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Garage Doors

A homeowner's guide to garage doors, including how garage door openers work, preserving safety, how to maintain them, who to call when they need repair, and options when buying a new door.

Circuit board problems or mixed radio signals are the most likely causes of garage doors opening on their own. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
Garage Doors

Garage doors can open and close on their own. Although it's rare, here's what to look for.

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Here is a tip sheet from Angie's List, previously published:

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/garage-door-experts-give-maintenance-tips.htm

If a tilt-up door, probably about $150-200.

If a roll-up door, assuming you have not put in cabinets or anything that prohibits sliding the shaft sideways about 2-3 feet out of the spring to change it, then about $200-250 should do it for a 2-car garage door. If he has to disassemble the brackets to remove the springs because the shaft cannot slide sideways enough to get the springs on/off, then probably another $50-100.

If you have an automatic garage door opener, usually they will charge you $50 or less for tension adjustment, lube, and motor cleaning if scheduled on the same visit, about half a normal call cost.

One thing to consider - assuming you have 2 springs and an opener, unless the other spring is quite new, you should replace it at the same time, first because it will probably break fairly soon anyway and changing two is only about $50 more than changing one, and because the springs on both sides should be of equal stiffness - if not, then the door will be unevenly weight compensated and try to open cockeyed, increasing wear and risk of damaging the motor.

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Assuming you are talking rollup garage door - issues similar but not as many parts on a tilt-up door.

Many rollup doors in residential use go 30 years or more on original springs.

Generally, they do not need to be replaced till they break. A broken one should be pretty obvious - the door will open very hard because it is being pulled up more at one side than the other, if at all, and one spring will be wound tight while the other will be looser, and usually the break is a visibly obvious one - either a visible break in the main portion of the spring, or the free end that goes into the end plate is broken off. Compare the springs against each other to see they look the same.

Also, if you think a spring is broken but can't see anything wrong, maybe the set screws that hold the end plates tight onthe axle have vibrated loose, relaxing the tension on the spring.

As the door gets older you may need to have a garage door repairman adjust the spring tension tighter if the door starts opening hard or balking at opening, though that is more often a problem with dirty slider track and bearings from dust accumulation, which you can clean with WD40 and then lubricate the side support rollers with motor oil or household oilcan. On lubrication of the slider track there are differences of opinion - some say clean with a non-oily solvent like brake cleaner and leave it clean and ddry so dust does not stick to it, other say oil with a light household oil or WD40. I prefer the latter so the plastic slider does not get worn out sliding on the metal slider track or pole, though it definitely does accumulate an oily dust grunge. The cleaning and lubricating should be done at least yearly - every 3-6 months if you use the door multiple times a day, more often if you are in a real dusty area like the Dust Bowl, the desert, or close to the beach.

 

 

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I think he is trying to upsell you on something you don't need, or their company policy is neer fix, always replace - some companies are in that mode not, to prevent future call-backs when it does not work.

 

IF only needs screws, sounds like a good do it yourself job with self-tapping sheet metal screws. Or a Handyman could do for maybe $50-70 if that is all that is needed.

 

If the weatherstrip is damaged and in on the front edge of the garage door, one other possibility - replace with one like this, or screw a bottom compression type rubber weatherstrip on the bottom of the door - actually work a lot better than the face-mounted ones anyway, in my opinion. Look like this from M-D Building Products and Frost King among others. Can also be used nailed to frame to flap contacts door face as an edge and top weatherstrip - 

http://www.amazon.com/M-D-Building-Products-3749-Garage/dp/B000052036

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Maintanence is going to vary by how much you use the door.  If it is used multiple times a day as cars go in and out I recommend having it checked annually.  You want someone to lube all of the proper points and inspect the rollers for wear or damage.  You don't want a component of that door failing and falling on yourself or a child.  Sometimes tracks need to be adjusted or realigned for various reasons.  Also, the springs can weaken and break causing the door to fall.  Have those checked as well.

