Key Things to Know About Garage Door Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure that your garage door stays in optimal condition. After all, your garage door is an essential part of your home – and is arguably one of the areas that will get used the most. We rely on opening and closing these multiple times in a day across all seasons, so performing preventive and regular checks is crucial.

You don’t necessarily need to hire a technician for the basics unless you don’t feel confident about doing the job yourself. Even if you need a technician, you can expect their services to be quite affordable. Remember, unless you are dealing with extreme damage a repair service provider will never set you back several thousand dollars.

Now, whether or not you feel confident about performing maintenance checks yourself, here are the essential tasks that you, or your technician, should take the time to do.

1) Listen and watch closely

Observing your door carefully will help you identify any issues. One way to do this is to stand inside the garage with the door closed and check for signs of wear and tear in your door’s springs, cables, hardware, hinges and other nearby components.

Otherwise, just make note of any changes you notice as you try to use your door. How smoothly is it opening? Is it making any grinding or scraping noises, or is silently doing its job? Does the door look tilted, or out of balance?

If you notice an issue, get in touch with a repair technician so they can inspect and give you a full diagnosis of the problem.

2) Cleaning and grooming

You need to look after every bit of your garage door. Wood doors will need to be checked for water damage, while steel doors may have rust spots that need to be primed. Peeling paint, sanding, warps and cleaning are other quick DIY checks to do along the way.

Lubrication only takes 10 minutes, but it makes a deal of a difference. Keeping your garage door’s hinges, rollers and tracks oiled up accordingly will lengthen your door’s overall durability. You just need to go to your East Cobb garage door specialist to purchase a spray lubricant for the door and white lithium grease for your opener’s chains or screws.

Cleaning and tightening loose screws is very important as well. Dirt and grime can cause interference with your door’s photo eye sensors, while the hardware can loosen up over time due to extensive use. Again, two things that won’t take very long to do but are well and truly worth it.

3) Inspecting and testing

There are different parts of the garage door that you need to test and check on a regular basis. Here’s how we would recommend you approach things.

First, check if your door is out of balance. The best way to do this is to close it, disconnect the automatic opener, and lift it manually to about halfway up. If the door is difficult to lift up and open, or it fails to stay in place, then your door is out of balance. Out of balance doors usually mean a broken spring or faulty components, and should be left to the care of qualified professionals.

Your reverse mechanism should be the second thing you test. There are two systems at play here: the photocell and mechanical features. Both these mechanisms will make the door reverse if there’s anything in its path. To test the mechanical component, put a brick or piece of wood by the door – if everything is working correctly, it will reverse as soon as it touches the object. As for the photocell, it’s as simple as waving your leg in the door’s path – the sensors should prompt the door to reverse.  If your door doesn’t reverse or you have an opener that lacks this protective mechanism (door openers manufactured from 1993 onwards are required by law to have these), you’ll need to talk to a garage door technician.

Lastly, check the condition of your rollers and cables. We don’t recommend that you try to fix cables yourself, but you can look for broken strands and damage by the bottom of the roller bracket. As for rollers, make sure to check for chips and cracks. Damaged rollers should be replaced immediately, but don’t do this yourself if they are directly attached to the cable system.

Need a repair technician? Here’s what you need to do

Find a professional business in your area that you know you can trust. The best way to do this is to ask around for referrals – positive feedback and experience usually prompts people to spread the word about a garage door repair service provider. If you’re using the internet to find a nearby business, make sure to check their physical address exists and call them to be certain they are legitimate. Never hire a business that asks for full payment upfront, is defensive about providing you with simple credentials like a full company name (scammers will answer the phone using a generic term – be wary of this), and try to be present on the day of repairs in case things go awry.

If you are in East Cobb, GA, talk to our technicians. Pro East Cobb Garage Repair is a local operation, dedicated helping all customers keep everything in check. Whether you need someone to inspect things or you know you need to repair or replace a faulty component, we will do everything we can to ensure you get the right solutions. Give us a call, tell us what you need and we can even make time for a free consultation if needed. We will also provide you with a full written price quote for our suggestions upfront and at no additional cost.

Regardless of where you live, though, we hope this blog post has guided you in how to take good care of your garage door. Remember to maintain these regularly so that they continue to provide the convenience, protection and full peace of mind that they are supposed to.

