Why Isn’t Your Garage Door Working Properly?

Why Isn’t Your Garage Door Working Properly?

As we write this post, we’re in the midst of the first real snowfall of the winter here in Markham. For us, the first sign of snow makes us think of problems that may occur this winter. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help keep your garage door working properly.

Why? Because it seems like, while it rarely happens, if your garage door is going to have a problem, it’ll be at the worst possible time, like the middle of a snowstorm.  

Just in case it happens to you this winter, here are some of the reasons why your garage door might not open, or close all the way.

1. Photo Eyes are Blocked 

The photo eyes located on each side of your door are one of the main safety systems of your garage door. If something is blocking a clear path between the sensors, they will prevent the door from closing.

2. Photo Eyes Are Not Aligned

Just like when something is in their way, if the photo eyes are out of alignment, the signal won’t pass between them and they will prevent the door from closing.

3. Sensors Need Repair or Replacement

If there’s nothing blocking the photo eyes and they are properly aligned, they still could be the problem. If there is a power interruption, or there’s some other reason why the signal isn’t passing between the sensors, then they may need to be repaired or replaced.

4. Broken Springs 

The massive weight of your garage door is balanced by one or more springs. If they are worn or broken, your garage door opener might not have enough power to lift the weight of the door.

5. Roller Tracks Not Aligned 

If the tracks in which the rollers on either side of the door roll are out of alignment to each other, it may be so difficult for the door to run along the tracks that it might get stuck.

Despite their size and weight, garage doors are fairly simple systems. But, not every garage door repair should be done by the do-it-yourselfer. Contact us here at Markham Garage Doors to learn more.

Why You Should Call a Pro if Your Garage Door Doesn’t Open or Close Properly

While there are lots of reasons why your garage door might not open and close properly, if you eliminate reasons due to the garage door opener, like blocked or misaligned photo eyes, or a stripped gear, then the issue very likely involves the garage door spring(s).

If you have a manual door, you should be able to open and close the door relatively easily. If not, and there are no other obvious problems, like a blocked runner, then the problem will be with the spring(s).

If you suspect there’s a problem with your garage door spring, we strongly recommend you call a trained, professional repair person to fix the problem. Yes, we’re a garage door company and our technicians know how to repair all types of spring problems, but we’re not making this recommendation just to get more business. We’re making it because of the serious and expensive consequences of trying to repair springs yourself.

1. Personal Injury

Even single garage doors are heavy. The spring is under tension to help you or the opener easily open and close the door. The tension needed to properly balance the door is very high. If you don’t have any experience or training in adjusting torsion springs or the right tools for the job, then you risk serious personal injury by trying to adjust or repair the spring.

2. Cause More Damage

Even if you manage to adjust the spring without hurting yourself, proper adjustment can be tricky. You may eliminate the problem that you had but unintentionally create another problem. If your door was opening slowly and you adjusted the spring to compensate, it might not close properly now. And you might not realize that you’ve created the other problem. The consequence? Your garage door opener must work harder to close the door and it will need to be repaired or replaced sooner than later.

In the end, adjusting a garage door’s torsion spring by yourself is simply not worth the risk or potential cost, especially when you realize that hiring a professional to do the job is less expensive than you think. If your garage door needs service or repair, call the experts at Markham Garage Doors, or fill out our contact form to request service!

Garage Door Repairs That You Should Not Attempt Yourself

Professional Garage Door Repair Service May Outweigh Any DIY Cost Savings

In many cases, a do-it-yourself approach to maintenance and repairs can be an effective cost-saving measure for homeowners.  Those who are motivated, and who have the time to invest, can attend to numerous aspects of home and property maintenance such as exterior painting, lawn care, landscaping, and replacing bathroom fixtures.

