• Why Did My Garage Door Come Off Its Tracks?

    As with many things in your home, you probably don’t pay too much attention to your garage door unless it’s not functioning properly. If your garage door stops opening and closing as it typically does or it comes crashing down, chances are that it’s come off its tracks. There are a variety of reasons why garage doors come off their tracks and the issues could be fixed quite easily by a professional.

    • Bent Door – This often happens when a driver runs into their garage door by pulling into the garage or backing out from it. Bent doors can be caused by other factors, but it commonly causes a garage door to come off the track.

    • Weak Tracks – Horizontal tracks can bend easily when they can’t handle the weight of the garage door, which is as heavy as 400 pounds. If you have a heavy garage door you need stronger tracks because if they are too weak the door will come off track.

    • Worn Out Rollers – There are several rollers that help glide a garage door along its tracks and helps it open and cloth smoothly. Even one or two rollers being worn out can lead to the door falling off its track.

    • Lift Cables – Lift cables are found on both sides of the garage door. The cable will break or come loose if the door loses alignment.

    • Loose Hardware – There are lots of moving parts connected to a garage door and over time they can wear down or come loose. Having every fastener on your garage door inspected and tightened is a good way to prevent this from causing problems.

    As you now know, there are plenty of reasons a garage door can come off its tracks. Once it does, stop trying to use it right away and schedule an appointment with Guardian Garage.

  • Garage Door Springs: What You Need To Know

    Your garage door has a lot of moving parts to keep it working properly. With most garage doors weighing well over 100 pounds, it should come as no surprise that a garage door’s springs work hard and sometimes need to be replaced. While some people attempt to replace garage door springs themselves, this can be very dangerous and quite costly if you are not well trained.

    Garage door springs are one of the most important elements of any garage door. They counteract the heavy weight of the door and keep the door balanced. The two types of garage door springs are torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are more expensive but last longer.

    It’s recommended that you don’t wait until your garage door breaks to replace its springs. You can do a couple of tests to find out what condition the springs are in and whether or not they should be replaced. First, move your garage door into the open position. Pull the lift release cord with a red handle which puts it into manual mode if the power goes out. The garage door should not move or only have a subtle movement. If the springs aren’t strong enough, the door may sink back into the vertical tracks.

    The next test you can perform to see if your garage door’s springs need to be replaced starts by pulling the door to the halfway open position. If you have trouble moving the door by hand you have an issue. You also have a problem if your door starts to sink. In either case, your springs need to be replaced.

    Even if you suspect that your garage door springs need to be replaced, call a professional. It’s not worth risking it by trying to do it yourself as the heavy garage door could regrettably fall and injure you severely. For a free in-home consultation call Guardian Garage Door Services today at 609-693-8040 .

  • Signs Your Garage Door Opener Needs to Be Replaced

    Having a garage door opener that doesn’t work correctly is not only annoying, it can also be a safety hazard. If your garage won’t close it provides an easier entry to your home for ne’er do wells or would be thieves. If the garage won’t open you may have to park on the street which isn’t preferable, or you may not even be able to drive it if it’s stuck in the garage.

    There are actually several reasons why your garage door opener might need to be replaced. If your garage door won’t open or close the first thing you should do is to check its batteries as well as the batteries on the wall unit. If you are lucky new batteries will solve the problem, but that often isn’t the case.

    Your garage door may not be connected to the opener. If you see a light on your opener but nothing happens this could be the problem. This issue can happen if you fail to reconnect the door and opener after a power outage.

    If your garage door opener works sometimes and doesn’t at other times, you likely have some type of wiring issue. There isn’t much you can do about this problem except for calling in the professionals. If the garage door starts opening or closing without anyone pushing the button, you need to have the issue addressed right away because it’s a serious safety concern.

    If you have a garage door that opens and then reverses direction you may be dealing with a problem with the door’s safety eyes. If you hear strange sounds the door probably needs to be repaired or replaced. If you have an older model that’s at least 15 years old, it should also be replaced with a more efficient new model.

    If you’re experiencing problems with your garage door or garage door opener, contact Guardian Garage Door Service Inc. today at 609-693-8040 .

  • Why Your Garage Door Needs to be Properly Maintained

    You probably know when you need to take your car to a mechanic, but you might overlook the place you actually park your car. Whether or not your garage houses your vehicle or is used for other purposes, the door is important in protecting your home and garage from the elements, critters, and even other people.

    Your garage door needs to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis to make sure that it’s doing its job. Find out the reasons why your garage door is one of the most important parts of your home.

    • Safety – Your garage door is the largest moving part in your home, so it’s important that it works properly. It keeps out weather elements such as rain, snow, and cold or hot air. It also keeps out pests and other critters as well as those looking to steal your car or other items you may keep in your garage or home.

    • Security – This goes along with the last point about protecting your home from intruders. Your family is the most important thing you have, so you want to keep them secure. Your garage door is the largest entry point in your home.

    • Aesthetics – In addition to providing safety and security, you also want your garage door to be aesthetically pleasing. A deteriorating garage door is an eyesore, and can also lower the resale value of your home.

    If you notice any issues with your garage door, it’s important that you call the professionals. You could try to do the job yourself, but not only could you put yourself in danger, but you can also cause more damage in the process.

    Much like with other repairs, some preventative maintenance can go a long way in keeping your garage door working properly. You might also save money in the long run because you’ll be less likely to run into the need for major unexpected repairs. Contact Guardian Garage Door Service today for a free in-home consultation.