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GARAGE DOOR WON’T OPEN OR CLOSE WITH REMOTE CONTROL

Technology was created to help us and mostly, it does. We might be using a power drill on a woodworking project or cooking up a masterpiece with our kitchen appliances. We pay good money for our household tools, appliances, and gadgets and we expect them to work on-demand. When they don’t, they get donated, returned or thrown out. Another household tool that we use a lot and expect to function is our garage door opener remote. Here at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair we often get calls concerning a non-functioning unit. Should the customer get it repaired? Or, should they buy a new one? There are so many questions as to what should be done! In actuality, you may not need to repair or replace your garage door opener! Follow these simple steps and you might just save yourself some time and money!

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It never fails!

It never fails to happen when you least expect it; garage door opener remote failure, that is! Maybe you are leaving for a much anticipated dinner date. Or, you might be on your way to your first day on the job. Your mind is pre-occupied with the events soon to befall you, when all of a sudden you notice that your remote doesn’t work. Here’s where the first problem lies; is it your opener that has stopped working, or is it your remote that is the problem? How can you tell and what should you do about it?

First of all

Check your remote’s battery before you do anything else. It may be drained or leaking, and it costs nothing to check on your battery status. If you have a home tester, check the battery for power and if you don’t, you should consider getting one. They are inexpensive and sold by East Cobb, GA stores in the local area. Speaking of local stores, you can take your batteries for free testing at any area Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Target, Home Depot, or Best Buy locations and they will be happy to do it for you with no obligation to buy a new one.

Your terminals

Be sure to check your remote terminals. They may look just fine but be slightly loose and this is often enough to stop your batter from transmitting signals to the main opener unit. Squeeze your terminals together gently so that they hold your remote battery snugly and then see if this helps. If you notice any battery fluid that has leaked onto your terminals be sure and clean that up with a dry cloth as leakage like this can also greatly interfere with your remote’s performance.

Worn remote buttons

Your remote’s buttons may be worn out. Signs of this are having to hit the button several times in order to make the opener work along with the buttons sticking in the process. Unfortunately, if this is the case you will need to buy a replacement from your manufacturer or if you have a spare unit, use that one.

Reprogram your remote

If your remote is older and worn, it may have lost its programming. This causes it to lose its memory and stop working. While this won’t apply to newer remote models, the older ones may need to be reprogrammed. You can refer to your owner’s manual for directions on how to do this or if you don’t have one you can watch any number of online videos that can walk you through the steps.

Photo electric safety eyes

What? Why are we talking about your safety sensors? Some local East Cobb, GA customers have assumed that their remote has stopped working, when in reality it was the safety sensors that were off, and not the remote control at all! Be sure to check your safety eyes and see if the sensor LED beam is lit. If not, or if they are blinking, you may need to call a repairman. Always keep the area surrounding your sensors clutter free as items can fall against the safety eyes and move them out of alignment or cut the wires. Pets should also be kept away from the sensors as wires can be chewed or disconnected from the unit. Spiders love safety eyes to build their webs around. These webs can block signals but also, since they are so sticky, they attract dead bugs, leaves, twigs and other debris that can sensor signals and even scratch the senor lenses. Keep these clean and free from dust, mud and other debris by wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Most safety sensors are made so that you the consumer can align them on your own. Simply adjust them manually until the beam matches up and the garage door works again. Test by using your remote and also by lowering your garage door and intentionally blocking the signal to see if the door reverses.

Lock button

Your opener unit may have a lock button that can stop your remote from working. This lock button is located on the wall switch inside the garage. This is a safety feature designed to prevent anyone from using your remote while you are away on vacation or away from home while the remote is still in the car (or at least, not with you!).  This lock button is sometimes activated and then forgotten about. Or, it may be activated by accident and no one realized it until your remote seemingly stopped working. Check your opener system and if it does include this wall lock button, unlock it and see if your garage door works as it should now.

Call the pros!

If none of these tips work it may be time to call in the professionals. You are always welcome to call our shop, or your favorite East Cobb, GA garage door repair experts, and have them come to your aid. It helps that you tried and tested several of the above tips; be sure and tell your technician what you did. This saves him time and effort since he won’t have to re-do your work.

