insulated garage door. What will that do for your home? For one, you may save money on energy costs in the long run.

Below is a primer of what you need to know if you’re considering an insulated garage door at your home.

Energy Efficiency

Installing an insulated garage door can help you save on energy costs. This is the most common reason to consider one. Garages are one of the least energy efficient rooms in the home. In fact, it’s often overlooked when homeowners focus on cutting energy costs. It’s built differently than the rest of your home and has different needs and functions. Yet, garage doors are often connected directly to rooms in the house.

Garages often serve as the first line of defense between the house and outdoor weather. An insulated door will help regulate cold wind coming into the house, which gives your heater a break. If the heater is working easy, you’ll save on energy.

Also, consider material costs in your garage. If your garage is better protected from the elements, your car will sustain less damage – as will materials like paints and other chemicals.

Improved Durability

Having an insulated door is likely to give you a more durable and stronger door. Insulated garage doors have multiple layers and are often built with steel or aluminum. Increased durability will lengthen your garage door’s lifespan, which is important when it’s facing Indiana wind, rain and snow.

Insulated doors also tend to maintain temperatures in the area just inside the door, which will protect your garage door opening system. If those parts are protected from damage, they will last longer as well.

A Quieter Door

If having a quieter door matters to you, then having an insulated door is an added bonus. Garage doors – particularly older ones – make a fair amount of noise. If your door is making excessive noise, check your track and rollers and be sure to keep them lubricated.

Potential damages or needed repairs aside, insulated doors are quieter because their panels are connected tightly, so there’s less loose material to make noise. They are also heavier, meaning they won’t shake or vibrate as much.

Don’t Forget These Factors

While the focus is usually on saving energy, here are some other factors to keep in mind:

  • Choose the right windows – Garage door windows aren’t usually energy efficient. In Indiana, you may consider not having windows in the garage, but if you do, be sure to buy windows that are energy efficient.
  • Weatherstripping – By installing weatherstripping, you can make sure your door fits correctly. Check to make certain there are no gaps anywhere or your insulated door won’t be as effective.
  • Invest in High Quality – You can save energy and cut costs by making sure you have good hardware around your garage door. You don’t want any hardware to be misshapen or bent.
  • Insulated Garage Doors In Indiana

    Controlling both the heat and the cold has been a specialty for Garage Doors of Indianapolis since 1979. Locally owned and operated, we can answer your questions about improving the insulation of your existing garage, as well as explain all of the available options for insulated garage doors.

    Contact our team of garage experts or call us at 317-284-9593 to start cutting energy costs in your home today!

6 Signs Your Garage Door Needs Maintenance or Repair

Garage doors are an essential part of the home. They can keep the cars and the home safe while improving the curb appeal. We use our garage doors every day, but we rarely take the time to examine and inspect their condition and performance. We only take a look at it when something goes terribly wrong. It’s essential that homeowners understand garage doors also require regular inspection and maintenance. Below we share some common signs that indicate potential damage to your garage door.

The Door Doesn’t Open or Close

Obviously, if your garage door refuses to open or close using the control buttons, it needs to be repaired. There are various reasons for such an occurrence, such as a bad connection between the door and the control panel, or due to door malfunction. To test your garage door again, you must make sure that nothing is blocking it from closing. Try the controllers to make sure that the door isn’t moving at all before you call a professional.

Slow Response Time

You have to observe how long it takes for your door to respond to your commands. Typically, it should begin to open or close within a second or two after you have pressed the opener. It must then open or close smoothly without any hitching or delay. If you observe any delay in operation, it may indicate that something is wrong with your door or with the opener. It is advisable to have it inspected by a professional.

Sagging Garage Door Sections

It is recommended to check and test the balance of your garage door at least once a year. This involves disconnecting the opener from the door and manually operating it. When you bring the door at about midway and leave it there, it must not continue to rise or fall. If it does, there must be something wrong with the tension spring or other parts of your door. Do not try to check or repair the components on your own, especially if you have no prior experience.

The Door Makes a Lot of Noise

Most old garage doors make a lot of noise when operated; however, if the creaking or straining is excessive there may be a problem with your spring, the opener backer or the opener itself.

The Door is off the Tracks

The garage door must be operated within the tracks that are placed on the sides of the door. There may be times when it comes off the tracks. This usually happens when the door is not in good condition or has been damaged. A professional can inspect the problem and replace the key parts if necessary to ensure that it will operate properly.

Increasing Energy Bills

If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home, you may consider swapping your old door for a new one. Newer models are made to be more energy efficient. By upgrading your door, you will be able to save more money on your energy bills in the long run.

A garage door is a big investment and you want it to operate efficiently and last for years to come. To avoid garage door issues, we recommend to always schedule regular maintenance, at least once a year and before the cold weather begins. If you are due to have your garage door inspected and serviced, call us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

What’s Wrong With My Garage Door?

Here are the common reasons why your garage door might be acting up

We have served Central Indiana since 1979, and that means we’ve seen pretty much every garage door issue you can imagine. After years of experience, we have started to see the common threads when customers report garage door issues.

If you’re having problems with your garage door, it could be one of the following:

1. Transmitter Batteries

If your transmitter batteries are dead or not working, you won’t be able to send a signal to the door. First, test the transmitter on the wall in the garage. If it works, then the transmitter in your car probably needs a new battery. Changing the battery should be a simple fix if that’s the issue. Once it’s in place test your transmitters in the garage and in your car to confirm they’re working properly.

2. Photo-Eye Alignment

The photo eyes are located on the sides of the doors and send a signal to each other and detect motion between them. If you see your garage door opening correctly but it won’t close, you need to check the photo eyes. It could be dirty or not aligning correctly.

If you clean the eye and you’re still having problems, it’s time to call the professionals. Our team of experts specializes in garage door repair.

3. Transmitter Issues

The issue may be with the transmitters themselves. The most common thing we see in this area is people not within the range of the door. You simply might be too far away for it to receive the signal. Wait until you turn into your driveway or get closer to your door, and try opening it then. If it still won’t work, something may be blocking your antenna or it may be damaged.

4. Get Your Track On Track

Having a garage door that isn’t aligned on its track can be a serious – and costly – issue. You can try and fix this on your own by realigning the track to the rollers. First, loosen the screws and then use a rubber mallet to tap it back into position. Once alignment is correct on both sides, tighten the screws to make sure the track won’t move.

5. Broken Springs

If the transmitters are working properly and the door still won’t go up, it could be your springs. If you heard a loud ‘bang’ in the garage, that also may tell you it’s the springs. Most garage doors have one or two springs, and if either is broken, your garage door may not be able to support the weight. If you have a broken spring, it’s best to call a professional immediately.

If it isn’t one of these common issues, there simply could be something blocking the path of the door, antenna or sensors.

Have Your Garage Door Fixed Right The First Time

Free yourself from frustrating garage door issues by calling Garage Doors of Indianapolis. We have served Central Indiana’s garage door and gutter needs since 1979. Locally owned and operated, we give careful attention to each and every customer.

Contact our team of garage experts today to get your garage door issues taken care of on time and within your budget.

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