The same attitude could be applied to do-it-yourself garage door repair – but only to a point.  Homeowners may be capable and comfortable to look after some types of garage door maintenance like:

  • Tightening hardware
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Replacing weather stripping
  • Insulating an aluminum door

However, for reasons of both personal safety and a lack of expertise/training in proper methodology, there are several other residential garage door repairs that are best left to skilled and experienced professionals such as the service technicians at Markham Garage Doors.  The most prevailing situations that fall into this do-not-attempt-yourself category consist of the following:

  • Broken springs – replacement requires proper training and tools
  • Snapped cables – must be installed with a high degree of tension
  • Twisted tracking – entire door may need to be removed/reinstalled
  • Cracked/bent rollers – repair/replacement needs patience, precision
  • Broken/damaged panel – some/all of the door may need dismantling

Should any such circumstances occur, they would certainly result in some inconvenience for the homeowner and their family; it would, therefore, be understood that repairs be made as soon as possible to restore the garage door to its regular and expected level of use.  It would also be reasonable to consider the economics of self-repair versus hiring a professional garage door service provider.

However, economics may not be the principal/overriding factor when homeowners take into consideration the following potential downsides to do-it-yourself garage door repair:

  • Risk of injury
  • Time investment
  • Lack of tools or equipment
  • A possibility of further door damage
  • Prospects of an unwanted added expense

When all of the above aspects are examined collectively, it would seem clear that certain do-it-yourself garage door repairs may simply be too risky for the untrained homeowner. It is therefore recommended that some garage door service needs, including spring and cable repairs, be entrusted to an experienced provider such as Markham Garage Doors.

Prompt and Efficient Award-Winning Residential Garage Door Repair Service

When homeowners are inconvenienced by garage door-related issues like broken cables or springs, this frustration can be compounded by the unexpectedness of the situation as well as the unanticipated repair costs.  Fortunately, any such angst can be alleviated by contracting the award-winning garage door service professionals from Markham Garage Doors.

Markham Garage Doors has been recognized by their customers for a level of service that is fast, affordable, and, most importantly, highly satisfactory; requests for service are answered promptly, and the technicians adhere to the scheduled time for the calls,  all in an effort to restore the optimal operation of the door and limit the inconvenience to the family.

For additional information on the residential garage door repair services provided by the specialists from Markham Garage Doors, including spring and cable repair, please visit our Garage Door Installation page.

Do-it-yourself garage door repair can pose risks to a homeowner and inadvertently lead to added and unwanted damage and expense.  If your garage door will not open/close properly due to broken or damaged parts, call the professionals from Markham Garage Doors today at (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667 for award-winning repair service.

Is Your Garage Door Making Loud or Peculiar Noises?

Those Odd Noises Could Mean that Your Garage Door May Need Repair Service

Although a garage is not the most common backdrop for a scene in a movie or television program, it is rather remarkable how neat and clean and bright that space appears when filming is done in that setting.  Most viewers would probably admit that the environment in their own garage could not support such activity without some type of major overhaul.

A more perceptive viewer might even notice that the overhead garage door never seems to make any noise when it is raised or lowered during these scenes; yes, what producers can do with film and sound editing techniques is rather impressive, but in many cases, it lacks authenticity.  Every garage door makes some type of sound as it opens and closes, even if it is just the drone of the garage door opener or the sounds of the rollers as they move up and down the tracks.

In a majority of cases, homeowners become almost oblivious to the common and routine noises heard when their garage door is in motion; until they hear a sound or sounds that they deem to be out of the ordinary.  And unless they take corrective action as soon as this becomes apparent, it could lead to a service call to repair a damaged part or a broken garage door opener, or perhaps even replace the door itself.  In a worst-case scenario, the homeowner or their family members could be placed at risk of a serious injury.

There are several reasons why a garage door might be making loud or peculiar noises.  The most common causes would include:

  • Spring coils becoming bent
  • Door out of balance/alignment
  • Softening of the rollers (if plastic)
  • Rollers ‘dragging’ along the tracking
  • Loose or faulty hardware (e.g.: hinges)
  • Spring is worn or has lost strength/tension
  • Wearing away of bearings in pulleys/rollers
  • A defective or ineffective garage door opener
  • Loosening of the door opener chain or support rails
  • Lack of lubrication on the moving parts of the opener

When a garage door is making out-of-character sounds or noises, the critically important factor is to identify the source.  This may be rather apparent in some instances, and the repair could be straightforward, such as tightening a hinge or lubricating the door opener chain; these situations can likely be handled in do-it-yourself fashion by the homeowner.

Unfortunately in many other cases, even if the source is readily identifiable, the type and extent of the damage could be such that a professional garage door repair service might be required; this could entail expert attention to address any number of issues ranging from a broken garage door opener to the need for an entirely new garage door.

