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How Often Should Garage Door Rollers Be Replaced

Put simply, garage door rollers are one of the key components in how smoothly and quietly your door will open and close. They hold the actual door on the door tracks and are an integral part of the entire unit. If you want to make sure your garage door is opening and closing as smoothly and as efficiently as possible, then you need to take good care of these crucial components.

Most door manufacturers recommend spraying lubricant on the rollers and hinges every 6 months.  Regular maintenance will keep them operating properly and help prolong the life of the rollers. Quality, well maintained rollers usually last about 12-15 years.  Here’s what to look for to determine if  it’s time to replace your rollers. 

Performance

A jamming or slow or loud garage door can be a tell-tale sign of faulty garage door rollers. Conducting a visual inspection of your door rollers is simple enough. If you can see visual damage, such as cracks, or wear on your garage door rollers then something needs to be done. If your rollers don’t look damaged or worn out, you should also make sure they’re securely attached to the shaft. Grab hold of the roller and give it a light tug and a wiggle. The roller should remain firm with little wiggling or play. If the roller is sloppy on the shaft the bearing is probably worn out and the roller should be replaced. While it’s easy enough to lubricate your garage door rollers, any replacement should be assessed and carried out by qualified professionals.  NEVER attempt to replace the bottom rollers yourself as all the tension from the springs that lift the door is attached to the bottom roller bracket and severe injury can result.

Garage Door Roller Material

Another thing to take note of is the material your garage door rollers have been manufactured from. The material and composition of the garage door rollers can affect how often you should replace your garage door rollers. For example, cheap plastic rollers are more vulnerable to deterioration as the plastic becomes brittle as they age. Typically, cheap plastic rollers do not have ball-bearings and the door will not run as smoothly as a result. Steel rollers are better in quality and have ball-bearings so the door will run smoother, but the steel on steel contact with the tracks makes them louder.  The best rollers have a nylon “tire” and have metal ball-bearings.  Often referred to as silent rollers, these are the quietest, smoothest operating and longest lasting rollers.

If you think it’s time to replace your garage door rollers or are facing any other issues related to the smooth operation of your garage door, contact the Door House today. Our decades of combined experience and knowledge ensures you’re in good hands.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
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About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

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Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

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Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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How to Maintain Your Garage Door

Regular garage door maintenance is essential to minimize any potential problems that might arise through regular use. While some maintenance should only be carried out by trained professionals, there are a few simple tasks that can be done with little mechanical knowledge that can help your garage door operate as efficiently as possible.

Regular Cleaning and Painting

Regular cleaning helps keep corrosive chemicals (such as road salt), dirt and debris away from and out of moving parts while maintaining your garage door’s finish. Cleaning your garage door doesn’t have to be complicated nor does it need to be done every day; a simple scrubbing with a soft brush and a mild soap a few times a year will suffice. In our snowy Canadian climate the most important thing is to invest in a good floor squeegee to push out all the snow melt that comes off your car which is often full of corrosive chemicals.

In the case of metal garage doors, regular cleaning should usually suffice, however wooden garage doors require more TLC. Wooden garage doors should be painted/re-finished every few years.  This ensures that they’re protected from moisture and prevents warping.

Lubricate Key Moving Parts

 One of the most important aspects of garage door maintenance is lubricating the moving parts that allow the garage door to move. A light weight mineral oil or good quality spray oil on the hinges and rollers should suffice in keeping your garage door opening and closing smoothly. Moving parts should be lubricated twice a year. It’s good to get into the habit of regularly checking the lift cables for corrosion or fraying when you lubricate the door.

Check for Loose Hardware

To keep your garage door well maintained and working as efficiently as possible, you should also periodically check and tighten any screws, nuts, and bolts since something as simple as an unchecked loose nut or bolt can cause serious problems down the line.While the few tasks listed above don’t require much skill or mechanical knowledge, it’s perfectly understandable if you’d rather have professionals take care of your garage door maintenance. Get in touch with The Door House today to find out how we can help maintain your garage door and keep it running smoothly and efficiently.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

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Three Common Garage Door Problems

For many of us, our garage door is the most used entrance to our home, but we tend to take its operation for granted.  Generally, garage doors are very reliable and function without any problems or issues. However, as relible as they are, one day you are bound to push that button and the prudent as you may be there’s no guarantee that you won’t run into trouble; so to help you out we’ve compiled a list of three common garage door problems along with a few suggested solutions.

