When a garage door works they are wonderful. They make your life easier. Most new models now contain remote controls so that you can open the door before entering the driveway. They are quiet and efficient. Since people rarely have them looked at until they don’t open or close, many garage doors are an accident waiting to happen. Like anything else of value they need to be maintained periodically to prevent problems. Chances are if you have a garage door you will experience a malfunction sometime during its existence. Garage doors are used often and because of this parts get worn and falter. Springs can snap and bolts can become loose.
A new single car carriage style door can use a 1/2 HP opener. If you have an extra tall door (9 or 10 feet) or a door that is wider than 16 feet I also recommend you go with the 3/4 HP door. If you have a one-piece door (usually and old door made out of wood) I recommend a 3/4 HP door.
9 times out of 10, homeowners will find the task of repairing or replacing garage door springs too complicated, if not too dangerous. Most people don’t have the time or inclination to replace or repair the broken spring themselves. If that sounds like you, your best option would be to contact a professional technician. It will also save you the time in measuring and shopping for the right springs.
Do you have enough room behind the lintel and back into the garage to ensure the tracks and gearing can be fitted correctly? A rule of thumb to help you decide this would be to consider you are trying to push a box the total height and width of the Garage Door Medics all the way in to the garage. If there is something in the way like lights or the ceiling slopes down then you may need to reconsider the type of door you want to fit, or make the necessary adjustments before the door is fitted such as moving lights out the way or raising / moving roof joists if possible etc.
The action that is used for the starting and stopping of the opener should be factored into the material. If an opener has a hard start or stop the door can be damaged easily.
Chain drive garage door openers are what you are used to. They are reliable, noisy and usually last a long, long time. They come in many different sizes. For example, Sears has an economy version, homeowner versions and heavy duty versions. These chain drive garage door openers are usually the best value and can be easily sized for you garage door. You can buy extensions for the opener for 8 foot and 10 foot doors.
How can you tell if your spring is nearing the end of its life? Simply take a look at the springs when the door is opener. Do they sag or can you see gaps between the springs? Do you notice any visible rust or divits on the spring? If so, you should consider replacing them soon.