Springtime Improvements for Long Beach Garages
It’s that time of year again when Long Beach garages weather the natural elements. As your favorite TV meteorologist predicted earlier this week, the Baywatch has brought with it sunny skies and an increased degree of humidity.
You can expect this to last for another couple of days, so now would be an excellent time to fix or replace any broken equipment around your home. That includes one of the Long Beach garage door openers.
When Was the Last Time You Had Your Long Beach Garage Serviced?
An oft-forgotten component in most households is also one our technicians frequently see during visits: the opener itself. Garage door openers are small but essential pieces of equipment that assist you with getting into your garage every day. It means that you cannot get into your garage if they are not working.
But what is wrong with your opener, and how do you fix it? Should you even bother to try? Here are some common problems we see with garage door opener long beach and the best ways to resolve them.
Motor Doesn’t Work or Needs Pushes to Start
It usually means the opener has an electrical problem, such as a blown fuse or faulty wiring. The first thing we advise is to disconnect power from the opener by turning off its circuit breaker in your home’s breaker box – do not worry – this will not affect anything else – and wait for a few for any residual energy to dissipate. Then, if possible, remove the opener from its regular place and look at it. Check the wiring for any damage or issues before using a voltage tester to check for power coming from specific wires. Suppose you have fixed your garage door opener’s electrical problems but are still facing issues with movement. In that case, your next step will be to call one of our technicians as they can diagnose other mechanical problems and help you fix them without wasting too much time.
Remote Control Doesn’t Work
One of the most common causes for this is dead batteries – always make sure these are included in your shopping list. If changing them does not solve the problem, try replacing the battery compartment entirely – it may be faulty and no longer make the proper connection with the batteries. Other causes include broken or misaligned antennas, which can be tested using a voltage meter for any energy signals before being manually adjusted to make sure they are in proper working order.
Garage Door Opens Slowly
Although this may not seem like much of a big deal, it is usually an indication that something is wrong with your opener’s motor. It would help if you had this checked out by one of our technicians, who will quickly diagnose the problem and recommend either repair or replacement depending on its severity. An excellent way to know whether you need to call us immediately about your garage door repairs is if the opener is not closing correctly anymore – in most cases, cold weather slows down movement. Once things heat up again, you should not see any problems with your Long Beach garage door opener.
A chain-breaking on a garage door is more of an inconvenience than anything else but still shouldn’t be ignored. It usually means that the chain drive is worn out and needs replacement. If you want to fix it yourself, take off any weights or trolley-mounted hardware before removing the broken link. Then open up the track by removing bolts holding it in place at either end of the opening mechanism/chain system. Next, attach a new link using pliers, being careful not to over-tighten as this can lead to snapping. Finally, replace everything else into its original position.
The chains are out of alignment or keep falling off the toothed track. If this is your issue, your first step should be adjusting the chain’s position by loosening its screws and moving it back into place. It should only require a few adjustments but if you’ve tried this multiple times with no luck, seek professional help.
Tips for Improving Long Beach Garages During Spring
Here are some simple steps to ensure your garage is ready for the warmer weather.
Check the Door Seal
It cannot hurt to quickly check how well your door is sealed during this time of year when the weather starts to turn. Garage doors long beach are notorious for leaking in windy conditions—and if left unfixed, they can lead to more significant problems down the road. You can do this by simply laying down some plastic over the floor and taping it to the ground. Then take a little flashlight, head outside, and check around all of the seals on your door for any apparent signs of wear or damage—tiny holes, tears, cracks.
Clean Out Your Garage
Now maybe that time to check for any unwanted items collected in your garage throughout the winter months that you want to toss out. It can include old boxes, dirty rags, yard equipment, etc. Getting rid of these items will give you additional elbow room and help with future organization—keeping like things together instead of spread across several different surfaces (which make bringing them back inside quite hard).
Check Your Walls
If you have the luxury of a nice-sized garage with high walls, you may have noticed that in addition to some dirt or dust buildup, there could be some scratches on the surface. These are caused by items being pushed back and forth against it during windy conditions. A quick touch-up with paint can help keep these temporary marks from becoming permanent—and give you an extra coat to boot. Of course, this also includes any other messes on the walls, which you can clean with soap and water.
If there’s one thing that can make all the difference in a garage door, it’s rust. Over time, rain and dust corrode the screws that hold your door together and keep its panels tight. If any of them look like they’re ready to snap off, replace them with new ones (you can probably find new screws at a local home improvement center).
Motorize Your Track
Just as many people get stuck staring at a closed, immovable garage door, others have difficulty spotting a slow-moving track. With a new motorized way, the door goes up and down with just a touch of a button. Or even automatically if you have an automatic opener. Doors raised by remote controls are also helpful when manual tools can’t do their job during power outages.
Eventually, you are going to need something to park your car on. If it’s been sitting in the same spot for years – or if you’ve had more than one car that needed to sit there – chances are you might want to invest in some durable flooring. From epoxy paint to rubber mats, there are plenty of ways to update your garage floor for a fraction of the cost of new garage doors or a motorized track.
Improving Long Beach Garages
If it has been a while since you last had your Long Beach garage looked at, you may want to get it serviced. Feel free to reach out to us for repairs to Long Beach garages.