The Garage Door Check List Every Homeowner Should Have

 

As a homeowner, you are learning quickly that consistent maintenance is required to keep your home up and running. One of the greatest ways to cut down these costs in the future is prevention.
Garage Doors would be great if we could just install them and forget about them. In reality they are not, and if you don’t take care of routine maintenance on your door you will be spending more in the long run. Luckily, you don’t need to be a garage door technician to make sure you are taking the necessary steps toward making things run smoothly. While garage doors and openers are technically one entire system, you need to keep in mind that they are separate and contain many moving parts.

With this home garage door checklist, you can keep on top of problems before they happen, saving you both time and money. These checks are recommended at least twice per year, but many find that being on the constant lookout for problems and running through the checklist periodically can be beneficial.

Visual Inspection:Garage Door Maintenance Checklist

To Do This:

  • Stand inside your garage with the garage door closed. Starting in one corner visually look at your door staring at one corner and going down, repeat this process as you move across your door.
  • Look for cracks in the surface of the door, especially around the hinges.
  • Inspect the rollers. Place a finger on the wheel of each roller and try to rock the roller wheel back and forth for looseness. If they are loose, they need replacing.
  • Look at the cables and make sure they are not frayed or twisted.
  • Look at where the opener “J” arm attaches to the door. Make sure it is not starting to pull off. If you have a metal door, there should a special bracket called an “Operator Bracket”, attached to the door and the opener “J” arm attached to this special bracket.
  • Stand in the middle of the garage door and grab the door and move it front to back and side to side. There should be slight movement each way.
  • Open the garage door half way and look at the rubber seal located along the bottom of the garage door. It should move and be pliable and no cracks or missing sections.
  • Close the door and pull the red cord to disconnect the opener. Lift the door to waist height. The door should be easy to lift. With the door at waist height, let go of the door. It should remain there or slowly drop to the floor.
  • Open the door all the way up and let go. It should remain open.

Operate the Opener:

This will require simple testing to see if the systems are working correctly.

To Do This:

  • Run the garage door open and close 2 or 3 times. There should be no loud squeaks or pops.
  • Test the safety eyes. This can be done by closing the door and place your foot in way of the safety eyes. The door should stop and reverse to open.
  • Close the door and as the door is closing, grab the bottom of the garage door and try to stop it until it reverses. it should give about 15 – 20 pounds of push before reversing.
  • This can be a good time to replace the batteries in your remote controls.

The great thing about these tests is that you can do them yourself! If the task seems a bit daunting we will send a professional to check for any problems. Call 770-720-7828 for more information to book an appointment or visit our web site at www.covenantgaragedoors.com

 

Garage Door Maintenance Keeps Your Garage Door Running

In a nut shell: most garage door maintenance problems can be avoided with the home owner performing simple lubrication.

When I repair a garage door, I always include an annual service and tune up on the garage door and opener. Almost in every one of these, a lot of the issues with a garage door and opener is due to the lack of the door being lubricated. Garage doors are made up of many moving metal parts, metal parts that roll against each other as the door moves up and down, and as with any moving part there is friction. And when friction is caused, lubrication has to be applied.

Garage Door Maintenance Silicone Spray

Home owners can minimize garage door wear by applying a silicone or teflon lubricant to the moving parts of the door at least twice per year. How to do this? Simply, with the garage door closed, spray the lubricant to the rollers and roller hinges and inside the track from top to bottom, them move across the door lubricating the hinges from top to bottom, the move to the other side of the door and again lubricate the rollers and roller hinges and inside the track from top to bottom. As you perform this step of lubricating the complete door, do mot be afraid to use a lot of lubricant. Next, operate the door up and down a few times to allow the lubricant to work it’s way into all of the moving parts.

If you have a wooden garage door, you will need to tighten all the nuts on the hinges. Hardware on a wooden garage door are attached with a different nut and bolt combination than a metal door and it is common for these to vibrate loose. Use a 7/16 wrench and start in a pattern from one side of the door to the other working from top to bottom and across the door tightening the nuts holding the hinges in place.

