Best Type Of Garage Door Opener For Your Home


When you are choosing a new garage door opener for your home it can be a tricky undertaking. There are more than one kind of garage door opener. This makes choosing complicated the best type of garage door opener for your home difficult.

Types Of Residential Garage Door Openers

For residential purposes there are 3 types of garage door openers. Each type of garage door opener has its pros and cons.

Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

For homes that have living quarters near or over the garage door belt driven garage door openers can be a great option. They are quieter than chain driven systems. They do cost a little more than chain driven systems but pay off in being quieter garage door opener options.

Chain Drive Garage Door Openers

Chain garage door opener is by far the most common type of opener. As you might imagine these garage door openers use a chain to lift and lower the garage door. The chain is used to pull a trolley that moves the garage up and down. There are some systems where the chain pushes the garage instead of pulling it. The only big downside to a chain driven garage door opener is the noise, and it they are best for detached garages.

Screw Drive Garage Door Openers

Screw type garage door openers utilize a threaded steel rod to move the trolley. The trolley is attached to the garage door and is what moves it in a screw type opener. These garage door openers have less moving parts so they generally need less maintenance over the course of use. The only downside is that they are typically louder than a belt drive garage door opener.

Professional Installation Means Safety

Garage doors normally are just simple elements of our homes that operate without us thinking about them too much. However there are some serious forces that make them work and they can be quite dangerous if they have been left in disrepair or have been damaged. They need to be installed correctly by licensed and professional garage door installers.

Safety Sensors, Backup Batteries, & Emergency Releases

Quality installation depends on having a few things done right. Safety sensors are a big part of making sure everyone is safe, while also installing them so they do not malfunction. If they are not installed straight or they are not tight against the door jamb they can be easily knocked out of alignment. If they are out of alignment your garage door won’t move or completely close. Many times they will simply reverse and reopen.

Battery backup and emergency releases are also important factors in the function and safety of your garage door opener installation. Battery backup helps you if the power is to get your car out of the garage. Emergency releases are for when there is something wrong and you need to pop the garage loose from the opener and try to open and close it manually.

Garage Door Opener Installation

If you live in Mesa or the Phoenix valley On Track Garage Door can help you choose the best garage door opener to fit your home. In addition to installing new garage door openers we service and repair them. So if you have a garage door that isn’t operating smoothly or has stopped working completely we have the knowledge to diagnose what is going wrong, and get it fixed. Give us a call today if you need installation, service, or repair anywhere in the Phoenix valley.

Installing A Garage Door Keypad


Garage door keypads makes your automatic garage door easier to use, and more convenient. Installing the exterior keypad control for your garage makes it so you don’t have to have your keys, phone, or a clunky garage door remote with you to get back in the garage or house. The keypad is mounted on the frame of the garage door and has a numeric keypad where you enter a code only you and your family know. Being mounted outside it makes it possible for anyone with the code to get into the garage without hunting for a remote that is “somewhere” in the vehicle.

Choosing The Right Keypad

Not all keypads or wireless keypads are compatible with all garage door openers. While there are systems that claim to be universal, there are limitations to the technology and you need to make sure the accessory keypad you are buying is made to work with your garage door opener system.

When shopping for your garage door keypad refer to your owner’s manual and know what model of opener you are using. Talk with the company you hire to do the work over which keypads will work with your garage. If you are doing the install yourself make sure you look at the boxes at the store and make sure it will work with your garage door opener before you buy it and run home.

DIY Garage Door Keypad Installation

To install the keypad yourself you will need a few basic tools, the hardware itself plus a screwdriver or cordless drill, tape measure, level, keypad batteries, and the programming instructions.

Batteries & Code

Install the batteries in the keypad following the manufacturer’s instructions. Next program your keypad so it works with your garage door opener. Choose a numeric code; different models will have 4 or 6 digit options for your code. Most keypads will require the pressing of the learn button on the garage door opener, so they will cooperate.

