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DIY Guide: Garage Door Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

Most people don’t really think about their garage doors until something breaks. But by then you’re faced with a wrench in your day and a repair bill you don’t need. Worse – what if you need a whole new garage door installed way before that time should have come?

What we tell our Sacramento customers is that regular garage door care and maintenance will help minimize all-out breakdowns, as well as costs associated with professional repairs from garage door companies like us! Regular maintenance will allow you to spot issues before they become real problems, and your garage door will run smoother and last longer. 

Garage doors are a big investment, and an important utility in your everyday life. So, just like you take your car in for regular tune-ups and make sure you keep it in working order, you should do the same for your garage door. Ignore the brakes on your car too long and you’ll end up in a scary situation on a winter road, eventually. Ignore the torsion springs on your garage door and the whole thing might come crashing down when they snap.

Do a Thorough Garage Door Inspection Twice a Year

We’d suggest doing regular visual inspections. You’re likely in and out of your garage every day; why not take a moment or two every few weeks to take a quick walk around your garage door, the opener, the door’s parts and frame? A few minutes here and there and the occasional little DIY garage door repair costs you way less than replacing a broken garage door. 

Pay close attention to how the door opens and closes from time to time. Is it noisy? Does it open smoothly, or is there nasty grinding noise? Does it seem off balance? Does it open too slowly? Does the door rattle more than it used to? Are the tracks straight and symmetrical?

Diagnosing a Garage Door Off Track

If the door is off track or off balance, you’ll know. It’ll be loud, the garage door opener will have to work a lot harder than it should, and the bottom of your door will be crooked when it’s closed. A quick look at the tracks, rollers and cables should tell you what’s gone wrong. 

Adjusting the cables, replacing rollers, or unbending a track are safe DIY garage door repairs. But a broken track, tracks that have come off their anchors, or a door that’s jumped its tracks are better to call the professionals to fix.

Don’t Forget the Nuts & Bolts

It’s always a good idea to go over all the nuts and bolts of your garage door with a socket wrench. Tighten everything at least once or twice a year, depending on how much you use it. But be careful not to over-tighten, or you’ll actually make things worse. 

Also make sure to inspect the rollers and the garage door trolley system at least once year. They need to be replaced every seven years or so. Replace any worn, chipped or cracked rollers as soon as possible. To do this, remove and re-install any roller brackets not directly attached to the cable system. We recommend nylon rollers for garage doors, because they’re quieter than metal and they don’t rust or corrode.

Scope Out the Springs

You should also inspect the torsion springs found above your garage door panel for any signs of damage or rust. Garage door springs help counterbalance the weight of the door. Without a working spring, the garage door won’t open. And if the torsion spring breaks, it poses a real danger to you and your car. If this is the case, you should contact a technician and schedule an appointment for garage door torsion spring repair as soon as possible. Never mess with a damaged garage door spring.

Replace Your Weather Stripping

Cracked weather stripping should also be replaced. The weather seal keeps moisture and vermin out of your garage. Removing and replacing the weather stripping on your garage door is a job you can easily do yourself. Buy weather stripping by the foot at any hardware store. Cut it to size and insert it into the grooves, keeping the wide angle of the flange inside the door. And when eventually you notice surface cracks and that it’s not as flexible as it once was – that’s when it’s time to replace it again.

Garage Door Repairs Best Left to a Professional

Simple repairs are easy enough to do yourself, but others can be complicated, frustrating, and downright dangerous. Know the limits of your expertise — and patience! If a job looks beyond your capabilities, there’s no harm in calling a garage door repair professional. Fortunately, we provide 24/7 emergency garage door repairs to the Greater Sacramento area, including Folsom and El Dorado Hills. Call us anytime you need!

Garage Door Springs Can Get Scary

Like we’ve said: replacing broken garage door torsion springs is a dangerous job that should always be left to a professional. Your garage door springs are under an incredible amount of tension. If they should suddenly snap or be released, they can cause serious bodily injury and even death.

Belts & Cables Need Careful Care

Broken garage door cables are another repair that should be left to a professional. Because they are connected to the springs, they, too, risk serious bodily injury. You should however visually inspect both the springs and cables periodically. Look for any rust or frayed ends. 

Panels Require Professional Help

Any time you’re dealing with the actual garage door, it’s better to have a professional deal with it. If your garage door has a panel that’s cracked, corroded, loose or otherwise compromised, stop using your door and have us get a garage door repair technician out to you ASAP. A compromised panel can do anything from mess up your tracks to burn out your garage door opener from unbalanced wear and force.

If you see signs of obvious wear anyway, call a professional and schedule service for your worn out garage door. We can inspect the damage and determine if a repair is necessary. When you catch things early and have an experienced eye to assess the situation, you can avoid big problems and bigger repair costs. Less visits from us, and a longer life for your garage door. It’s a win-win, right?

We Offer a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

Whether you’ve got a garage door off track or need to adjust your springs, call SACS GARAGE DOOR REPAIR for fast and professional service. Serving the Rancho Cordova, Folsom and Greater Sacramento area, we offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Our technicians are experienced, certified, insured professionals who are members of your communities and invested in helping homeowners make the most of their homes.

Got a Question? We’ve Got Answers & We’re Happy to Help

If you’ve got any questions or concerns regarding how your garage door is working, feel free to give us a call. We may have a few suggestions, and we’re always available to come out and take a look. When it comes to a dysfunctional garage door, it’s better to be safe than sorry. As the go-to garage door experts for the Sacramento area, we’re here to help. Anything you need — just ask!

We Feature 24/7 Emergency Garage Door Repair Service

Some garage door repairs you can see coming and plan ahead for. Others are surprises that happen at exactly the wrong time. Give us a call; we can help, any time of the day or night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer emergency garage door repair to the Sacramento region, including Rocklin and Granite Bay. We’re local and we care. We provide a range of emergency garage door repair, residential garage door installation and repair, installation and service for commercial doors, and emergency locksmith service. Emergencies can’t be planned for, but it’s good to know exactly who to call when one occurs.

How Do I Fix My Garage Door?

If you’re stuck with a broken door and left wondering “how do I repair my garage door?”, then you’re in the right place. There are many different aspects involved in ensuring your garage functions properly every day. While you can try to fix it on your own, garage repair can be a complicated task. Not only that but tampering with a door that weighs a few hundred pounds isn’t exactly a safe job for the uninitiated. At Sac’s, our certified techs have years of experience repairing and servicing garage doors around Rancho Cordova and adjacent counties. Give us a ring and we’d be happy to help out.