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I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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2 Symptoms Of A Sick Garage Door And What To Check First

When you are a new homeowner, you might be more focused on filling up the rooms of your place with your old apartment furniture than you are about home maintenance. Unfortunately, repairs are just part of the game when it comes to home ownership, and some issues can be illusive and difficult to fix. Here are two symptoms of a system that might need garage door repair, and what you should check first:

1: Door Not Responding

Nothing is more frustrating than pulling into your driveway, pressing that handy little button, and not getting any response whatsoever. This situation can be especially troubling if you were planning on gaining entry to your house through your garage. However, a non-responsive door doesn't necessarily mean dire issues with your entire system. Here are a few things to look for if this happens to you:

  • Remote Control: If you are like most people, you might not pay that much attention to your remote control until it stops working. Check to see if any edges of your remote control button are stuck, which could inhibit its ability to function. If your button looks normal, try replacing the batteries to your remote to see if that does the trick.
  • Power: Is your system powering on at all? Most garage door openers contain daytime running lights so that you can see if they are working properly. If your system is unresponsive, make sure that it is receiving power. If it isn't, check your local electrical panel to look for tripped breakers or blown fuses.  
  • Self-Diagnostic System: Some newer systems even have self-diagnostic controls. If your garage door doesn't open or close when you tell it to, use your garage door opener control pad to look for issues.

If your garage door opener checks out and you can't find the problem, contact a professional who specializes in garage door repairs. An expert will be able to analyze your system, check connectivity, and repair the issue in no time.

2: Extra Noise

Does your garage door raise a racket? If you are tired of listening to the unsettling groan of a troubled garage door, you might be able to repair the problem by checking a few things. Here are a few things you should inspect:

  • Rollers: Your garage door glides up and down tracks with the help of plastic rollers. Unfortunately, these rollers can break over time, which can create extra friction. With the garage door down, use a flashlight to inspect the condition of each plastic roller. If you find one with issues, you can pick up a replacement for a few dollars at your local hardware store. By bending the track out of the way, you can easily pop out the damaged version and switch it out for a brand new model.  
  • Tracks: If your tracks are bent, even the best rollers might struggle to move freely. Inspect your tracks and look for any areas that are damaged or bent. Remove any loose debris sitting inside of the tracks that could be interfering with the rollers.
  • Loose Hardware: Watch your door open and close a few times to try to find areas where the door is moving more than it should be. Loose screws or broken brackets can cause extra movement, which can make your door rattle. You might be able to silent your entire system by tightening a few screws or replacing missing hardware.

Although a little extra noise might not seem like a big issue, movement can cause extra damage as time goes on. If you aren't able to silence your system, contact a professional for help. If you have bent garage door panels or a damaged torsion spring, you will want an expert to take over the job.

Being able to recognize the signs of early garage door trouble and take the appropriate course of action can save you from aggravating the problem or living with a broken system.