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When and How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

A common garage door repair is replacing garage door rollers that are worn or broken. Rollers can break and cause your garage door or doors to go off track. It’s a good idea to have routine garage door maintenance performed so ensure worn rollers are spotted before they break and cause more damage. Worn rollers can not only get your doors off track, it’s noisy!

If your routine maintenance doesn’t catch the rollers and they do break, replacing them is pretty easy! The repair is an easy fix that will have your doors back on track and running much quieter!

The video below is a great example of what a worn out roller looks like versus a new roller. We are big fans of silicone rollers. While they are the most expensive as compared to plastic, steel or nylon rollers, they are the most durable and they don’t make a sound when your doors open or close. If you go with another roller material, ensure you care for them properly. Rollers with ball bearings need to be lubricated once a year. You or a garage door tech doing maintenance, can take care of this.

How do you replace garage door rollers?

The process to replace garage door rollers is pretty easy. Start by opening your garage door. Clamp the track, make sure you disconnect the opener from the door, remove the older rollers and then slide new ones into place! Safety is important here, as garage doors that aren’t clamped properly can fall and cause damage. Best course of action if you aren’t confident in replacing worn rollers, is to have a tech come in.

Since you are already clamping your doors and removing the rollers for replacement, this repair is a great opportunity to also tighten your hardware, ensuring all bolts and screws are tight and your tracks are aligned properly. Loose hardware can cause your door to vibrate, which loosens the hardware even more, and can affect the performance of your doors.

 

 

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Garage Door Replacement Rollers

Garage door rollers are extremely important to the function of your door as well as its convenience. While some rollers must be replaced sooner than others, most nothing lasts forever. If you suspect that you need garage door replacement rollers, give us a call. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will send a professional tech crew out to your home to determine exactly what you issue is.

In most cases, garage door rollers which were installed prior to 2008 are considered low standard at best. These were akin to hot wheel assembly consisting of a metal stem and plastic wheels. Even those manufactured and installed after 2008 will still need replacements at some point.

Garage door rollers Old vs New

Garage door rollers Old vs New

Garage Door Roller Issues

Routine garage door maintenance can extend the life of all of your garage door parts, including the rollers. One of the most common issues with roller malfunctions is due to grime and dust buildup. When this debris cakes into the inner part of the lip it causes an increased amount of friction.

The friction results in worn wheels and replacement rollers. Keeping them clean and lubricated is not a fix all; however, it will help. In the end, no matter how well you care for them, they will wear out. It is a good idea to protect your investment for as long as possible. When the time comes for garage door roller replacements call one of our expert reps to find out what we have to offer your family.

Keep in mind that worn rollers can cause other damages and malfunctions. This translates to future costs as well. At some point your garage door will get stuck due to the force which is exerted upon the rollers. The resulting damage is often one of two issues.

Garage Door Roller Damage

The smallest resulting issue is your cable system is damaged and deteriorates either slowly or, more likely, rapidly. Once the tension is released, both the spring and cable system will be thrown out of balance. Your garage door may also jump its track.

You will need to call upon a professional tech to align your door back into its track as well as repair your spring and cable system. If the damage is extensive, your safety cable and garage door spring systems may need to be replaced completely.

The worst case scenario is irreparable and costly damage. If the door becomes jammed and the opener does not stop running, your garage door may be completely destroyed. This will cause creases to form in the panels and your door could become a scrap metal taco. This means that your entire garage door will need replacing.

We Cater to Your Needs

We highly recommend that you call on Perfect Solutions Garage Doors and allow our techs to assess your situation. We offer routine maintenance and minor repair including roller replacements. Our team also provides expert comprehensive installation services for all garage door components. We will never skip on value and we guarantee your 100% satisfaction. We encourage you to call one of our highly skilled garage door techs for all of your emergency needs. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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Garage Door Rollers Replacement

Many home owners consider replacing garage door rollers to be a Do It Yourself task, though not all of them have the time required to do so. Regardless of whether you lack the experience or the time, it is best to contact a professional to complete this task. It is important to keep your garage door operating at maximum capacity at all times. After all, your garage door is not just a convenience, it is also a protection and security measure.

Upper Roller Replacement

  • Close the garage door and pull the release handle. Use the remote button raise the carriage of the opener and disconnect the electrical cord after the carriage has ceased moving.
  • Use a socket wrench to loosen the top roller mount bolts and slide the roller and retainer bracket away from the mount. To release the roller angle its axle inward. Slide the axle away from the bracket.
  • Place the new roller in the bracket. Angle it and slide the front end of the roller into the track. Turn the axle toward the door. Align the bracket with the mount bolt. Secure the bracket and roller onto the mount using a socket wrench to tighten the nut. Repeat with the second upper roller, if required.
  • Reconnect the opener to its power source. Push the remote button connect the carriage with its arm as it lowers. Lower and raise the door a few times to ensure it is operating properly.

Lower Roller Replacement

  • Lift the garage door to its raised position. Disconnect the opener from its power source. Release the carriage by pulling its handle.
  • Put a clamp on the track on the opposite side of the garage door from where you are replacing the roller. Tighten the clamp onto the track approximately 12” under the top of the garage door opening.
  • Find the junction of the straight, vertical track and the 90 degree elbow portion of the track right below the roller which is damaged. The curved lip of the straight track segment right below the junction must be bent with a set of slip joint pliers. Ensure that the width of the bend is enough to slide the roller out of its track.
  • Manually roll the door down to center the roller at the widest segment of the channel’s bend.
  • Sandwich a screwdriver in the middle of the roller and the channel. Use the screwdriver to pry the roller from its track. The roller should clear the track, if you pull the corner of the door inward.
  • Slide the damaged roller out of the axle mount. Slip the new one in. Push the door back into place next to its track and slip the roller back in. Push the door up to put the new roller into the elbow section of the track. Use a hammer to straighten the bent track. Repeat for the second lower roller, if required.
  • Reconnect the arm to the opener’s carriage and reconnect its power source. Test the operation a couple of times.

Caution:

The garage door springs are affixed to the lower mounting bracket. Removing the nuts and/or the bracket is extremely dangerous as it could cause the garage door to fall.

 

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