Your garage door springs do their job endlessly, day after day, until one day, one of them breaks. There were no warning signs. It just happened. It can leave you wondering what might have gone wrong. We’ll tell you what may have happened in this article.
What is the most common cause of garage door springs breaking?
The biggest reason for springs to break is just plain wear and tear. You open and close that door more often than you might think.
Think about how many times a day you use that door. Every time someone drives a vehicle housed in the garage, the door has to go up and down when they leave and again when they return. If there are two vehicles in the garage, that doubles the number of times the door opens and closes every day. Many people keep lawn equipment in the garage. The door goes up when they are mowing and goes down when they put things up.
After about 8,000 cycles of opening and closing, garage door springs become susceptible to stress fractures. With normal use, garage door springs can last from five to seven years. If you know your springs are older than that, getting a garage door specialist to inspect them is a good idea.
Are there other causes for garage door springs to break?
Rust is another issue that can cause spring failure. If a spot of rust takes hold on one of the springs and begins to spread, it can cause the spring to fail. Proper maintenance helps keep springs in good shape by preventing rust from setting in. It also gives homeowners the chance to see if the springs are letting the door sag. That is a sign the springs need to be replaced.
Another problem is not having the proper springs installed. Most garage door manufacturers recommend installing two torsion springs. However, some builders and homeowners want to save money and only install one. Making one do the work of two will shorten its lifespan substantially.
What should a homeowner do if a garage door spring breaks?
Garage door springs, especially torsion springs, are very dangerous. Do not try to repair or replace one of these springs yourself. Call a licensed, experienced garage door company to handle it. They have the equipment and training on how to dismantle old springs and install new ones without injury.
If you need someone to repair a garage door spring or to inspect your old ones, give us a call here at Willow Creek Overhead Door. We have several sizes available as well as specials. We are a full-service garage door company providing service for residential and commercial needs in the Amarillo, Texas area.
As you may have heard, there have been instances of home burglaries and attempted break-ins in the Amarillo, Texas area as of late.
One such instance took place in the neighborhood of City View. The homeowners left their garage door open for their children, who were outdoors playing. While eating dinner, the husband stepped into his garage to discover two young men breaking into the cars. The husband tried to stop one of the alleged burglars, and the other burglar pulled a gun on him. The couple’s son approached and the burglar turned the gun on him. This happened in broad daylight.
Just two days later, there was a break-in on the 6000 block of Chisholm Circle in Amarillo. This alleged crime also took place in broad daylight.
How Can My Garage Door Protect My Family And Home?
Your home is your castle. A strong, efficient garage door provides another layer of protection for your home, possessions, your family and pets. You would think we could leave our garage doors open during the day, but with recent events, it seems we cannot.
No matter what time of day it is, please try to keep your garage door closed. An open garage door provides burglars with easy access to the contents of your garage, such as your cars, and your home, especially if the door to your home is unlocked. Burglars could break into your cars, steal your garage door opener and then come back to your home later on.
When you are not home, always keep your garage door shut. If you need to leave it open for someone, such as a repair-person or a house-sitter, opt for a garage door app, such as the MyQ app for LiftMaster. This app allows you to open and close your garage door from your phone or smart device, no matter where you are.
Whether you are at work or across the country on vacation, you can control your garage door and keep track of when it was opened and closed. LiftMaster also offers a Security+ line, which transmits a new security code each time you use your garage door remote. Referred to as rolling-code technology, this type of technology reduces the likelihood of a potential thief from using a code grabber device to open your garage door.
If you are home, it’s advisable to keep your garage door shut, too. Keep your doors locked. If you or are your children are outside, use a key to get back in.
What Else Can I Do To Protect My Home From Burglaries?
Did you know that the average dollar loss from a break-in is around $2,000? There are at least 2,000 burglaries every year in Amarillo, according to Amarillo Crime Stoppers and city data. There has been a decrease in recent years, but that does not mean you should be lax in your efforts. Please do the following to help protect your family and home, and prevent burglaries:
Remember, a working, secure, well-maintained garage door is one of the best ways to protect your home and family from burglary. A garage door is one of the most common things people overlook when it comes to home security. Make sure yours is doing its job by contacting Willow Creek Overhead Door today.
Willow Creek Overhead Door owner Tony Hall discusses Garage Door and Home Security Measures with NewsChannel 10 in Amarillo.
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An attractive garage door adds curb appeal to your home. If you are looking at yours and agreeing with yourself that it needs a coat or two of paint, the question may be whether you can do a good job yourself.
The same goes for your business. If your garage or overhead door has chips, is peeling or simply needs a fresh look, it's probably time for a makeover.
How do I paint my garage door?
You can paint a garage door yourself. The first step is gathering all the materials that you will need. You will need the paint, a brush, bucket and bucket grid, vinyl gloves, a ladder, extension pole, paint tray, paint can opener, a stick for stirring the paint, tape, rags and a roller cover and frame.
