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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Do You Need a Garage Door Opener Repair, Part II?

Last week, we discussed troubleshooting a garage door opener repair. In the article, we dealt with several problems your garage door opener could be having and talked about how to determine if they need a garage door opener repair or if you can do the job yourself.

This week, we delve into deeper problems with the garage door opener. Most of these fixes will have to come from the pros like Texas Garage Repair. Without further ado, let’s go.

Problem #1 – The Door Doesn’t Open or Close

Well, there are a few issues it could be. For example, the door may fail to completely open or close. If that happens, the culprit could be the safety sensors. Following the instructions above to see if that handles the problem. If not, then it could be the limit switch. The placement and appearance of a limit switch depends on the garage door opener. Usually, they’re found on the back of the garage door opener unit in the box attached to the door track overhead. If that’s the case, call your garage door opener repair company and have them come around to fix it because it’s a dangerous fix, requiring a step ladder and work with the garage door.

Problem #2 – The Garage Door Reverses Before or After Closing

If your garage door reverses before or after closing, you should check the close limit switch. You will want to try to adjust it accordingly. To repair, you’ll want to climb a stepladder to reach the garage door opener and look for the knobs. Retest the door . Turn the desired control clockwise slightly to adjust and then retest or hire someone like Texas Garage Repair who’s equipped to handle difficulties like this.

If the garage door opener reverses before it even hits the floor, the culprit is likely the close force adjustment. This could be related to your springs. If your springs are to blame, the best thing to do is to have a professional take a look. Garage door springs are difficult to repair and dangerous.

Problem #3 – The Garage Door Motor Won’t Stop Running

If the door closes or opens but the motor keeps running, the limit switch is probably the problem. You can try to troubleshoot it yourself by adjusting the switch or you can call a professional who will know exactly what to do.

Problem #4 – The Garage Door Opener Hums but Doesn’t Operate

At least it hums so you know there’s some power getting to the door. You’ll want to check the moving parts to make sure that the rails aren’t blocked and the armature is connected to the garage door. Make sure the unit is engaged and not in manual mode. The force adjustment could also be the culprit. Old and weak garage door springs may shift the lifting of the door to the opener motor ad drive system. The unit may not be able to handle the weight. Get in a professional to fix the garage door opener springs and the force adjustment on your garage door opener.

Problem #5 – The Garage Door Opener is Noisy or the Door Vibrates

Obviously, some openers are louder than others. However, as long as the door operates properly, you’ve got nothing really to worry about. Of course, if the door shrieks or there’s smoke coming from the exit, then you might want a professional’s opinion.

Noises can result from loose nuts and bolts or a failure in the track system.  You can try to tighten them and lubricate the track system. However a garage door opener repair technician can do these things for you quickly and relatively inexpensively.

Well, there you have it – some of the more common problems a garage door can have. We, obviously, advocate for calling in a professional most of the time. We feel that it’s better to get a professional touch on a delicate and heavy system like the garage door and garage door opener. If you try to undertake a garage door opener repair yourself, it could lead to injury and might cost you more money in the long run when you haven’t fixed the problem and only exacerbated it.

If you’re garage door opener is giving you trouble, call the experts at Texas Garage Repair. We can be reached 24/7 at 512-518-6606.

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Troubleshooting a Garage Door Opener Repair

Determining whether you need a garage door opener repair can be an interesting process. It needn’t be too difficult to figure out, but there are a few things you can check out to see if a garage door opener repair is necessary. In this article, we’ll delve into some of the things you can do to determine if you need a garage door opener repair. Hopefully, it will show you what to do next time your garage door opener isn’t operating at an optimal level.

The garage door opener makes life easier for us, most of the time. However, when it doesn’t and you think you may need a garage door opener repair, there are a few things you can troubleshoot to help your technician get to the heart of the matter. Some of them are so simple that they may be able to be fixed easily by you. However, remember that a garage door and a garage door opener are complex mechanisms and relate to one of the biggest apparatuses, if not the biggest, in your home. It’s wise to call a professional if you are unsure how to proceed. The professionals at Texas Garage Repair are well versed in garage door opener repair and can get you up and running again in no time flat.

Let’s start with troubleshooting.

  1. Does the car remote work? If the car remote or wall unit will still activate the door, then chances are you have weak or dead remote batteries. You can just replace them and all should be well again. Some remotes have a blinking LED light that flashes and displays a code to diagnose operational problems. In that case, consult the owner’s manual for more information.
  2. Check the batteries in the wall unit. Of course, if it uses them. If the remote works okay but the wall unit doesn’t, you should first consider the power source. If it’s batteries, then replace them and see if that’s enough to fix the problem. If it’s plugged into your home’s wiring system, examine the wiring to see if there’s been an issue with it. If so, complete the next step.
  3. Make sure it’s not electrical. Check the house breaker or fuse box and make sure the circuit controlling the garage door opener is active. You can reset a tripped breaker – you’ll know it’s tripped because it will look half on and half off – or replace the fuse altogether. Once you fix it, wait about a minute before turning it back on again. This should reset the connection. If it doesn’t, you should call an electrician for damage to your home’s wiring.
  4. The sensors – are they blocked? If your garage door opener is relatively new, the sensors may be causing the problem. Safety sensors work in pairs. They are mounted on either side of the garage door about a foot high. Each one beams a light – one is red and one is green – across the opening. If the beam gets obstructed or when the sensors can’t catch each other’s light, the garage door opener will not engage or it will stop mid-operation. Just check for anything obstructing the sensors. You should consider clearing out obstacles, position the sensors across from each other or even clean the sensor’s surface to remove any debris. Then, try opening the garage door again. If it works, then you’ve solved the problem. If not, then call Texas Garage Repair.

What if it’s not any of these problems?

Then, we’ve got more investigating to do. Next week we’ll continue with our garage door opener repair scenarios. In the meantime, if you have a garage door opener that’s not working, try contacting Texas Garage Repair at 512.518.6606. We have technicians available 24/7 to handle your garage door opener repairs.  If you decide you need to buy a new garage door opener, we can install that too.