Verify & Install

Before you take off the backing of the adhesive strips make sure that the keypad works. Then choose a spot of your garage doorjamb to place the keypad. Make sure that you choose a height that every family member that is meant to use the keypad can reach easily. Once you’ve picked out your place remove any adhesive backing and place it on the doorjamb.

Securely Screw It Down

Once you have the garage door keypad where you want it get your cordless drill out and put the Phillips head in. Make sure the strength of your drill isn’t set too high or when you screw the keypad down it might over tighten and break the plastic. Place the top screw and get the screw started. Stop before it is completely tight. Using a level you can make sure that your keypad is plumb and line up the second screw. Using the drill, screw down the bottom side of your keypad.

Phoenix Garage Door Keypad Installation

On Track inspects, repairs, replaces, and install garage doors all over the Phoenix valley. If you have a garage door accessory like a keypad that you want installed we can help you out. We can get it installed and make sure everything else is on the right track and your garage door is up to the job and in good condition. Give us a call today and get your garage door keypad.

Why Your Garage Door Seal Is Important In Phoenix


The garage door seal might seem like the smallest detail on your garage door, but they are important. With time, use, and wear they end up breaking down and need to be replaced. Many homeowners might not even realize their garage door has, or had a weather seal. We are going to talk about what a garage door weather seal is and what it does.

What Are Garage Door Seals?

We all know that seals can hold back water and air. Garage door seals do more than hold back the wind, rain, and weather. They also help with keeping little critters and insects out of our homes. Garage doors feature seals at the top, bottom, and sides of the garage door to provide a better seal.

Types Of Garage Door Seals

Bottom Boot Garage Door Seals – These are the seals attached to the bottom of the garage door that when close makes contact with the concrete. Many garage floors are not perfectly flat so a flexible seal is the best way to make a good seal that holds pests like spiders and scorpions out of your garage. There are different shapes of bottom boot seals you can choose from, your garage door service man will help you choose the best for your particular location.

Side & Top Garage Door Seals

Clearly these seals are for the top side of the garage door and the sides. These make contact with the door jamb and help make a weather tight seal. This helps prevent or at least minimize the rains we get during monsoon season and driving rains that come in sideways. They also help keep out some airborne pests like wasps and hornets that are always looking for a safe new place to build a hive.

What Makes Garage Door Seals Important?

Clearly keeping weather and pests out of your garage door is some of the main advantages of keeping your garage door seals in good condition. But there are more reasons they help and are important. Read below to see the full benefits of garage door seals.

Helps Keep Energy Costs Down – There aren’t many people in the world that wouldn’t like lower energy bills. Electricity doesn’t grow on trees and it isn’t getting any cheaper. Arizona residents know the heat and know that paying to keep their homes cool keeps them comfortable, but costs. Garage door seals help keep the garage cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter and help lower your overall energy costs. Paired with insulated garage doors you will enjoy lower energy costs.

Keeps The Garage Dry – While Arizona isn’t really known for having tons of rainy days we do get some pretty serious storms with heavy downpour. Having a garage door seal that is in good condition helps make contact with the garage door jamb and the concrete. This helps keep the water out of your garage. Which is important if you use your garage to store things or if it is set up as a man cave/mechanics paradise.

Pest & Rodent Bouncer – Everyone loves a good party and that includes rodents and insects that are looking for a free meal. It is common to keep the garage can in the garage to make disposal quick and easy without going outside. This attracts pests that want to make it inside your garage. Having a quality seal, that is in good repair, stops them at the door and keeps your home roach and rat free.

Garage Door Seal Repair & Replacement

If your garage door didn’t come with a seal or you need to have it replaced On Track Garage Door of Mesa will come to repair your garage door anywhere in the Phoenix valley. We can replace the seals to help keep your garage weather tight, and help keep pests out. Give us a call today to get your garage door maintenance started.

Broken Garage Door Spring Signs


Garage doors get a lot of use. Even if we only use them when go to work and come home each evening they open and close about 500 times a year. Anything getting that kind of use is subject to normal wear and tear.