Door Won’t Close

The number 1 call garage door companies receive is “my garage door won’t close.”  In about 80-90% if these cases the cause is the safety eyes are blocked or have been bumped out of alignment.  The safety eyes are located by the tracks on each side of the opening, usually about 6” off the floor.  The sending eye sends an invisible beam of light across to the receiving eye.  If the receiving eye doesn’t receive the beam of light from the sending eye it will not let the door close.  This is a safety feature required by national building code to prevent the door from closing if someone or something is in the way.  This is a simple issue most homeowners should be able to fix themselves.  Simply remove whatever is blocking the eye or, if there isn’t anything blocking the eyes, make sure they are pointing directly at each other.  There are no tools required.  It is as simple as looking at each eye to see which one is crooked and move it till it points directly at the other eye.  If you can’t figure out how to line them up you will need to pay for a service call to have a professional come out to straighten them.  You can temporarily bypass the eyes by holding the button on the wall in with constant pressure until the door is completely closed.

There are several other things that can cause a door not to close including a lift cable not wrapping properly, poor track alignment or other failed components.  For any of these a professional door company should be contacted.

Door Won’t Open

The most common cause of a door not opening is a broken spring.  Garage doors are very heavy and the springs do all the work in balancing the door, making it feel light.  When a spring breaks the garage door will become extremely heavy and the electric opener will usually only lift it about 6” and stop.  You can confirm whether you have a broken spring by looking about a foot above the door in the center.  You will see one or two big black or silver coiled springs (about 2-3 feet long each).  If a spring is broken it will be obvious it has split into 2 pieces.  Springs are considered a consumable and it is normal for them to break.  The average life of a set of springs is 8-10 years but this is dependent on how many times the door opens and closes.   DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WORK ON THE SPRINGS For this repair you will need the help of a professionally trained door service person as these components are under extreme tension and serious injury or death can occur when working on them.

Inconsistently Opening and Closing

This common garage door problem has a few potential causes. One being the battery in your remote or transmitter is nearing the end of its life – this can cause your garage door remote to work inconsistently and intermittently. If you’re facing this issue with your garage door, it is advisable to first replace the batteries in your transmitter as this easy fix could solve your problem. Another possible cause is that one of your neighbors has the same type of opener using the same transmission code. Although rare, this can happen if your garage door opener was manufactured in or before the early 90s. The easiest fix to solve this garage door problem is to simply change the code your remote uses.

Opening or Closing with a Bang

If your garage door opens or closes with a bang or clunk the problem could have several different causes including a worn out roller, poor track alignment or an issue with the hinges among other things.  In this case it would be best to call a professional door company for service before the issue becomes a bigger problem.

Serving the Calgary area for over 20 years, our experienced team at The Door House is confident that we can help you diagnose and repair any garage door issues you may be facing. Contact us today to schedule an inspection or repair.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
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Should I Repair Or Replace My Garage Door?

When a problem arises with our trusty garage doors, most of us will naturally look into a repair as the first option. When looking into the possibility of a repair, it’s definitely worth keeping the cost in mind. If the repair cost approaches the price of a new garage door, the door should naturally be replaced. Like-wise if the door is older or not in great shape, you’re likely better off putting your money toward a new door as the cost may not be that much different. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few potential problems that could arise and whether it’s worth repairing or replacing your garage door.

 

Cosmetic Damage

Cosmetic damage includes superficial damage that might not necessarily affect the operation of the garage door but looks bad and can de-value your home. Things like chipped or faded paint, dents, rot or rust could qualify as simple cosmetic damage. This might be the result of prolonged exposure to the elements as well as any impacts the door may have faced over the years. In most cases, cosmetic damage cannot be repaired unless a simple paint job will suffice.  Depending on how bad the door makes your home look, this alone may be a good reason to consider replacing the door.  Any warped wooden doors could be replaced with more modern, galvanized steel units. For those of you who prefer the wood look, we stock a range of steel doors with realistic wood grain finishes.  If you don’t mind the additional maintenance, nothing looks quite like a real stain-grade wood door and we have many beautiful options to choose from.

 

Structural Damage

Occasionally, damage may be more than skin deep. What may look like cosmetic damage to the untrained eye could actually be more serious structural damage. If you are seeing cracks, splits, or bends in the door sections this is often a sign the door should be replaced.  Other components such as rollers, springs, cables and hinges are not very expensive and are likely easily repaired.

