It is nearly a month until spring and the weather is just starting to warm up. This time of year is also when the throngs of Girl Scouts seem to ooze out of the woodwork, hawking their evil cookies, on a mission to enhance that winter spare tire you may be carrying around your waist. To be fair, it is not the Girl Scouts fault, after all they are just selling those delicious boxes or baked joy to gain valuable experience in conducting business. Right? Except Girl Scout cookies are much more than that, sure they teach responsibility, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and business, but why did they come to be the cultural icon that they have? Simple, they are darn good cookies, some may even say they are the best cookies on earth. Which raises the question, if Girl Scout cookies were available all year round, would they be as popular? In any case, it says something about demand and being the best. It’s like the McRib or pumpkin spice lattes in the fall, people line up for that kind of “rare” treat.

At G&G Garage Door we know what it is like to be in demand. For the past 30 years we have been the most trusted garage door installation, repair, and maintenance contractor in Southern California. Much like Girl Scout Cookies, our services are not needed everyday but when you need them, you really need them. That’s right, we said it, G&G Garage Doors is the Girl Scout Cookies of the garage door industry. Being as though it is cookie season, we got to thinking, most of the repairs our customers find are around this time of year, when things are beginning to warm up. We decided to put together a guide of what to look for when organizing your garage this spring.              

This time of year, many of us are gearing up for summer. Getting out the bikes, putting the skis away, and generally getting the garage in order is bound to uncover the hidden neglect that your garage door has suffered over the years. Now if a major problem has occurred, you will know it, as that generally means a garage door that will not raise or lower. Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to your garage door and regular maintenance is the key.   

Garage Door Tracks

Your garage door tracks are in place to guide the door up and down. They simply provide a smooth, controlled place for the door to roll. The tracks do not support much weight until the door is stored in the up position. Of course, if the tracks are not in the perfect position the door will not open correctly. This could cause a catastrophic failure and lead to costly repairs. So, what do you look for when inspecting your tracks for damage? Anything out of the ordinary. The tracks are designed to be a smooth, even curve, if they are bent, coming out of the wall, or missing hardware, they should be inspected by a professional. If the tracks are damaged, the door could fall, creating a serious safety issue.

Garage Door Rollers

The rollers ride in the tracks but contrary to what you may think the rollers do not grip anything on the tracks. The rollers simply support the weight of the door as it is making the arc into the up position. The rollers grind along every time you open the garage door, with metal to metal contact. Most rollers are coated with grease that helps them slide in the tracks and makes the operation quieter. If you notice the rollers beginning to grind or squeak, a fast squirt of grease is the best medicine. Once the rollers are worn out, it should become obvious and all sorts of crazy noises will emanate from the garage once the door begins to open. If the rollers need to be replaced, contact G&G Garage Door today.

Garage Door Panels

If you have an aging garage door, chances are, the panels are beginning to suffer. Panels are held together with hardware and designed to bend when the door is raised. At the junctions, you can imagine that the integrity of the panels can suffer over time, that’s just the way it is. One of the easiest ways to keep your garage door panels from deteriorating is to use high-quality paint or stain for wood doors. While it may not seem like it, metal doors need some sort of rustproofing, especially in the California climate. The first sign that your panels are deteriorating is loose hardware. When the wood or metal begins to fatigue the hinges will begin to get sloppy and the door will get much louder. This is the ideal time to upgrade to a lightweight aluminum door from G&G Garage Doors.

Garage Door Opener

The opener, a necessity on modern garage doors, is one of the most replaced compannets on a door. Of course, the opener system consists of much more than the button you push in your car. There are the motor(s), sensors, and control system. Each of these components must be working in unison in order for the garage door to function correctly. The sensors are critical for the safe operation of the opener system. These little lasers are in place to make sure that the door does not close on an object (or person) lingering below the door. This is why every time you put away your garbage cans, the door refuses to close and the light just blinks at you… mockingly. This is because the sensor is blocked and is telling the motor control unit that the door has a blockage and it is not safe for the door to close. This may be annoying but the safety function is critical to preventing accidents. If the sensors go bad, you will know it right away as your door will not go down. This could be from the misalignment or damage to the sensors. In any case, the process to rectify misaligned sensors is best left to the professionals as the process can be extremely frustrating to get just right.

The motor is the mechanism that drives the chain (or worm drive) that lifts the garage door. The motor, for all intents and purposes is simply to lift the garage door to get it started and control some of the weight during closing. Motors do not need to be extremely powerful because most of the weight of the door is managed by the spring, (we will get into springs next time.) When the motor goes bad your garage door is pretty much stuck in the water and unfortunately the opener is mostly motor. The electronics that control the motor could be to blame for a breakdown, the switches can go bad in the opener, the batteries will periodically die in the remote, and the controller could experience failure. If any of these components fail your garage door is back to fully manual. Meaning you have to pull the little red handle and open/close it by hand.

Regardless of what is going on with your garage door, the professionals at G&G Garage Door can help. We have the technicians that can fix your door right the first time, because the last thing you need is a garage door that doesn’t work. Join us next time when we discuss your garage door spring and the dangers that can occur when someone who is not trained attempts to work on this component. Don’t forget, Girl Scout Cookie time also means that it is time for your spring garage door inspection. This ensures that your door is in working order all summer.  In the meantime, if you happen to run across an extra box of Girl Scout Cookies, just remember to take it easy, those things are dangerous.