Garage Door Repair FAQs

Answers to Common Garage Door Repair FAQs

We take for granted that our garage door will function reliably. So when it needs repairs, many of us are at a loss.

Read on for answers to some of the most common questions people ask GDI Garage Door technicians. Prepare yourself for the day your garage door doesn’t open or close as it should.

  • My garage door sometimes won’t open or close. What’s wrong?

Often, a remote control that needs new batteries or reprogramming is the cause of a garage door that won’t open or close. Replace the remote’s batteries first. If that doesn’t fix the problem, look online for instructions on how to reprogram your brand and type of door. You can easily reprogram it yourself. Make sure objects are not blocking the light sensors at the base of the door. If problems persist, have a garage door professional inspect the door and opener.

  • What can I do to keep my door in good repair?

Every six months or so, lubricate the garage door’s moving parts with a silicon spray. From inside of the garage, periodically check the door’s operation. Look for loose hinges, nuts, and bolts. Inspect the springs. A dented or damaged door will not operate smoothly. Consult a garage door technician if you see problems. GDI Garage Doors recommends professional evaluation of your door and opener about once a year.

  • How do I fix dents in my door?

A professional can fix minor dents in a garage door quickly and inexpensively. Don’t put off repairing dents, which may cause the door to vibrate while it operates, stressing the opener mechanism.

  • I notice the torsion spring above the garage door is cracked. I want to save money, so can I fix it myself?

GDI Garage Doors suggests hiring an experienced garage door technician to replace the spring. Large torsion springs are under tension and dangerous to handle. A snapping spring can injure or kill someone unfamiliar with repairing them. Your garage door protects your vehicles and stored items. It’s worth paying to make sure the door works correctly.

  • How do I find a reputable specialist to fix my garage door?

Doing a little homework should help you locate a qualified garage door contractor. Ask neighbors, family, or friends for recommendations. Check websites such as Yelp, Angie’s List or HomeAdvisor for highly rated specialists. If you know the name of the company that manufactured your door, contact them for names of garage door professionals in your area.

  • Every time my garage door opens or closes, I hear it in the house. What can I do make the door operate more quietly?

Lubricate and tighten loose nuts and bolts once in a while. Hiring a knowledgeable garage door contractor to tighten loose hinges and chains or replace worn rollers may help even more. If you wish to take it a step further, consider installing a belt-drive garage door opener or an insulated door for quieter operation.

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GDI Garage Doors provides garage door services for homeowners in Berkeley, El Cerrito, Fairfield, Hercules, Lafayette, Oakland, Vallejo, Pleasanton, and Walnut Creek.

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