When such circumstances arise, homeowners can rely on the skills and expertise of the garage door repair specialists from Markham Garage Doors.

A Garage Door Tune-Up Can Sustain or Improve Door Function and Reliability

When Markham homeowners detect that their garage door is making loud or odd noises, this should be the stimulus to request a service visit by a knowledgeable technician from Markham Garage Doors.  In addition to addressing any immediate garage door or garage door opener repair needs, this will provide the opportunity for the technician to complete a garage door tune-up as a means of preventing/avoiding more extensive repair bills.

A garage door tune-up includes an inspection of the door, its hardware, and accessories, plus any maintenance that might help sustain or improve the door’s operation, reliability, and longevity.  Specific elements of the door system that could be assessed in a garage door tune-up may include:

  • Springs and cables
  • Tracking and rollers
  • Hinges, pulleys, latches
  • The general condition of the door
  • Balance and alignment of the door
  • Weather stripping and energy efficiency
  • Door opener, support rails, the safety mechanism

Visit our Garage Door Installation Page for further information on the garage door repair, installation, and tune-up services provided by the experts from Markham Garage Doors.

If your garage door or garage door opener is making loud or peculiar noises, it could be a sign that repair and/or maintenance service is required.  Call the garage door repair specialists from Markham Garage Doors today at (416) 570-3667 or (905) 472-9178 to schedule your garage door inspection and tune-up visit at your earliest convenience.

Markham Garage Doors Emergency Service

Emergency Garage Door Service to Alleviate Inconvenience or Safety Concerns

It is a well-accepted fact that at some point during the lifecycle of maintaining a home, the homeowner will be faced with the inconvenience and frustration of a malfunctioning garage door.  If that door is opened and closed on a regular/daily basis over a number of years, the law of averages will likely dictate the need for garage door repair services at some point to address failures due to:

  • Broken torsion springs
  • Snapped/detached cables
  • Faulty garage door openers
  • Issues related to door hardware

Whether a garage door will not open, will not close, or becomes jammed somewhere in-between, the consequences can vary from the nuisance variety to far more significant concerns:

  • Inability to get vehicles into/out of the garage
  • Restricted access to tools, equipment, supplies
  • The potential for personal injuries to family and pets
  • Additional/irreparable damage to the door/opener
  • Reduced home security/prevention against intrusion
  • Decreased protection against property theft/damage

And for added measure, independent of the circumstances, there is a high probability that a garage door or garage door opener will malfunction at the most inopportune of times, usually late at night, very early in the morning, and/or on the weekend.  Combined with the fact that the majority of garage door failures occur when there is full tension on the spring, that is, when the door is closed, this often means that vehicles are trapped in the garage and family members must either cancel their plans or find alternative ways to get to work, school, church, hockey practice, and anywhere else that they need to be as part of their daily lives and routines.

This can also mean the need for an emergency service call to alleviate the inconvenience or risk factors that are negatively affecting those routines.  Fortunately for homeowners, Markham Garage Doors does provide 24-hour emergency support as part of their award-winning garage door repair services.

Unlike many emergency repair services that require consumers to leave a message with an answering service then await a return call from the provider, Markham Garage Doors recognizes that these phone calls are customarily made to request some type of urgent intervention.  To that end, all calls to Markham Garage Doors are answered by company representatives, usually by one of the owners, who will then arrange for a technician to make an on-site service call as soon as possible.  These representatives will also provide a price over the phone for this repair service in order to avoid unwanted surprises for the customer once the work has been completed.

Award-Winning Garage Door Repair Services to Address All Needs and Concerns

It is quite understandable that homeowners might see an emergency service visit as the only alternative when a garage door fails to operate outside of traditional business hours or on the weekend.  For a variety of reasons, like those noted above, they need to have that door working properly again and as soon as possible as well.

However, depending on the cause of the malfunction, homeowners may be able to open and/or close the door at least once during these times, to perhaps move their vehicle to the driveway or better protect their home and property until garage door repairs can be scheduled and completed under non-emergency circumstances.  In addition to providing peace of mind, such an action can save the additional expense of a 24-hour emergency service visit.

