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Three Ways to Tell That It's Time to Replace Your Garage Door

  • Sept 2020

  • by Edward Winkle Blog writer and content author

If you're like most people with active lifestyles, you use your garage more than once each day. With all that up and down motion, wear and tear sets in and before you know it, your garage door quits working. Here are the three biggest signals that it's time to upgrade your garage door.

1. Knowing That You Have an Older Garage Door without Safeguards

Outdated garage doors may not have safety features such as auto reverse sensors and more secure opener schemes like a rolling opener code. Reverse sensors consist of electric eyes and pressure sensors that throw the garage door in reverse if an object breaks the light beam of light, or if the garage door hits something on the way down. Older garage door remote openers use a standard code that thieves can duplicate with a code-stealing device. With a rolling code, your code changes with open-close cycles that prevent unauthorized duplication.

2. A Noisy Garage Door

When your garage door starts to squeak and grind, that's a signal that friction-inducing metal-against-metal noises are warning you that there's possibility that a breakdown might interrupt your garage door access sooner rather than later. Sometimes it's a simple lubrication solution, or it could be something more serious that needs immediate attention. We'd rather fix your door if possible, rather than installing a whole new door, but if it's a new door you need, we have plenty of options available to match any budget.

3. More Repair Calls Than Normal

Have you had to call a garage door repair service more than once this past year? It might become more difficult to find older replacement garage door parts with each passing year. When you update your old garage door opener and door to a newer system, you eliminate repair headaches, while each new door an motor come with a warranty and trouble-free operation for years to come.

Call us for a free garage door estimate: 253-864-9222

Why your door gets stuck

Why Your Garage Door Gets Stuck and What to Do about It

  • July 2020

  • by Edward Winkle Blog writer and content author

Oops! You press the open button to raise your garage door and, thump! It's stuck. Breakdowns are mostly sudden and unexpected. What caused your garage to creep ever so slowly open, or not open at all? Here are some reasons.

Broken Garage Door Spring

Remember that garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds. With overhead torsion springs acting as an essential counter-balance, a broken garage door spring means the door won't open or is sluggish during the open cycle. The spring may break with a noticeable "bang" while it's opening or closing, or it can happen when you're not around. It's best to leave the potentially dangerous part of spring repair to professionals like us. Our technicians are highly trained and conscious of your safety while the spring—or any component of the door—is being repaired.

Damaged or obstructed track

Rollers guide the garage door during its up and down cycles, Check the rollers to see if there are any jamming or bearing problems. Rollers freeze because they have not been properly lubricated. If a roller breaks or comes loose, it can cause a door jam. Call us for a free estimate of an obstructed track. The garage door problem could be too big to solve yourself.

Garage Door Is off Track

An off-kilter garage door is an off-balanced door and may be ready to come completely off the track, perhaps crashing down on your car. Pulleys, cables, cable drums, rollers and springs all work together to ensure smooth garage door open-close cycles. If one of these components breaks or comes undone, there's good chance your garage door will come off the track. Stay away from the door. This is definitely a job for professionals. Call us for immediate for help to get your garage door back on track.

Neglected Lubrication and Maintenance

Ignored lubrication remains a common issue with garage doors that quit working. Adopt a good-sense schedule of lubrication every 60 days, or every month if the door is heavily used. A maintenance program needed for the springs, pulleys, rollers and opener chains to function properly. Don't forget that you need to use a silicone-based garage door lubricant. Professional grade spray-type cans are available from most hardware stores. Make sure the label reads, "Garage Door Lubricant."

Sometimes It's the Weather

Most often in cold weather, standing water under the garage door may have frozen, preventing the garage door from opening. If the door won't move, it could be iced up at the bottom weather strip. If this is the problem, use a driveway deicer. You could chip the ice away, but don't damage the weather strip. Some people report that a hair dryer does the trick, especially if there's ice on the interior side of the door.

We're Ready to Assist

When your garage door gets stuck, don't delay. Call 253-864-9222. We'll dispatch the next available technician to your location, ready to inspect your door and give you a free estimate to restore your door to full working order.

5 Homeowner Myths of Garage Door Repair

  • Aug 2020

  • by Edward Winkle Blog writer and content author

You only think about your garage door when it breaks down. So don't panic. Your first thought might be that you only need a stepladder, a screwdriver and some guesswork. Think again! The best route is to call the professionals at Puyallup Garage Doors. Why? Here are some common myths about how a few homeowners give thought to garage door repair.

Myth #1: Repairs shouldn't be that difficult.

Garage doors are heavy and complex. With various parts that need to work together to lift your garage door without giving the process a thought, springs, rollers, electric eyes, motors and remotes all require a professional approach with your safety always in mind. People have been seriously injured attempting to replace tightly wound torsion springs, not to mention 200-pound garage doors that come flying off-track. Fingers have been smashed between closing panels as an out-of-balance door suddenly rolls down during a DYI repair. Call us and be safe.

Myth #2: It's just a little noisy, I can live with that.

A noisy, squeaking garage door sound can be an early warning that deep-seated problems are about to happen, or could happen down the road. Don't wait for the breakdown, which might end up costing you more in the end. You can lubricate your garage door's moving parts, and we're in favor of that, but other parts need lubrication that you might not be aware of. Plus, other components may need to be replaced because of friction-worn issues. When using lubrication, please be sure to use a professional-grade silicon product available at leading hardware stores. Make sure the can is labeled, "Garage Door Lubricant."

Myth #3: Garage door companies overcharge.

A garage door company is only as good as its reputation and word-of-mouth advertising, for both new and repeat business. Some may try to take advantage, but our estimates are free and you can always compare prices. And there's a reason we're still in business after our launch in 1982 as a family-owned-and-operated garage door repair company. And that's because The Golden Rule applies toward all customers. We're interested in your best interest and saving you money, so if you need garage door services, check our online discount coupons and save on your next garage door repair.

Myth #4: My garage door has slowed down, but that doesn't mean it's broken.

When your garage door slows down, that's a red flag that the door is close to failing. Immediately stop using a slow garage door, or the problem may exacerbate to a much worse problem. A slow garage door means that the electric opener motor is under stress and may stop altogether, or that a spring has failed. Time to call us.

Myth #5: They'll pressure me to buy a new garage door.

Most garage doors last as long as a 30-year home mortgage, with breakdowns in between. Why replace your garage door if it can be repaired? At least that's our philosophy. We'll never apply pressure to up-sell a new garage door. Most people decide on their own to upgrade their garage door when they improve the exterior of their home. So if you want a new garage door, we'll show you many options, such as style, insulation factor and the latest technology that lets you control your garage door from wherever you are with your cell phone. New garage door installation will be done whenever you're ready, without mind games.

Finally, there few things WE WILL advise you on doing...

(A) Replacing both torsion springs when only one is broken. That's because if one failed, the other may be close to breaking as well.
(B) Maintaining a schedule of garage door lubrication to avoid future service calls. If you don't want to do this yourself, we can recommend a professional approach.
(C) If an inspection reveals a safety issue or a down-the-road problem, we'll point it out and ask you if you want to take care of it now or make an appointment for later.

Get an online coupon and save on your next garage door service, then call us for a free garage door estimate at 253-864-9222

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