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Garage Door Repair in 4 Steps

Before calling a professional garage door repair company, you can always try to troubleshoot and repair a garage door problem. If your garage door isn’t moving along the tracks correctly, or at all, you might be able to fix the problem yourself!

Follow the steps below to repair your garage door. You can always give us a call if you need some help!

Step 1: Inspect your tracks.

Inspecting your tracks is something you should do once a month anyway as part of good garage door maintenance practice. But if things aren’t working right, this is a good place to start. Inspect the tracks for bumps, debris, or any dents. Remove anything in the way of the tracks. You can try to adjust any of the track areas that aren’t smooth.

If you have any dents, a rubber mallet works well to pound those out. If this isn’t enough to straighten them out, you probably need new tracks and should call a professional.

Step 2: Clean your tracks.

Once you have inspected your tracks and cleared any debris and pounded out any dents, next is cleaning them. If you have a sticky residue on the tracks, this can make the opening and closing of your door hard.

The best way to clean your tracks is with a cloth and some water and mild cleaner. Make sure to dry the tracks well with a clean, dry cloth when you’re done.

Step 3: Check your alignment.

If your tracks are good, the next step is to check the alignment of your doors. Vertical tracks should be level, so grab your level and check it out!

Horizontal tracks should be slightly slanted toward the back of the garage. If your tracks aren’t level, you can use that rubber mallet to tap them back into place.

Be careful when tapping them though, so you don’t make them more un-level.

You should also check the mounting brackets and your track alignment after you adjust them. If the tracks still aren’t level, it’s probably time to contact a professional.

Step 4: Check your hardware!

Another easy fix for a broken garage door is checking the hardware: hinges, screws, and the plates where your springs are mounted. You want to make sure all the hardware is tight.

If you are adjusting the plates around the springs, make sure you are careful. If your garage door has only 1 torsion spring instead of 2, be even more careful. The tension on your garage door springs is very powerful and can cause injury if they break.

 

If your garage door still isn’t working correctly after these 4 steps, then it’s time to call a professional.

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Garage Door Repair: Off-Track Door

off-track garage door

Off-Track Garage Door in Houston, Texas

A common garage door issue is a garage door that jumps the track. It is very important that if this happens, you stop using your garage door immediately and call a professional.

If the door continues to operate while it’s off-track, you can do further damage to the door, and increase the cost of the repair.

If you catch the off-track problem ASAP and you are a handy person, it’s possible to fix the issue yourself. Sometimes it’s as simple as popping the rollers back into place, and then putting the door back on track.

If that already sounds too complicated, call us today – 281-557-6351.

Getting your off-track garage door back on track!

  1. Find the handle and rope that hangs from the midpoint of your garage door track. Make sure the garage door is closed. Then disconnect the opener from the garage door. You can do this by pulling the handle.
  2. Raise the garage door a little until the rollers align with the area near where the door is off-track. Then, use a clamp, pliers or a pair of vice grips that lock to secure the door. You can put them on the track under the lower portion of the garage door.
  3. Once that’s done, use another pair or clamps or pliers to open the track. Pick an area close to where the rollers jumped off-track. If the track is wide enough, you might be able to direct the roller wheels back onto the track.
  4. Now, close the opening using a piece of wood or a hammer. You can place this against the outer edge like a buffer. Or just tap gently on the track to straighten it. You can tap with a hammer, or a rubber mallet. A rubber or wooden mallet won’t cause much damage, like a hammer would.
  5. Once that’s complete, remove the clamps or pliers and close the door completely. Now you can press the button on your garage door opener remote to confirm it’s closed completely. While you’re doing this, the opener will snag on the garage door. Then it will snap the release apparatus into the correct position.

Your garage door and garage door opener should now function properly!

Make sure you test your garage door several times to make sure it’s working the way it should. Watch and make sure the garage door continues to open and close fully, and note any problems you might find. Problems include a place where the rollers are catching or dragging. You might have to straighten the track in those areas.

 

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Garage Door Accident: I hit my garage door with my car!

We got a call from a customer who was having a bit of a problem. It seems she drove into her garage door on accident. Reverse vs forward can be tricky sometimes!

When we drove up, this beautiful door awaited us:

garage door accident

After inspecting the damage and the situation of her doors in general (she has a 1 car garage door next to the 2 car garage door that is broken), we decided to replace her doors. There were some cracks in her 1 car garage door. Plus the amount of labor required to fix her broken door was a big factor.