Even if your garage door opener is working fine, a broken spring can park you for the day. The garage door springs do all of the actual work in lifting the garage door. The garage door opener simply adds or subtracts pressure to get the garage to open or close.

My Garage Door Will Only Go Up 6 inches

Typically you don’t know that something is wrong until you’re trying to leave and the door won’t cooperate. If you hit the wall button and the door will only open about 6”. The most common issue in these cases is the garage door safety system has been triggered. Clear the area around the garage door and make sure the sensors are straight.

If the garage door opens very slowly it can be a sign that the springs are broken. This is due to the opener having to try to pull the full weight of the garage door. If you think this might be the case close the door and pull the emergency garage door release. Try to give the garage door a lift. If it is really heavy you more than likely have a broken spring that isn’t pulling its weight.

My Garage Door Cables Look Broken

Most times when people call garage door companies saying that their cables have broken it is in actuality the springs that have failed. It can look that way because the cables will break loose and fly all over the garage. The cables many times also disconnect from the garage door and end up on the garage floor. It is quite uncommon for garage door cables to become damaged and need replacement when the garage door spring fails.

In the case of garage doors that have two torsion springs. the one that has not failed will keep the cables in place. In this situation you have to visually inspect the springs to see if one of them is broken. If the springs are in a tube you probably won’t be able to see the springs. In this case you will want to have the garage door close and pull the emergency cord. Then test the garage to see if it has disproportionate weight.

My Garage Door Is Crooked When It Goes Up and Down

If your garage door looks like privacy blinds going up crooked there is a chance that one of your extension springs has failed. There are two of these springs per door and they help pull the garage from both sides. When one breaks the door goes up crooked and can even become stuck in the tracks.

Garage Door Spring Repair

It’s incredibly dangerous to work on your garage door springs. If you think one has broken it is time to call in the experts and have it fixed by people with the right training and right tools. Give On Track Garage Door a call today and we will get your garage back in working order just as quick as we can.

Faux Wood Garage Doors


While wood overlay garage doors are a popular investment for a long of Phoenix homeowners faux wood garage doors are gaining popularity. In the past garage door manufacturers made garage doors out of composite materials made from recycled glass fiber and wood. They also would imprint a wood grain on fiberglass, steel, or cellular PVC wood boards. These materials had limitations on how accurately they could recreate the appearance of authentic wood grain.

Faux Wood Garage Door Realism

Polymer composite technology opened up a new opportunity for garage door manufacturers to afford homeowners the look of real wood, while allowing them to save money on the opener, track, and other hardware needed for authentic wood garage doors. The flexibility of this material in terms of authentic wood grain recreation has allowed the use of actual sections of wood being used for the purpose of creating real wood grain patterns in the composite material.

This means that the faux wood garage doors made in this way have a more realistic look with the original wood imperfections and details. The panels are lightweight but still carry the cracks, wood knots, pock marks, decay holes and hand-hewn marks that real wood carries with it.

Faux Wood Garage Doors Are Lighter

One of the main advantages of installing a faux garage door over a real cedar overlay garage door is that they are much lighter in weight. While the real thing brings the authentic article to your home, many homeowners aren’t able to spend the extra money on more robust garage door openers, operating hardware, or stronger tracks for the garage doors to roll on.

Installing faux garage doors saves homeowners some money while still giving the authentic look of wood. They are just as durable as wood and will last as long. This means increasing your curb appeal while saving money in comparison to wood overlay, or solid wood garage doors.

Faux Wood Garage Doors Require Less Maintenance

Wood is a natural element. It decays over time and will need some TLC. Natural wood needs to be regularly sealed or painted to maintain the condition of the wood. This is especially true in dry, sunny, hot areas of the country. There are few places in the United States that are more hot or sunny than the Phoenix valley in Arizona. Real wood does not cope well with extended direct sunlight, of which we have plenty. While you won’t have to be sealing or staining your faux wood garage doors, you will also be helping cut down on deforestation.

