Garage Door Drum Repair

Garage door drums are circular rollers with groves and are attached at both the sides of the torsion springs shafts on the top of the garage door. When you raise the door, the safety cables wind and unwind on the grooves of these circular rollers to lift the heavy garage door. Since a garage door is used every day, the frequent use causes wear and tear to springs, drums and cables, preventing the garage door to function the way it should. It is therefore very important to pay attention to these signs and take appropriate actions when you find something wrong with garage door components.
How can a damaged cable drum impact the performance of your garage door? Every time you raise the garage door, the safety cables wind and unwind on the drums to lift the heavy door. Any distortion to the drum shape might cause the safety cables to slip out and lead to a free-fall of the door panels. It can also cause the cable to totally snap and led to damaged tracks.
How can you know there is a problem with the garage door drums? Do you think that your garage door is opening with a sudden jerk? Is it making a squeaking noise? Is the door not able to contact the floor evenly? All these signs indicate that you might want to inspect your drums for any signs of wear and tear or impending break-down.
Should you attempt to repair or replace the cable drums by yourself? It is not a very good idea. The springs and associated parts such as cables and drums are placed under huge tension and any slip might result in the door falling down with immense force and has the potential to cause serious and fatal accidents. It is always advised not to fiddle with these parts yourself and always hire a professional to do the repairing or replacement. The professional technicians are experts, know the risks and work around and are armed with right hardware and helpful tools to perform the repair of garage door drum or any other part efficiently.
Do you feel that your garage door drum needs to be looked at? Texas Garage Door Repair can help you repair or replace your cable drums. We are experts in providing high-quality and affordable garage door repair services and are available 24 x 7. We offer repair and maintenance services for broken garage door springs, garage door opener, garage door bent door panels, weather seals, bent garage door tracks. We also provide garage door installation services.

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What to Consider When Installing a Garage Door

When you install a new garage door, there are a lot of things to consider. Before you think about what you want to get, you should decide what your needs are. Many types of homes exist. They have many sizes, layouts and décor. Consider your options and decide which one is best for the climate you live in as well as your budget and taste.

Should I install the door myself?

We aren’t saying this just because we are a garage door company, but no. A garage door should be installed by a professional. Garage doors are difficult to replace. They have pulleys and other mechanisms. Plus, they are rather heavy and you could injure yourself if you aren’t extra careful.

If you have to do it yourself, don’t be alone. Have an assistant who can help bear the weight of the garage door and make sure you don’t get hurt.

What about energy efficiency?

Well, you should certainly consider energy efficiency when adding a garage door to your home. Get an insulated door if you possibly can. Why? It will keep cool air in and hot air out in summer and vice versa in the winter. Your garage door, if not properly insulated, can cause you to increase your energy bills and no one wants that.

What type of door do I install?

Garage doors have lots of varieties, styles and materials. Figure out your budget first and then choose a garage door that fits within that budget. You should also decide the level of care and maintenance you’re going to give your garage door. Some doors are more high maintenance than others. You should also decide between the most common materials such as wood, wood composite, fiberglass, aluminum and steel. Then, decide which spring type you want.

Do I want accessories?

Are you getting a garage door opener or using the old one? Any special key remotes? Each of these options is important to decide upon when getting your garage door. We also recommend you have a professional put in the garage door opener. Why? It’s easier and you know it’ll be done right. The opener is what opens and closes the door. You don’t want to get that wrong. It’ll be a truly unsafe door if you do.

If you ask yourself these questions honestly and think hard and long about the answers, it will go a long way towards getting a good garage door. If you’re thinking of replacing your garage door, you obviously have a lot to consider. Let Texas Garage Repair help you out. We’re happy to talk with you about the matter. We can be reached any time at 512.518.6606.

 

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How to Know When to Replace Your Garage Door

Garage doors can last a long time. However, you should be on the lookout for signs that your garage door needs replacing. In this article, we’ll discuss how to know when to replace your garage door.