Ultimately choosing to replace both doors meant she got an upgrade, and it was honestly the most cost effective and logical solution.

Our customer chose to go with UDT short panel 25 gauge garage doors. The plus side is these doors aren’t custom garage doors, so we were able to go pick up both doors that day and install them!

Repair Process

The first step in getting her new doors installed, was removing the old doors.

For the damaged door, we had to take safety measures to ensure we removed it safely. The springs were still loaded on the door, so we put the door back on it’s tracks so we could remove the springs and door safely.

We found some rotted wood in the frame of the garage door opening, so we took care of that by removing the rotten wood and repairing the damaged area.

The next step was installing and anchoring a new seal plate and framing out the new opening to fit the UDT doors she chose. We replaced the tracks and then we were ready to install the new doors! Check them out!

garage door accident

Once the new doors were installed we got to work finishing the project! We installed the trim and a vapor barrier. Then we installed wire to reinforce the stucco. We then were able to re-stucco the wall around the garage door, and then paint to match the exterior of the house.

The UDT doors that our customer chose are a solid choice. Considering she had cracks in her old door, these doors are perfect. They come with a lifetime cracks and rust warranty. These doors are much more durable than the ones she had before. They might not survive another car crashing into them! But they will definitely stand up better to repeated wear and tear.

 

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Replacing Wooden Garage Door Project

Our latest project involved totally tearing down this existing garage door and installing a brand new one + an opener.

The owner wanted to actually use his garage door to park his car. A garage door that opens with the a push of the button was, of course, pretty necessary to achieve his goal.

The project was a big one because the existing doors were wood, and rotten in many places. We had to completely remove the door and the rotted areas before re-framing the opening.

The homeowner also wanted to access the garage with a regular walk through door, so we took that into consideration when we framed out the opening, and chose a door size.

With the doors framed out and the walk through door installed, the next step was installing the new door and then installing a new opener to make it work!

The also added insulation to this door to keep the garage regulated and comfortable.

The opener we went with was a LiftMaster 8550W. We install this opener quite often as it’s a solid choice. Affordable, great security features and WiFi abilities, so you can open and control your doors with a smartphone or tablet.

The project was a huge success. It not only looks way better with brand new doors and a coat of fresh paint but those rotted wood doors and other problems with the garage structure itself were resolved.

Now the homeowner can happily enjoy this new garage, park his car out of the elements, and control it all from his phone!

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Help! My Garage Door Only Opens Halfway!

We recently had a client with a very annoying problem. Every time he went to open his garage door, it would open part way but then immediately close again. Frustrating! You can see what we mean below:

When we got to his house, we started trouble shooting possible problems to understand why this was happening. We eventually landed on the problem: the door is too heavy for the opener to properly open the door all the way.

Upon further inspection, the reason the door is too heavy is because the torsion springs installed on the door are too small for this particular door. Properly fitting springs is a major safety feature and component to a properly functioning garage door.

As you can see below, once we switched out the old torsion spring to a new dual spring system, we adjusted the motor and the door is able to open and close safely.

We generally recommend to all customers that they install a dual spring system. Ensuring your springs fit properly is one important factor to the safe operation of your garage door. But a dual spring system goes a long way in extending the life of your springs and your garage door opener.

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Garage Door Repair & Replacement Parts

Many home owners opt to complete garage door repairs themselves. For those who have the time and experience, these types of projects work out well. There are times when individuals have the required knowledge and experience; however, they are short on time. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be thrilled to complete your project for you as well as help you sift through your many choices of garage door replacement parts.

Dangerous Complexities

Some garage doors repairs are pretty basic, while others are a bit more complex. There are a couple that are actually very dangerous. Whether danger is involved or not, it is important that a trained tech complete repairs, especially, if they involved the installation of replacement parts.

Garage door springs and cables are repairs which are considered dangerous. There is a grave amount of potential destruction even, if the individual has experience. Those who have none are putting their life and limbs on the line. Keep in mind that sets of springs should always be replaced as sets. This is whether more than one of them are broken or not. Contact our team at Perfect Solutions now to inquire

Broken garage door spring

Broken garage door spring replacement

about replacement part deals available on the market now.

