6 Common Garage Door Repairs

You may not think about garage door repair very often. But whether it’s mundane or not, most people will have to deal with garage door repair at least once during their lifetime. It comes with the territory when you have a garage door in use multiple times throughout the day. Depending on the type of garage door you have and if you keep it well maintained, it can last upwards of 15-20 years.

If you are knowledgeable on the typical issues that garage doors encounter, you’ll be prepared with how to handle them. J.A.G. & Sons Overhead Door is your friendly garage door company trained to take care of garage repair with the best attitude, customer service, and professionalism out there. Below is a list of the six most common garage door repairs we perform.

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Most Common Garage Door Repairs

Garage Door Spring Repair

Garage door springs are among the most important mechanisms of your garage door system. They essentially carry the weight of the garage door and power movement. While the garage door opener controls the movement, the springs carry it out. There are two types of springs: torsion and extension. Torsion springs are the most common in residential homes, as they’re sturdier and safer, installed horizontally above the garage door. Extension springs are installed on either side of the door.

Garage door springs have a lifespan of about 10,000 cycles, which translates to 7-14 years. It’s common for garage door springs to snap once they’re too worn out. This usually equates to a loud, popping noise. When you hear this, don’t attempt a garage door spring repair yourself, as it can be quite dangerous. Call the experts in to replace your garage door springs. We do recommend replacing both springs at the same time, even if the second one hasn’t broken yet. This is because springs are installed at the same time and will have the same lifespan, so the second spring is sure to follow. 

Garage Door Opener Repair

Garage door openers are crucial products that will make or break your system. As the conductor of garage door operation, they keep your system running smoothly. Garage door openers control the mechanisms that move the garage door, such as the springs and cables. Garage door openers have a lifespan of about 10-15 years. But this number depends on if you take care of routine maintenance once a year. We strongly recommend having an annual garage door tune-up, as your parts will be cleaned and any potential problems can be rooted out. 

When a garage door opener breaks, your garage door will most likely refuse to move. If this happens, we recommend resetting your system. If this doesn’t work, you can try to manually open your garage door. If you are successful with this, it indicates that the springs and cables are working. The most likely culprit then is the garage door opener. Call the professionals at J.A.G. & Sons Overhead Door to take a look. We’ll repair it if possible, but if the opener is too old or damaged, we will recommend garage door opener replacement.

Garage Door Cable Repair

Garage doors cables work in conjunction with springs. Together, they bear the weight of the garage door and guide all movement. Garage door cables don’t usually break, but they can fall out of their drums. While this may seem like a simple repair, we don’t recommend trying this at home, as it could result in severe injury. We can provide timely garage door cable replacement or repair. This replacement is typically a quick fix, so your system should be good as new in no time.

Garage Door Panel Replacement

Most residential homes have sectional garage doors, which are made up of panels. One of the benefits of these types of garage doors is that they can be repaired by section, instead of having to replace the whole door. Panels can become damaged if something hits the garage door, or if severe weather causes a panel to buckle inwards. Panel replacement is usually fairly straightforward, and can be a more cost-effective solution rather than replacing the whole garage door.

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Garage Door Roller Replacement

Garage door rollers keep the garage door on track. When rollers become damaged, your garage door can come off the track and start moving crookedly. Garage door rollers are usually made from nylon, steel, or plastic, and their lifespan depends on the material, but tends to fall within 7-12 years. If your garage door starts making a grinding noise or is struggling to move, check your rollers. If they’re damaged or the material is coming off, it’s time to replace them. When it comes time for roller replacement, upgrading to nylon rollers is well worth the extra investment for the hassle and money it will save you in the long run.

Commercial Garage Door Repair

Commercial garage doors also experience issues, as they too are in extensive use day-to-day. We understand that commercial door issues can halt business operations, which is why we offer same day service. Commercial doors can experience the same types of issues that residential garage doors see. Their springs, cables, openers, or rollers may be damaged or broken. We’ll come to assess the situation and provide commercial door repair with the same expertise and attention to detail that we provide for our residential clients.

Contact Us for Garage Door Repair Near You

J.A.G. & Sons Overhead Door is passionate about providing the best garage door repairs possible in North Haven and West Haven CT. Our garage door services are tailored to exceed your expectations. Our experienced technicians are trained in handling garage repairs with accuracy, so we do everything right the first time. At the forefront, we value customer service and want you to have a positive experience that leaves you happy with our work. So give us a call next time you experience any of the above issues with your garage door!

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