Start by pouring well-mixed paint into a bucket. Dip a good quality, wide nylon painting brush that is two to two and a half inches wide and start working at the top panel of the door. Start at the recessed corner and then paint around the perimeter. Keep going until you finish with the first panel and then work on the next ones and their recesses. Wipe off any paint that overlaps onto the stiles.
Next, work around the perimeter of the garage door in sections of two to three inches wide at a time. Work your way from the top corner and work along the walls, keeping the brush wet. Then, pour paint into a paint tray and roll the roller well in it. A roller of 3/8 to 3/4 inches works well. Paint around the perimeter of each panel with the roller.
Go to the frame of the door next. Using a brush, start working the inside frame from the top. Start at the corner and cover the whole door wiping away excess paint that gets onto the trim. Work outward from the edge.
Finish by working on the trim. Again , start at the uppermost corners and paint the side edge of the trim at the point it meets the wall. Work on all the edges, ensuring that the brush always has enough paint. Go back to the top of the door trim and paint the face of it. Keep working until you have painted all the door trim.
When is a good time to paint a garage door?
In terms of willpower, paint as soon as you can muster it. In terms of weather, it is when there is no direct sunlight with temperatures of 50º-90º F and moderate humidity.
If your door already has problems, such as mildew, cracks or dents, or is an old garage door with lead-based paint, consider bringing in the experts. Call Amarillo garage door company Willow Creek Overhead Door for expert advice and assistance.
We use our garage doors much more than we think. Opening and leaving it for work; coming home for lunch and leaving to go back from work; coming home from work and so forth. It’s an endless cycle — a cycle that takes its toll on your garage door. It's not surprising that the springs wear out and break after so many years of use. When you are in need of replacing your garage door springs, don't procrastinate. It's very important to keep your garage door springs in working order. If you live in Amarillo, Texas and the surrounding areas, Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo, Texas offers replacement garage door springs.
What size springs does Willow Creek Overhead Door offer?
Willow Creek Overhead Door offers springs for the following garage door sizes:
Prices depend on the size of your garage door, your location and your preferred delivery method. Willow Creek Overhead Door serves towns and cities within a 75-mile radius of Amarillo, Texas.
Set of 2, 16x7 Garage Door Springs
Delivery and Installation: $240
Set of 2, 9x7 Garage Door Springs
Delivery and Installation: $205
Set of 2, 8x7 Garage Door Springs
Delivery and Installation: $205
Does Willow Creek Overhead Door Offer Any Specials?
If you live in the Amarillo area, Willow Creek Overhead offers a great discount on garage door springs. The prices below include delivery to your home or office and a professional installation by owner Tony Hall:
Set of 2, 16x7 Garage Door Springs: $170
Set of 2, 9x7 Garage Door Springs: $125
Set of 2, 8x7 Garage Door Springs: $125
In addition, if you choose the delivery and installation garage door spring package, you will receive a free $50 garage door lubrication job the same day your springs are delivered.
To order garage door springs, whether you want new or used, don't hesitate to contact Willow Creek Overhead Door owner Tony Hall today.
In most households, the garage serves as the holdall for broken and unwanted items, pet supplies, bicycles and helmets, tools, and of course your cars. Some items stashed in the garage are very toxic, however, and should be placed somewhere else. Below, we’ll list items you should not store in your garage.
Which items should not be stored in a garage?
The garage is part of your house and it should be maintained. Broadly speaking, items that are toxic and flammable that you would not store in the rooms of your house should not be stored in your garage either.
Are there any chemicals in your garage?
Leftover paint, paint thinners, auto fluids, pool products and pesticides are some of the chemicals that are often stashed in the garage. Such chemicals are dangerous for young children and pets. They may also have toxins.
It is best to store such items in their original, tight fitting containers in a lockable cabinet or high shelf. A clean-out where expired items are thrown out should also be done often.
Are there flammable floor coverings in your garage?
It is a hazard to have a rug, cardboard or tarp under the car. These are often placed under a car to catch auto drips. Remove them because they would go up in flames if gasoline was to get on them. Use strong, specialized cleaners to remove auto oil spill.
Where do you store your propane tank?
This is another item that is often stashed in the garage. You can store your grill in the garage but this should be after you have removed the propane tank. It is a fire hazard that should be stored no less than a good 10 feet from your house. A propane tank has a freezing point of 300 degrees. This means that it can safely be stored outside throughout the year even in the coldest of places.
Do you store any kind of food in your garage?
If you prefer to buy food items in bulk, you may run out of storage space in the home and opt to make use of the cabinets or shelves in the garage. Whether it is for human or pet consumption, nothing edible should be stored in a garage if you have chemicals in your garage. This includes wine.
