It is very easy to take your overhead automatic garage door in your Las Vegas home for granted, and even though it is very convenient, it is hardly ever out of order. It is very convenient to pull up to your garage on a rainy day with a car full of groceries and know that you will be able to unload inside of a dry garage.
The automatic door on your garage also offers a great deal of protection as well, as it is sturdily mounted and can only be opened and closed by you, by pushing the button on your control device.
Operates On Tracks and a Motor
Automatic garage doors operate on two aluminum tracks that run vertically on either side of the garage opening. The door is then pulled up and down by an electric motor that is mounted from the roof of the garage and a lever is attached to the door and the motor which then pulls the door up and down when it is activated.
There are springs horizontally mounted at the back of the door near the ceiling that take a lot of the pressure off of the door as it is being raised and lowered. This helps the motor to work easier as the springs coil and uncoil as the door travels up and down.
Horizontal Sections Allow The Garage Door To Fold
The door itself is made of sections that horizontally fold and bend up into a parallel position with the ceiling as the door goes up and recedes back towards the back of the garage at the roof level.
The sections are held together by hinges and the hinges are held in place by bolts. The nuts on the bolts will come loose after some time of being jiggled and moved with the door as it goes up and down, and they should be inspected on a regular basis in order to keep them tightened. If they come loose too much on one side or another, the door can raise and lower unevenly, and possibly jump off of the track. This would not bode well for the door, and it can crack and ruin the door, and even have it jump off the track.
Call A Las Vegas Garage Door Repair Technician
It is a good idea to call a reliable and well-regarded garage door service person to come out and give your door and all of its mechanisms the once over, just to be sure everything is working.
In addition to the bolts losing their nuts on the hinges, the springs can go bad, and they are difficult for the average person to judge whether they need to be adjusted or replaced. Under no circumstances should a layperson ever work with the springs, as they can be dangerous in the hands of the untrained. The motor needs to be checked out periodically just to be certain it is in good working order.
Under most situations and with normal use, a garage door and all of its working parts can last from 15 to 25 years without incident, but don’t hesitate to call for help from a garage door repair expert in Las Vegas, NV if you feel in any way that something is wrong.