What type of lubricant to use? The easiest why that I answer this is to tell home owners what NOT to use. Do not use grease, oil WD40 or lithium grease. Grease will not work into the moving parts of the rollers and hinges. Oil will work into the rollers and hinges but will drip out all over your car or whatever is under your door. WD40 is more of a cleaner and is designed to remove water than is is to lubricate. Lithium grease is like regular grease and will not work into the moving parts. This leaves Silicone or Teflon sprays. Silicone spray can easily purchased at any home improvement store.

Not comfortable doing garage door maintenance or after you do this it still does not work correctly? No worries, Call Us, Covenant Garage Doors performs garage door maintenance and tune ups to garage door and garage door openers.

 

Garage Door Parts, Know What To Look For

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Used Garage Door Cable Drums

The above photos were from a customer who called us out to repair their garage door. When I arrived at the customer’s location, I inspected the door and discovered that the previous company had installed the wrong springs. The springs were too small for the size of the door and were overwound in an attempt to make them work. I also discovered that the force limits were turned all the way up on the garage door opener.

When I informed the customer of this and that the springs would need to be replaced with the correct ones, they informed me that the door had not been working correctly since the last company did the repairs. They had made attempts to get the previous company to come back and fix the problems with the door, but the previous company would not come back. This is when the homeowner scheduled Covenant Garage Doors to come and repair their garage door.

As I started to do the garage door repair work, I then discovered the used and corroded cable drums and cables that were installed by the previous company and informed the homeowner that these would also need replacing.

These are what New Cable Drums and Cables should look like:

New Garage Door Cable Drums
New Garage Door Cable Drums
New Garage Door Cables
New Garage Door Cables

When a company informs you that additional parts need replacing on your garage door, it is wise to ask to see the old part and shown where it is worn and why it needs replacing, but the homeowner should request to see the new parts. New parts should meet manufacturer specifications, and have a new shiny appearance and not show any signs of corrosion or rust.

Covenant Garage Doors has made a commitment to only use new manufacture replacement parts, protect them from the environment and install them in pristine condition on your garage door.

Garage Doors, That’s All We Do, Nothing Else.

While I was at one my suppliers the other day, another garage door company pulled up and I noticed that they had changed the color and lettering for their company on their truck. Closer inspection showed that they had also changed their company name and now were also offering garage doors,  heating and air conditioning as well as electrical services.

Garage doors and heating and air and electrical.

Wow.

When you have been doing this as many years as I have, you get to see a lot and now I can say I think I have seen just about everything.

Last year I made a similar blog post about companies of ever sort also doing garage doors. Siding companies, fence companies, plumbers, you name it. I mentioned it then and I will say it again, these companies are so involved, are managing so much, that quality and experience start to wane if ever it was there and in the end you the home owner is the one that suffers with poor or sloppy work being done.

Garage door repair is specialized and requires attention that only comes from experience. This is the reason that Covenant Garage Doors made the commitment  to only repair garage doors and garage door openers.  This is a great advantage for the homeowner as when we arrive at their home their problem is our only attention and we put all of our experience to solving their problem as well as keep up with product updates and negotiating with manufacturers.

When homeowners call Covenant Garage Doors they can be assured that they are getting a company that is devoted to their repair and nothing else. Call Us at 770-720-7828 or visit our website and book an appointment online and we will come take care of your garage door needs!

 

Garage Door Repair Canton Georgia

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Like thousands of other people, you get in your car this morning and hit the garage door remote to open the garage door to leave and nothing. Maybe you did not hit the button long enough so you try again.

Nothing.

You get out of your car and go over to the wall button and try from there.

Nothing.

Great. You are already late for work, or you just need to get out to go to the grocery store or whatever.

Back into the house, sit at the computer and start looking for a garage door repair company to come fix it. You type in Garage Door Repair Canton Ga. into your search engine and the results are over whelming. You are not really in the mood to do a lot of research, you just want to find a good company to come fix your garage door.