This would be particularly applicable in cases where the issue rests with the garage door opener rather than the door itself.  Many automatic garage door openers have the option of a release cord, which allows for manual operation of the door until a service provider such as Markham Garage Doors can complete the necessary repairs/replacement during regular business hours – at a fraction of the emergency visit cost.

For situations in which the source of the problem is unclear, or if it can be attributed to a specific issue like a broken torsion spring, it would be advisable to leave these matters to the professionals from Markham Garage Doors, to avoid the possibility of causing more extensive/expensive or irreparable damage to the door or its hardware.  This can either be done on a non-emergency basis or through an emergency service call, depending on the needs and/or preferences of the homeowner.

Markham Garage Doors is a full-service company operating from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, while also providing 24-hour emergency garage door services to address specific homeowner needs and/or concerns.

If you are inconvenienced or troubled by a malfunctioning garage door or garage door opener and require emergency repairs/service, call the specialists at Markham Garage Doors at (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667to schedule a technician visit as soon as possible.

How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Garage Door

Garage Door Repair Costs Will Be Influenced by a Variety of Situational Factors

As many homeowners have undoubtedly experienced when they have tried to obtain a specific cost to repair an appliance or a feature of their home, the answer is quite often the same – it depends.  Although it would indeed be helpful for the homeowner to know exactly how much the service will cost, so that they may plan/budget for the work, there are often conditions or circumstances that will impact the eventual price.

Perhaps the only certainty in these situations is this: the most expensive repairs will be those that are not performed soon enough, ignored altogether, and/or not done properly when they finally are addressed.  Such procrastination and/or shoddy workmanship can result in unnecessary added expense and even the premature replacement of the item.

With respect to their garage door, there can be many reasons why Toronto homeowners will need to call a repair service.  Such causes might include:

  • Simple aging of the door
  • Worn/broken parts/hardware
  • Exposure to weather extremes
  • Damage from accident or malice
  • General neglect/lack of maintenance

Subsequently, and in addition to the type and extent of garage door repair work needed, there are particular characteristics to any door that can and will impact the costs of the service calls.  Said in less eloquent terms, garage doors are not all created equal.

The most influential of these characteristics on the cost of garage door repairs include:

  • Garage Door Style
    • Carriage house doors may be more expensive to repair than sectionals
    • Custom-made doors can be more labor-intensive than standard doors
  • Garage Door Material
    • Wood or glass panel doors could prove more difficult than steel/aluminum
    • Thicker/insulated doors will likely be more costly than non-insulated doors
  • Accessories
    • Garage door openers, window inserts, decorative hardware may add cost
    • Replacement of weather stripping, aluminum capping will be an extra cost
  • Quality of Parts
    • Lower-grade materials will often be cheaper (at least in the shorter-term)
  • Type of Finish
    • Painting, staining, refinishing may be required to restore the aesthetic appeal

As with most types of repair services, parts and labor costs for garage door repairs can vary depending on the particular situation as well as the business practices of the service provider.  Markham Garage Doors has been recognized as a reliable and award-winning garage door repair provider in Toronto and the GTA, willing to prepare detailed written quotes for any and all types of repair services before any work is undertaken.

Comprehensive Garage Door Repair Service throughout Toronto and the GTA

Markham Garage Doors offers repair service for all makes and models of garage doors.  The trained technicians from Markham Garage Doors understand the inconvenience and frustration that can result from a malfunctioning or non-functioning door and therefore make every effort to complete any repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible without compromising the quality of their work.

This service includes:

  • Prompt response to service requests
  • A thorough assessment of the situation
  • Presentation of all repair needs and options
  • Accurate quotes – for necessary repairs only
  • Professional expertise and fast, friendly service

What this service does not include are unexpected or unforeseen surprises that will result in overruns beyond the quoted cost and/or extensions to the inconvenience of having a non-operational garage door.

If your garage door will not operate properly or has damage that requires repair, call the specialists at Markham Garage Doors today at (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667 to schedule a service visit and obtain a no-obligation quote at your earliest convenience.