Realistic Faux Wood Garage Doors

With the modern technology of using composite materials the details are much more pronounced in faux wood garage doors. Rather than having a vague wood grain pattern modern faux wood garage doors can be made to look like particular types of wood. This means they can be made to look like some of the more rare or expensive types of wood. Your faux wood garage door can be made to look like mahogany, ash, pecky cypress, or a wide variety of other woods. This can bring the unique look to your home that will not only increase your curb appeal and home value, but set your house a set ahead of your neighbors.

Faux Wood Garage Door Installation Phoenix

On Track Garage Door installs faux wood garage doors anywhere in the Phoenix valley. We are located in Mesa, AZ but have our trucks out at homes in Gilbert, Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale and anywhere else that our customers need us. If you are thinking about installing a new garage door our design and installation pros can make it simple to choose a new garage door, and make installation a snap.

Give us a call today to start the process at 480-641-2301.

Garage Door Troubleshooting


As residential and commercial garage door installation and service professionals there is little that we haven’t seen in the garage door industry. Garage door wear and damage is varied and there are a lot of things that can go wrong that need minor or major repairs. Something as simple as a basketball or tennis ball can knock a sensor out of alignment or a garage off its track. Diagnosis of the problem is first, and everything can be repaired.

There are a lot of things that homeowners can easily fix. Straightening a safety sensor is just a matter of pointing it at the reflector plate, for example. However there are some repairs are better left to the professionals. Certain elements of garage doors are extremely dangerous. The tension springs for example are under tremendous pressure and can cause very serious injury. This guide should help you identify what is wrong with your garage door, which will help you know if you need to call a pro.

The Garage Door’s Path Is Blocked

Clearly the garage can’t do its job and close if something is in the way. Garage doors are developed with a safety mechanism that causes it to go back up if something is in the way. Homeowners can become frustrated when they press the button to close the door and it comes about half way down only to stop and return to the fully open position. This can be caused by something as simple as toys, or other items in your garage lying in the garage door’s path.

To resolve this issue just inspect the ground and area around your garage door sensors. Move anything you think could be in the way. Check out the garage door tracks as well. Get a step ladder for the areas that are harder to see. If build-up or objects are stuck in the track the garage might get a false positive for a object in the way and reverse.

The Remote Has Dead Batteries

This is one of the most common problems people have with their garage doors. It is also one of the easiest to fix. To troubleshoot this problem check to see if the wall switch for the garage door still works. If it works then it’s most likely the batteries in the remote.

To replace the batteries you will have to either unscrew or slide open the remote’s batter compartment. Dig the batteries out of the remote and take them down to the store. Getting the right match for the remote is important. Most stores will have different brands, but will have a compatibility chart that will tell you which Energizer replacement will replace a Duracell and vice versa.

The Safety Sensors Are Crooked

Indiana Jones might be able to slide and roll under doors, but as of 1993 sensors installed for safety on garage doors prevent us from being our own action heroes. These safety photo eyes watch the path of the garage door with an invisible beam. When the garage door remote is used these beams check the area to make sure it is clear. This is done to prevent injury or damage to property.

Before adjusting the sensors alignment you will want to make sure that the sensors are not dirty. If they have debris, insects, or dirt on them they will assume something is in the way and refuse to let the garage door close. They are made of glass and should be cleaned carefully to prevent scratching. Clean the sensors and then check to see if the garage will close and open properly.

If the garage door still isn’t cooperating you will need to check the alignment of the sensors. They should point at exactly the same angle, from the same height, and directly at each other. If they are looking in different directions and not seeing each other they will assume there is a object blocking the garage door path and disable the garage door’s movement.

Phoenix Garage Door Windows

Phoenix Garage Door Windows

A lot of home owners in Phoenix want windows in their garage doors. When customizing the look of a home every detail counts. While this is something that adds curb appeal it is also functional and allows light into an otherwise dark and gloomy area of our homes. This article takes a closer look why people choose to install windows in their garage doors.

