When you’re thinking of replacing or repairing your garage door, it’s important to realize that it can lead to a pretty big investment, so doing some reading and research before making a choice is essential to taking the right decision.
A garage door may seem just like any other normal, uncomplicated door, but it is not. There are various garage door spare parts, some you haven’t even heard of, that are essential in building and holding a garage door together and making it function properly, efficiently and quite smoothly. Each part is as important as the rest of them combined together that build the garage door and keep it intact for years.
Let’s discuss the garage door spare parts in detail below
Garage Door Springs
Garage door springs counterbalance the weight of the door to make it easy to open and close. For example, if a garage door weighs 120 pounds, a spring force of 120 pounds needs to pull against the weight of the door
Garage Door Hinges
Hinges are one of the most important garage door spare parts that are used to attach the garage door onto the wall and allow each section to pivot as the door opens. They also enable the garage door to close into a wedge. Hinges must be checked often and changed whenever necessary, as broken ones may lead to your garage door not opening at all.
Garage Door Cables
Cables are essential garage door spare parts. They are attached at the bottom of each side of the door, and above the door the cables are attached to the drums. If you have a broken cable, your garage door will not open properly on one or both sides.
Garage Door Rollers
The rollers allow the garage door to move up and down freely. A typical garage door has 10 rollers. The rollers slide in a sleeve that is attached to the door, so there are two trouble spots- the roller and the sleeve. When the rollers do not slide, the door will bind. When the rollers stick, the door will be difficult to lift. So the chances are good that sooner or later this portion of your garage door will need some attention.
Garage Door Cable Drums
There are three types of cable drums that correspond to three types of overhead-type garage doors, standard-lift, vertical-lift and high-lift. Each cable drum is built to help the garage door remain balanced as it opens and closes with the help of the torsion springs. So basically these drums allow lifting cables to wind when the garage door opens.
Standard-lift cable drums are flat for the most part.
Vertical-lift cable drums are taller than standard-lift drums.
High-lift cable drums have both a flat portion like the standard-lift drums and a raised portion like the vertical-lift drums.
Garage Door Pulleys
There are four pulleys on a garage door frame, two mounted in a stationary position on the frame above either side of the garage door frame, and two moveable pulleys attached to the springs on either side of the door. One of the most common garage door spare parts problems is worn out pulleys. If they do not turn smoothly or wobble, replace them.