Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

Garage Door Trouble

Construction & Contractors Blog

Many garage door issues can lead to failure to open, failure to close, and awful noises that creep you out at night.

Failure to Open

If your garage door won't open or strains as it opens, chances are the torsion springs,  extension springs, or tracks need replacing. The springs use torque and stored tension, respectively, to lift and close the door, while the tracks hold the rollers for easy lifting. Torsion springs typically have a three to seven year guaranteed lifespan, however, manipulating the garage door or painting it several times can lessen the torsion springs' effectiveness overtime. The torsion spring may also be the culprit for a slow opening door.  If the garage door opens but won't stay open without assistance, the extension springs may be to blame. To ensure proper function, all springs should be replaced at the same time like batteries in a clock.

Have an electric opener with remote? Check to ensure that the sensors are free of debris and the wires are well fastened. If possible, try unplugging for a few moments to reset the unit. If this does not work, it's possible the remote needs reprogramming or the wall switch needs repair. If available, the owner's manual or company website for your door opening system holds a wealth of knowledge and will be able to offer information specific to your unit.

Failure to Close

If your door is not closing, closes then reverses, or is uneven, the springs or the extension spring pulleys could be the cause. The pulleys work to open the door and if the system is worn down and scraping against the track the garage door may become jammed. For newer models, there may be a opening and closing limit to your door. Parameters that have been set incorrectly can cause the door to not close completely or close and immediately open again as the safety features kick in. Additionally, for faulty door closings, the perpetrator could be bent tracks, rollers that need lubrication, or a faulty remote.


No one wants to hear loud noises in their dark garage as they emerge from the car at night. Scraping noises and loud popping sounds are usually an indication that the springs, bearings, tracks, and pulleys need to be inspected. Squeaking sounds could indicate that your door rollers and hinges need to be lubricated with the appropriate oil.

Many people attempt home diagnosis and repair on their own. With the proper equipment and safety precautions, this may be the route for you. Be sure to review your owner's manual before attempting any repairs. If you are at all uncomfortable with any part of the necessary maintenance, do not hesitate to contact a qualified garage door repairman in your area, such as Girard's Garage Door Services.


30 January 2015