Why Your Garage Door Won’t Stay Open

If you have ever had an automatic garage door opener (or even if you haven’t), surely you can imagine that issues can arise from time to time. One issue that can be troublesome is a garage door that refuses to stay open. Perhaps you are doing work in your garage, and want the door to remain open so that you can monitor your children, or just so you are not working in an enclosed space. The last thing you need to deal with is constantly pulling up a garage door that keeps slipping down the tracks. There are a few reasons this could be happening to you. Keep reading to find out some common causes of this issue.

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Most times when this problem happens, the culprit is your garage door springs. The springs do the heavy lifting for the door, and the tension in the springs is supposed to keep the door held up. If you are dealing with a door that is slipping down the track, your springs may need to get looked at. The spring issue could have arisen due to various factors, such as:

  • Spring is old (age)
  • Spring is broken
  • Spring has been overextended
  • Spring needs to be readjusted

If you are having issues with your garage door staying open, the first thing to check around for is a broken spring. Please bear in mind, you should call a technician to actually fix the problem. Just like electrical issues in the home, garage door spring issues can be dangerous and should be handled by a professional. Depending on your type of door, there may be multiple springs present. Take a close look and try to determine if you can find any separation in the springs. Some doors have springs on each side, so be sure to check all springs that are present. If you cannot find the spring, try opening the door. When the door is opened, that fully extends the spring. This will make it easier to see if there is a break somewhere. If your door uses extension springs, there is a built in safety mechanism in the spring system. The spring has a rod on the inside that prevents the spring from overextending too much. If this kind of spring is broken or damaged, the safety rods inside the spring will be visible to you.

Another reason your door could be given you problems is due to a lack of tension in the spring. Springs are imperative to ensuring your garage doors work properly. When the door is fully open, the springs are working at their maximum tension. This tension allows the door to stay up without falling down the track. One way to determine if this is the issue is to look at the garage door chain. If there is slack in the chain when the door is up, this points to a lack of tension in your springs. The chain runs between the bottom of the spring and your wall (generally). Instead of the chain being taut when the door is in the open position, the chain will have slack. To fix this issue, it is best to call a technician to help. It is very dangerous to work with garage door springs, and instead of taking an unnecessary risk you should call an expert to assist you.

Garage door springs are only manufactured to last a certain amount of time. This springs are operating at a great amount of tension, and are hefting a heavy load. The average garage door can be up to 250 lbs. So each garage door spring has a standard life cycle. This life cycle is generally 10,000 cycles for most standard springs. You can also purchase high cycle springs if you prefer. A garage door spring generally last 7 -10 years (depending on use).  Your garage door spring can age prematurely if you are not employing proper maintenance procedures. Keep the springs lubricated (using a silicone based lubricant). If your area is going through a cold snap, some homeowners use a space heater to warm up the garage. This is because in extreme cold weather, the garage door springs are under extra stress and you would hear a loud crack – your garage door spring snapping. This is not much of an issue in Georgia, but it is another point to keep in mind.

There is a reason (outside of your springs) that your garage door may not be staying open. This can be due to the door actually reversing closed. This issue has the potential to be damaging, as your personal property can become damaged if this is happening. This issue points to a limit switch problem. If you are comfortable in doing so, you can adjust the limit switch yourself and see if this fixes the issue. The limit switch tells the garage door opener motor when it has “hit the limit” and should stop operating. This switch is sometimes set up incorrectly and will cause your door to reverse closed on you, or not open far enough to begin with. The limit switch is located on the garage door motor unit and can be adjusted. You may have to do several adjustments to find the right setting for your home. If you are not feeling handy, or do not consider yourself a DIY’er, a qualified technician should be called to help. Most reputable companies will offer 24/7 assistance and can easily help you fix this issue.

In East Cobb, GA the expert team at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair is always there to assist you. They have years of experience, and offer fast, friendly and affordable service.  The team of technicians is able to help on your schedule, and will make sure your garage door is working correctly and safely. If you are in the area and looking for help with your garage door that just won’t stay open, look no further than Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. We have consultants standing by for help, and will provide a no obligation consultation free of charge!

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT GARAGE DOOR SERVICE COMPANY

Are you encountering difficulties with your garage door? If your garage door has been acting up, there are numerous reasons you could be having trouble. Some issues you can probably handle yourself, and others will require an expert. Since your garage door is a major part of your property’s value and curb appeal, it’s essential to hire only an expert you can completely trust. Find a consummate professional who will tell you the truth about your garage door ~ whether repairs are required; if so, what’s genuinely needed; or, if you ought to purchase an entirely new garage door instead; and, if so, what type is best for you.

