Do you have a broken or malfunctioning garage door? Are you putting off having it fixed because of cost?
Technicians can be expensive, and most of the money you will spend on one goes toward labor. Fortunately, there is an alternative.
The most important aspect of DIY projects is finding the right garage door replacement parts. With the correct tools and components, you will be well on your way to repairing your garage door and saving a lot of money too. Keep reading to find out how.
Garage Door Basics
If you have ever hung a cabinet or basic door in a home, you know that getting the angle exactly right is imperative. Just a half-inch off and the door will not close or seal properly.
Garage doors are no different. Except that they are much larger, heavier, and require a more robust system of powerful springs, motors, and other components for them to function. Since they come in all shapes and sizes, you must identify the exact replacement part for your garage door system.
Garage doors are heavy and cumbersome. Most of them weigh at least several hundred pounds, and some of them can be more than 1,000. So it is important to follow all safety precautions while working on them.
Couple that with some basic knowledge of replacement processes, and you can tackle any garage door repair.
Garage Door Replacement Parts
In addition to the door itself, the garage door system includes many many different components and mechanisms. Pulleys, cables, and a belt attach the motor to the door to make it move. Mounting hardware runs along the length of your ceiling, the tracks of which suspend and guide the door when it is opening and closing.
A mounted shaft above the garage door holds torsion springs. These contain winding cones that help open and close the door smoothly.
Automatic garage doors use motors, or “operators,” that are suspended from the garage ceiling. All automatic garage doors in the United States must have a built-in safety reverse mechanism to reduce the chances of children, animals, or other objects being trapped underneath. This feature is controlled by sensors that are mounted near the base of the garage door frame and are wired to the operator.
Automatic door openers also have many other electronic components. These include remote controls, keypads, and wall buttons, for operating it. There also are miscellaneous parts, like the emergency release rope and handle, for manually raising and lowering the door.
You can replace all these components on your own, with the right parts and know-how.
Replacing Torsion Springs
Torsion springs are one of the most complicated components to replace on a garage door, and one of the most expensive. A door not closing properly is a good sign that torsion springs are beginning to wear out.
The life of a torsion spring has less to do with age as it does with usage. The number of cycles run on a spring will impact how long it lasts. A good rule-of-thumb is that you will want to replace the springs about every 10,000 cycles. On average, that will be in the ballpark of 10 years but depends, for instance, on if you use your garage as the main daily entryway into your home.
The life of torsion springs also is impacted by how much work they are doing each cycle. For instance, heavy wooden garage doors will take more of a toll on torsion springs than lighter aluminum ones.
Replacing your torsion springs can save a lot of money. But one area where you should not skimp is on quality. Oil-tempered springs are the most common. They are durable and affordable.
You also may consider purchasing torsion springs that come with a two-, four-, or even eight-year warranty.
When replacing torsion springs, it is a good idea to swap out the winding cones as well, regardless of what shape they are in. Remember that there is a limit on how much torsion springs can hoist. Be sure to select the right length winding bar as well.
Note that, due to the tension placed on garage door tension springs, they can be dangerous to replace. Be sure to watch instructional videos and consult a professional before beginning the task.
Replacing Other Garage Door Parts
Many other garage door replacement parts can be swapped out. From the linear trolley that moves the suspension of the door to the many pulleys and parts of the mounting hardware. Bolts, hinges, and rollers are also easy to replace.
With the right tools and knowledge, even parts of the automatic lift system are replaceable. Garage door motors wear out and should be swapped out from time to time. You can often accomplish this while leaving the rest of the mounting structure in place.
Garage door keypads and remotes are pretty simple to replace as well. Even automatic reverse sensors can be swapped out with a little time and patience for recalibrating their lasers.
Get the Right Part to Get the Job Done Right
Finding the right garage door replacement parts can be difficult in itself. Check out our wide selection, which you can filter by category and function.
Also, take a look at our many DIY online videos. They provide step-by-step instructions on how to tackle your garage door maintenance or repair project. We also provide phone and email customer support to walk you through any garage-repair process.
Our professional technicians can point you to the part you need and in the right direction, so you can get your garage door system back functioning again. And you will have the peace of mind knowing that you avoided unnecessary repair technician costs as well.