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Residential/Commercial Overhead Doors: How-to Articles
For your convenience, we have listed a collection of articles on how to maintain residential and commercial overhead doors below. Here you will find articles covering how to fix minor overhead door problems as well as maintaining your overhead door to prevent needed repairs. At Star Overhead Doors, we strive to help our customers have a pleasant experience with their overhead doors and avoid repairs. However, If you do have problems with your overhead door, gate or garage opener, or if you need a new overhead door installed, donít hesitate to call us anytime at 281-203-0601. Our certified technicians are on stand-by and would be more than happy to help.

Detecting a Bad Garage Door Spring

One common problem with garage doors, regardless of how high quality they are, is that the garage door spring will wear out. It can be quite helpful if you know how to detect a bad garage door spring, as this can save you time and money when it comes to having the garage door spring replaced.

If one day your garage door does not open, there is a decent chance that this is due to a bad garage door spring. The garage door springs are responsible for opening your garage door when combined with your garage door opener. To detect whether or not there is a bad garage door spring, you must first locate the garage door spring. If your garage door has a torsion spring, then it will be visible on a rod which is above your garage door. If your garage door features an extension spring then you will find it near the garage ceiling. While you might think that the problem is a bad extension spring, it can often be a bad pulley or other small part.

Once you locate the spring, give it a thorough inspection to find out if the problem is with the spring or not. Quite often the spring will have actually broken, so it is quite easy to determine that the spring is in fact the problem. If the spring is still intact, it can still be the problem with your garage door. One possibility is that the garage door spring is rusted. Garage door springs can still operate properly with a small amount of rust, but if there is too much then it will compromise the operation of the garage door. So if there seems to be a lot of rust, or if the garage door spring is completely broken, then chances are you need to replace the spring.

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