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Before you hire a garage door technician in East Cobb, is there anything you can do yourself? There are indeed a good number of things you can try before you hire someone to service your garage door.

1       The garage door won’t close? The photo eyes might be out of alignment. The garage door has a photo eye on each side, and between them is an invisible beam, which prevents your garage door from shutting when broken. See if they’re misaligned or grimy.

2       The garage door won’t open? The transmitter batteries could be low. Perhaps if you replace them, your garage door will open.

3       The garage door opener runs, yet the garage door still won’t move? In a power failure, your garage door opener comes with a disconnect switch, which allows you to manually open or shut your garage door. This switch, typically attached to a rope or knob, can come undone inadvertently. What you can do: First, open or shut the garage door all the way. Next, securely reattach the hook. Finally, using the transmitter, you can try opening or shutting the garage door again, and it ought to function now.

4       Does the garage door opener run a few seconds, then turn off? If the garage door still won’t move, this can occur while it’s shut and the motor tries to lift it, yet it won’t move. What you should do is check the springs first. Then, look at the track to see if there are any obstacles. Now, see if the garage door has a built-in lock that’s engaging by mistake. This frequently happens with older garage doors.

5       Does the garage door go down all the way, but then open again? It’s likely that the open-and-close limit settings of your garage door opener are on the blink. The settings tell the garage door opener how far to move before it’s fully shut. If set too high, the garage door will touch the ground before the opener estimates it should, assuming it’s hitting something in its path. If so, it will reverse so it won’t smash the object. Your operator’s manual contains instructions on how to set the open-and-close limits yourself.

6       Does the garage door open and shut at random? If the garage door opens or closes by itself, even while you’re gone, that’s more than an annoyance; that’s a security risk. But here’s what you can do: First, you can look at the transmitters to be sure they’re not stuck under an object that’s unintentionally pushing down on the control mechanism. For example, the transmitters may be underneath some forgotten items in your car, or something else close by. Otherwise, test the frequency of the transmitters. A nearby neighbor may have your same frequency.

7       If your garage door still doesn’t go up, or if it shuts quickly with a bang, then professional attention is required.

Unless you’re already an engineer, YOU SHOULD NOT TRY to repair it yourself! Be sure you know what you’re getting into. Repairing a garage door or hanging a new one ~ and ensuring that every track, cable, and wire is installed correctly with the greatest safety, is definitely not an easy undertaking. Torsion springs, found on many garage doors, can actually cause serious bodily injury, and even death, if not dealt with properly.

Therefore, if anything more serious is happening with your garage door, it’s time to hire a garage door expert! Now what do you do?

First, ask friends, family, and colleagues for their recommendations. Word of mouth from a satisfied customer is always your best bet. If you don’t get anywhere, then you’ll have to do your homework.

Do your research. Look for garage door companies located in your area. Check your local phone book and the Internet. For each one, note the phone number and address. If there’s a street address listed, verify that the address belongs to that company so you can confirm that it’s really a local business. Using the Web, you can match addresses with telephone numbers. When you call each place, if the person answering the phone won’t tell you the full business name and its physical address, cross that one off your list and go on to the next one.

Once you have a list of potentially superior garage door companies, investigate each one scrupulously. Ask colleagues and friends if they know anything about any of the companies on your list. The Website of each company will provide you with plenty of information that’s bound to sway you one way or the other ~ or at least to give you a first impression. You can also consult the Better Business Bureau to check to see if there are complaints on file. You can also look to your local consumer protection agency as well as your state’s attorney general’s office.

When you have narrowed it all down to at least three, consult thoroughly with each one, asking for advice on your specific garage door issues, and see what each one tells you. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the person you choose to repair or replace your garage door and/or its components.

It’s highly favorable if the garage door repair company you choose offers you a free consultation and a free written estimate before any work begins. Moreover, the people on staff ought to have in-depth experience and knowledge of the garage door industry, as well as possess exceptional skill, and be the utmost integrity. Each staff professional ought to be trained at length, properly field-tested, and suitably certified.

