Winter Garage Door Problems

You may forget what a luxury your garage door is until you have to park your car outside overnight in the dead of winter. If you’ve ever come out to your car on a bright January morning to find your car under a frozen sheet of snow, you understand the terror it can cause. You’re late for work, skin stinging from icy air, and you realize you’re not going anywhere. How much is this going to cost?

Possibly even worse is realizing that your garage door, the thing that is supposed to protect you from the winter woes, isn’t functioning properly. You rely on your garage door, and may not even think about it. But suddenly when your car is trapped with a malfunctioning door you realize how desperate it can make you.

Possible Garage Door Problems and Solutions

  1. Remote Batteries – you’d be surprised how often this is the reason your garage door isn’t opening. The good news is that it’s an easy fix. Figure out today what kind of batteries your garage door remote uses and keep some on hand. When your garage door refuses to open, try changing the batteries in your remote first before seeking other solutions.
  2. Power Outage – If the power goes out at your home, you simply need to manually lift the door. You do this by disconnecting your garage door from the lift mechanism. This can vary from garage door to garage door, but usually, there is a cord or chain with a red button or handle to pull. This will allow you to lift the door manually to pull your car out. Learn how to do this when there are no problems and then you’ll be ready to do it by flashlight sometime when things are a little messier.
  3. Motor Out – If you have tried to change the batteries to no avail, but you can still easily lift the door manually it means that your motor has gone out. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can fix by yourself. But it is something that is easy to fix with time and the right technician. Give Garage Door Man a call and we can fix it in a jiffy.
  4. Springs or Gunk – If you can’t get your garage door to lift there could be a couple of problems. Broken springs are incredibly dangerous, so please don’t mess with them. Garage door injuries are common and serious and you can avoid them by calling the Garage Door Man first. If your door lifts but gets stuck at certain points it’s probably a gunk or lubrication problem. You can fix this on your own with garage door lubricant and some gloves.

Pre-emptive and preventative maintenance for your garage door can ensure your garage door stays in good working condition–especially in the winter months when freezing temperatures can wear out batteries, motors, and metal tracks. Garage Door Man stands ready to repair, check, or replace your garage door at an affordable price and efficient service. Call today!

   

How To Get Dents Out of Your Garage Door

Garage door dents are very common, unfortunately. Maybe you bumped it with your car, maybe a soccer ball got kicked into it, or maybe someone got bumped into it—no matter the reason, garage door dents aren’t always avoidable.

But the good news is that many dents can be fixed. If the dent is small enough, you can likely fix it yourself with some household items. A dented garage door should be address as the dent can potentially worsen and lead to other problems for the function of your garage door.

Not only that, but a dent can be a bit of an eye sore. Your dent problems can be gone within minutes with just a few simple steps.

The Foil, Flame, and Air Method

For this DIY method, you’ll need tin foil, a lighter, and an air can. The method here will allow you to drastically change the temperature of dented metal to help it repair itself and return to it being part of a smooth garage door.

  • Wash the dented area with dish soap and water. Allow it to dry before continuing.
  • Use tin foil to cover the dent. Hold the foil flat over the dented area as close to the door as possible.
  • With a lighter, more a flame back and forth over the dented around for about a minute. Use a consistent motion. Remove the foil and spray the dented area with an air can for at least 30 seconds. While spraying, hold the can upside down.

Hit it Out

Your dent may be reversible simply by hitting it out. If you have a wood block, a mallet, and some sand paper, you can try the hit it out method. With this method, you will actually hit the dent back, and flatten it out into its former state. When this has been done, you may have to paint the dented area to blend it in.

  • Wash the dented area with dish soap and water. Allow the area to dry completely before continuing.
  • Place a wood block over the dent and hit it lightly with a mallet. Repeat until the dent it evened out.
  • Sand the area to make it completely evened out.
  • Apply primer, let it dry.
  • Paint over the dented area to blend it in.  

Replace a Panel

Not all dents will be completely repairable. It is likely, if you dent is more than a few inches in size, you’ll need to replace a panel. If this is the case, your garage door is likely off balance. An unbalanced door can lead to a worn out opener, and door getting off track, and other problems. Contact a professional to repair this dent or replace the panel to avoid further problems from occurring. If the dent is significant, you may need to replace the entire door. Contact Garage Door Man for the best options for your garage door needs.

   

To-Do List for Organizing Your Garage

Set Aside a Weekend Dedicated to Organizing

People tend to underestimate how long organizing an entire garage will take. To thoroughly organize an entire garage, plan on setting aside two full days. The best course of action may be to take a weekend. If it takes you less time, great! But if not, you’ll have that time set aside anyway.

Create Categories

All of the gear in your garage fits into a category—sports equipment, gardening tools, seasonal décor, automotive supplies, camping gear, trash, etc. Determine your categories and designate a place for each category. Before you invest in storage bins and shelving for categories, organize your items into these categories. You may be getting rid of things and need less space than you think.

Group Garage Contents

Start placing your items into piles in determined categories. You will like rediscover items that you forgot you had. It may be a good idea to have small containers to group together loose screws, nails, and other small knick-knacks you find.

Get Rid of Things

Trash or donate items that you don’t used. A good rule of thumb—have you used it in the last year? If not, get rid of it. Part of keeping your garage organized means avoiding clutter, if you don’t use it, lose it!

Clean Garage

While your garage is all cleared out, take the chance to do a little cleaning. Sweep out the areas that aren’t usually empty. Wipe down the walls. May even mop the floor! When was the last time you did that? It’s much easier (and more effective) to clean a garage that has been cleared out. An organized garage will be more satisfying if it is also clean.

