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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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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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.