Garage Door Window Advantages

Choosing a garage door with windows or having windows installed in your current garage door has multiple benefits. We’ll take a look at some of them here.

Natural Light – Unless you’ve converted your garage into a man cave or workshop you probably don’t have a bunch of lights in the garage. Garage door windows let in natural light. This means that if you’ve got a power outage, or just like saving money on your power bill you’ll be able to see in your garage during the daytime with natural light.

Varied Aesthetic Look – Having a row of panels on your garage door set up with windows does more than let in the light, it adds visual interest to your garage door. Being one of the larger single surfaces making up the façade of your home customizing the garage door with windows adds more curb appeal, and value to your property.

Coordinated Architectural Design – The rest of your home is dotted with windows. Having garage door windows helps tie the entire look of the house together and makes the garage fit in better with the overall architecture. In fact the windows you can add to a garage door come in a wide variety of sizes. So you can really match the architectural elements of your home.

Garage Door Window Disadvantages

There are great reasons to have windows in your garage door, but there are a couple drawbacks. Knowing these can help educate you before you make your decision.

Diminished Garage Privacy – If natural light can get into your garage, people might be able to see in too. If the windows are high enough or tinted it reduces this risk dramatically. If you don’t store valuables in your garage it also isn’t an issue if someone looks in and sees a lawn mower and some Christmas lights.

Potential Damage To The Glass – Garage doors are made of strong and resilient materials. Things like wood, aluminum and steel. Glass is not known for its phenomenal strength. So adding windows to your garage does introduce an element that is fragile to your garage. If sports are regularly played in your driveway there is a risk of breaking these windows. If you’ve got a basketball hoop installed over your garage, windows just aren’t a winning idea. There are tempered glass windows for garage doors that can cut down on the fragility of your garage door windows.

Installing Garage Door Windows

If you are in the process of building your dream home, or if you are just doing some updates or remodeling you might be looking at garage door windows in Phoenix. There are DIY kits available at most hardware stores where you can do window inserts in your existing garage door. If you are starting from scratch or replacing a garage door you can choose one that already has garage door windows and reap the benefits.

Phoenix Garage Door Experts

If you have a garage in Phoenix where you need repair, or want to get some windows installed get in touch with the experts. They know the industry and can help you make the best decisions whether you are buying a whole new garage door or just wanting to do work on the garage door you already have.

On Track Garage Door480-641-2301

Phoenix Garage Door Opener Troubleshooting

Phoenix Garage Door Opener Troubleshooting

It may not always feel like it, but technology is meant to make our lives easier. It won’t feel that way when its 120 degrees in Phoenix, you’ve got a trunk full of groceries, and your garage door opener won’t work. This garage door opener troubleshooting guide will help you get things back On Track in Phoenix.

While garage door openers are getting more convenient and are able to do more, there is also more that can go wrong. Take a look at the list below and try the quick fix. With some luck you’ll be able to troubleshoot the issues simply and get back to business.

Garage Door Opener Battery Replacement Phoenix

Have To Be Close For The Garage Door Opener To Work

There are a couple things that could be going on with a garage door opener that only works when you’re close enough to smell your garage door. Firstly you might need to replace the batteries. While replacing the batteries take a second to clean the contact points that the battery touches. Build up on these contact points, or corrosion can cause poor performance in any electrical device. If you’ve worked on the battery situation and still have to be super close to get your garage door opener to work it’s time to get neighborly. With limited bandwidth for garage door openers to operate in Phoenix, there’s a chance that a stuck button on your neighbor’s garage door opener causes you to have to be super close to get yours to work.

Brand New Batteries And Garage Door Opener Still Doesn’t Work

You’ve cleaned the contacts, you’ve shoved new batteries in your garage door opener and it still doesn’t work. The first thing to check is that the garage door opener is still set to the correct frequency. If you’ve checked to make sure that both the remote and garage door opener are speaking the same “language”, then there is a good chance that it is the opener, and not the remote. First off you’re going to want to check your breaker box and ensure that you haven’t blown a breaker that your garage door opener works off of. Secondly you want to make sure that the garage door opener is in fact plugged in, and your kids haven’t “borrowed” an outlet and left it unplugged. If it wasn’t the power or the breaker box you might have an internal garage door opener issue and you’ll want to contact your local garage door service company in Phoenix.

