DIY Garage Door Repairs

If you are considering fixing your broken garage door by do it yourself, and not to use garage door technician in New Rochelle. this article is for you. But keep in mind that fixing a broken garage door can easily turn into a nightmare, since what you watched on Youtube, isn’t always what happen in real life. If you watched DIY garage door repairs Videos, do not assume that you are ready to fix your garage door. The gap between the virtual world and the real world is big, and what may appear simple on Youtube, may turn to a complicated and dangerous project.
The reason is that there are many different garage doors in the world, and if you watched a video that explain how to replace broken torsion spring, that doesn’t mean that you can follow the exact same steps in order to replace your broken torsion spring. There are many garages, and there are many doors, and each one of them require different method of repairs.

DIY Garage Door Repair Case study

We once received a call from a customer in Westchester County, who need help getting his garage door repaired. When we arrived, we found that he bought the torsion springs, and that he had the tools, and that he tried to install the new springs, but with no success. Apparently he followed an online garage door spring replacement tutorial, but what he did not know, was that garage doors with low headroom tracks should be treated differently. So just this basic tip, that only experience and training can teach, could actually make him fix the door, but since he had no one to give him this advice, he could go on forever, and the door wouldn’t work. So sometime just a simple call to a local company in Westchester County, could make the whole repair process much simpler.

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What is the problem with the garage door?

This is a question that require from us to use all our experience in repairing garage doors in New Rochelle and around Westchester County in order to be able to answer it. Just imagine that you ask a car mechanic that question. There is no one way to answer it, since it require more information. Here is just a partial list of the possible reasons that prevent a garage door from working, just so you will be able to see how many reasons and problems can prevent a door form working:

  • The garage opener is broken.
  • The garage spring is broken.
  • The garage keypad is not working.
  • The remote control is not working.
  • The garage door lock is broken.
  • The garage door cable snapped.
  • The door’s roller/s is broken.
  • The pulleys is broken.
  • The panel is broken.

And this is only a partial list. There are many possible reasons that can prevent a garage door from working properly, and this applied to any garage door problem, whether it is a garage door repair New Rochelle, roll up door repairs Yonkers NY, or garage door in Westchester County. So before we will be able to determine what the problem is (As much as we can without physically examine the door), we need to first determine what kind of difficulties you are experiencing trying to operate the door.
We will list bellow common questions regarding garage door problems, ways to deal with them, and we will include a Video that should help you complete the repair, in case you choose to perform the repair by DIY.


The information we provide here cannot replace the opinion of a professional technician, who has the knowledge and the ability to deal with any garage door problem. Keep in mind that repairing broken garage door can be complicated and dangerous. And in order to deal with different garage door issues, whether it is a broken garage door repair in Monsey, garage door repair in Stamford, or garage door installation in New Rochelle, require from you the tools, the parts, and fully understating of the garage doors and of the way the operate. If you find that you are not sure about the repair, if you think that you may need help, or if you have any questions, you can ask a garage door specialist, or hire garage door technician in New Rochelle for the repair. A good source of information can be found in this garage door community, where people share their knowledge in the garage door repairs field, and answer questions from people who try to repair their garage door by DIY.
The information we present here is not a recommendation to repair broken overhead doors by doing it yourself, and cannot replace the work and the opinion of a qualified garage door technician New Rochelle, who can come to check the broken door, and has the tools and experience to deal with complicated garage door problems, and who also carry the tools and the right parts for the door.

DIY and safety

Bellow you will find a list of common garage door problems, and the ways to deal with them. This is a partial list, and of course that it doesn’t include all the possible garage door problems that owner of garage doors in New Rochelle, may face. Also, although working by the same mechanism, commercial garage doors should never be repaired by DIY! The commercial garage doors in New Rochelle can be dangerous, and should only be repaired by a qualified garage door technician.

The garage door is not opening

There are many possible reasons, which can prevent garage doors in New Rochelle from opening. So we would like to divide them, and go over the possible problems and solutions. Again, this is just a [atrial list, and there are possible reasons that are not included here, and that can be spot only by physically examine the garage door.