After you’ve obtained three formal quotes, analyze them closely. Look at the specifics and check references, and conduct any further research necessary. Finally, compare prices, and remember that you always get what you pay for. If you’re in East Cobb, Georgia, you may want to consider a local reputable company such as Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. Whatever you do, go with your gut, and you’ll eventually narrow it down to the one garage door repair company you know you can totally count on. If you follow all these guidelines, you’ll soon have a better-functioning garage door.

Reasons Why Garage Doors Won’t Work

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You might be dealing with garage door that will work sometimes and sometimes, will not. When you have a temperamental garage door that will only do what it wants to do when it wants to do it, can be extremely annoying. Perhaps you have a good reason for not calling on the services of a professional garage door service in East Cobb, Georgia, such as Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. Maybe you find it an inconvenience to stop what you are doing to give us a call. Whatever the case might be, if you do not want to further frustrate yourself, simply contact a professional garage door service and allow them to find out why your garage door isn’t responding correctly. There is usually a very common reason why your garage door is acting the way that it is. With all of our experience working on residential and commercial garage doors, we certainly know a thing or two about garage doors.

Even though you can troubleshoot the problem yourself, it is best if you allow a trained professional to do this for you. One of the most logical things that a professional garage door will check is your remote to make sure you have batteries that work. If the batteries do not work, they will not communicate effectively with your garage door opener. This means that your door will not function correctly. When the batteries are just starting to go dead, your garage door may still work but not at full capacity. When the batteries are completely dead, the door will not work at all. This is one of the most common reasons why garage doors do not work. Save yourself some time and frustration by switching out your old batteries for new ones to see if this will solve your problem. You can easily do this by sliding off the back of the remote or unscrewing the backside of the remote to install new batteries. Be sure that you have the batteries properly installed before attempting to use the remote again.

As a safety precaution, more recently installed garage doors have a photo eye on either side of the door that detects when something is in its path and will prevent the door from closing. You don’t have to worry about walking under the door and having it fall down on you because the sensors will recognize something in the path of the door and prevent it from closing. Sometimes, small particles or debris can get on the lenses of the photo eye and this may also cause it to stop. If the eyes do not align this can also cause the door to malfunction. The beams have to connect in order for the door to function properly. If your door is misaligned, it can also cause the beams to become misaligned. You can clean the photo eye if you are extremely careful. If you’re not careful you might unknowingly scratch the eye of the photo eyes. Why make the situation any worse than it already is. Some simply opt to have an expert garage door technician to handle this for them to ensure the job is done safely.

Another common problem that will not allow your garage door to operate correctly is a track that is out of alignment. If the metal track, which the garage door slides on is not properly aligned, the door will not move. When there are spaces between the rails or rollers or the rails are bent, there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Continuing to use the garage will only make the problem worse, even dangerous, if the tracks are already misaligned. When you start to notice an unusual noise when the door gets to a specific point on the track, you’ll know that the door is misaligned. An expert service technician will loosen the tracks screws, which hold the frame together. They will then tap it gently to reposition the tracks until they are realigned again. If the screws are not properly installed and screwed back in, this will cause you even further issues. The technician will perform this process on each track to ensure that it is properly realigned. In some instances, the tracks may not be able to be realigned and it may be necessary to have a new track installed.

Lets go back to something slightly more simple, your remote or transmitter. If you are out of the range of where your remote will be able to successfully communicate with your garage door, it may not open. Every door and remote has a certain range that will enable the door to function properly. If you are not in the range, the door will not open or close properly. Try to wait until you are directly in front of your garage before opening the door. This also serves as a safety precaution so that no one is able to quickly sneak into your garage. Only opening the door once you are in eyesight of it is a practice you should adopt on a regular basis.

If you are in front of your garage and it still doesn’t open, find the garage antenna on the opener to make sure there isn’t something blocking it. Your door will not get the signal that your remote is sending it if there is something blocking your opener antenna. Sometimes, your antenna may be damaged. This is definitely a reason for you to contact a professional garage door service technician. Most problems can quickly and simply be correctly even before you call for professional help. Just check to make sure nothing is blocking any of the sensors attached to your garage door or its opener.

A garage door can be a dangerous place if you have an uncontrollable garage door. Don’t allow yourself or anyone else to be harmed by your door. Contact a professional garage door service in East Cobb today to ensure your door continues working.