Garage Door Opener Wall Switch Works, But Not The Remote

Like most of the issues the first place to look is the batteries in your garage door opener remote. If the connections are clean and you’ve got fresh batteries in your garage door opener there’s a chance that your safety sensors are the problem. Some garage door systems utilize a infrared beam that’s broadcast across the door. If one of these sensors are dirty, blocked or misaligned it can stop your system from working. If you’ve checked to make sure that the route of travel for your garage door is clear you can long hold your wall switch and it will open and close the door. Ensure that the sensors are straight and aligned correctly, are clean, and there aren’t any items blocking their path to clearly communicate with each other. Lastly you can unplug the system and it will reboot. Many times this will reset the infrared sensors and clear your problem.

The Garage Door Opener Remote Only Works In Hot or Cold Weather

This is another sign that your infrared sensors are becoming misaligned. The metal that your garage door is made of can expand and contract with the extreme temperatures here in Phoenix. If you can operate your garage door via the wall switch it might be time to realign your sensors. Many owners aren’t confident to work with these sensors, if you’re unsure of how to make sure this safety feature is set up correctly call your local garage door experts.

Garage Door Opener Repair Phoenix

If you’ve tried these garage door opener troubleshooting tips and its still not working you need to have the experts come and get you back On Track.

Call On Track Garage Door Service a call at 480-641-2301 


Types Of Rolling Steel Doors

Types Of Rolling Steel Doors

Rolling Steel Door Phoenix AZRolling Service Doors – These service doors are engineered and fabricated with maximum durability and strength in mind.  They are produced to the highest standards and comply to the most stringent codes.  This ensures that they deliver long lasting durability and worry free performance. With color options, slat options and gauges On Track Garage Door has you covered for all your Mesa rolling service door needs.

DuraShutter_108Counter Shutters – If you’re looking for flexibility, curb appeal, and the best security option for your counter these coiling counter doors are the way to go.  They have a clean and seamless appearance.  Business owners love the practicality and durability of these doors, while workers enjoy trouble free operation.

Rolling Fire Doors Phoenix AZRolling Fire Doors – Most popular with areas that require drop test compliance rolling fire doors deliver repeatable, reliable and predictable results. These rolling fire doors are inexpensive, safe, simple, and give repeatable drop testing simply with the flip of a switch for your facility. Rolling fire doors are also available in a variety of colors, gauges and slat profiles.  With rolling fire doors you also have options for their emergency trigger operation.  These options can be; smoke detectors, delayed releases, that include visual and audible warning systems.

Fire Counter Shutters – If your facility has a rated fire wall you’ll have to use rolling fire doors, and fire counter shutters to meet code.  Fire counter shutters are engineered for installation with approved steel, masonry and sheet rock.  These also feature the same drop testing system that helps provide fire test compliance.  These doors also feature space saving designs with durable performance.

Coiling Grilles Phoenix AZCoiling Grilles – Security isn’t an option, especially at night, but you do have an attractive option that allows you to keep your business safe while also allowing potential customers to take a look in your shop.  There’s no better way to maintain a contemporary look while also preventing theft and vandalism.  You can get your pattern of coiled security grills in either straight or brick.

Side Folding Grilles And Closures – If your business has a large open storefront that needs to be secured each evening these side folding grilles and closures offer you a simple, easy to install option that will keep your business safe.  They are a track mounted option that has its own storage pocket and pocket door.  The whole assembly is only 6 inches wide and will flush fit to a 6’ stud.  This allows easy installation of a side folding grille into a wall.

Phoenix Rolling Steel Door Experts

A new set of security gates from On Track Garage Door Service keeps your business safe while your away.  Whether you’ve been in business for years or you’re building a new location we have you covered.  Give us a call to get started on your Phoenix rolling steel door installation, repair, or replacement.

