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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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Assessing Garage Door Noises and Resolutions 

Garage doors are designed with many working components and all of them have the potential to cause strange noises. The noise is not necessarily indicative of a serious problem; however, with garage doors it is better to treat it as if it were to be safe. It is all together possible that it could result in a major accident. It is always better to be safe than sorry especially when it concerns family members.

Certain noise causing issues are very simple to correct and just about any do it yourselfer will have no problems implementing the resolution. Others may be somewhat more serious and require consulting a garage door tech. The first step is to try to determine the source of the sound.

Noisy by Nature

The type of garage door that you had installed could be the cause of the commotion. Certain types of doors are designed to be quieter than the rest. Others are just plain noisy by nature. The three basic types of garage door openers are belt, screw, and chain drive. Chain drive are by far the absolute noisiest; however, many home owners prefer them because they also offer many benefits.

Chain drive opener is extremely durable and stand up well in harsh weather environments. There are also very affordably priced. Noisy chain drive openers may be quieted some by lubricating all of the moving mechanisms. While it will dampen it, this will not eliminate the noise completely. Screw drive openers are moderately noisy which can intensify with the years. Home owners prefer belt drive openers because they are the quietest option.

Imbalance

An unbalanced garage door will produce a certain amount of noise. This condition is extremely hard on your garage door. It may cause it to malfunction permanently, if left unattended. Pull the emergency cord to manually operate the door. Lift your garage door to the midpoint of its path. A balanced garage door will remain in place, while one which is unbalanced may fall rapidly.

Hinges & Springs

Hinges and springs alike will produce annoying sounds, if damaged. Worn springs present a garage hazard. In the event that the springs snaps, it could injury someone or kill them. Home owners who discover broken springs should seek professional consult before replacing the springs.

Faulty hinges can also produce quite a racket. Applying lubrication to the hinges generally corrects squeaky issue. Hinges that make a grinding noise may actually need to be replaced. The sprockets and gears within the chain drive opener may be faulty. Contact a garage door specialist or ensure that the power source for the unit has been disconnected before attempting any resolution.

Pulleys & Bearings

Bearings make a ruckus when they become worn and the best fix may be replacing the bearings or the pulley. Replacing the bearings is not a layman’s project. It is best to ask a garage door repair company about this issue. Bent spring coils can be rather noisy and it is important to replace all of the springs at once. Metal rollers can be bothersome as well and replacing them with those made of nylon should rectify this noise.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repair is extremely familiar with all of the possible causes of noises from your door. We would be happy to visit you and inspect yours to determine the exact causes. We offer a wide range of comprehensive professional garage door services. Call us any time to seek emergency garage door history.

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Quieting a Noisy Garage Door

One of the most common complaints that homeowners have is that their garage door makes too much noise. There are several items to consider, if the garage door noise has increased. It is important to first determine the cause because it may be a warning that something more serious.
Many of the causes of the increased noise are rather simple to fix, especially for experienced DIYers. Of course many times it is not the knowledge, but time that prevents them from completing these tasks. All of the things are very good reasons to call a garage door specialist to ask for advice.

Dampen Noises

Components to inspect for the cause of the noise include loose hardware, lack of lubrication, worn out rollers, and faulty door opener anti-vibration pads. All of these things may be rectified by anyone handy around the house. Below is a comprehensive list of inspect items to determine the issue.
• Garage door hardware loosens with use and can create a great deal of noise during operation. Use a socket or traditional wrench to systematically tighten all of the hardware.
• The second cause may be that they are so worn that they have begun to squeak when they move. A quality lubricant may do the trick, if the rollers are still in good shape. Non-silicone lube is best for metal rollers; however, if they are nylon, lubricate the bearings only and do not use any lubricant for nylon rollers.

Note: WD-40 is not a lubricant, but a powerful cleaner. Never lubricate the tracks with anything. This may cause the garage door to become unbalanced due to slippage. It may be wise to consult a professional for the lubrication or replacement process.

• Springs which are in need of lubrication tend to make a great deal of racket. A metal lubricant or motor oil may be used for them. Home owners should be aware that while this is a simple task, it is also extremely hazardous. Due to intense pressure it may result in injury to persons, death, or damage to personal property. Call a garage door tech for safety.
• Move garage door hinges from side to side to inspect for damage and wear. If these are worn, they will need replacement. If the hinges are not worn, they may simply need lubrication.
• Inspect the tension on the trolley apparatus to determine if it is loose as well as whether it is a belt drive or chain drive system. A metal lube may be used for a chain drive system. A belt drive system should never be lubed or greased. Check the garage door and opener instruction manuals for exact directions. In the event that the manuals have been lost, they most likely can be downloaded for free from the respective websites.
• Note that many types of concrete garages are noisy in general even when functioning properly. The concrete amplifies the noise from the garage door operation. It may be possible to insult the garage door supports to dampen the noise.