This is a very common occurrence when doing a search online. When you keyed in your keyword to look for a garage door repair company in Canton a lot of what you see is junk. After all you just want to see local companies. You’ll see results for referral sites like Angies List, Yellow Pages, Kudzu, and others that you know that if you use them you will have to join their site or have to wait the time for one of them to email you back.

How can homeowners in Canton Ga. or any other city look at the search results and get the garage door company they are looking for? This can take a little bit of investigating looking at websites and trying to figure out which one is truly local or a large or national company operating in the area. One quick way to tell is there is a Toll Free number, or if there are several numbers listed with each number being designated to a city, then there is a good chance that the company is located out of town. Another clue is the website is rather large with a lot of information or has a cluttered look.

How do you choose? One way is the first few listings just under the three paid listings at the very top. These are what Google calls places or maps listings. These are actual business that Google has verified to be truly local companies. They have a Google + profile page that has been owner verified, has a link to their website and has a place for you to leave comments after you have used the company.

The most reliable source for a service company is of course word-of-mouth. Having a neighbor, friend or family member who has good success with a company is probably the best way to go.

Identifying Garage Door Spring Problems and Fixing Them

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Garage Door Springs are one of the most important components of your garage door. They need to have regular maintenance and repairs to ensure they continue to work properly and safely. If you are encountering issues with your garage door, look at your springs first. If your garage door has been squeaky(and door lubricants are not helping), or if your garage door isn’t operating smoothly, chances are your springs are in need of some repairs. You may also need to consider Garage Door Spring Replacement if you have an older garage door and your springs are showing wear. Another way to test your springs is to manually try to open the garage door. If it is not operating smoothly when doing this, it needs to be looked at by a professional.
When you are having issues with your garage door springs, contacting a professional is the best way to go. You may turn to a phone book or internet search engine to find a repair specialist. Another way to find a good company is referrals from neighbors or family members. In order to ensure you are finding a reputable company, there are some factors to consider. While there are many companies out there to choose from, it is best to look for a company with a lot of experience, as they have probably seen any issues with a garage door that you can think of. They will be most reliable in fixing your garage doors springs so that they are functioning properly and safely again. When looking for a company to perform the repair, see if they offer any type of guarantees or warranties on their work.

If you suspect that there is a problem with your garage door spring, Call Us at 770-720-7828 or book an appointment for one of our technicians to come take a look them. Serving the North Metro Atlanta area.

The Best Type of Lubricant To Use On a Garage Door

Have you ever lubricated your garage door? If your answer is “No”, then you are not alone. Most people that I see on a daily basis have never lubricated their garage door. This can cover a span of 10 to 15 to 20 years. When asked why, the most common response that I hear is “Well, I never thought about it.”

Most of the garage door problems that I see when doing service calls is part failure to not being lubricated. Most of the mechanisms on a garage door are simple, hinges and rollers. The hinges hold the door sections together and only rotate at most 90 degrees as the door opens and transitions thru the track radius. Rollers are what enable the door to do this transition and open. There are other parts of the garage door that contain bearings, but these are not accessible to the general homeowner and should only be serviced by a qualified technician. I will discuss this a little later. Simply lubricating the rollers and hinges is one thing that the homeowner can do to greatly extend the life of your garage door and garage door opener.

Given this, the simple thing that a homeowner can do is lubricate their door. What types of lubricant can be used? Use a silicone or Teflon spray ONLY. DO NOT use grease, oil,lithium or WD 40.

Grease and Lithium are thick type lubricants and are designed to be applied manually to flat or almost flat friction surfaces. Grease and Lithium can also attract dirt which can work its way into the mechanisms and cause wear.

Oil is a great lubricant however, it is designed to be poured into sealed container environments where gear assemblies exist. Examples of this would be automobile engines, transmissions, rear differential assemblies.

WD 40 believe it not is a cleaner and is not recommended for perminate lubrication. It actually stands for, “Water Displacement, 40th formula” and was originally designed to prevent corrosion on nuclear missiles.