Todd Shell
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Garage Door Installation reviews in Albany

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I had a very positive experience with
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. My garage door had too many problems to fix, and I needed a new one. New doors are a bit pricey, and the owner of the company did offer me other options to fix it and didn't pressure me at all to get a new one. They were available at times that were convenient for me and they showed up right on time.
- Helena L.
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started to work on the problem. He also provided maintenance service to
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the rollers and re-align the sensors, and re-align the tract that shifted with the garage. He also provided maintence on the other garage door so I have peace of mind that both doors will function without trouble now or next month. The price was reasonable and the serviceman was kind, thorough and efficient. Would highly recommend to others at work or among family. Thank you!
- Arabella A.
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I have used this provider in the past, but I think it has been at least 5 years. When there was a squeaking noise, I looked at the springs and noticed 1 was not right. I called Capital and made an appointment for the 1-3pm time frame.
Albany Garage Door Companies Provider Name Locked
arrived about 1:15 and we talked about his prior visits. He agreed that the springs should be replaced. It was cold outside, so I went in.
Albany Garage Door Companies Provider Name Locked
did his work quickly and efficiently. The doors work fine now.

- Eileen M.
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everything went well. We received a call when
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was on the way to our house. My husband met him there, the work was done timely, & neatly.
- T K.
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He arrived and measured the garage doors, explained what would be done and gave me two pamphlets I selected the two I liked with a custom color that had two be special ordered. The doors arrived two weeks later. He removed the old doors and hardware (NOT the door opener - that was fine) and installed the new doors and hardware. They open and close fine, relatively quiet and sit flush with the garage floor - very nice job.
- BRYAN A.
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He came out to measure the garage door the same day I spoke with him. In less than 2 days my new door and opener were installed. He was very professional and honest. He also took the time to make sure I knew how to use the opener then at no charge set up my home link for my vehicle. I will be recommending him to all my family and friends on what a GREAT job
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did!
- Vanessa M.
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They were great! contacted me by email the day I bought the coupon and called me the second day. Set up appointment a week later and they called to ask if they could come early which was perfect for me. Repairman was courteous, fast and good about explaining what he was going to do and why. If I have other problems, they're the ones I'll call.
- Barbara B.
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Garage door was noisy and needed routine maintenance.
Albany Garage Door Companies Provider Name Locked
responded quickly to my call and worked around my schedule. Ed arrived on time, immediately diagnosed the issues, made the adjustments, lubricated the door, explained to me how to do the maintenance myself if I wanted - and all in about 20 minutes. He suggested some additional things I could do to address the noise issue but didn't try to sell me on anything I didn't need. I would definitely use
Albany Garage Door Companies Provider Name Locked
again and suggest you do also.
- Lewis S.

Garage Door Companies in Albany

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518 Remodel

411 Rte 146
Altamont

A & C Contracting

Gloversville

Action Contracting

To be provided at a later date
Mechanicville

Adirondack Overhead Door Co

10 S Western Ave
Queensbury

Albany Home Repairs

PO Box 301
Glenmont

Alescio Electric

Rotterdam
Rotterdam

All Points Construction

PO Box 237
Greenville

Barrier Window Systems Inc

7356 Main St
Westmoreland

Bennett Contracting Inc

693 S Pearl St
Albany

Blueprint Remodeling

7 state st
Brooklyn

Brian Hommel Home Improvement

749 Kings Hwy
Saugerties

C & R OVERHEAD GARAGE DOOR

40 UFFERTS RD
Catskill

CAMINITI & GERLACH CONTRACTING

108 S MELCHER ST
Johnstown

Capital District Overhead Doors

135 Troy Schenectady Road
Watervliet

CAPITAL OVERHEAD DOORS LLC

159 WORMER RD
Slingerlands

Chase Contracting

PO Box 61
Ballston Spa

Clegg Bros Garage Doors & Openers

223 Walsh Ave
New Windsor

CLEMENT CONSTRUCTION

596 MASTER ST
Johnsonville

Colonial Overhead Door

1272 New York 67
Johnstown

Cornerstone Contracting, LLC

51 Beekman Street
Saratoga Springs

Countryside Seamless Gutters

531 Windy Hill Rd
Greenwich

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street
Cropseyville

Creative Interiors

58 Arcadia Ct.

Custom Overhead Door Inc

248 New York 295
Chatham

DF Construction

84 Van Vranken Rd
Clifton Park

Diamond Overhead Doors

446 2nd St
Troy

DirectBuy of Albany

356 TROY SCHENECTADY RD
Latham

Done Right Construction

13 Lancaster street

Efficient Heating & Cooling Services

37 Bloomingdales Ave
Gloversville

Empire Overhead Doors, LLC.