The opener remote control is not working

If you are trying to use the remote control, but it doesn’t trigger any respond form the garage opener, try and see if you can try and open the door using the Key-pad which located outside, or from the push button (wall switch) which located inside the garage. In case they do open and close the door, you may have a problem with the remote. Start by replacing the remote’s battery, and try again.

The door is still not opening

If you tried using the key-pad and the wall switch, but none of them made the opener work, check the opener and look for lights. If you see no lights from the garage opener (Or the push button, or safety sensors), it is possible that the opener doesn’t get any power. First check if the garage door opener is connected to the electricity, if yes, check if there is electricity in the garage, if not, it may be that one of the breakers is down, or you may need an electrician for the repair. If this is the case, you opener may be fine, and there is no electricity in the garage. Call an electrician in Westchester County to come and fix the problem. It may a broken garage door in New Rochelle, or roll up gate repair, trying to use the opener when there is obviously something wrong with the motor or with the door itself, can only make things worse, and will lead to a repair that will cost you more.
Sometime contacting a professional repairman can save you time and money. If you are not sure what the problem is, or if you know what the problem is but do not know how to fix it, call us for same day garage door repairs in New Rochelle.

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How to open a locked garage door?

If your garage door is not opening, and you do not have access into the garage from another door, or from inside the house, try to use the emergency release. The emergency release is the lock which instead on the center of the door, in the upper panels. This key is something that you probably never used before, so do not confuse it with the garage door lock, which is installed lower in the center of the door. If you are unable to open the door using the emergency release, you may have to call a garage door specialist in New Rochelle to open the door for you. Since the emergency release is being used very rarely, if at all, people tend to lose it, and then they need a garage door locksmith in order to open the locked door.

How to use the garage opener emergency release?

Insert the key, and pull the steel cable outside, you need to pull the cable, and disengage the opener from the door. This will allow you to open the door manually, and to open the garage door. Note: This method is to be used in case of emergencies, and not the way to open or close the garage door.
If you do not have emergency release installed, you may need to use a garage door technician in Westchester County, to come and open the door for you. A qualified technician should have the tools and different methods that can be used in order to break into garages in Westchester County without any damage to the door or to the garage.

Why my garage door is not closing?

If you are trying to close your garage door in New Rochelle using the garage door opener, but the door is closing partly, stop, and reverse to open position, in most cases the problem is with the garage door safety sensor. Usually when the door is closing partly, and then open again, it will be followed by a signal from the opener like noise or light going on and off, signaling that there is something wrong with the safety sensors, or, there is something at the door’s path that prevent the opener from closing the door.
To understand the problem and the ways to deal with it, you need to understand the way the garage openers operate, and how to troubleshoot garage opener. We will take the Liftmaster garage opener as example, to make it clearer: The garage opener will not close the door unless the safety sensors “tell” the opener that the entrance is clear, and that there is nothing at the door’s path. Only then the opener will close the door. This goes for every garage door, whether it is garage door in Bronx New York, or garage door in La Puente, every automated overhead door must include safety sensors!
When the safety sensors are not working properly, whether the cable cut, the safety sensor broke, the screw that hold the sensor got lose, or any other problem, the opener will not close the door. In that case you will have to use other methods to close the door, or to try and repair the safety sensors by doing it yourself.

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Why the garage opener can’t lift the door?

If your garage opener can’t lift the garage door, it may due to several possible reasons. It can be something very basic, like if you forgot to open the lock of the door, and trying to open the door although it is locked (We have actually seen that). To a broken spring, snapped cable, or even a broken opener. If you are trying to open the door remotely, you hear the opener, but the door is not opening, stop trying, if you will try to open the door remotely even that obviously there is something wrong, you can burn the opener.
There is a reason why the opener can’t lift the door, and the reason need to be located in order to repair the problem. And there is one important thing you need to know about the garage door, and the garage opener: The opener is not what lifting the door, but the springs is what doing it! So if one of the spring break, or one of the cables snap (Which has the same affect), you need to address the problem first.

Using garage door with no opener (Manual use)

If the door itself, and the door’s mechanism is not broken, you should be able to use the door manually with no problems. So it is easy to understand that if the door is not working perfectly when it is being used manually, it shouldn’t be used with the opener!
If the door is not working properly when it being used manually, you need to repair the problems first, and only once you made sure that there is working properly again, reconnect it to the garage door opener, and use it automatically. This goes to every garage door, whether it is a commercial garage door in New Rochelle, or a broken rolling gate in Queens New York, do not use a door or a gate if it is broken.

