Recently we had a client phone us for garage door repairs Fourways, Sandton – Campbell street. There were some broken garage door hinges.
We found a couple of problems with the door. The client has a custom size door, so it is wider than a normal double door.
- A couple of months ago one of his springs broke. And a different company replaced his springs
- They replaced only one spring
- This company also replaced the broken spring with a spring that is manufactured for caravan-size doors. The client does not have a caravan size door
- A couple of hinges where broken
- The door is heavy, the motor is taking strain and it does not move properly
Garage Door Repairs Fourways – Solutions
When your garage door spring breaks, you have to replace both springs
. If you only replace one spring, you are leaving your door with one old spring that will break soon and that wont have the same lifting power as a new spring. We always weigh and measure the door so that we can fit the correct springs. Springs are made for a particular door height and weight. Such as 70kg or 80kg for a 2.1 meter door etc. If you install the wrong springs, the door will not operate properly. Either, the closed door will be too heavy and therefore pulling down when you are opening it. Or it will be pulling up too much and closing it will be difficult. It is very important to install the correct springs and tension them properly. In this case, the hinges broke because the springs were incorrect and were causing the motor to apply lots of pressure on the door while it was pushing it closed. We replaced the hinges because, if you have broken hinges the panels don’t align properly and will cause more hinges to break. With too much stress on the panels they can also start to break. We do not advise replacing broken panels
. You would need to replace the entire door
which is an expensive exercise. If the incorrect springs are installed it can also put strain on your garage door motor and it will also break. It is very important to always have a mechanically sound garage door. You need to look after all aspects of your garage door. Including the springs, bearings, hinges, and the garage door motor.
This was another job for garage door spring repair Fourways. Our client is in the Fernbrook estate in Bushwillow Road, Fourways, and was experience a problem with their garage door. One of our teams went out and saw that a garage door spring
had snapped and needed replacement.
It is important to stop using the door immediately when a spring breaks. It can be very dangerous as the garage door could break further and fall on someone or something. Furthermore, every time you try and operate your garage door motor when your garage door has a broken spring, you increase the risk of breaking your garage door motor.
Garage Door Spring Repair Fourways – Assessment
We arrived at the client’s property and assessed the door. As part of our garage door assessment – particularly in the case of broken springs – we do the following:
- First of all, we take down the spring tension completely
- Then we weigh the door
- We also measure the door height. This is because the size of springs required depends on the weight of the door as well as its height.
- We look at the Torsion Pipe, bearing brackets, hinges and rollers – as well as the general condition of the door.
- Finally, we create a quote based on the components that need replacing.
Garage Door Spring Repair Process
Remember that with garage door parts such as springs and cables
, it is important to replace both sets at the same time and not just one of the pair. This keeps the garage door operating smoothly and evenly. If you replace only one spring or one cable, the other spring or cable will most likely soon break and need replacing too. You will also put strain on your garage door and garage door opener. When garage doors are repaired and their springs are replaced, the spring tension is set so that the door moves well and is also adjusted for the current installed motor. Sometimes the motors are old and the door weight needs to be adjusted so that the motor can both open and close the door. Please note that after about 8 weeks the spring tension can be checked again. This is a simple process. You put your garage door motor on manual and open the door manually. Is the door relatively easy to lift. If you are strugling to lift the door, the motor will struggle to lift the door and can potentially break. If your door is too heavy, please give us a call so we can adjust your spring tension for you. This was another example of our garage door spring repair Fourways services.
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