Thursday, September 28, 2017

Garage Door Repair & Replacement: What to Look Out For

A sturdy garage door provides your home with security, safety and ease.  It is important to ensure that your garage door is working effectively and to know when it’s time to take the route of either repair or replacement. Below are some causes that would lead you down either one of those routes.  

Faulty Safety Sensors

A lot of garage door systems these days are equipped with photo-optic safety sensors which are used as a safety precaution in keeping the door from accidentally closing on a person or object. Basically, there is an invisible beam of light that the sensors give off that goes from corner to corner beneath your garage door. When this beam of light is interjected, it stops the opener from operating. Having that said, if this beam of light loses its’ electrical link, burns out or has an askew emitter and reflector, it can cause an untrue signal to the garage door, causing the operation of the opener to be infrequent or simply stop working altogether. If you find yourself in this situation, a garage door repair is needed.


Garage door openers for older models do not offer much security which can leave your home at risk of break-ins. Door openers these days have more cutting-edge technological features, so if you home has an older garage door model then it would be in your best interest to consider a more up-to-date door replacement.

Noisy Garage Door

Is your garage door noisy? A noisy garage door can lead to all types of problems, not to mention for those whose sleep is interrupted due to having a bedroom located either above or next to the garage. The positive news here is that a lot of noisy door problems can be straightforwardly solved by substituting a few parts and maintaining regular upkeep.

The Door is Off Track

Your garage door is able to open and close due to the way in which it runs on a metal track. In time, the opening and closing function of the garage door will result in a broken spring which will prevent your garage door from opening all of the way. Having that said, you will need to have your garage door repaired as soon as you see signs of the door being off the track so that you can save yourself some trouble down the road.  

Tired Motor

The motor is the fundamental hub of a garage door’s opener simply because the door would not be able to function without it. Warnings of a motor problem could consist of grating noises, stench of hot wires or decelerated motion of the door. It is extremely important to note that only qualified professionals should be the ones to repair this essential part of your garage door, especially since there is the chance of experiencing electric shock while doing so.  

Keep in mind that there are numerous reasons that can keep your garage door from working as it should. You should never try to fix your garage door problems on your own because not only can it be complicated, you could put yourself in serious danger.  Having that said, it is always best to take the safe approach and hire only a qualified company for your garage door repair or replacement service needs.

We encourage you to call Overhead Door Company of Lansing with any service needs or inquirers you may have.

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