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Replacing a Trolley Carriage

The picture below is a great example of what an old and work carriage looks like next to a new one. These carriage parts are for a Genie opener. You will know if your carriage needs repair if you hear grinding noises when your garage door is operating. Or if you have a hard time closing or opening your garage door.

This customer’s worn carriage also had a spring replacement around a year ago for normal wear and tear. The installer who did that spring repair installed springs that were too small for this particular garage door. This is a common mistake, but a costly one! Since the springs were too small, the garage door was heavy and caused a lot of wear on the carriage. It took less than a year for it to wear out.

Springs serve an important purpose. They help to carry and balance the weight of the garage door so your garage door lifts properly. When the springs can’t handle the weight, it puts the burden on the opener, which then weighs down the trolley carriage. Once the wear and tear is too bad,the garage door won’t open at all, or will open but not easily.

You can hear the grinding sound in the video below. Keep watching, and you’ll see the difference once we replaced the trolley carriage.

 

 

Steps to Fix the Trolley Carriage

The first thing we did was just replace the trolley carriage itself. We used a brand new carriage, which you can see in the image at the top. It’s an easy and quick fix, and not very expensive. This repair took us less than an hour.

After we did that, we installed the right size springs. We adjusted the tension so the springs will carry the weight of the garage door properly.

 

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Garage Door Spring Repair Projects

Below is a collection of a few spring repair projects we’ve completed lately. Spring repair is one of the most common repairs we perform.

The most common issue is springs that are not the right size to support the weight of the door. This can cause problems, including the opener not functioning properly. It can also shorten the life of your springs and opener.

We generally recommend a dual spring system for all garage doors. This helps your springs function properly. Your entire garage door system will also last longer.

While there is a higher upfront cost with a dual spring system, it’s worth it over the life of your springs. Plus, it helps your door function safely.

Spring Repair #1

Here you can see a broken spring. When we arrived, we upgraded to a 2 spring system. We also reinforced the garage door.

The springs should last longer in a dual spring system. It will support the weight of the door better, and allow the garage door opener to function longer.

Customers tend to be scared to upgrade to a dual spring system at first since it is more expensive upfront. The time you will get out of your system returns your investment.

The harder impact on your garage door opener with 1 spring versus 2 makes a dual spring system more affordable in the long run, since you will get more life out of your opener.

We also installed braces, as you can see in the picture above, to reinforce the garage door. Reinforcing the door helps to prevent cracks.

Spring Repair #2

This house was built by a big builder. These builders generally take the easy and cheap route when building homes. That means that garage doors generally only have 1 heavy duty torsion spring installed. While it saves them money upfront, like we talked about above, it doesn’t give as much life as a dual spring system.

A double size garage door, like the one in this picture, will function better and last longer with a dual spring system. The double springs will also balance the door more effectively. This helps the garage door opener work better.

The spring works by carrying the weight of the door. Doors are heavy! If you think you have a broken spring, or if the spring looks like it does above, or in any of the before pictures in this post, call us! We can check it before it snaps, which can cause damage.

Spring Repair #3

The videos below show a spring that is too small for this garage door. The customer called saying he could only open his garage door part of the way. You can see what we mean in the video:

After troubleshooting for a while, we realized the door is too heavy for the springs, which are too small for the door.

We changed the springs to properly fitting ones, and adjusted the motor. The door is working like new now!

Spring Repair #4

A standard spring repair. Broken spring before…

Newly installed springs, after…

Spring Repair #5

This spring broke in TWO places!

We quickly swapped it out for new springs, and good as new!

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