There Are Many Risks to Do-It-Yourself Garage Door Spring and Cable Repair


There are many people who will prefer a do-it-yourself approach for repairing items that have cracked, split, or broken rather than spending money on purchasing a replacement.  Depending on the item and/or the type of material, do-it-yourself repair kits may consist of wood glue, screws, solder, duct tape, drywall compound, and more.

Unfortunately, when garage door cables or garage door springs snap or break, installing entirely new replacement parts is the only option.  Because these springs and cables are designed to withstand and operate under a significant amount of tension, trying to repair and reuse any that have been damaged would severely compromise their physical and functional integrity.

There are many reasons why garage door cables and springs may snap/break, including:

  • Aging/repeated use
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Objects striking the door
  • Items jammed in the tracks
  • Aggressive lifting/closing actions

If a garage door cable or spring has broken, the door will essentially be out-of-service until the repair/replacement can be completed.  And due to the amount of inconvenience that this situation can create for the homeowner-family, it stands to reason that it should be addressed as soon as possible.

At this stage, do-it-yourself homeowners may think that they can use such an approach here too; however, it is not recommended and in fact highly discouraged due to potential safety risks/vulnerabilities for homeowners, their families, and their property.

As mentioned previously, garage door springs and cables function properly when under considerable tension.  Setting this tension requires the correct tools and an appropriate level of training in order to avoid such circumstances as:

  • Personal injury to the installer
  • Damage to neighboring contents
  • The need to replace the entire door

Therefore, in the time it would likely take for a do-it-yourself homeowner to acquire all of the necessary tools and materials, a garage door repair firm like Markham Garage Doors would be able to respond and provide the services needed to rectify the situation and to restore the convenience and security of a properly functioning door.

While trying to replace one’s own garage door springs and cables may be an enticing and challenging option, as well as a cost-efficient approach, the risks of injury and additional damage are simply too great for the inexperienced/uninitiated homeowner.  Such work is best left to the expert technicians from Markham Garage Doors.

Same-Day Award-Winning Garage Door Repair Services at Affordable Prices

While there are two distinct types of garage door springs, torsion and extension springs, it is the former that is commonly installed in most homes.  Torsion springs are generally used for heavier and/or larger garage doors and are easily identifiable by their mounting position over the door; extension springs routinely run alongside the garage door tracks.

The initial installation and any subsequent replacement of torsion springs should only be attempted by individuals who:

  • Fully comprehend how they operate
  • Have comfort and experience working with them
  • Recognize and respect their safety aspects/implications

All of these qualities can be applied to the garage door installation and repair technicians from Markham Garage Doors.  Whether the issue is a broken garage door spring, broken cable, or an associated accessory such as an automatic garage door opener, the team from Markham Garage Doors can provide efficient, same-day services at affordable prices.

If a broken garage door spring or cable is causing inconvenience for you and your family, you can rely on the technicians from Markham Garage Doors.  Call the professionals at Markham Garage Doors today at either (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667 for fast and affordable garage door spring or garage door cable repair services.

If Your Garage Door Won’t Open, It May Be Due to a Broken Spring

A Broken Garage Door Spring is a Likely Reason Why the Door Will Not Open

When a garage door suddenly refuses to open, homeowners are often bewildered – it was working just fine yesterday, so what could possibly have happened between then and now to cause this state of perplexity?  After a few unsuccessful attempts to lift the door either manually or using the remote for the automatic door opener, and perhaps a few choice words also, homeowners begin to accept the fact that something is mechanically wrong with their door.

In a majority of such cases, the likely culprit is a broken garage door spring that will need to be replaced before the door will be able to function properly once again.  Garage doors can weigh in excess of 250 or 300 pounds depending on their size and composition and it is the tension stored in the spring that actually allows that weight to move up and down so freely and smoothly – and why it can be so difficult for one person to open, or deadlift, a door when the spring is broken.

Other signs that a garage door spring has broken, cracked, or lost tension will include:

  • Door cables have snapped or become detached
  • Rollers may have popped/jumped out of their tracks
  • The door has become imbalanced/jammed at a slight angle
  • The automatic door opener is heard straining but without results
  • The door has crashed to the ground and panels have been damaged

When there is clear evidence of a broken garage door spring, it is an understatement to say that a new spring needs to be installed as quickly as possible.  Homeowners and their families need access to their garage for any number of reasons, including entry to the home and use of their vehicles.  However, despite any urgency to access the garage or the inconvenience resulting from a non-functioning door, it is not recommended that homeowners try to open the door when a spring is broken – as noted previously, garage doors can be extremely heavy and there may be other damage or issues at play as well, hence making such an action quite risky, dangerous, and potentially very expensive too.

