A garage door, which is made of different materials such as metal, wood, or fiberglass, is a large on a car garage that is usually attached to the house. It is currently referred to as an attached car garage as differentiated from a detached garage which is a structure separate and at times away from the house. An attached car garage is the most common type of garage in American communities. This type of car garage can easily be installed and serviced by garage door repair Fullerton.
The door of a car garage is constructed of several jointed panels that open by rolling up on tracks across the garage ceiling. Since a large garage door is heavy, its operating mechanism is counter-balanced or spring loaded in order to offset its weight and reduce the amount of human or motor effort to operate it. Most car garage doors are operated by an electric door opener. The opener has a power unit that houses the electric motor. This power unit is attached to a track, with a trolley that has an art that is attached to the top of the garage door. The trolley can slide back and forth on the track, letting the garage door to open and close. The trolley moves along the track as it is pulled by a chain belt or screw that turns when the motor is operated. The garage door can be operated manually during power outages through a quick-release mechanism that allows the door to be disconnected from the motorized opener.
Troubleshooting Garage Door Problems
Garage door openers are required by federal law to be equipped with optic sensors that will detect the presence of person or object in the pathway of the door. The optic sensors must be aimed at each other in order for them to send and receive uninterrupted beam of light. When the optic sensors get misaligned, it will result to a system shutdown. This is the most common cause of a non-functioning garage door.
This problem is easy to troubleshoot. The first step should to check for any obstructions or items blocking the eyes of the optic sensors. If there is no obstruction, check if the eyes become misaligned. Rotating the sensor’s optic eye slightly usually will bring it back into line with the partner optic sensor.
Other causes of garage door shutdown include dirty tracks, misaligned rollers, and broken springs. The owner must be familiar with how these parts work, usually in consultation with the owner’s manual, to know how to fix, adjust, or replace non-working parts.
Check for grinding, scraping, or whirring sounds that are indicative of problems with the gears, sliding mechanisms, or the electric motor. When the owner is not sure about the problem, he must call a qualified garage door technician. Spending some money for consultation with a technician will be a lot cheaper than repairing a bigger problem if the early signs are ignored.
Garage door repair Fullerton suggests that the garage door system must be tested periodically, either monthly or every two months. Test the force that closes the door if it needs adjustment. Testing the sensitivity of the door can be done by placing a piece of wood, two inches by four inches, at the ground while the door is closing. The door must return or bounce back on contact. If it does not, the force of the door needs to be adjusted. Check your owner’s manual on how to adjust the force of the door.
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