Please read our frequently asked questions, and feel free to contact us if your question is not answered here. On Track Garage Doors is always happy to help!
Why do I need regular service on my garage door and garage door opener?
Like any complicated machine, your garage door and opener require periodic inspections and maintenance. Timely inspections can identify parts before they fail and routine maintenance can prolong the life of many parts. A trained technician can identify areas of concern and make sure that your garage door and opener continue to function reliably and predictably.
What could cause my remotes to stop working?
The most common cause is the battery. If the battery is good then the problem may be much harder to diagnose. Misaligned or obstructed sensors may also prevent the door from closing.
However, environmental radio interference may be disrupting the signal from your transmitters. Defective or damaged electronics can also cause remote control issues. You can rely on an experienced service technician to quickly identify the source of the problem.
My garage door closes partially then stops and goes back up. Once open, the lights on my opener begin flashing. What is wrong with my door?
This problem indicates a potential failure of one or more of the safety features of your garage door opener. While inconvenient, it’s also dangerous. There are many reasons why your door may be behaving this way, so we recommend calling for a trained technician to perform a safety check and annual maintenance.
My garage door opener motor runs but the garage door doesn’t move. What is wrong with my opener?
This is likely a failure in the opener drive system. This problem usually occurs when the garage door hardware begins to wear out. Repairing or replacing the opener may not be enough to correct the issue, and if the underlying cause is not identified and corrected, the new parts or opener will likely be damaged again.
I am having a problem with rain and debris getting into my garage when the door is closed. Can my door be adjusted to prevent this?
Chances are your door has worn or missing seals and trim. These seals usually begin to wear out after five years in the South Carolina climate and by ten years no longer provide an effective barrier to rain and debris. Also, many older homes were built before vinyl trim became common. A trained technician can correct this problem without affecting the performance of your door or opener.
I don’t think my springs and track are bad; can I re-use my old track and springs with a new door?
No, we cannot guarantee your old parts will be compatible with your new door and may cause unpredictable issues. Also, new doors in the state of South Carolina are required to comply with the building codes regarding Hurricane mitigation. Every new door is tested and approved by the state and new installs must conform to their approved drawings. Any deviation from the drawing will result in a red tag and a failed inspection. From a practical perspective, the door is not much cheaper without its accompanying hardware anyway.
Can I replace the garage door springs myself?
Garage door counterbalance systems store large amounts of energy and can cause death, serious bodily harm, or property damage if mishandled or installed improperly. While we do not recommend that an untrained individual attempt this repair, we do offer our springs at a delivered price. However, to limit our risk, we require that all our customers purchasing springs for delivery sign a waiver of liability. We will ensure that you have the correct springs, but our technical support ends there. Due to liability issues, no further instructions are available.
Can’t I just pull the emergency release?
When your springs are broken, this is extremely unsafe and can result in injury, damage to the garage door and/or opener. Most steel two-car garage doors weigh more than a couple of hundred pounds, with wood and hurricane doors weighing much more. Properly balanced and maintained springs are essential for the safe and reliable operation of your garage door.
How much do garage door springs cost?
Garage door spring replacement costs vary because springs come in many types and sizes. The right garage door springs provide the proper lift needed to open your door. Garage door springs, both torsion, and extension lift the weight of your garage door every time it opens and closes.
What are high cycle springs?
In many homes, the garage door has replaced the front door as the preferred way to get in and out. This means far more cycles than ever before. High-cycle springs are designed for the way we use garage doors today.
Our high cycle springs are rated for 50,000 cycles. This is five times the cycle life of the average garage door spring. We also prefer galvanized springs that hold up well in the Charleston, SC, weather and don’t rub off like paint or powder coatings.