Springs are in place to balance the extreme amount of weight of the garage door. If the spring snap and the door suddenly drop, it could injure or kill anyone in the way. It could also result in property damage and extensive repair costs as well. Garage door safety cables are another hazardous repair. Cables are there to protect you, your loved ones, and your property. Cable and spring repair or replacement must be done as soon as possible to prevent injury and further damage.

Basic Replacement Parts

There are a number of other basic things that can go wrong. These are not severely dangerous; however, they can be tedious and time consuming. Accidents happen regardless of how hard you try to prevent them. One result of garage accidents is bending your track.

A bent track can cause the noise level of operation to increase or possible prevent you from being able to open it at all. In many cases the track can be bent back into shape fairly easily. If you need to replace your track, call Perfect Solutions for the best at the smallest cost.

Basic Maintenance

Other basic repairs involve closing limits and safety beams. These can generally be adjusted by the average DIY home owner, but again, this depends on time constraints. Garage door maintenance can also be a simple DIY project. It requires a bit of know-how and time to complete it right. Maintenance is important to extend the function and life of your garage door. This is generally a clean and lube project; however, upon inspection, you might run into more complicated issues or need to replacement parts for the hardware components.

We encourage you to call our crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door today for any of your family’s needs. Remember to call on us in the event that you have a garage door emergency. Our emergency services are available day or night, any time of year.

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Garage Door Replacement Panels

Accidents happen from time to time and in some case damage occurs. It seems that garage doors receive more abuse than any other element of a home. While a garage door is a sound investment, it is nothing to sneeze at. It can be costly especially if you do not know where to find supplies at reasonable prices.

One of the most common replacement parts sought are garage door panels. Perfect Solutions Garage Door is here for you when you need assistance locating one or multiple panels.

Garage Door Replacement Panels

The panels of your garage door are an integral part of the safety it provides as we

Damaged panel replacement before & after

Damaged panel replacement before & after

ll as the portion everyone in the neighborhood sees. Home owners often become frustrated when one of their panels is damaged because they believe that the entire door must be replaced. It can also be stressful when you call upon a tech who tries to sell you something that you do not actually need.

In many cases, a single panel may be replaced. It is greatly dependent upon the extent of the damage that your garage door has suffered. There is generally not a need to purchase and install a whole new door. Our professionals at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can come out and inspect yours to determine exactly what is in order to get it functioning as well as looking like new again.

Your Safety, Our Priority

Our number one priorities are your satisfaction and your family’s safety. Once we inspect your garage door, we will present you with your available options and their respective costs. If it only requires one replacement panel, we will only suggest the one. You never have to worry about our techs trying to sell you something that your family does not need.

Our team is 100% professional and completely dedicated to our clients. We will find the highest quality products and the lowest cost to present to you. We never dawdle so your garage door will be up and running again in no time. Our team will complete your project in the timeliest manner possible and clean up our mess before we leave.

In the event that all of your panels require replacing, we are highly trained in all garage door areas. We can even install an entirely different door in case you are up for a change. We will also be happy to present you with the many high tech garage door openers available on today’s market and install that as well.

Emergency Rescue

Always remember that Perfect Solutions Garage Door is always here for all of your emergencies as well. You can call on us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and even on holidays for emergency repairs. We understand how busy family life can be. We are all family here and can turn your life right side up again.

Give our team a call for simple or complex jobs. Contact us to help find your garage door replacement panels as well as install them. We are also available to perform routine maintenance on your door to keep in it shape for years to come.

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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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Install Garage Door Replacement Windows

There are numerous options for garage door windows. These choices range from plain and simple to intricate and elegant. You have choices for glass, tint, and you can even opt for Plexiglas. Perfect Solutions Garage Door is available to help you find the highest level of quality windows at the absolute best prices available anywhere on the market.

Some garage door window replacement projects require the entire frame unit to be replaced. Other styles only need the insert to be switched. To ensure that you purchase the correct garage door replacement windows for your means a bit of investigation. You will need to know the proper size, its configuration, and which company manufactured the door.

Insert Garage Door Window Replacement

Install Garage Door Replacement Windows

Frames and Garage Door Replacement Windows

You must first remove all of the screws from the face of the fame. Put the screws in a safe place so you do not lose them. You may need to ask for someone to push the frame from the other side and allow you to remove it.