Teflon, Silicone Spray
Teflon, Silicone Spray

This leaves Teflon or Silicone spray. Both of these are sprayed onto the rollers inside the track and on the hinges across the door. The spray works it’s way into the rollers and hinges and enables smooth operation, minimizes friction, and frees the door up to operate. We recommend lubricating your garage door twice a year. This simple lubrication by the homeowner can greatly extend the life of the garage door and garage door opener.

A detailed and extensive service and tune up of your garage door is recommended yearly. To have this done, call Covenant Garage Doors at 770-720-7828 or visit our web site at www.covenantgaragedoors.com.

Getting Your Garage Doors Ready for Spring

Now that the winter weather is on its last legs, it is time to start the spring tradition of getting your home in order. Not only do you have to do a bit of cleaning around the home, but you also need to look into painting the outside, and making improvements to your yard. With all of that in mind, spring is also the best time to inspect your garage doors to make sure that they are ready for the spring. Here is a list of things to look for when you are Getting Your Garage Doors Ready for Spring.

Check The Tracks, Rollers And Hinges
There are a lot of moving parts on a garage door, from the chain that moves it up and down, to the rollers that bring it up, to the hinges that allow it to bend when it makes its way up or down. All of these items need to be inspected to make sure that they don’t just look worn, but that they are also doing everything that they are supposed to do. All it takes for one of these items to break or go off track for the entire system to not work.

Tighten All Of The Screws And Bolts
As with the moving parts of your garage door system, there are going to be a lot of screws and bolts that are going to need to be looked at. Not only do you need to make sure that everything is still in place, but you also want to tighten each one as you inspect them. A simple tightening will go a long way in making sure they stay in place.

Apply Lubrication, Liberally
Since the last time you inspected it, your garage door has been using the same lubrication to keep it moving correctly. The tracks should be properly lubricated once more with garage door lubricant spray or powdered graphite so that they can keep sliding the way they need to. Stay away from a wet lubricant as it can easily attract dirt and grime.

Make Sure It Passes The Eye Test
One of the best ways to make sure that your garage doors are properly working is to closely look at them. If something looks strange or askew, those are probably areas that are going to cause you the most problems, thus they need to be fixed or replaced. While you are going to take a lot of close looks at parts of the overall system, it is also important to look at it as a whole, as it may allow you to see larger issues that you will only be able to see if you are making sure that it passes the eye test, so to say. This is also a good time to look at the outside of the door. Remember, curb appeal is important to the overall look of your home. If you have a wood garage door, now is a good time to paint it. Wood doors weather quicker than metal doors, so applying a coat of paint to them every 3-5 years will keep them looking good.

Lastly, If It Is Just Worn Out, replace It
Spring time is the time that most people replace their door. Updating the curb appeal to their homes is the best way to increase value or resale ability and replacing the garage door in one of the biggest ways this is done.

Our New Web Site is Live!

Our new web site went live online this past weekend. Covenant Garage Doors & Openers took on the daunting task of doing a major restructure to our web site to ensure that it would be compliant to the new rules that the major search engines are implementing.

After giving a good bit of thought to the layout and new rules that the search engines like Google, Yahoo/Bing and others are imposing on web sites to ensure that customer search results are matching what they are wanting, we decided that a major overhaul to the layout, content, coding was needed.
To assist us in this task, we looked at several web developers for this and decided to contract with Webforge, LLC.

Webforge did an extensive interview with us to determine what we were looking for in a new layout, the demographics, fresh content and most importantly ensure that all new search engine rules were followed.

What resulted is a new web site that we are very exited about. It is bright, easy to navigate, has fresh and informative content that will all help the homeowner that is needing garage door repairs or replacements. It has content links to all the major manufacturers that we represent so that the homeowners can do more extensive and detailed research to their needs.

Take a look at it at www.covenantgaragedoors.com

Questions or want to book an appointment? Call us 770-720-7828.

Are Your Garage Doors Ready for Fall?

