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

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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.


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.




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 - 


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 Athens


Called in the late morning that our main garage door wouldn't open and was making loud noises. They were able to send out a technician later the same day. After inspection he showed me how the spring was not working properly and was putting so much strain on the motor that a part on it finally broke. Gave us several options - repairing the parts on the motor and putting new springs on door versus installing new motor. Since our opener was 15 years old we elected to get a new motor and had all the relevant parts on that door replaced. Had him check our smaller door - it was also unbalanced. Elected to have him replace the spring and main bearing on that door but retained the motor and the remainder of the parts as this door is only used sparingly.
The technician was very thorough and took time to explain exactly what he was looking for during the inspection process and then presented several options for repair. He was unfailingly polite and friendly. We were very confident that he was quite knowledgeable and did good repair work. All of the work has an extensive warranty with it and we won't hesitate to call them back for any future work. The technician was named
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- he also did a good job of cleaning up afterwards and helped me reset the homelink transmitter on our cars. I would highly recommend this company.

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and their team did a great job, which included accommodating me regarding cutting back the lip of my concrete garage floor in order to fit the new impact-resistant garage door. The new door was thicker than my old door, and this thickness difference caused the need for the concrete to be cut back. After speaking with
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, he agreed to include this work in the existing price. He was fair and reasonable in making sure that I received a properly functioning, fully-installed door. The door looks great and will assist me with receiving a wind-mitigation credit with my homeowner's insurer.
- David L.

I'm careful of too many superlatives in any reviews because if they're too good they look like hype. But I can't resist:
This is the best service call I've had in my home in recent memory.
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Athens Garage Door Companies Provider Name Locked
operated like surgeons to replace the rollers, fix the broken mechanism and tune up the rest of it.
Two guys with great attitudes and service so fast, I would not have thought it possible.
As someone who's done customer service seminars and consulting for corporate America, I try to note the differences in consistencies of excellence. From great attitudes to being meticulous in explaining their actions,
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Athens Garage Door Companies Provider Name Locked
's communication skills were at the highest levels.
Frankly, I doubt that these two could be representative of any organization they work for. They are that good. If this company is only half as good, then you should be able to rely on them for top notch service.
- Tom J.

Called him to fix a spring and he broke my opener motor when re-attaching it. It got ripped off the wall first and then he cursed up a storm at
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Athens Garage Door Companies Provider Name Locked
(manufacturer) and ended up splitting the metal plate when he angrily used a bigger and longer lag screw. I believe he knew he had at least cracked the plate because after taking my check he got in his truck and left (went to another job) before the garage door had been reset. The light was blinking, error, and he told.me to give it a few minutes and try it again. Well, 15 minutes later no luck, so I called him an he said he'd be back in another hour or so!!! I left the door open and he came by and "reset" it.... I ended up calling him back 3 times because he never properly reset the opening position.... needless to say, the plate broke by that evening and the motor was just stripping the bar because ge broke it. I sent him pictures through email, text, and talked to him on the phone. He just denies it up and down like I expected.

I gave him a
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to make it right as a business professional, I asked for less than half of the cost it was for me to replace it. I wanted to give him a
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to make it right, but he asked why I didn't call him to replace it? Because HE broke it and doesn't deserve any more of my money!!!

I'd compare what he did to me like lighting a firecracker and running away before it explodes..... except I knew he lit it when it blew up. I believe he knew he broke the plate, that's why he ran away and that's dishonest.... HE broke my unit, and then angry at me about it? Yeah.... I don't recommend him.
- John F.

I called on Sept. 1 and he made a call the following morning in the time frame he promised. He was efficient, pleasant, neat, and explained what he was doing.
Technician's name was
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- Louise N.

went well. on time, professional, instructive, personable. Really appreciated the quality of service
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's provided.
- Elizabeth G.

I purchased a Big Deal: a $19.00 service charge with $25.00 toward repairs. I received a text from Roffi w/in an hour of my request. Visit scheduled in about 2 hours!
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arrived on time. See above for the work that he did. He's friendly, knowledgeable and a creative worker. He's intent on completing the job and pleasing the customer. He completed the work in a timely manner. Two (2) concerns: 1) I felt that the cost was steep and 2) he failed to provide an itemized bill, and there was no mention of the warranty. I called Roffi who emailed a Warranty. Overall I was pleased with the work.
- Joseph C.

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was very punctual, friendly, helpful, competent and worked very efficiently. The job was not only done in a timely manner, the quality of the job was great as well. I initially bought an Angie's List deal for maintenance, inspection and roller replacement, but upon inspection,
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saw a few things that needed repair (which I was aware of to begin with). He was able to apply the amount that I paid for the deal towards the repairs/necessary maintenance, which was greatly appreciated. I'm sure if he wanted to, he could have just taken advantage of the situation and just performed the maintenance he came to do and charged me on top of that for the repairs. So I appreciate his honesty and effort to get me the best deal for my particular situation. I have never had to use a garage door company before, but I would definitely use this company again.

- Alissa G.

Garage Door Companies in Athens, AL

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7237 Old Railroad Bed Rd



Alabama Handyman (R)

256 Criscoe Cir
Union Grove

Alexander Construction

2692 County Road 214

Budget Siding & Windows

PO Box 622
Pleasant Grove

Coy's Enterprise

7288 County Road 87

CrossTek - Remodeling, Roofing, Realty

7108 Criner Road



J & J Construction Co.

1720 Elliott St. Se.

JC Construction

393 Main Street

Kelos Services

2919 Holiday Dr SW

Lee Company

331 Mallory Station Rd.

Pinnalce Home Improvements

2007 Milam Ave

Precision Door Service

3411 Highway 53

Precision Enterprise

PO Box 617

Primeland Construction Company

207 North Franklin Avenue

Unity Professional Repair

119 Wood Creek Dr

Valley Overhead Door Inc

PO Box 5858

Vandergriff Homes

P.O. Box 842

Window World Inc

1804 Sportsman Ln

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