Put the new frame and window on top of some thin wooden strips or a section of plywood. Make sure that the outside of your frame, which is the wider one, is facing up.  Lay the template that was included on top of the window and line the guide marks up with matching frame edges. Use small pieces of masking tape to secure the frame.

Ready your drill using a 1/8th inch bit. Carefully drill your holes in the frame at the corresponding marks of the guide template. Ensure that the widest sides of your frame are facing out. Install your frame and window into the opening with the rubber seals of the edges facing inward. You will need the screws you saved to attach the frame in place.

Insert Garage Door Window Replacement

Use a putty knife to straighten the little tabs which hold the Plexiglas or glass insert edges. If it features wood stops instead, pry them carefully from the opening’s edges with the tip end of a wood chisel. Put the stops in a safe place for later.

You should wear protective work gloves for safety while using a utility knife to cut the caulk beads around the opening’s edges. Use the tip end of your wood chisel to remove all of the residual caulk from the opening.

You will need to run a uniform bead of all-weather caulk around the opening’s edges. Gently push the new panel in place. Bend the little metal tabs back against the panel’s face using your hand. In the case of wood stops, it will be necessary to run an additional bead of your caulk around the outer edges of the opening. Reinstall your stops to their original positions by hand.

Required Items

  • Masking Tape
  • Thin Wooden Strips or Plywood
  • Screwdriver
  • 1/8th Inch Drill Bit
  • Drill – Cordless or Power
  • All-Weather Caulk
  • Caulk Gun
  • Work gloves
  • Wood Chisel
  • Putty knife

Installation Tips:

  1. Certain frames do not feature a rubber seal on the inside edges. Run a bead of caulk along the edges prior to installing it into the opening.
  2. Snap-In garage door replacement windows are extremely simple to install. Pop the old window frame out using your putty knife. Push the new frame in by hand until you hear it snap into position.

Caution: Never use your bare hands with broken glass.

 

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Automatic Garage Door Opener Runs but Door Doesn’t Move

One garage door malfunction that is very frustrating is when it will not open. Home owners say that they can hear the motor running, but the opener simply will not operate the door. There are a number of possible causes. It is best to troubleshoot the issue to determine the appropriate solution. This will require a bit of time, but it is pretty simple to accomplish. Busy professionals and families should consider calling in a specialist, if they cannot spare the time.

Emergency Release

The first step is to locate the emergency release and disengage it, do it only if the garage door is completely closed. Detach the opener by pulling the emergency handle downward. The next step is to attempt to open your garage door manually. This will determine if the issue is connected to the door itself or the opener.

If you are able to raise your garage door easily, it is not the problem. This indicates that something in the opener system has malfunctioned. A professional garage door technician will be able to tell you whether it is best to replace the opener or repair the old one.

Rule Out the Opener

The most common opener malfunction is related to an issue with the sprocket or possibly a gear has been stripped. A certified garage door specialist will be able to help you find the best deal on a new opener system with the latest technology. On the other hand, if it is difficult to manually lift your garage door, it may be an issue with the door itself.

  • Check to determine whether the garage door is locked or not. Believe it or not, people panic and become frazzled without realizing that the fix is this simple.
  • Inspect the area around the garage door as well as along the sides and in its track. It is possible that something has fallen into the track. This too is a really simple fix that is often overlooked.
  • Check the garage door springs to see, if they have broken. For double torsion springs, examine the area between both springs for significant gaps.
  • Check to see if anything has loosened and become hung in the springs, if they are located at either end of the garage door. Always call an expert garage door tech to replace your springs. This is an extremely hazardous project.

Other common causes are pulleys which have become jammed and cables that have snapped. Examine the pulley looking for anything that is bent no matter how minute. Inspect your safety cables to ensure that no part of them has fallen down and appears to be dangling. Call a garage door pro, if you are not familiar with repairs in these areas.

Tip: If the emergency release was previously disengaged be sure to reconnect it. Align both trolleys together and it will snap back into place automatically.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repairs  is proud to offer our services to you and your family. We welcome you inquiries and are available to inspect your garage door in order to provide you with the absolute best deal possible. Our team has experience installing, repairing, and performing maintenance on all types of garage doors. Call on us anytime for your dire emergencies 24 hours each day, 7 days each week.

 

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