Your garage door has fungi, mold or mushrooms growing on it.

That’s a clear sign that your door is rotting. When the rotting gets to the nuts, bolts and hinges, you could have an unstable and potentially dangerous garage door on your hands. Keep an eye out for signs of mold, fungi or mushrooms – aka rot – so you can monitor this situation closely.

There are chipped or broken areas of the garage door.

If the wood is beginning to splinter or break at its edges, that’s a clear sign that your door is in need of replacement. You should examine the bottom edge of the door. If the portion of the door that sits on the garage floor is beginning to tear or break away from the rest of the door, then your garage door puts you and your family at risk. Get it replaced.

You have loose or broken cords and wires.

If you have loose or broken cords or wires, you should not operate the door at all. The door is unsafe to use. Get it replaced as soon as possible. The cords and wires play an important part in the safe operation of a garage door and if they are loose or broken, they don’t have the proper support to do their job safely. When replacing the door, the technician will make sure that the cords and wires are connected appropriately.

Your garage door is shaky or unstable.

If you notice when the door is in operation that it seems to be shaking and unstable as it goes up or down, then you should consider replacing your door. Why? It means that some part of the door is off balance and not working properly. A garage door needs to operate smoothly. If not, replacement if your safest option.

Your garage door makes excessive noise when opening or closing.

If you hear excessive noise when operating the garage door, that’s a sure fire sign that something is wrong with it. Excessive noise can come from multiple sources. It could be the motor having issues, the door could be unbalanced, the springs could need replacements or it could be something else equally as serious. At this time, it’s important to call in an expert and consider replacing the door entirely.

Your garage door hesitates when you operate it.

When you push the button on a garage door, it should operate without hesitation. If a garage door hesitates when the button is pushed or starts to go up and then goes back down, then you have a problem with your system. Not only is this inconvenient, it’s dangerous. Your door should operate reliably or you are not safe.

Of course, there are other signs that your garage door needs replacement. We went over some of the basics. If you have any of these problems, we suggest you contact Texas Garage Repair. We are available 24/7 at 512.518.6606. Give us a call and our technicians will be glad to help.

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Tips for Installing a Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are installed differently depending upon the manufacturer’s specifications. In general, you should have a garage door technician install your garage door opener. In this article, we’ll go over some tips and tricks for installing a garage door opener that you may want to remember if only to tell that you’re garage door technician is doing it right.

Check the garage door first –

You want to make sure the garage door is in good working order before you replace the garage door opener. Make sure the garage door springs are fine. If not, you may not need a new garage door opener. You may need a new garage door. Call in a professional to finish the assessment and let you know what you do need.

Choose the right horsepower for your garage door opener –

Making sure that you choose the right horsepower (hp) is essential. You don’t want a garage door opener that’s got too much hp or too little. For a single garage door, you want to choose a 1/3 to 1/2 hp opener. For a double garage door, choose 1/2 hp and for one that’s wooden or has a faux wood overlay, which can be really heavy, it’s best to go with the 3/4 hp. (Note – putting in a higher powered garage door opener isn’t going to open your door faster. Garage door openers go at a set speed.)

There are three types of garage door opener to choose from. The first is a chain drive. In this type, a chain pulls the door open and closed. These are the least expensive but the loudest. Screw drives are priced in the mid-range. They are less quiet than the chain drive, but they are more expensive. Screw drives operate on a long threaded rod that drives a mechanism that opens and closes the door. Finally, there’s the belt drive. These are the most expensive and the quietest brands. A belt drive uses a rubber belt to open and close the door.

During the install –

Remember to install the power unit high enough that tall people won’t run into it. 7 feet from the floor is possible is a good height. A garage door opener has a manual disconnect cord. Run that about 6 feet high so any adult can get to it. Put the push button control about 5 feet off the ground so small children can’t get to it.  Also, place it in a location where anyone operating it can easily see the garage door. Always adjust the safety reverse system and the electric eye system so they are in good working order. You’ll want to remind your professional installer to do those things too.

