Taking care of your overhead door is extremely important if you don’t wish to get locked in or locked out of your house at the most inconvenient time. Despite having a main door and a back door, your overhead garage door is most likely the way you enter or exit your house. Hence it is very important to ensure your overhead garage door repairs are attended to ASAP.
Are you one of those people who don’t believe in spending on professional overhead door services when you can do them yourself at home? Here is a list of DIY (Do It Yourself) suggestions to ensure your overhead garage door repair is taken care of.
Problem: Noisy overhead Garage Door
Overhead garage doors start making noise when they are not in pristine condition. This is your warning. You have to look into it immediately to save yourself from unnecessary complications or expenses.
So what do you do? Simple! Check the garage door screws and nuts; more often than not the noise is just a loose nut. However, when you are tightening them, ensure you don’t overdo it, as overly tight nuts can damage your garage door on the long run.
If the noise still persists, check your door rollers. If they look old or worn out, replace them. Old metal rollers make noise as they move up and down the metal track.
Next step would be to replace your worn out hinges. The hinges should have a hole of the right size. If the hole looks too big or is oblong rather than round, it is time to change them.
Problem: overhead Door Does Not Open And Close Properly
- If the garage door does not operate via remote, it might be as simple as old batteries. Try changing the batteries. However, if the door doesn’t operate via the remote or the wall switch, there might be a problem with the power source. Ensure the motor unit is plugged in properly and then check the circuit breaker and fuse if the problem persists.
- If the door doesn’t open or close fully, or reverses immediately or before hitting the floor, the limit switch needs to be adjusted. Try moving the limit switch closer or farther away from the motor unit. Most times it is the right distance between the two that is needed for your door to function properly.
Problem: Frozen overhead Door
You never want your garage door acting up when the weather is bad. Walking out in the biting cold is not really a great way to start your day. However, low temperatures with moisture can most likely cause an overhead garage door repair.
When your door is closed and there is moisture around, it tends to freeze and an icy connection is formed between your door and the ground that prevents your overhead garage door from rising when you hit the open switch. If the ice formation is weak, hitting the open switch can do the trick. However, if it doesn’t budge, consider using your hair dryer to melt the ice away instead of hitting that open switch a million times. It may take you a few minutes and an extra trip in and out of the house, but it will definitely save you not from stepping out in the cold but also from bigger repairs.