What To Do After Running Into Your Garage Door

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Mornings aren’t always swiss watch smooth. You can come out of your house to jump in your car and forget to open the garage and suddenly you hear a crunch as you back up. This is a more intense wakeup call than your alarm, and now there is no doubt that you are awake and aware. You are not alone, these accidents happen and the damage can be repaired.

Most garage door repair companies get at least a couple of calls per week where this has happened to a homeowner. It can happen when you are getting up and hurrying to get to work, or when we are distracted by sick kids, our own health or simply stress in general. Don’t panic, simply follow the advice in this article to help get your garage back in shape.

Call In The Pros For Garage Damage

Apart from the garage being a giant wall that moves which can severely hurt you, the springs that help it go up and down are under enormous tension and can cause severe injuries or even death if not handled properly. Professional garage door repair technicians have an understanding of the different types of garage door openers and how to safely handle the repairs.

What To Do If It Is Stuck Open?

Sometimes the garage is on its way up when we run into it and it stops, stuck in the spot it was when it was hit. This can be a problem if you have valuables in the garage, or especially if the garage provides access to your home. If the damage is light and you only tapped it with your vehicle you can manually close the garage door by pulling the emergency release.

Garage door openers only apply the same force we would use to open or close the garage doors by hand. The majority of the work is done by the springs and cables attached to our garage doors. This is what causes their enormous tension and makes them dangerous. Only apply a reasonable amount of force with hand to try to close the door. Do not force it because you could cause additional damage to the motor, opener, chain or the belt.

How Much Will It Cost To Repair It?

There are sections that make up each garage door. If the damage is light and only has damaged a single section of the garage door you will be looking at anywhere from $150 to $200. If you have a special type of door, or model the costs could be more.

If the damage involves additional sections or the track is bent the costs will go up and at a certain point it becomes more cost effective to simply replace the garage door with a new one.

Calling The Insurance Company

If there is damage to your vehicle it is best to contact your insurance company and find out how much it will cost to repair the vehicle. If the repairs are close enough to your deductible you may consider simply paying for them out of pocket.

You should contact your homeowner’s insurance company about the garage door repairs. The cost to replace a steel garage door is between $750 and $3,500 dollars. It all depends on the size, style, materials, and insulation that are included in your garage door. If the damage is limited to say only one section and it would only cost about 200 dollars you might want to pay out of pocket if your deductible is higher.


Garage Door Collision Repair

If you have had a little run in with your garage door in the Phoenix valley On Track Garage Door has you covered with cost effective repairs. We can come and inspect the damage and help you decide if garage door panel repair or garage door replacement will save you money.  Give us a call today and we will make your garage door a nightmare a thing of the past.

Loud Garage Door?

Is your garage door obnoxiously loud whenever anybody tries to open or close it? Is your door interrupting the peace and quiet in your home and neighborhood? Nobody wants to be the owner of, or live by, a screechy and creaky garage door as it can severely annoy your neighbors and fellow house mates on top of potentially becoming a major safety hazard.

Automatic garage door openers are complex, motorized devices with many moving parts, including gears and chains. As it goes, the more components involved in a process equals more potential problems possibly occurring. The quality and precision of the initial install of your garage door system definitely matters when it comes to the longevity of your systems overall functionality and effiency.  Another thing that needs considering when diagnosing a systemic issue is the make and model of the garage door opener unit itself.

Friction is probably the most common causes of noisy automatic garage door systems. As time passes, your systems inherent lubrication is diminished and the buffer between the moving parts eventually disappears. As the lubrication is eroded, friction increases and the noise level during the operation of your system increases exponentially. Aside from noise, this friction will also greatly expedite the wear and tear on vitally important components your auto garage door system. Replacing an entire garage door system can be very expensive so keeping your garage door regularly maintained can go a long way in saving you a lot of money.

If you are noticing your garage door starting to make noise when you operate it, make sure everything is properly lubricated and everything is possibly tightened. If you are noticing more than just a lack of lubrication and loose components then it may be time to call a professional who is trained, licensed and bonded so you know that you are going to have high quality work done and that you are also protected should anything go awry.

Do You Have An Unbalanced Garage Door?

Automatic garage door systems are simple in concept, but the system is more complex than most give them credit for being. Any automated system with multiple moving parts needs to be calibrated from time to time to make sure every moving element is in-line and operating efficiently. One thing that can occur with your automatic garage door is your garage door becoming unbalanced. If your garage door is in fact unbalanced, it can present increasing levels of danger as long as it goes unchecked.

Signs that your door may be unbalanced

There will be signs, or ‘symptoms’ if you will, that indicate that your garage door may be unbalanced. Some of those signs are:

  • Your garage door appears to be uneven. The visual test is the easiest to apply and also one that tells you the severity of the issue because if you notice your garage door being uneven with a visual test you know that you need to fix it asap and you will be 100%
  • If you open your garage door manually and the door starts to close on its own is a dead giveaway that you have an unbalanced garage door.
  • If your garage door starts making new noises as you open and close it your door is starting to become unbalanced. The noises may be due to a cable or spring that is failing.
  • If your door just outright won’t open, it is severely unbalanced

 

The Dangers Presented By Unbalanced Garage Doors

When your garage door is in the process of becoming unbalanced it could have a cable or spring failing that could snap at any minute which could cause the door to come down on a family member, pet or vehicle. Keep your family, pets and vehicles by keeping tabs on the condition of your automatic garage door system and making sure your garage door is balanced.