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Garage Door Roller Repair
Faulty garage door rollers need prompt repair or replacement. If you let the issue unattended, it can stress other components causing a severe problem. Rollers may seem like an easy DIY project for you. But, in practice, it can prove challenging and risky. Consider that your garage door system may weigh around 150 pounds and if it falls while you are attempting to repair it can have fatal consequences. Therefore, you must leave the specialized job to the experts. An expert technician knows the protocols to follow to repair or replace the rollers effectively. They can also recommend maintenance measures to extend the lifespan of your garage door rollers.
Garage Door Rollers Lifespan
How long the life of your garage roller depends on various factors such as:
- Age of the roller
- The garage door height and weight
- Use frequency
- Roller material
When your garage door opens and closes, perform a cycle. A residential home goes through an average of five daily cycles, roughly 1500 cycles a year. On your garage door system’s manual, you can find the lifespan of its various components. Then, you can determine when to change your rollers using simple computation. However, the longevity of your rollers can vary according to the type.
- Plastic rollers. The most basic kind of garage rollers usually lasts for a few years.
- Steel rollers without ball bearings. Often considered builder-grade rollers tend to last a few years too.
- Steel rollers with ball bearings. When they are adequately maintained, they can last from 10 to 15 years. However, they tend to be quite noisy.
Nylon rollers. They can last between 12 and 20 years, depending on the quality of the material. Despite their high price, they are the most efficient and quietest rollers.
Reason Garage Rollers Get Damaged
There is various reason why your garage door rollers will fail to work adequately, such as:
Poor lubrication. Not lubricating your rollers on a regular basis can result in rust build-up, which will obstruct the rollers from working.
Inadequate material. Plastic and nylon rollers are more vulnerable to wear and tear.
Bent hinges. Faulty hinges can negatively affect rollers’ function. Hinges that are twisted can throw off the garage door’s 90-degree angle, placing more strain on the rollers.
Incorrect rating. The rating for the rollers needs to match the weight of your door. When the rollers rating is not suited to a heavier type of garage door, the roller can wear out more quickly.
When To Replace Your Garage Door Rollers
A garage door not working adequately presents a serious risk for you and your family. Unfortunately, most homeowners are aware of the problem when their garage door stops working. To know sooner when it is time to replace your garage door rollers, you can pay attention to signs of possible damage like:
The Door Gets Out of Alignment
By checking if your door gets out of alignment often, you can quickly determine if your rollers need replacing. A primary function of the rollers is keeping the garage door aligned. The rollers must be replaced when the door frequently runs off its hinges and slips out of alignment.
The Door Gets Noisy
A loud noise from any operating mechanism is never a good sign. Steel rollers can eventually build rust, causing the garage door to be noisy while operating. On some occasions, you can lubricate the rollers to lower the noise. However, calling a certified expert is advisable. A knowledgeable technician can identify if your rollers need repair or replacement.
The Door Vibrates Excessively When Operating
A garage door should close and open smoothly. However, its rollers wear out as time passes, causing the door to shake and vibrate too much when operating. Call a repair expert if you observe your garage door jump off its tracks. It is very likely that your rollers need to be replaced as soon as possible. Don’t wait.
Other indications that your garage door rollers need to be replaced are:
- Popping sound. An unusual ‘popping’ sound when your garage door opens or closes indicates that it’s time to replace the rollers.
- Loose roller. When the roller is loose or wiggles easily, it likely needs to be replaced. A roller working correctly does not wiggle.
- Cracked or missing rubber. Missing or broken pieces prevent the rollers from doing their job correctly.
- Rust. Although metal rollers are more durable, they are susceptible to rust when not cared for regularly. Rusty rollers can not perform efficiently.
Types Of Garage Door Rollers
Your garage rollers are an essential component of your garage door. They are formed by a rod and wheel system, connecting the garage door to the tracks. Proper functioning rollers allow your garage door to open and close smoothly. Your garage rollers are essential to the entire system. Thus, you should get aquatinted with the types of rollers used in the market. Various materials are used to make rollers, and some are equipped with ball bearings. Rollers with ball bearings tend to last longer compared to those without. Among the type of rollers, you can find:
- Plastic. Made out of plastic and lacks ball bearings.
- Nylon. It is similar to skateboard wheels and has a ball bearing system within the wheel itself.
- Teflon. There are nylon wheels coated in teflon, which enables the rollers to glide smoothly along the track. They have ball bearings.
Steel. These type of rollers are more robust and come with or without ball bearings.
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