Broken Garage Door or Opener?

Broken Garage Door or Opener?

If you’re having problems with your garage door, then there is one key question to ask at first: is the garage door itself broken, or is it the garage door opener? You don’t want to fork out for an entire garage door replacement when you might just be able to repair or replace the opener.

We’ve already looked at the common reasons for needing to repair or replace your garage door, so now let’s look at some of the most common problems with garage door openers and when you need to repair or replace it.

Check the garage door

Your first step should be to give the garage door a once over to check that the problem isn’t obviously related to that. Any damage to the door or its springs, or any obvious misalignment should tell you that your garage door is the problem.

If you can open your garage door manually without any problems, then it’s likely that the problem is with your door opener. If it won’t open when connected to the opener, if it only opens occasionally, or if it’s started making strange noises when being opened or closed, then check out the following solutions.

Check the batteries

This sounds obvious, but before you call a mechanic out to diagnose the problem with your garage door opener, be sure to check that the batteries in your remote are still working. The problem could be as simple as replacing the batteries.

Check the connection

Another simple fix is if your garage door has become disconnected from the opener. This might reconnect automatically if you press the close button on your remote while the garage door is closed. If not, then you should be able to pull the release cord toward the garage door to reconnect it. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to call a professional to sort this out for you.

Faulty wiring

The connection issue may be within the opener itself if the wires have become damaged or disconnected somehow. This problem should be repairable but it’s important that you call a technician as soon as you can to avoid any safety issues with the door closing suddenly by itself.

It needs replacing

In some situations, your garage door opener might simply need replacing, especially if it is an older model or has had ongoing maintenance issues. If your opener suddenly starts making loud or strange noises, then you should call a garage door technician to assess whether it needs replacing or if there is a fix for it.

Here at Carolina Garage Door, we can repair your garage door opener when it faces a variety of issues. We also check your opener when we perform a garage door tune-up, so contact us today to arrange yours.


Cost vs Value of Replacing Your Garage Door

Cost vs Value of Replacing Your Garage Door

When you’re performing home renovations, you can be taken aback by the by the amount of money you have to put into them. But, it’s not just the cost of the renovations that you should take into account. It’s also the intrinsic value provided by the improvements made to your home. So, how much of a return on investment will you receive from your projects?

First of all, let’s look at some of the areas ROI comes from with home improvement projects.


Certain renovations can help to increase the value of your home, so that you can get a better price for it when you sell, recouping back some of the costs of the renovation.

Home equity

Even if you’re not planning on selling your house, you can still benefit from increasing its value through home improvement projects. A higher home value could allow you to take out a home equity loan if you need cash to pay for something else, or pay off debts.

Energy efficiency

Adding insulation to your house or replacing windows and doors with ones that have better insulative properties can help to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your house. This means lower bill prices all around.

Maintenance costs

If a certain room or feature of your home is constantly in need of repair, then you’ll be spending a lot of money on it. Replacing or improving this money-drain will save you money in the long-run.

The ROI of replacing your garage door

Replacing your garage door is one of the more profitable home improvement projects you can undertake. Reports of a massive 98.3% ROI can be found from reputable online sources, while others claim a slightly more modest 85%. Either way, it’s definitely not something to turn your nose up at.

A new garage door can increase the value of your home as well as improve the insulation and, therefore, the energy efficiency of your garage. If your garage is connected to your home, this can help to keep the hot or cold weather out of your house as well. Plus, a garage door that needs replacing can become extremely costly in maintenance needs.

So, when you’re planning out the budget of your garage door replacement, bear in mind the amount of value you’ll be getting in return from this renovation. For help planning and carrying out your garage door replacement in the Piedmont Triad area, get in touch with Carolina Garage Door.