Atherton Garage Door Repair

Most people in Atherton don’t think much about their garage doors, at least until they push the button on the remote and the door doesn’t move. Then they find their cars trapped either on the street where they are more vulnerable to weather and thieves, or inside the garage, where the car doesn’t do you much good if you have somewhere important to be. In cases like these, you definitely need a good, local garage door repair company in San Mateo County.  The Garage Door Factory in Atherton, California is more than happy to come to your rescue when your garage doors break down. In fact, we offer emergency one-hour service in most cases, to get you on your way as quickly as possible.

But we at the Garage Door Factory believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a gallon of repairs. That’s why we offer a full range of garage door repair and maintenance services for any type of garage door from all manufacturers. Whether your garage door is slowing down, sticking, noisy, or rusty, we can quickly diagnose and fix the problem the same day.  We carry parts and equipment on our trucks in order to expedite garage door repair and service all over the San Francisco Peninsula. Even if your garage door is working perfectly, we can offer you a complete cleaning and preventative maintenance package to keep it in good operating order for years to come.

There are several different ways that automatic garage doors can break down, and things you can do to find out what the problem is. When it comes to garage door repairs, however, we recommend that you leave the work to the trained professionals at the Garage Door Factory. Automatic garage doors are sensitive mechanisms, and improper repairs can result in damage or even injury. With that in mind, there are some basic parts to every garage door that might need repair.

Garage Door Parts and Service

Garage Door Diagram

Garage Door Diagram

Track – Whether your garage doors are swing-up, roll-ups, or carriage house style, they all open and close by rolling on a steel track that is secured to the wall of your garage. If those tracks are loose, bent, or dirty, they can affect the performance of your garage doors.

Tracks that pull or fall loose from the wall can throw the entire garage doors mechanism off balance. If one track is hanging lower than the other, the motor will have to work harder to pull one side up, which can reduce motor life. It can also cause your springs to wear unevenly, eventually resulting in one spring being more taut than the other, leaving an unsightly gap between your garage doors and the ground in the resting position.

Bent tracks can cause minor or major garage door problems, depending on how bent they are. Minor bends can cause rollers to slip as they are pulled over the tracks, which can reduce the life of the roller, and even cause metal stress on the roller mount and door panel. Major bends in the tracks can cause more severe stress on the other parts of the door, or even cause the door roller to jam at the bend. If a jam is minor, a couple of Garage Door Factory technicians can probably rock it loose enough to replace. Seriously jammed rollers may require a cutting torch to free the caught garage doors wheels and bearings.

Over time, any moving mechanism can become dirty and grimy, especially one that uses petroleum-based lubricants like garage doors do. If not occasionally cleaned and replaced, these lubricants can attract dust, dirt and grime to your garage doors. If left untreated for years, this dirt can build up and cause slippage, wear, or even jamming of the roller and track mechanism. Part of the Garage Door Factory’s preventative maintenance package is cleaning out and re-lubricating the track and roller bearing, to ensure a long and trouble-free life for your garage door assembly.

Garage Door Rollers

Garage Door Rollers

Roller – As we mentioned above, the roller is an important part of your garage door mechanism. The roller is basically a wheel mounted on a bearing that is attached to the body of your garage doors by a hard point. If the wheel is damaged or if the wheel or bearing becomes dirty, it can cause wear, slippage, and even jamming on your automatic garage doors.

Dirty rollers result from the lubricant used to keep the wheel and bearing running smoothly becoming grimy or caked in dirt and dust. Just like with your car, oil-based lubricants are vital to keeping moving parts moving, but they also become greasy and dirty after a while. If they are left untreated, they can cause your roller to slip or catch on the bearing, which will require your motor to do more work to move your garage doors. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent your garage doors’ rollers from and dirty, and keep them lubed and in good working order.

Rollers can become damaged due to impacts, poor manufacturing standards, or even the unpredictable shifts in weather in San Mateo County. If your garage is not insulated, and a cold night is followed by a hot day, the rapid contraction and expansion of the metal in your roller can cause damage to the metal or to the plastic ring surrounding it. There is really no way to guard against roller damage, because, as a moving part on a complicated mechanism, rollers are bound to wear out over time. The best thing to do is schedule regular maintenance service visits at least once a year to ensure that all of your parts are working, clean, and in good shape. The Garage Door Factory serves San Mateo County and all of the San Francisco Peninsula, and checks each of your garage doors rollers as part of our standard maintenance check.

Garage Door Springs

Garage Door Springs

Springs – Springs connect your garage doors to the motor that raises and lowers it. The spring stores energy created by the motor and releases it gradually, meaning that the motor doesn’t have to work as hard to pull your garage door up and down. Over time, the repeated stretching and contracting of springs will cause them to become fatigued. If this is left untreated, the springs can stretch out, making your motor work harder to move the door and thus shortening its life. In extreme cases, the metal fatigue in the spring could cause it to break, which could potentially damage your garage doors or even cause injury to you.

It is important to keep tight torsion on your garage door springs in order to keep them and your garage door in good working order. If your garage doors have springs on either side of the door, it is important that they be in the right tensions position for maximum torsion. There are probably several different holes in the hard point attached to the door panel to hook the spring to. An experienced garage door repair technician like the ones at the Garage Door Factory can tell from the power of the motor and the size of the springs where to mount the springs on most garage doors.

If your garage door has one main spring in the center attaching the door panel to the motor, it is very important that that spring remains taut and in good shape. Because it is doing the same amount of work as two springs on other garage doors, it is a very high-tension spring. Because the tension of this spring is so great, it is very important that you do not attempt to service it yourself. Doing so could result in serious injury and serious damage to your garage home. Garage door repair technicians like the ones at the Garage Door Factory are trained to safely handle dangerous mechanisms like this high torsion spring, and are insured against damage if the mechanism fails. If you are interested in Palo Alto Garage Door Installation please follow the link now.

Your garage doors are complex machines that work every day in insulated heat and cold, not to mention the moisture and humidity of the San Francisco Peninsula. You depend on your garage doors to open and close when you need them to so that you can go to work on time, get home conveniently, and store your car and other valuables in safety. Just like any other machine, your garage doors will become dirty and wear down over time. If left untreated, your garage doors can lose performance, or even jam up and break down. In those cases, The Garage Door Factory in Atherton, California offers emergency one-hour garage door repair service in most parts of the San Francisco Peninsula and San Mateo County. But if you want to avoid a breakdown altogether, the Garage Door Factory recommends having your garage doors serviced once a year by professional garage door maintenance technicians, like the ones at the Garage Door Factory.


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