The door is off tracks

If a garage door is off tracks, there is a reason why it happened. Overhead doors in New Rochelle that were properly installed, should never go out of tracks. If your garage door is out of tracks, stop using it, and use a garage door specialist to fix the door. Sometime the reason why the door is off tracks is obvious, like if someone backed into the door with a car, and as a result the rollers came off tracks. But sometime garage doors can go out of tracks for no obvious reasons, and that require repairs.
It may look tempting just to push the door back into tracks, and doing so may bring the door back into tracks, but by doing so you did not solve the problem. And the problem most likely to repeat itself. If your garage door is coming off tracks, we suggest you will contact garage door technician in New Rochelle to repair the door, and to make sure the problem won’t happen again.
Understand that what hold the door to the tracks are the rollers, and if they break, and the door is open, the door can fall completely off tracks, and this is dangerous.

Why the garage door is making noises?

If your garage is making noises when you use it, it may be due to several reasons. First you need to determine if the noise is coming from the garage door opener, or from the door itself. Sometime it may be due to simple problem, like if the door wasn’t lubricated for a long time, and basic maintenance may solve the problem. And sometime the problem is more serious, and require repairs and even parts replacement.
To solve the problem, you may consider lubrication the door and maintain it, or to call garage door service in New Rochelle to come and take care of the problem. To learn more about garage door maintenance, you can read this post about garage door maintenance, or watch the following Video that teach how to maintain a residential garage door:

How garage door spring break?

There is no one reason that include every broken garage door in New Rochelle. The spring may break due to several reasons, starting form lack of maintenance, through using the wrong spring, to the reason that the springs are simply too old. Whatever the reason why the garage door spring broke is, you should not try and use the door until the problem will be repaired. You can either use a qualified garage door technician in New Rochelle, for the repair. If you would like to replace the broken spring by DIY, you can follow the steps in the following tutorial, just make sure you have the parts and the tools presented in the Video, and avoid any risks. After all, no garage door repair worth your health.

 Just keep on mind that replacing garage door spring, whether it is a garage door in New Rochelle, garage door in Staten Island New York,  or anywhere else can be dangerous, and require knowledge, locating the right spring for the door, and the tools like torsion sticks. There is only one set of spring that will fit your garage door, and even if they might seem the same to you, using the wrong spring will prevent the door from working, and can end with serious injuries. If at any during the garage door spring replacement you are not sure what to do, stop and contact a local roll door technician New Rochelle.

Do I need repair or a new garage door?

This is a question that we are dealing with almost every day. There are many customers in New Rochelle who wonder what the best decision will be, and they are not sure if to repair or replace broken garage door. And unfortunately, in this post it will be impossible to provide you with a professional answer, since each case is unique, and what may work for a broken garage repairs door in Nyack, may not necessarily work for a broken garage door in Larchmont.
But if there was one simple advice we could give you if to repair or replace, it will be: Do not repair a door, if repairing it won’t mean that the door will be 100% safe for use. And this goes for every overhead door! It can be a broken garage door in New Rochelle, or a broken garage door repairs in Woodland Hills CA, do not take risks, so if repairing the door will not make it 100% safe for use, it may be better to replace it.  If you would like to replace your current garage door in Westchester County by doing so yourself, you can purchase a door from garage door supplier in New Rochelle, and to perform the old door removal and the installation of the new door by DIY. Just make sure that you are purchasing a high quality door, from the kind that last for many years, and from the kind that doesn’t require garage door repairs very often. Here is a video that show how to perform the new garage door installation:

All Westchester Garage Doors provide all kinds of new garage doors installation in New Rochelle, we supply new doors from leading brands like Matalonco garage doors, Amarr overhead door, Clopay and more. If you want to see some works we have done, you can check out our Yelp Page and read what our customers in New Rochelle think about our service. What important is that you will use a qualified garage door technician, who know garages in New Rochelle, he should be local, and he should be able to deal with any broken garage door in New Rochelle and in Westchester county, whether it is a broken residential garage door repair Mamaroneck, or commercial garage door repairs in New Rochelle.