The kids head back to school. We watch as leaves change from green to hues of brown, gold, red and fiery orange in the crisp, cool autumn air. The busyness begins again and we find that many of us will scurry from activity to activity for months to come. All this renewed activity results in extra work for every part of our homes..especially our garage doors. They go up and down and up and down as we leave for work, and come back again. We load the kids up for sports, and activities and are in and out of the garage all week.
Are your garage doors ready? Can they handle all the hustle and bustle that fall inevitably brings? Your garage door opens up over the heads of yourself, your family, your cars, pets and stuff so they need to be in good working order.
There are some common garage door problems that occur primarily in the fall and in early spring. One of these is metal failure or metal fatigue. In this article we will discuss these problems and we will outline some things you, the homeowner can do to get your garage doors ready for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter.
When the seasons change, and the temperature starts to rise or fall it can bring with it garage door issues. These climate changes cause metal to contract and expand. When this happens, weak points in the metal on your garage door will begin to break.
1. Look for frayed or broken Cables – If you have cables on your garage door that look a little worn and frayed, it is best to get them replaced before the cooler fall weather sets in.
2. Look for sagging or broken springs – It is a very common occurrence for garage door springs to snap during a season change. Usually springs tend to wear evenly so if one has broken, the other is usually not too far behind. It is for this reason that Covenant Garage Doors & Openers, LLC. always recommends changing out both springs at the same time. It is safer and ends up saving money in the long run.
3. Cold weather opener woes – The same cold weather that snaps cables and springs on a garage door also can cause problems for your garage door opener. Look for worn out or stripped gears in your opener (especially for doors that are not balanced or running smoothly). Also, expect to have some difficulties with your screw drive opener. The screw drive opener has a thick lubricant around the screw assembly which, in cold weather, tends to thicken and cause the opener to function improperly, or sometimes not function at all.
Here are some things you can do to get your garage doors ready for fall.
1. Schedule an Annual Tune Up and Service – Have a trained garage door technician perform a routine door service.This is an affordable way to ensure that your garage door is working properly.While performing the door service, your tech will be able to check your door and opener and give repair recommendations.
Here are the things that Covenant Garage Doors & Openers, LLC. technicians will do during a door service :
For the door itself:
A. Tighten door – This takes care of any loose hardware which could result in poor door operation and eventual damage to the door and opener.
B. Adjust track – To ensure that the door opens and closes smoothly.
C. Adjust springs – To make sure that the spring is not wound too tight or hanging loose (this is done on springs less than 5 years old).
D. Check condition of parts – This is where a technician will note worn or broken parts and recommend repairs.
E. Inspect bottom rubber – To make sure the rubber seal on the bottom of your door is not torn, or cracked.
F. Lubricate door – The technician will lubricate all moving door parts with a silicone-based spray lubricant to ensure that your door runs smoothly.
For the garage door opener:
A. Adjust chain or belt – To make sure it is running smoothly.
B. Adjust force limits – The force limits are the amount of push and pull “muscle” your opener unit has. If the force limits are incorrect, your opener may operate your door too forcefully and this could be a safety issue and also could damage your garage door.
C. Adjust travel limits – The travel limits are the distance the door opens and closes.
D. Check remote and keypad reception – This ensures that the remote and keypad functions properly.
E. Lubricate opener– All moving parts are lubricated with a silicone-based spray lubricant to ensure that the opener runs smoothly.
2.Lubricate all working parts – In order for your garage doors to continue to run smoothly, and as noiselessly as possible, it is important to occasionally lubricate them. A garage door should be lubricated a minimum of two times a year.
3. Replace worn out bottom rubber – If you find that your garage door has cracked or torn bottom rubber, call a garage door technician to replace it for you.
4. A fresh coat of paint -If you have a wooden door, and you find that the paint is peeling or chipping, it may be time to apply a fresh coat of paint. Direct exposure to rain can ruin a wooden door quickly. Pay particular attention to the bottom of the door where water collects the most. This is usually where a door starts to rot.
With just a little care each year, and routine service a garage door will run smoothly for years to come.
Any more questions? Give us a call at 770-720-7828 or visit our web site at www.covenantgaragedoors.com