Plan an Organized Layout

With an empty garage in front of you, visualize how you’d like your space organized. Design a quick layout. Put the items you use the most well with in reach. Whereas season items can likely go on a higher shelf. Once you’ve determined your desired layout, you can invest in shelving units, storage bins, and other organizational tools.

Install Shelving, Cabinets, and Other Organizational Tools

Install these things first and then worry about filling them. Use your wall space wisely. Storing smartly can save your room and give you more floor space in your garage. The vertical space in your garage can be covered with mounted pegboards, wired grids, or mounted shelves to hold your gear and equipment, keeping it off your floor but still within reach and easy access.

Put Items Away

Go from category to category and relocate items into their designated places. Putting this away in an organized manner will help you to keep your garage well maintained. Don’t undo the work you’ve already done by dumping items.

Repeat Regularly

Garages have a tendency to get disorganized quickly. Set aside a time to reorganize your garage once a year (or more regularly) to keep it clean, organized, and beneficial to you.

10 Ways To Preserve The Life Of Your Garage Door

A garage door is a big investment that should last you a long time. But some of that is up to you. Most people don’t think to check up on their garage door unless something is wrong. You can prevent potential damage and keep things running smoothly for years to come with a few of these tips.

1. Tighten loose bolts and nuts.

Though it can be a daunting task, tightening all loose bits in your garage door will keep it running smoothly and help you to avoid potential damage.

2. Clean the tracks.

Your door can’t run smoothly if the tracks aren’t clean. Cleaning out any debris and keep those tracks clean will help your garage door on track for longer. When the track is clogged up, your door can get off track and not only struggle to open and close but can also be damaged.

3. Use garage door lubricant.

Putting garage door lubricant on parts of the garage door that move regularly will keep things running smoothly. Oil up the hinges on your door, the rollers, and any other part that could get backed up. Doing this regularly will prevent these parts from working harder than they need to and keep them lasting longer. This is a simple way to ensure a smooth ride.

4. Check the balance.

You should be checking the balance on your garage door annually. Improper balance can impact the functionality of your garage door. To check the balance, lift the garage good about two feet off the ground, then step back and see if the door begins to close on its own. If it is out of balance, it will close. An unbalanced garage door should be inspected by a professional.

5. Keep it clean.

Cleaning off the front of your garage door will also prolong its life. When something is kept clean and well maintained, it lasts longer. It will also help prevent anything from clogged up the hinges or damaging the doors.

6. Check the safety sensors.

Checking the safety sensors will ensure your own safety as well as help prolong the life of your garage door. Close your garage door while holding your hold in front of your sensor, see if it detects you.

7. Clean the rollers.

The rollers can easily catch debris and have trouble running smoothly on track. Clean and lubricate them regularly to avoid this problem.

8. Have maintenance inspections performed

One sure fire way to prolong the life of your garage door is to have it checked by a professional annually. Detect problems before they become problems.

9. Choose a high-quality garage door.

For a long-lasting garage door, you’ll want to start with a high-quality one. Certain materials have better longevity than others. Choose wisely from the get-go to ensure a longer lasting door.

10. Check weather stripping.

Replace any cracked or missing weather stripping. Check it regularly to keep your door protected.

If your garage door needs some preventative maintenance or some emergency services, contact us today!

 

The Importance of a Reliable Garage Door Opener

Safety and Security

A reliable garage door opener will help to keep your garage and your house more secure. Electric garage doors are very hard to penetrate, and a reliable opener will keep your door secure at all times. Certain setups will even close your door automatically if you have forgotten. You can also have electric openers that will inform you when your door has been opened. You can have a little more peace of mind wherever you are with that information at your fingertips. An unreliable opener may open your door at any time or fail to close it when it needs to be protected. A reliable open could mean safety for your entire home.

Automatic garage doors and their openers don’t just offer security from intruders, but a sense of safety when dealing with opening and closing as well. Accidents occur every year with garage doors fall and crashing. Garage doors are extremely heavy, and they can do a lot of damage. A reliable opener will help you to avoid injury and accident with a faulty garage door. It could close on your car, or even you if it’s unreliable, leading to catastrophe. Have more peace of mind with a reliable set up in your garage.

Convenience

The convenience of an automatic garage door opener is indisputable. These gadgets make getting in and out of your garage a cinch with just the press of a button. All you need to do is lift a finger. With an unreliable opener, you may be stuck with your car in the garage, unable to get it to open, even manually. Or maybe your door is stuck with your car on the outside, leaving you car exposure to weather and burglary overnight instead of leaving it in the safety of your garage. An unreliable opener can defeat the purpose of having a garage and an opener!

Energy Efficiency

Contrary to popular belief, automatic garage doors do not use much energy—especially an efficient one. They really only use energy during the 10-15 seconds it takes to open or close a garage, otherwise, they are not using any. This energy is wasted when your opener is going haywire, opening and closing at will, it will use more energy, run up those electrical bills, and be more damaging to the environment.

Protection from Weather

With an automatic opener, there is no need to get out of your car to open your garage door. You’ll be thankful for the protection when it’s pouring rain and you can just press a button to get into your garage, instead of needing to venture out into the wet and cold weather. A garage door opener that isn’t reliable may leave you out in the rain or snow at the most inconvenient times. But really, is there even a convenient time to be exposed to cold weather? Better to just avoid it in the warmth of your heated car.