Garage Door Openers


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At Canadian Garage Door Repair Calgary, we believe that safety should come first. That is why picking the right garage door opener plays a crucial role in every installation.

A garage door opener is a motorized device that controls the garage doors. It can be accessed via remote control wherein the owner can open and close the door while in the car at a short distance or it can be controlled manually. Garage door openers have evolved from merely a protection for your valuables against bad weather conditions to providing safety from threats like theft and robbery.

Like most devices, garage door openers are prone to wear and tear. It is advisable to keep them in tip-top shape 24/7.

There are three (3) types of garage door openers available in the market:

  • Chain Drive Garage Door Opener

Chain drives are the oldest yet most popular technology available for garage door openers. These openers operate on a chain similar to a bicycle that stretches when the door is closed and gains slack as the door opens. This chain pushes or pulls a trolley that then moves the door up and down, depending on the direction of movement.

  • Belt Drive Garage Door Opener

Belt drives work like chain drives. However, instead of a metal chain, it uses a wide rubber belt. A switch activates the belt, which then pushes and pulls the trolley up and down the track to raise and lower the garage door.

These belt drives are slightly newer technology than chain drives and have multiple improvements over chain drives. There is a smaller number of moving parts involved so there is less chance of something breaking. This leads to less maintenance and less strain on your budget.

  • Jackshaft Garage Door Opener

Jackshaft openers do not rely on any external belt or chain rail. The motor is direct mounts to the torsion tube on the side of the overhead sectional door. When you hit the switch for the garage door opener, this motor activates and torsion tube and lifts/closed the door.

Garage Door Opener Repair

One of the tell-tale signs of an impending garage door opener repair would be worn-out plastic gears. Repairing these is easy and fast. You can even repair it with some household tools if you’re low on the budget. A quick fix on the gears can also prevent possible damages to other garage door components which usually happens when simple repairs like this are ignored.

Below is a step-by-step guide to changing those plastic gears. As in all-electric appliances, make sure your door opener is not plugged in. Use the emergency release lever to close the door manually. Take off the cover of your garage door opener.

Checking Nylon Gear for Signs of Wear and Tear

If you notice that your plastic or nylon gear has worn edges, it’s a clear sign that you need to replace them. Call your manufacturer if there is an available replacement part so you can be provided with a matching gear to your garage door opener’s make and model.

If unavailable, shop online or visit a local garage door repair store. The web offers a wide variety of garage door openers at an affordable price. Once you find the right gear kit for your opener, you are ready for the job. Note: a gear kit provides a couple of nylon gears and comes with some washers, a grease tube along with an instructional.

Get Your Tools Ready

You will need the following tools to replace your gears; a hammer, flathead screwdriver, ¼ inch, 3/8 inch and 5/16 inch nut drivers or sockets, 1/8 inch Allen wrench and 5/32 inch punch. Once you have the tools, do the following:

  1. Carefully free the circuit board by taking screws off and letting the board dangle. It will give you more workspace.
  2. The chain on the tension rod also needs to be out of your way. To loosen it, with a wrench, work on the nut on the rod while holding the chain in place with a pair of pliers or another wrench.
  3. Unscrew and remove the gear assembly out of the unit.
  4. To separate the helical gear from the shaft, use the hammer and lightly tap on the pin keeping in its place. If this does not work, apply WD-40 on the pin and leave it for a few seconds then try again.
  5. Using a hex wrench, attempt to detach the worm gear from the motor shaft by removing the screws on the collar. Take off the gears and washers. Remove the remaining screws on the motor.
  6. Now you are ready for reassembly. Reassemble the worm gear and motor shaft using the new worm gear. Put in place the new helical gear and apply a small amount of grease on it.
  7. Once done with the replacement, check your manual for directions on tightening back the chain. Put back the cover of the door opener.
  8. Enjoy your newly repaired door opener.

When to Seek Professional Help

If there are no obvious signs of damage upon your inspection, best if you hire a professional for a more thorough check-up. Bear in mind, though, that the cost of hiring a Garage Door Repair Service might just be of the same price as some brand new garage door openers. Use your best judgment and consider your door’s age. If it is more than a decade, it’s better to replace your garage door altogether.