On Track Garage Door Service – 480-641-2301

Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Top Preventive Maintenance Habits for Garage Door Owners Phoenix AZ

No matter what season it is, what time of day it is, your garage door has to open every single time you need it to.  We come and go many times a day and rarely have the time to find a way to fix a malfunctioning garage door.  Preventive garage door maintenance is the way to avoid having the inconvenience of a broken or malfunctioning garage door is to take care of it before it needs repair.  Here’s a list of ways you can keep it running for years with trouble free operation.

Keeping the Tracks Clear

Ensure that the tracks on both sides of the garage door are free from objects or debris.  As an owner you can easily check the plump with a level to see how it’s weathering use, but if you see that it needs adjustment it’s time to call the professionals who have the tools, experience and knowledge to do this work safely.

Test the Safety Features

Most modern garage doors have a safety feature that prevents it from harming someone or something they happen to be in the garage doors path.  There are a couple main ways that it can see if there is something in its way, a photocell and mechanical method.  For the mechanical system you can just find a brick or a 2×4 for it to come down on close on, as soon as it touches the object it should reverse direction and come back up.  For the photocell as your garage door is closing just wave your leg or an object under it and it should automatically stop and reverse direction.

Keep Moving Parts Lubricated

If you want your garage door to last for many years just keep it well lubricated.  It takes less time than reading the paper and is very simple.  You can find white lithium grease and use it on the screw or chain.  Then most garage door specialists will have some spray lubricant you can use to spray directly on the overhead springs.

Cable Checking

These high-tension cables are something only a trained professional should be working on.  They are extremely dangerous and can maim and kill if not handled properly.  You can’t work on them, but you can inspect them to see if you should have a professional come and do the work for you.  Visually check them out looking for broken strands, especially down near the bottom roller bracket.

Roller Inspection and Replacement

The rollers need to be looked at about every six months, regardless of their material.  They should also be replaced any time they look worn or at least every 7 years or so.  If you notice wear, chips or cracks they need to be replaced.  You can do this or a professional will be happy to come out and do a minor service on your garage.  If you want to do it simply removing any roller brackets that are not attached directly to the cable system, and then reattaching after the roller replacement.

Garage Door Balance Testing

Even though you might not be able to see it with the naked eye an imbalanced garage door can cost you money.   Being out of balance puts more strain on all the parts and will wear them out sooner.  You can test the balance of the garage door.  Simply start with your garage door in the closed position and pull the release handle (typically a red cord).  Then manually raise the garage door about halfway.  It should stay right where you leave it, if it doesn’t your counterweight springs are out of balance and you need to call a professional as these are extremely dangerous to work on.

Tighten Loose Bolts and Other Hardware

Given that most garage doors open over a thousand times a year in all sorts of weather conditions they are subjected to a lot of vibration.  Vibration loosens bolts and screws.  Take a look at all the hinges, brackets, bolts and screws to ensure they are tight.  You can even tighten these down with a socket wrench.

Be Aware

As you sit waiting for it to open before leaving in the morning its typically quiet and a great time to just be listening and watching how it functions.  If it seems to run roughly or jerks at certain spots it’s a sign that something isn’t quite right and needs some attention.  If you hear grinding or scraping noises it’s time to take a look at the tracks, rollers, and the general condition of the door.  It can be difficult to track down the issue and a professional can come out and help you with an inspection.

Garage Door Care

Even if the all the mechanical systems are working perfectly it can still need some surface attention.  Comprising about a third of the front façade of your home checking for rust spots on your steel doors will keep your house looking great.  Wood doors need to be examined for signs of water damage like warping and will need any stain or paint checked out for peeling or chipping.

If you take care of your garage door, it will take care of you.  A little time spent on a cool weekend morning will save you frustration some afternoon when the sun is out, it’s hot, and you just want to get in your garage.

If you’ve got a worry or a doubt that about your garage door and think something might be wrong, call the experts and On Track Garage Door Service.