Extend The Life of Your Garage Door – Tips

Here at Pro East Cobb Garage Door we are often asked how to make home and business garage doors last longer before needing repair work or replacement. There are actually many ways in which you can do this. We invite you to read this post and apply these helpful tips to your garage door setting. If you have any questions or wish to get further advice, simply call our East Cobb, GA garage door repair shop and we’ll be happy to talk to you. Our family owned company offers free consultations, free price quotes and same day service work so don’t be shy; give us a call!

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Too Much Usage

This one is just common sense. The more often you use something, the sooner it wears out. It’s pretty much an unspoken rule that garage doors are built to open twice a day on average. If you find yourself coming and going more than that, be aware of this and try to limit your garage door use to just a few times be day. Of course, this averages out over time. Some days, you may not use your garage door at all while other days can be quite busy (think Christmas shopping!). The point is; be aware of too much frivolous garage door use, and make adjustments as needed.

Rust

We’re serious! Rust can be a problem in some areas of the country. If you live in the super dry parts of the Southwest like Arizona, New Mexico or Nevada you probably don’t need to worry about it. In more humid areas like Florida, Louisiana and here in Georgia, it can really be a problem! Wet weather, dampness, rain and snow can easily lead to rusty springs which cause the coils to corrode and weaken. If you have moderate to high humidity in your area, be sure to lubricate your springs at least every four months or so. You can do this yourself or call Pro East Cobb Garage Door and we’ll be happy to provide this maintenance for you.

Correct Springs

If you’ve had your garage door springs replaced professionally, you don’t need to worry about this. If you’ve done the work yourself (we don’t recommend this!) or if you are renting the property and don’t know, then please pay attention to this item. Incorrect size or type of garage door springs can lead to problems. They tend to break much sooner and don’t last as long either. Always use a licensed, bonded and insured garage door technician when having work done on your garage door springs. Most of these shops offer 24-hour emergency garage door spring repair and fast, highly accurate spring replacement help, too.

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Be Aware!

It’s a basic but important step; be aware of your garage door’s condition. Does it look different or work erratically? Do you notice anything frayed or unusual about the wires or cables? Are your safety eyes aligned properly? Is anything blocking the signal between them? Does anything seem loose or not tightened? Do you hear loud or unusual noises when you try and operate your garage door? Is it working harder to do the same job? Something as simple as noticing a change in your garage door’s performance or appearance can save you big dollars down the road. Many local garage door repair shops offer periodic maintenance routines and/or annual check-ups in case you don’t have the time or inclination to do the work yourself.

A Simple Test

It’s easy to run this balance test yourself. Go to your garage door and pull the emergency release cord so that the garage door opener is separated from the door. This will allow you to manually open the garage door. Try doing this. It SHOULD lift smoothly and no problem. Now, close your garage door again and this time, lift it partially. Let go and see what happens. It should stay where you left it. If it closes again (drops back down) or if it is hard to lift then this indicates spring wear that will need attention sooner than later.

Pro East Cobb Garage Door does NOT recommend spring repair on your own. These metal coils operate at very high levels of tension in order to lift and lower your heavy garage door. It takes experience, tools and skill to repair, service, or replace garage door springs. We know that you want to save money but spring repair is best left to the professionals. You can still get your springs serviced and save money by finding an affordable locksmith service in East Cobb to do the work for you. This way you save time as well as money and are also covered by warranty and product guarantees.

Do Some Research

If you have some extra time, try viewing some YouTube videos on garage door maintenance tips. There are hundreds of them online. You don’t have to look at all of them (whew!) to get a solid idea of what you can do for yours. Use the search bar on YouTube or on Google to find information on your particular size and type of garage door. Try this on your springs and opener unit, too.

Look around your home or office for owner’s manuals and other papers that may have come with your purchase. Many don’t save these or you may be renting the place and not have access to them. Most all manufacturers now put owner’s manuals online in PDF form. Just enter your search term and add “owner’s manual” to it for a comprehensive list of them. Be sure to look for toll free numbers in the paperwork or online. Even if your opener, springs or garage door itself is no longer covered by warranty, many firms still offer customer service help and guidance.

If you have a favorite local garage door repair shop that you use or trust, the simplest way to extend the use of your garage door is to have them check it out for wear, use and safety. Pro East Cobb Garage Door offers 25 point safety inspections, same day service and the best rates. Give us a call and make your garage door last longer and work better!