There are parts to the garage door opener repair or replacement that you could do yourself; however, we recommend that you hire a professional to do them. Why? Garage doors and garage door openers are very sensitive mechanisms and potentially very dangerous. We, at Texas Garage Repair, can repair your garage door opener or replace it quickly and safely. Give us a call today at 512.518.6606.

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Important Garage Door Opener Facts for Homeowners

Garage door openers open and close your garage door. What else do you know about garage door openers? If you answered not much, then this article is for you. Here, we’ll explore some important garage door facts for homeowners.

  • Garage door openers make life easier. It’s so much easier to get into and out of your garage with a garage door opener. For example, you can just open the door from your car and enter the garage with no problem. The same is true for exiting.
  • Garage door openers help you figure out signs that your garage door is in need of repairs. If, when you open the garage door, you hear strange noises coming from the door, then it’s time to call a professional to get a repair. You should always have professionals perform garage door and garage door opener repairs because these mechanisms have lots of parts and are dangerous to work with.
  • Garage door openers work on electricity. They may come with locking and unlocking accessories like switches, remotes, keyed or wireless entries.
  • Garage door openers have a power unit with an electric motor, which is attached to a track. Door openers come with different mechanisms such as chain drive units, belt drive openers, screw-drive openers, jackshaft openers and direct drive units.
  • Garage door openers allow you to open the door differently, depending on the unit. Some are on a wall console. Others are door remotes. There are button remotes of differing types. You can get a sophisticated wireless keypad – some even work on just your fingerprint. Then, there’s the keyless remote.
  • It’s important to get a garage door opener with a manual emergency release mechanism, especially when the power goes out. Otherwise, you’ll be unable to use your garage.
  • Garage doors usually open slowly, but you can get a garage door opener that will allow your door to open faster.
  • You have the choice between AC and DC motors. DC motors are usually quieter. For your best results, look for a motor with .5 horsepower.
  • Get a garage door opener with a vacation setting so if you’re going away for a longer period, you’ll have the added security of knowing your garage door will remain closed and that no one can break into your garage or home while you’re away.

Garage door openers are an important mechanism, one that can help protect your home from break-ins. Now that you know more about them, hopefully you’ll treat them with the respect that they deserve. We, at Texas Garage Repair, know about garage door openers and are happy to help you if they need a repair. Call us today at 512.518.6606 for more information.

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How to Look for an Expert When Replacing Your Garage Door Springs

Oh no! Your garage door springs are failing. You need an expert to come in and fix them. This is not an easy or danger-free job. You want to hire the right person to do this. How do you know who to hire. You need an expert. In this article, we’ll tell you how to look for an expert like us at Texas Garage Repair when replacing your garage door springs.

The first thing we want you to know is that you should not – unless you’re a garage door tech yourself – replace them alone. Garage door springs are set up a certain way and they are very important to the mechanism that is your garage door. They are also what holds it up and, if you do them incorrectly, you could cause harm to yourself and the door.

So, what do you look for? We’ve determined several factors that you should consider before hiring a garage door springs replacement service.

1)      Provide high quality at a low cost repair. The quality of the repair should be stellar especially when it’s the replacement of garage door springs. However, it should not break the bank. A good company will be reasonably priced and give you a high quality repair. No, it’s not too good to be true.

2)      Use the most current techniques. Garage door springs replacements are evolving all the time. Your company should know the latest and greatest techniques for garage door spring replacement. It should also be done in a reasonable amount of time. Usually, the work can be done in several hours. Using the most current techniques ensures that you are getting high quality and a durable garage door spring repair.

3)      Give you a comprehensive quote. What you hear is what you get. You should not have to pay hidden fees and other costs from what the quote was unless they find something else wrong along the way. A good repair technician will check your entire door for issues and not just the springs. That being said, you should be able to trust the quote and if there are any additional costs, you should know up front what they are and why you have to be paying for them.