Let Us Get Started

Our professional garage door crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door consists of highly trained specialists. Contact us for any questions or concerns and we will be more than happy to address them. We can take care of all of your garage door needs whether you simply have no time, no knowledge, or do not have the proper tools for your project.

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Top Five Signs Your Garage Door Needs Maintenance Work

shutterstock_85743676The garage door is one of the most expensive parts of a house and yet, it’s also one of the most neglected. A homeowner usually deals with their garage doors when it’s already too late and the repair already involves several hundreds of dollars—if the door can be salvaged at all. Imagine amounts of money going as much as almost two thousand dollars down the drain because of negligence!

This is the reason why it is important to know the telltale signs of a garage door that already needs some much needed repair work before the garage door gives way and needs to be replaced.

Here are some signs to be vigilant about when it comes to caring for one’s garage door:

Leaks during cold and wet seasons 

Does your garage turn into a swimming pool when the rains come around or a winter wonderland once the snow season arrive? This simply means that there are leaks inside due to a garage door that is not properly aligned.

Because of this, there are gaps between the door and its hinges which lead to water and snow coming in. This should be resolved immediately as it will become the cause of bigger problems later on, not to mention the damage that it will affect the quality of your stuff inside the garage.

Higher electricity bills 

One of the biggest signs of a faulty garage door is your electricity bill. Due to the gaps, heat or cold may seep out, leading the need for higher or lower temperatures on your thermostat or your air conditioner.

Noise when opening or closing the garage door

Great working garage doors are not noisy at all. The reason for this may be with the springs or the opener. One of the causes of the noise may also be the presence of rust which is much harder to solve in the long run. Rust also happens when the paint starts to crack and some parts of the door are exposed inadvertently to the elements.

Slower or faster garage door operation

What used to be a fast closing garage door or what used to be stopped mid-closing is a garage door that is already encountering problems with alignment. It can also be because the tracks are already filthy and are in need of professional cleaning services.

Aside from that, the rollers may also be in need of proper and ample lubrication.

The remote control is no longer working

The garage door and its remote control are made to work perfectly with each other. However, when the garage door stops responding to the control intuitively, there is already something wrong with the workings of that door.

Presence of dents or other hits 

As a door that’s very much exposed to the elements and other human errors, it can experience a lot of accidents. In general, once it is hit or has a dent, it should be fixed immediately as it affects the mechanical integrity of the material.

Smart homeowners know better than to ignore these signs before a need for a bigger investment is needed to purchase another garage door.

 

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How to Cure a Noisy Garage Door

New two-storied beige stone cottage with garage in front of it.Does your garage door make a racket when you open and close it? If so, you can probably cure it yourself and have it opening and closing quiet as you like within an hour. Follow this simple, step-by-step guide to find the source of noise and put an end to it.

Tools and Materials

Naturally you will need a few tools and materials. If you choose not to buy all the materials up-front, the job might take a bit more than an hour. Just add the amount of time you think you’ll need to rush to the hardware store. Here’s the list:

Tools: Socket set, assorted screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, wrench set, stepladder.

Materials: Replacement hinges, nylon rollers, garage door lube.

5 Steps to a Quiet Garage Door

1) Tighten all the nuts and bolts on the garage door and the track hardware. Use a socket and ratchet for this and be careful: Over-tightening can strip the bolt threads or pull the bolt heads through the door skin.

2) Check all the garage door rollers for wear and identify any that need replacement.

3) Replace the rollers one at a time. To do so, unbolt the hinge and tilt the roller out of the track in which it runs. While the hinge is off, check it for wear. Metal filings or gray dust around the hinge pin are sure signs of wear. If you see an oblong shaped hole where the tubular hinge pin and the hinge bracket mate, you should definitely replace the hinge. Replace the worn roller with a new nylon one and then re-install the hinge or fit a new replacement.

Warning – If your garage door is mounted on torsion springs (most of them are), do not try and replace the rollers on the bottom-most hinge brackets. These are under tension and can seriously injure you if you unbolt them. Call in the professionals if the bottom rollers need changing.

4) If your garage door has an automatic opener with a chain mechanism, check the chain for tightness. A loose chain creates a lot of noise. If the chain is loose, follow the opener manufacturer’s manual for the correct way to tighten the chain.

4.1) If you have an opener with a track drive, use some grease to lubricate the track. Squeeze a large amount of grease onto your hand (wear gloves), then wipe it onto the track. Operate the opener a number of times to spread the grease onto the trolley and along the track.

4.2) If you have a screw-drive garage door opener, grease the threads of the screw thoroughly.

5) Use the garage door lube to spray the springs, hinges and roller bearings. Also spray any other pivot points on the door or opener. Remember to repeat this lubrication every six months to keep your door running smoothly and quietly.

Your garage door should now open and close quietly. Remember to call in a garage door technician if you need the bottom rollers or hinges replacing.

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