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Avoid an Expensive “Spring Break” in Your Garage This Year…

You might be looking forward to your Spring Break this year, but your garage certainly isn’t. No, we’re talking about the sudden, inconvenient, expensive, and potentially dangerous kind of spring break. The spring that lifts your garage door open and lowers it carefully when you close it is a vital piece of equipment. If it snaps or becomes uncoiled, your garage door might not open and close properly, or at all. It could even cause your garage door to go crashing down to the floor.

To help you avoid this kind of spring break, here are some tips to help you prevent a broken garage door spring.

Perform regular checks

It’s important to be vigilant when it comes to your garage door. If you know what it looks and sounds like and how it moves when it’s in good condition, then you’ll be better able to spot changes in this that could indicate a problem. Pay attention to what noise it makes when opening and closing and how smoothly and evenly it moves. Inspect all the parts so you’ll be able to recognize when things start to rust, corrode, or become worn. As soon as you notice a problem with your springs or in the way the door operates, be sure to call a garage door technician.

Schedule regular tune-ups

As well as your own checks, it’s a good idea to arrange a garage door tune-up at least once a year. A professional technician might be able to spot a problem arising before it becomes serious. If there are any more serious issues, they’ll be able to resolve them quickly and effectively for you. You should never try to replace a broken garage door spring yourself as it is very dangerous, so call a professional immediately if a spring does break.

Invest in an extended-life torsion spring

If your spring does break and you’re having it replaced, then it might be worth spending a little more on an extended-life torsion spring. These are tougher and less prone to wear and tear, giving them a longer lifespan before they become prone to breaking. This will mean more time before the spring breaks again, if it does happen.

Remember to always call in the professionals if your garage door spring snaps. If you’re in this situation, you can call Carolina Garage Door to repair or replace your spring. We can also perform your garage door tune-up anywhere across Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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What’s Your Noisy Garage Door Telling You?

What’s Your Noisy Garage Door Telling You?

Believe it or not, garage doors are supposed to open smoothly and quietly. If your garage door has been making noise for some time now, then you might have got used to this as the norm and forgotten how quiet it used to be. Those noises your garage door is making when opening and closing could be a warning sign for a more serious problem. So, you should get it checked out rather than ignoring it.

What do the noises from your garage door mean? Here are a few common problems to keep an ear out for.

Rattling

If you hear rattling and shaking noises when operating your garage door, it’s likely that some of the individual parts have come loose. You should check the hardware on a regular basis and tighten it up when necessary. If the nuts and bolts start to loosen, then they could be causing these noises.

Squeaking

If your garage door emits a high-pitched squeak when you open it, then the moving parts probably need some extra lubrication. It’s important to keep all moving parts well-lubricated to ensure they move smoothly and don’t suffer too much wear and tear. It’s also a good idea to get a professional to check your hinges in case they need replacing.

Grinding

The sound of parts grinding against each other when you open your garage door can be worrying. This could be a result of your garage door becoming misaligned over time. This refers to the way your garage door sits on its rollers. If you open your garage door halfway and it isn’t straight, then this usually points to misalignment. You should call the professionals for a garage door tune-up in this case.

Banging

Loud clunking and banging noises can be caused by a few different things. It could be a problem with the garage door opener rather than the door itself. If the opener is struggling to lift the garage door, then it could clunk into action when opening the door. Arrange garage door opener repair if you suspect this is the problem. A loud bang when the door closes could indicate that your weather stripping at the bottom of the door needs replacing. Be careful, because a loud bang could also be the sound of a garage door spring snapping, which is a dangerous problem that should only be handled by the professionals.

If you’re hearing any of these noises, then call for a garage door service from Carolina Garage Door, helping maintain and repair garages around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.