Food items can mix other chemicals such as anti-freeze which can kill a pet. Fumes from some chemicals can also get mixed in with food items. If you do store food in your garage, be sure to keep it in a refrigerator or freezer.
Anything else I should keep out of my garage?
If you are not sure what is safe to store in your garage, call the Amarillo garage door expert at Willow Creek Overhead Door. Owner Tony Hall has years of experience installing and repairing garage and overhead doors, and has seen everything! Contact Tony today if you have any questions about your garage door.
A garage door is a key component of your home or business. Keeping it in good working order is very important in regards to safety and security. Lately you’ve noticed your garage or overhead door is not operating as efficiently as it should. Whether it’s shaking, screeching or just plain slow, you know there’s a problem. If you are a DIY kind of person, or looking to cut costs, consider repairing your garage door with used parts.
Should I repair my garage door myself or hire a professional?
That is entirely up to you. Depending on the type of repair though, it may be best to call a professional if it is something you are unable to troubleshoot. Don’t put you, your family, pets or customers at risk by repairing a door yourself if it is unfamiliar territory.
However, if you are handy and research-savvy, you have probably found dozens of websites offering DIY garage door repair tips. Oftentimes it’s enjoyable to take on do-it-yourself projects and fix something all on your own. There’s a certain amount of pride in that.
How can I fix my garage door myself?
Garage doors are sensitive objects. Therefore, you must make the effort to maintain them. There are so many moving parts that all of a garage door’s components must work together. If one part is broken, you can bet other parts of a garage door will not operate as they should.
The first thing you should do before repairing anything is to troubleshoot the issue. Look online or even call a professional garage door installer for advice. Do the springs need adjusting or is the opener frozen? Are the tracks loose? Do the nuts and bolts just need to be tightened?
Once you identify the source of the problem, research what kind of parts you need. There are several types of springs, for example. Don’t just run to eBay and purchase the first part you find. Trying to install the wrong part can damage your garage door even more.
In addition, it’s also important to use the proper tools when doing garage door repairs yourself.
And last but not least, be safe. Garage doors can be dangerous and can injure you if you are not careful. Many of the parts are heavy or sharp.
Who can offer advice on garage door repair?
Even if you want to repair your garage door yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a local, trustworthy garage door expert for advice first. That garage door specialist may also sell used garage door parts and give you detailed instructions on how to install the parts.
Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo, Texas stocks and supplies a variety of garage doors and parts. Check out their Angus’ Backlot Bargains, which includes:
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A garage door is more than panels riding down a pair of tracks. It is a complicated, coordinated dance of door, tracks, springs, and opener all working together. For long-term performance, you need to make sure the door is properly balanced.
You may suspect that your garage door is out of balance if you see the doorjerking or rattling more than normal when it is going up or down; if one or all the panels not being level; or if the track itself is loose. All of these are potential signs of an unbalanced garage door.
How can you tell if your garage door is properly balanced?
You can do a few tests to check the balance of the residential garage or commercial overhead door. Before doing anything, disengage your electronic opener, since you will be performing the tests manually.
Test 1: Close the garage door completely. Then, raise it to 1 foot off the ground. The door should stay in place. Raise it up 2 feet off the ground. The door should stay stationary. Keep raising it up in 1 foot increments and make sure the door stays in place, no matter where you stop it.
Test 2: Open the garage door completely. Close the door. The door should lower in a controlled way and should not slam down when it hits the bottom.
Test 3: Close the garage door completely. Raise the door. It should rise at a controlled pace and not go up at a fast or erratic pace.
Test 4: Raise the door into the fully opened position. Check that the bottom of the door is parallel with the bottom of the door opening. The bottom should be level and straight.
Once you complete these tests, you can engage the electronic opener again if the door is in balance.
Can I fix the garage door myself?
Don't try to balance a garage door yourself. It can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. If the tests show that the door may be out of balance, the best thing you can do is call a professional, reputable garage door company, like Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo, Texas. Owner Tony Hall come out and verify the balance.
In those cases where the garage door technician finds the door out of balance, the next step is to diagnose and fix the problem. Sometimes the track has worked loose. Other times, the spring tension may have become uneven. Tony can often fix the problem at hand the same day he visits your property. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today.
As a responsible adult, we always lock our houses at night or whenever we leave to prevent burglars or uninvited guests from invading our home.
We also see to it that everyone at home adheres to basic safety and security practices. Although we strive to strictly follow these security reminders, we might still overlook some essential precautions.
Here are just a few commonly overlooked security measures:
Every member of the house should be able to set up the burglar alarm. Having a burglar alarm installed is one of the best ways to protect your home from intruders. You were advised to teach everyone in the house how to set up and shut off the alarm. But before you pass on the pin codes to everybody at home, consider their age, maturity, and trustworthiness. There are cases when a member of the household accidentally or intentionally divulged the deactivation code to burglars, permitting easy entry.
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