1628 Avenue B
Schenectady

GARAGE DOOR GARY

480 SARATOGA RD , APT E
Schenectady

Greene Overhead Door

711 Hudson River Road
Waterford

GREG MUELLER

289 MELICK RD
Canajoharie

Halfmoon Handyman Services

316 Rte 146
Clifton Park

Heritage Residential Services, LLC

23 Heritage Pkwy
Schenectady

HOME DEPOT

600 N GREENBUSH RD
Rensselaer

HOME DEPOT

2500 CAMBRIDGE RD
Schenectady

HouseSmart Home and Office Improvement

221 Northline Road
Ballston Spa

ICA contracting

37 Ten Broeck
Albany

James & Doraine Bushnell

43 Martins Hill
Ravena

JEFF LUTES

29 PINEPARK RD
Berne

Jellco Construction INC

PO Box 4550
Saratoga Springs

Joe Caracciolo Electric

38 Skaarland Dr
Burnt Hills

Josh's garage

Saratoga

JPH Property Solutions, LLC

1121 McClellan Street
Schenectady

JRS-Handyman

100 Lawrence St
Rensselaer

JS Services

340 Dunham Hollow Rd
Averill Park

Knights Construction

181 Clay Hill Rd
Fort Ann

Koops Overhead Doors

117 Edgewood Dr
Averill Park

LAWLOR CONSTRUCTION LLC

467 KNICKERBOCKER RD
Schodack Landing

Len Taylor

337 Eleanor St
Schenectady

Leos Overhead Door Inc

540 Pawling Ave
Troy

Level Best LLC

207 Riverview Rd
Rexford

LILL OVERHEAD DOORS INC

142 COLUMBIA TPKE
Rensselaer

Lowe's

271 Rte 9 W
Glenmont

Lowe's

476 Route 146
Clifton Park

Madsen Overhead Doors INC

673 Rte 203
Spencertown

McBain Carpentry Services

2519 2nd Ave
Watervliet

Mike Byer Construction

PO Box 427
Watervliet

Murphy Overhead Doors

1148 Central Ave
Albany

Overhead Door of Albany

15 Corporate Dr.
Clifton Park

OVERHEAD DOOR OF GLEN FALLS

PO Box 834
Glens Falls

Paul's Tree Removal and Handyman Service's

742 Rock city rd
Saratoga Springs

Pelton Contracting

804 county route 111

Phillips Home Solutions

500 New Karner Rd
Albany

Precision Contracting

50 Lincoln Street
Gloversville

Randio Builders Inc.

PO Box 386
New Baltimore

Richard's All Around Home and Property Management

1306 Buskirk West Hoosick Road
Buskirk

RL Home Improvements

8 Columbine Ave
South Glens Falls

RM Construction

2772 Maida Lane
Schenectady

Rob Kniese & Son Building, LLC

Po Box 107
Duanesburg

RTY Carpentry Plus

255 Consaul Rd

Scott Olsen Handyman Services LLC

1940 Dean Street
Niskayuna

Scott services

276 ida yardbrough

SEARS HOME IMPROVEMENT

4 Airport Park Blvd
Latham

Signature Homes & Renovations

447 County Route 10
Corinth

Smart Garage

Unit #7 – 7504 Vantage Place

Southwood services

31 Fisher Blvd
Slingerlands

Spire Restoration LLC

2 Locust Ct
Ballston Spa

The Home Depot - Clifton Park

4 Halfmoon Crossing Blvd
Clifton Park

Total Home Solutions of NY, LLC

26F Congress St #361
Saratoga Springs

Turning Point Contractors

Saratoga Springs

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street
Schenectady

Winchip Overhead Door Co

9 Sweet Rd
Queensbury

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