4)      Have insurance. The company you work with should have liability insurance so that you are not liable if anything goes wrong. This will give you peace of mind.

Now that you know what to look for, we suggest you give us, Texas Garage Repair, a call for your garage door spring replacement. We are available 24/7 and our number is 512.518.6606.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Garage Cooler This Summer

The weather is hot here in Central Texas in July. With temperatures rising to 100 degrees and over, it’s hard to keep cool. Garages are especially vulnerable to the heat. They seem to retain it better than other areas of the house. If you can’t adequately cool your garage in summer, you may be wasting energy and making the rest of your home warmer as a result. Don’t worry – the situation is not hopeless. We’ve got 5 tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer.

1)      Insulate the garage door

Need to make your garage cooler? One of the best things you can do is to insulate the door. If you have a wood door, you may not need to insulate as wood is a natural insulator. Contact a garage door professional like the ones at Texas Garage Repair to insulate your door if necessary. They will place polystyrene or reflective insulating panels on the inside of metal and fiberglass doors. This will insulate the garage area. The panels need to be cut to fit your door and secured by taping them in place with painter’s tape.

For the remainder of the garage – you should also search for drafty areas and seal them. Cover up thermal conductors like metal with insulated materials. Some of these are plywood, particle board, plastic or rubber.  You may also want to consider double-paned windows instead of single-paned ones on your door. However, if money is an issue, this change can be forgotten. It’s not exactly cost-effective.

2)      Get a garage ventilation fan

It’s a good idea to place ventilation fans in the garage or to install them in the side walls. Freestanding fans should be turned so they force air out through an open door or window. For a cooler garage, install wall fans on either side of the garage to so air goes in one vent and comes out the other. When installing these ventilation fans, you may need the help of a seasoned professional because you’ll need to deal with circuit breakers, partial wall removal and supportive braces. If you have a vaulted ceiling in your garage, you may consider a ceiling fan.

3)      Reduce the amount of direct sunlight hitting your garage

You can keep your garage cooler during summer by planting trees along the southern half of the structure. When the trees grow big and thick, they’ll cast a nice and solid shadow over your garage during most of the daylight hours. Doing this alone can lower the temp in your garage by a few degrees.

4)      Install weatherstripping on your garage door

If you want to keep your garage cooler during the summer months (and warmer during the winter months), the installation of weatherstripping is a good way to go. You should get a self-adhesive type and seal the bottom edge of your garage door, eliminating the gap between the door and the floor when the door is closed. This will keep exterior hot air out of the garage.

5)      Paint and caulk your garage door

To keep your garage door cooler in summer, it’s a good idea to paint the door white, off-white, cream or beige. Really any light color will do. Dark colors will absorb the sun’s rays and radiate heat into your garage. If your home is west-facing, you are especially susceptible to this. You should also seal any visible gaps between the garage door and frame with silicone caulk. Pay extra attention to not caulk any seams that allow the door to open and close.

There you have it – 5 tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer. If you need help with any of the steps, please feel free to call us at Texas Garage Repair. We’re available 24/7 to assist you with your garage door needs.  We can be reached at 512.518.6606.

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Why Choose C.H.I. Garage Doors?

C.H.I. garage doors are just one of the companies that we carry at Texas Garage Repair. We also carry Wayne Dalton, Amarr and Clopay doors. In this article, we’ll discuss why you should choose a C.H.I. garage door for your home’s needs.

C.H.I. garage doors come in several different styles. They are:

  • Raised panel,
  • Recessed panel,
  • Flush panel,
  • Carriage House overlay,
  • Carriage House stamped,
  • And Accents planks.

Raised Panel Design

There’s the raised panel design. It’s available in both short and long panel options. It’ll add depth to your garage door. The raised panels start with a recessed edge. The interior surface of each panel is brought slightly forward. This adds a hint of definition to the classic door design. It’s a beautiful touch that will add class and sophistication to your garage door.