 

Problems with Functionality

If your garage door is sticking, opening too slowly or making too much noise your decision on whether to repair or replace it should depend on the extent of the problem. Any issue affecting a garage door’s functionality should be looked into by a trained professional. A professional opinion could end up saving you money and headaches in the long run. A trained eye will be able to isolate the problem area and suggest the best course of action. The problem might be solved with a few simple adjustments, or it could be stemming from a multitude of issues in which case a replacement could usually be considered.

 

If you’re still unsure of whether to repair or replace your garage door, we’re more than happy to assess any issues you may be facing and help you determine which path to take. Our experienced staff will do their utmost to ensure your complete satisfaction. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
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Signs It Might Be Time For a New Garage Door Opener

Being that they’re fairly simple and reliable devices, many homeowners tend to disregard their importance. With new models being released on a yearly basis offering increased convenience, safety and security among other features, it might be worth considering a new garage door opener. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of a few reasons as to why you may want to consider a newer model, even if your current garage door opener is still working fine.

Energy Efficiency

Many modern garage door openers are designed to operate using less power – especially those with Direct Current motors.  Often these openers are also designed to go into sleep mode after a few minutes to drop the energy draw way down.  Some even have built-in LED lighting which is more efficient and will last the lifetime of the opener.  No more changing burned out light bulbs.

Increased Safety

Garage door openers manufactured after 1993 are required by law to be equipped with a reversal mechanism, for added safety. This safety feature makes use of two sensors that transmit an invisible beam of light to one another. If something obstructs this beam while the opener is in operation, the door will immediately stop closing and reverse its current path.  A new garage door opener is highly recommended if your current one lacks this key safety feature.

Increased Security

Since older garage door openers worked using fixed codes, anyone with a similar or specialized remote control could open someone else’s garage door. Considering most garages have access to the rest of the house, this flaw poses a significant security threat. To counter this, new garage door openers make use of “rolling codes” which change the communication code used between your remote and the opener every time the garage door is remotely operated, selecting from over 100 billion possible codes each time. If you’re currently using a fixed code door opener, the increased security alone might make upgrading to a new garage door opener worth the money invested.

Old Openers Are Often Noisy (So are cheap new openers)

Traditional garage door openers utilize a chain drive system and AC (alternating current) motors. Even when properly maintained and service these openers can still cause quite a racket. Thanks to advances in technology, newer openers are available with DC (direct current) motors that operate way quieter.  The difference in noise produced can be substantial and this alone is often what prompts people to upgrade their opener.  Some are belt driven which also helps to make them a little quieter.

New Technology For Our Connected World

Many newer openers have built-in wifi which allows the opener to connect to your internet router.  Once connected you can download a free app for your phone or tablet that will allow you to operate or monitor your door from anywhere in the world you have an internet connection.  This can be handy to let in a friend or service person.  These openers can also be incorporated with many home automation/security systems that have become very popular in the last decade.

Backup Power Supply

Another drawback of garage door openers of the past was their inability to operate during power outages. This could be a minor or a major problem depending on what your current situation with alternate parking availability is. More modern garage door openers can now be equipped with backup batteries/power supplies which will automatically detect a power outage and allow your garage door opener to continue functioning as normal.

If you’ve decided to upgrade your current garage door opener, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our range of garage door openers. If you’re unsure on which unit best fits your needs or need some additional advice, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!

  • Residential Garage Doors
  • Door openers
  • services offered

About Us

As a family owned and run business for over 20 years, we have always strived to meet and exceed customer expectations and our online reviews prove it. We love happy customers! Our staff is experienced, professional, polite and work quickly. Above all, we commit to honesty in our dealings with every customer. Our evaluation of your needs will be based on what is best for you – not us. No “running the bill” with unnecessary items.

"YOUR TIME IS OUR PRIORITY"
We know your time is valuable so we will schedule your appointment to within a ½ hour so there is no need to wait around for hours.

Featured Video

“From affordable garage doors to luxury high end custom garage doors, whatever your budget we can help!”

Client testimonials

Maintenance tips

Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door And Opener

Garage

We recommend performing the following inspections every 6 months: Check lift cables and rollers for visible signs of wear (cable fraying, roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets yourself as all of these components are under extreme tension and serious injury can result. Call us if you notice any problems with these items.

Read More

Electric Opener

We recommend performing the following inspections every 3 months for safety reasons. Electric openers are capable of producing significant force when opening or closing your door and if not properly adjusted can cause serious injury or death from being hit or trapped by the moving door.roller bearings loose or sloppy). Never attempt to adjust or replace the springs, cables or bottom roller brackets

Read More
Our respected manufacturers include: