Garage doors are absolutely an integral part of any house security. We use garage doors almost every day, sometimes more than once a day, but how many times do we think about its maintenance or repair? Not until they stop working as intended or damaged parts of the garage door are at the last stage of their lives.
Garage doors provide convenience and sometimes act as a second main entrance to our home, but unfortunately, most of the time they are left unattended to whatever a repair of the household is undertaken. Hence main homeowners are faced with issues like stuck or jammed doors, unwarranted opening, or partial opening of the doors.
What could go wrong with garage doors?
As far as stuck or jammed doors are concerned, they happen because of the deformed frames or tracks through which the door slides and opens. These can be easily repaired without much hassle. Usually, it needs a simple hammer, a wrench, a few nuts and bolts, and a screwdriver to fix some of the minor problems that you can fix yourself.
The erratic opening or closing of the door might be due to a depressed key in the opener controller or there might be some problem with the opener circuit that can be fixed easily and might not cost a lot if you hire a professional technician. But the cost and repair time can increase when some major part of the garage door stops working or acts on the line. For example, the door opener might need professional assistance to repair.
Garage door opener gears
If you are interested in garage door opener repair yourself, you need to understand that garage door gears are among the weaker parts of the opener and can be damaged over time due to reasons like old age, repeated usage without maintenance, imbalance in the garage door, or some internal manufacturing defect.
First and foremost, you should disconnect the electric supply to the garage door so one could operate the door by chance while you are working on it. Next, you should close the door manually and remove the pulley to ensure that the garage door doesn’t hurt you accidentally. Now you can follow these simple steps to repair your garage door opener gears.
- Once you are ready, open the retainer cap of the belt pulley, and remove the sprocket.
- Remove the chain or belt from the sprocket after making its position
- Tape the chain or belt to prevent it from getting twisted or messed up.
- Remove the end covers, the drive gear, the retaining clip, the RPM sensors
- Disconnect the motor.
- An assembly of nuts holds the motor to the shaft. Remove these nuts first.
- Once you have removed the motor from the driveshaft, you can remove the gear and replace it with the new one.
- Assemble the entire system in the exact opposite manner.
If you feel at any step that this is too complicated for you, it is better to get help and hire someone well-trained and well-equipped to deal with the garage doors.