Recessed Panel Design

In the past, the recessed panel was the way to go. C.H.I. garage doors are bringing it back in fashion with a modern twist. It has the look of a traditional wood frame and panel construction. It’s shaped from steel and embossed with a natural wood grain finish. You can find these types of doors in both aluminum and steel.

Flush Panel Design

For a more contemporary look, the flush panel design will suffice. They provide straight, clean lines. They’re elegant, plain and simple. You can’t go wrong with this steel door.

Carriage House Overlay Design

C.H.I.’s carriage style doors are carefully crafted. They are the result of an exceptional collection of traditional doors. Available in fiberglass, steel and wood, the Carriage House Overlay Design has beautiful details like window panels that provide durability and elegance.

Carriage House Stamped Design

Combining strength and design, these steel doors come together in a carefully-crafted fashion. C.H.I. doors stands behind the durability and strength of their doors. These doors are shaped from steel and embossed with a wood grain finish.  It replicates the timeless look of carriage style doors for those who don’t have the garage space for the traditional type.

Accents Planks Design

This door is guaranteed to be the focal point of any home or business. It’s micro-grooved and made of steel with wood tone accents. The door is as versatile as it is beautiful. The clean, simple lines of the door make sure that it will match with your home’s overall look whether it’s traditional or contemporary.

C.H.I. garage doors offer variety, versatility and durability. They are a great choice for any homeowner. You can get them uninsulated if you wish. However, we suggest that you consider insulating your garage doors so as not to lose heat during the winter and cool air in the summer. C.H.I. offers two choices for insulation. Both are great. They are polyurethane for a heavier insulation and polystyrene for lighter insulation.

There are many options to choose from so there’s a look for every door. We can even help you decide which door is right for you. Don’t forget to have a professional like us at Texas Garage Repair install your door because the proper installation will ensure that your door will work well for many years. Call us today at 512.518.6606 for more information.

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10 Garage Door Safety Tips

You can never be too safe when it comes to your garage door. Garage doors injure about 30,000 people annually. Granted – many garage door accidents happen because of faulty garage door equipment. However, one can never be too cautious when considering garage door safety. In this article, we’ll explore 10 garage door safety tips you can use to keep you and your family safe.

  1. A garage door opener remote is not a toy. Do not give your children access to the garage door opener until they are old enough to handle the responsibility of it – like when they are old enough to drive a car.  There’s really no reason for younger children to have access to the garage door opener unless it’s the only way to get into your house. If that’s the case, then a child of 10 or 11 could probably handle the responsibility, but it’s be wiser to reevaluate the way you get into your home for safety’s sake.
  2. Make sure you mount the garage door opener mechanism out of the reach of small children. It should be at least five full feet above the floor and in a location where you have full view of the door so you can make sure the door is opening and closing correctly.
  3. Read through the garage door manual. Make sure you know how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature. You never know when you may need it.
  4. Each month, take some time to visually inspect the garage door. Look at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. You are checking for signs of wear and tear. If you notice problems, call a garage door technician like the ones we have at Texas Garage Repair. Many accidents occur each year when people attempt to fix their garage doors themselves.
  5. Again monthly, test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism by placing a 2X4 board or a roll of paper towels under the door. If the door does not reverse after coming into contact with the object, call us for a repair. Also, if your door opener has not been replaced since 1993, prior to when the reverse mechanism was required, you should upgrade to one that has the reverse safety mechanism. It’s time.
  6. When closing or opening the door, keep an eye on it. Make sure no child or animal is trying to get in during this time. Please don’t make a game of ‘dodge the door’ with your children. It could prove fatal.
  7. Please keep fingers and hands away from any section of the door when it is opening or closing to prevent injury. You don’t want your fingers or hands to get in the way or the door’s operations.
  8. Maintain your garage door annually. Have a qualified professional look over your door at least once a year to make sure it’s in good working order. This will help keep it operating safely.
  9. Don’t get in the habit of leaving your garage door partially open. When activated again, it might travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. Besides, leaving a door partially open leaves your home vulnerable to security breaches. Burglars often look for open doors to rob.
  10. In that vein, never, ever, leave a garage door opener in your car or with a parking attendant. Burglars like to steal garage door remotes so that they can gain access to your home. Always look the door to your home from the garage so that the burglar can’t get in. It may be mildly inconvenient to have to take your garage door opener with you everywhere, but it’s better than the alternative.

