<![CDATA[MAC Garage Door Company - Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point & Lexington NC - Tips & News]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:44:51 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Garage Door Repairs: Just the hard cold facts please]]>Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:40:50 GMThttp://macdoor.com/tips--news/garage-door-repairs-just-the-hard-cold-facts-pleasePicture

Perhaps the most common garage door repair service results from broken or worn springs.  When springs are working correctly, the door appears almost weightless, but this is an illusion. Garage doors are heavy.  Because torsion springs are winding-up as the door closes, the closed position places the most stress on the spring.  Therefore doors are  commonly in the down position when a spring fails.  This is a good thing, because failure near the top-of-travel means that a large heavy door is suddenly falling.  Thus the principle that no person should ever stand directly in the path or walk through the doorway while a door is moving. 

When replacing a broken spring a close fit is not good enough.  Your spring should be properly calibrated to the exact weight, size and trajectory of your door.  The wrong spring will diminish the life of the spring as well as cause undue stress to your garage door components and automatic opener.  

A broken spring will often occur suddenly and at a busy time when shopping for price is not convenient.  Many times a vehicle is stuck inside the garage making customers feel the repair is urgent.  Homeowners faced with this crisis sometimes fall into a bad deal with an unprincipled repair service.  Sadly, it is not unusual to find a poorly done repair where the technician used an off-balanced spring that happened to be on his truck.

A proper repair for a broken spring is often a 2 trip service call.  On the initial trip the technician can make a temporary repair to get your door up and running and gather the necessary details for a return trip with the exact replacement spring.

When we receive a "broken spring" call, MAC believes it's only fair to provide an accurate estimate including the potential of a return trip.  In some instances the homeowner is able to provide all the necessary details over the phone, allowing us to match the proper spring from stock and reduce the final billing.  When our technician is at the repair site he will confirm the correct spring size.  If necessary he will make the temporary repair and schedule a return trip to install the correct replacement spring.

<![CDATA[Winter Maintenance Tips                                                                    ]]>Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:24:24 GMThttp://macdoor.com/tips--news/winter-maintenance-tipsWhen it is cold and snowing outside, the last thing you want to come home to is a garage door that won’t open. As we approach winter now is the ideal time to take care of your garage door and avoid being left out in the cold. By following these three easy steps, you and your garage door will be prepared for winter.

The first step is to clean the exterior of the door(s). To do this you will need to a mix a mild detergent, such as dawn, with water and clean the door as you would your car, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Once the garage door is clean, you will want to apply car wax to help protect it from acid rain, rust and the sun, not to mention adding a nice sleek finish.

You will then need to clean the weather stripping at the bottom of the door. Using a cloth and all-purpose cleaner, remove any dirt and rinse with water. As you are cleaning the weather stripping it is also important to look for areas that may need to be replaced due to cracking. If there are cracks or tears in the weather stripping, it allows for snow and cold weather drafts to come inside.

If your garage door has windows you will also want to make sure the seals are tight around the frames, if not then frost will get between the window panes as temperatures reach freezing.

Lastly it is time to move to the inside of the garage where all the moving parts are located that are essential to the functioning of the garage door. With a cloth remove the grease build-up from the track and rollers. Once the grease has been removed lubricate the rollers, hinges and track with regular grade machine oil, making sure to wipe away any excess oil with a cloth.

Make a routine of cleaning your garage door at least twice a year to ensure it functions and looks as good as the day it was installed. And with the proper care and maintenance, your door is sure to last for years to come.