In addition, garage door spring installation is not recommended as a do-it-yourself task for homeowners, regardless of how handy they might be, or perceive themselves to be, with any type of tools.  Garage door springs must be installed with significant tension or torque to compensate for the weight of the door; therefore for reasons of personal safety, these springs should be mounted and adjusted by trained professionals, such as the technicians from Markham Garage Doors.

Garage Door Spring Replacement Will Likely Be Required at Some Point in Time

In terms of life expectancy, it is estimated that a garage door torsion spring should last about 15,000 to 20,000 cycles under normal use, considered to be approximately 1,000 to 1,500 cycles per year – note that a cycle equates to the door being opened and closed one time.  For garage door expansion springs, life expectancy is somewhat lower, rated at 5,000 to 10,000 cycles.

In other words, even if homeowners open and close their garage doors just once or twice a day, the springs will likely break at some point.  And this so-called breaking point can be further impacted by the level of regular garage door maintenance that is practiced by the homeowner.

Proper garage door maintenance includes:

  • Annual or semi-annual inspections of all parts
  • Cleaning and lubricating moving/weight-bearing parts
  • Ensuring that the springs are exhibiting the proper tension
  • Minor adjustments/tightening/replacement of parts as needed
  • Identifying and addressing any issues before major problems arise

All of the above actions can have a positive influence on the life expectancy of a garage door spring, irrespective of how often the door is opened and closed.  For homeowners who may have concerns about the state of their garage door, and particularly that of the spring or springs, Markham Garage Doors offers maintenance and tune-up services for all makes and models of doors.

If you are being inconvenienced by a broken garage door spring and need immediate repair service, call the installation specialists from Markham Garage Doors today at (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667 to book a service visit as soon as possible.

How to Find a Reputable Garage Door Repair Service in the GTA

Take the Time to Research Garage Door Repair Providers in the Stouffville Area

When homeowners require garage door repair or replacement service, most will probably not have the names and phone numbers of any such contractors committed to memory or stored in their phone contact list.  Since occasions for repairing garage doors may be few and far between, the first reaction of a Stouffville homeowner might be to ask a friend, a family member, or a neighbor if they could recommend a reputable company.

While this action might provide one viable lead, it will likely not provide a sufficient basis for comparison in order to make a comfortable and informed decision on the contractor who will ultimately perform the work.  Said another way, it would be advisable to invest the time in some research before settling on a contractor – and while there are several garage door repair and replacement companies to choose from in the Stouffville area, it would be safe to assume that their service levels will differ.

To begin, it will be important for homeowners to obtain written estimates from three or four local garage door companies.  While this may seem like an unnecessarily protracted exercise, especially in light of the inconvenience caused by a non-functional garage door and the urgency to have it repaired, it will play an important role in making an informed decision – should a contractor balk or refuse to provide a quote in writing, this would be a clear sign to avoid moving forward with that particular company.

When a final list of candidates has been determined, each of these companies should be further screened to assess the best choice for the job.  The information that homeowners may want to verify from or about each contractor might consist of:

  • When the company was first established – how many years in the business?
  • Do they have a confirmed phone number, e-mail address, and business address?
  • Are they manufacturer certified/licensed to install/service their respective products?
  • Will the work be done by trained company staff or out-sourced to a sub-contractor?
  • What are their warranties/guarantees/exceptions pertaining to materials and labor?
  • Is their insurance valid and up-to-date (workplace insurance and general liability)?
  • What are their memberships/affiliations with local or national industry associations?
  • How viable is the business (willingness to give references from previous customers)?
  • What type of independent reviews/client feedback can be found from online sources?

Issues with a garage door can be frustrating, maddening, exasperating, or any number of similar adjectives.  They can also occur at particularly inopportune times therefore, it will be critical to secure the services of a reputable and responsive garage door repair provider, like Markham Garage Doors, to alleviate these feelings and inconveniences and to perform the service in a fast, affordable, and expert manner as well.

