Last updated 9 days ago
So you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer. There is nothing wrong with fixing a small leak or repainting a couple rooms on your own, but the bigger and more dangerous home improvement or repair projects should be left to professionals. Garage door springs are tightly wound and under a lot of tension. Unless you have the tools and experience necessary to properly work on a garage door spring, you could end up causing a whole lot of damage to your garage door. Worse, you could also be seriously injured.
Don’t risk damaging your garage door or injuring yourself. For all of your garage door maintenance and repair needs, contact the experts at Advanced Garage Door of Austin. For over 35 years, we have provided expert garage door repair services throughout Austin. We even perform new garage door installations. To learn all about our garage door services, visit our website. If you have questions, contact us by calling (512) 258-7878.
Last updated 16 days ago
Austin may not be a winter wonderland, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get chilly mornings and evening. Winter’s cold air seems to affect nearly everything, even your garage door. As we move into the heart of winter, don’t be surprised if your garage door begins to operate erratically or doesn’t operate at all. To make sure that you can get in and out of your garage on the coldest days of the year, follow these tips to prevent common winter garage door problems.
Keep Your Garage Door Lubricated
Keeping your garage door well lubricated is important throughout the year, but it is especially crucial during the cold winter months. Freezing temperatures can cause your garage door to stick to the track, so use a high quality lubricant on the roller, bushings, and hinges to make sure that the garage door can open and close freely all winter long.
Use Your Garage Door on a Daily Basis
Even if you don’t need to move your vehicle or access tools every day, it is a good idea to use your garage on a daily basis. This will prevent the door from freezing shut, and it will tip you off to any minor problems that are developing. The sooner you can fix a garage door problem, the less expensive the repairs will be.
Check the Drive Track of Obstructions
This tip is not exclusive to the wintertime, but it will ensure proper garage door performance even when temperatures outside drop. Perform a quick visual inspection a couple times a week and look for obstructions in the drive track. If the track is damaged in any way, contact a garage door repair company as soon as possible to prevent the problem from becoming worse.
When it comes to garage door maintenance and repair in Austin, nobody beats Advanced Garage Door. We have over 35 years of experience in the garage door repair business, and we can help with any of your garage door maintenance or repair needs. No matter how big or small the problem is, call Advanced Garage Door at (512) 258-7878 to keep your garage door in great shape.
Last updated 21 days ago
You may not give much thought to your garage door, but unless you want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on garage door repairs, you should start giving it the attention it deserves. Some of the most frequent garage door problems are broken springs, squeaky hinges, stripped gears, and bad sensors. Fortunately, most of these problems can be prevented with regular garage door inspections and maintenance.
For more tips on keeping your garage door safe, check out this short news clip. And for the best garage door maintenance and repair in Austin, contact Advanced Garage Door. We can inspect your garage door and take care of any minor problems before they require major repair. Contact us online or call (512) 851-0879 to schedule a garage door inspection today.
Last updated 28 days ago
Garage doors are heavy, which makes that tiny automatic door opener on the ceiling much more impressive. However, the motor shouldn’t receive all of the credit for raising and lowering your garage door. After all, the torsion spring does all the heavy lifting. Operating on the principle of energy storage and distribution, torsion springs make it easy to lift a garage door that weighs 300 pounds or more. Below is a closer look at how this impressive garage door component works.
Torsion Spring Assembly
The standard garage door torsion spring has a stationary cone which secures the spring to the spring anchor bracket. As its name suggest, the stationary cone does not move. The other end of the spring has a winding cone that is used when installing, adjusting, or uninstalling the torsion spring. As the coils are wound up, they create torque, which allows garage doors to be opened manually or with an electronic opener.
Torque and Energy
As previously stated, torque is the principle concept behind a torsion spring. As the spring is twisted or rotated, it stores energy. The energy stored in the torsion spring, as with any spring, is potential energy. Because the weight of the garage door slightly exceeds the lift produced by the torsion springs, the springs merely assist in raising and lowering the garage door rather.
Torsion Spring Maintenance and Repair
Because torsion springs are largely responsible for keeping garage doors from slamming shut, it is important to have your springs repaired at the first sign of damage. A broken torsion spring can also make it nearly impossible to open your garage door, unless of course you can lift 300 pounds or more over your head (which we certainly don’t recommend).
If your garage door is in need of repair, contact Advanced Garage Door of Austin. With over 35 years of experience in the garage door repair business, we guarantee you will be satisfied with our services. We also garage door maintenance to keep you garage door and all of its components in tip-top shape. To schedule garage door repair or maintenance in Austin, call us at (512) 851-0879.
Last updated 2 months ago
Garage doors are a wonderful modern. The average garage door opens and closes tens of thousands of times during its lifetime, each part working in concert to lift and lower the heavy door. Keep reading to find out how your garage door opener accomplishes this amazing task thousands of times each year.
The motor is the heart of your garage door opener. Most garage door openers employ a 1/2 horsepower motor that can be plugged directly into a 120-volt outlet. The AC current from your home is converted into DC current to power your motor by an inverter housed inside the operator. The motor engages to lift or lower the door, and is also designed to slow the door as it reaches the top or bottom to prevent jarring or breaking it during operation. Many garage door openers also employ a battery backup so the door can be opened or closed even in the event of a power outage.
The Drive Mechanism
The motor provides force that is applied to the pulley system that opens and closes your garage door. A drive mechanism connects the motor to the pulley to transfer this force where it is needed during operation. The drive mechanism may be a long, threaded screw, a chain, or a rubber belt.
The Drive Guide
Your garage door raises and lowers on a set of tracks that guide its motion. One track is installed at each end of the door in addition to a track in the middle of the door. The drive guide connects the middle track to your garage door opener’s drive mechanism, allowing the operator to open and close the door when it is engaged.
Advanced Garage Door of Austin provides top-quality garage door services including repair and installation. Call us today at (512) 258-7878 to schedule a free safety inspection. Click through our blog to find more information about your garage door and how to spot trouble.