Garage doors are one of those parts of our house that, while they serve a valuable purpose and we use them almost daily, we often take them for granted. Even when homeowners come to realize they need regular maintenance and repairs, there are oftentimes a lot of misconceptions about garage door repairs and repair companies. These misconceptions can lead to more expensive troubles down the road. So, we are going to try to dispel these myths and misconceptions about garage door repairs.
They can run without ever being maintained or lubricated.
While garage doors are certainly dependable and can often work for years without so much as a second glance, that isn’t necessarily a good idea. In fact, the best way to extend the life of your garage door and garage door opener is through regular maintenance and lubrication. Click here for tips on how to maintain your garage door.
Garage doors are easy to fix.
Another common misconception is that garage doors are not complicated, and one can easily fix them if necessary. While some repairs (cleaning, painting, maybe oiling the chain) can be performed by any homeowner, some repairs involving the motor, the electrical system, or even the garage door sensors will need to be serviced by a qualified Houston garage door repair facility that has experience in handling all aspects of garage door repair.
Only replace garage door springs when they are broken.
One misconception about garage door repairs that can quickly lead to complications and frustrations is that you should only replace a spring when it is broken. For instance, you notice one of your springs has broken so you decide to replace it but since the other one seems fine, you leave it intact. If both of your garage door springs were installed at the same time, then they will wear evenly. You should always change the pair together instead of one spring at a time. If you change only the one that broke, that means the other one is going to have more stress due to wear and age than the newer one, and it will break sooner rather than later.
Garage doors are supposed to be noisy.
While it is true that you may hear a small bit of noise from your garage door, you should not hear excessive noise. Noises such as screeching, clanking, metal rubbing or excessive squeaking while opening or closing, could be signs of wear and tear and should be looked at by a garage door professional.
All Garage door Companies want to take advantage of the homeowner.
It is true that there are less than reputable garage door repair companies who are more interested in selling you a new door rather than repairing your existing one, but rest assured, not all garage door repair companies are the same. A little research and word of mouth will help you weed out those companies that are out to just make a buck and ones that really care about the homeowner. Click here for tips on how to hire a garage door contractor. When you choose a reputable Houston garage door repair company, they can evaluate your existing door and offer services to repair and fix any issues to get your garage door back to 100% working condition in no time.
All garage door warranties are a gimmick.
Again, like earlier, this misconception got started because there is a small grain of truth. In many cases, manufacturers offer “Lifetime warranties”. What they do not tell you is they only cover parts, not labor. So basically, that is a gimmick. Yet, a reputable garage door company will offer a warranty on installation and repairs that cover BOTH labor and parts. Those warranties usually are about 2 years. A good tip to remember is the longer the warranty, the more you want to look at the fine print.
In the end, do your research.
Many of these misconceptions about garage door repairs can be dispelled by going online and doing some research. When you decide you need a garage door repair contractor, research the company. Look for reviews and when you talk to that company, ask questions.
Maintain your garage door regularly, fix any issues you can handle yourself, and if need be, contact a quality garage door repair company and you can rely on your garage door to perform its duties for many years to come.
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