We hope we made you aware that your garage door is a very important and potentially dangerous item in your home. You should treat it appropriately and make sure that it is properly maintained. If you notice any problems with your door, day or night, you can call us at Texas Garage Repair. We are open 24/7 for you. We take you garage door safety seriously.

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Garage Door Springs Explained

Garage door springs are vitally important to a working garage door. If you need your garage door springs repaired at any time, you should call a professional like us at Texas Garage Repair. We can handle your garage door spring repair anytime.  However, we feel that it’s important for you to understand how garage door springs work. In this article, we will explain the mystery that is garage door springs and maybe you’ll know better when the garage door springs need repair.

What does a garage door spring do?

The garage door springs serve the same purpose of counter weights used to balance doors in centuries past and even today. If, for example, your door weighs 100 pounds, you need a garage door spring that will have a spring force of 100 pounds at least to get it to balance the door and open and close it appropriately.

What are the two types of garage door springs?

There are two types of garage door springs, torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are secured to a metal shaft above the garage door.  Torsion springs balance the garage door. They apply torque to the shaft with drums at each end. A cable is attached to each drum. It is extended to and secured to the bottom fixture on the bottom of the garage door.  A torsion spring will unwind and wind as the door is opened and closed to create a balanced system.

What are the characteristics of torsion springs?

Torsion springs have three characteristics that will determine their lift and life cycle. They are wire size, inside diameter and length. The lift is determined by the torque of the spring. It tells how much the door weight the spring can lift. The cycle life will let you know about how many times the door can open and close before the garage door spring breaks.

Standard torsion springs are most commonly used in residential garage doors. In a residential garage door, you’ll have either one or two springs. Two torsion springs are safer and they are generally mounted together. If one garage door spring breaks when the door is open, the other spring will keep the garage door from falling and injuring someone or causing property damage. Standard residential torsion springs come in 1 ¾”  and 2 ¼” inside diameters.

What do extension springs do?

The garage door also has extension springs mounted on either side of the garage door wall. These springs are very powerful and can run under a high tension. They give the garage door the strength to lift up the door, which can be very heavy. They also help the garage door go back down. Most residential garage doors only have two extension springs, one on each side of the garage door. Some residential doors have more and almost all commercial doors do.

One end of the spring usually connects to an open-eye bolt. The bolt will fasten to the angle iron that holds the track or to a beam in the garage frame. There is usually a pulley attached to the end of the extension spring with the help of a pulley fork.  They have four characteristics – length, inside diameter, wire size and type of end.

What characterizes an extension spring?

Every extension spring is characterized by its weight. Most residential springs come in 10 pound increments. The range of an extension spring needs to be equal to ½ the door height. So, if you have an 8 foot door, the range needs to be at least 4 feet.

A pulley system in the extension spring design generates this ratio. When the garage door opens 1 foot off of the ground, then the cable attached to it has to rise by 1 foot. This cable will wrap around the stationary pulley and then travel to the second pulley and so on and so forth.

The important thing to remember is that each extension spring must lift ½ the door’s weight. The spring system must exert a force twice as great as the weight of what is being lifted.

We understand that the whole garage door spring concept is not an easy one to understand. Basically, if you are having trouble with your garage door springs, give us a call at 512.518.6606. We’ll determine if you need a garage door spring repair and we can do that repair for you as well.