Award-Winning Garage Door Repair Service Available in Stouffville and the GTA

Sometimes, contractors may be intentionally selective when providing client references to potential new customers, in effect skewing such feedback in the best light possible.

At Markham Garage Doors, such a practice is neither condoned nor required.  In 2012, Markham Garage Doors was acknowledged as the number one garage door repair service in Stouffville and the GTA when it was bestowed the HomeStars Best of 2012 Toronto Award for the Garage Doors and Hardware category.

HomeStars is a free online service for consumers to find reputable contractors based on written feedback from other customers who have hired these respective companies, and the award won by Markham Garage Doors was based on comments submitted by its previous customers.  This is a testament to the level of service that Markham Garage Doors and its crews have been providing to residential and commercial property owners throughout the Greater Toronto Area for more than 10 years.

If you require garage door repair or replacement service in Stouffville or the surrounding area, call upon the award-winning experts from Markham Garage Doors today at (416) 570-3667 for a no-obligation estimate and our fast and affordable repair service.

Fixing a Broken Garage Door Opener

Consider These Do-It-Yourself Repairs for a Broken Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are generally quite dependable and, under normal usage patterns and with regular maintenance, homeowners might expect the lifecycle of their opener to span roughly 10 to 15 years.  For the record, average usage rates are usually considered to range between 1,000 to 1,500 opening-and-closing cycles per year.

In fact, the dependability of a garage door opener can lead to homeowner complacency.  Push the button on the remote, the door goes up/down, and their daily routine carries on without a second thought about the operation of the door opener – what could be easier?

Then one day, totally unexpected, there is no response when someone tries to activate the door opener.  The door does not move and, despite repeated attempts and maybe a change of batteries, a grim realization sets in – the issue at hand might be a broken garage door opener.

To be certain, however, homeowners should confirm rather than assume that they have a broken garage door opener.  This can be done as follows:

  • Checking the power supply – is everything actually on?
  • Testing all remotes to see if there is any response at all
  • Changing batteries in all remotes and trying them again
  • Determining if the opener will respond to the wall switch
  • Re-programming (unplugging then re-connecting opener)

If in fact the issue can be linked or traced back to the automatic door opener itself, there are certain basic repairs that homeowners may wish to considerwhich can include a garage door cable change, and/or perform on their own, depending of course on the identified problem.  Such actions might include:

  • Cleaning or replacing the safety sensors at the base of the rails
  • Replacing the circuit board (motherboard) for their specific unit
  • Exchanging the gear shaft-sprocket assembly on the drive shaft
  • Checking and re-securing or replacing loose or damaged wiring
  • Swapping the existing screw drive coupler for a new component

On the other hand, if homeowners suspect that they have a broken garage door opener but cannot pinpoint the source of the problem, they may wish to call upon the expertise of a professional garage door repair provider, such as Markham Garage Doors, to help diagnose and rectify the situation.  This would also apply to circumstances where there is some hesitation on the part of the homeowner to address any garage door opener issues on a do-it-yourself basis.

Some Garage Door Repairs Should Be Entrusted to Trained Professionals Only

When a garage door opener is not working properly, it may be the result of an issue with the door or its parts rather than the device itself.  In these cases, attempting to operate the opener may lead to more extensive damage and expensive repair/replacement costs.

There are several factors that may directly or indirectly contribute to the malfunctioning of an automatic garage door opener.  Such causes may consist of:

When the above types of situations are encountered, it is advisable that homeowners forego any do-it-yourself measures and contact an expert in garage door repairs, like a trained service technician from Markham Garage Doors.  This is especially true when dealing with high-tension springs/cables or out-of-balance door weights, to eliminate any risks of personal injury.

Markham Garage Doors has been rated number one in garage door repairs and service in the Greater Toronto Area.  The Markham Garage Doors technicians are skilled and experienced in all aspects of garage door repairs, including but not limited to:

  • Broken springs and cables
  • Damaged garage door panels
  • Malfunctioning door openers
  • Faulty photoelectric sensors
  • Doors/rollers off the tracks

For professional attention to repair your broken garage door opener, call the specialists from Markham Garage Doors today at (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667 to book a service visit from one of our trained technicians as soon as possible.


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