Torque Master Conversions

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Torque Master Conversions have become more and more popular the last few years because the brand that makes them has stopped producing or mass producing these one of a kind torsion springs and there replacement parts have become too hard to find. Wayne Dalton first manufactured these garage doors with their very own type of torsion tube and torsion springs. It was a good idea at the time because you could add tension to the torsion springs with a drill and the installation of the bar and the springs were done simultaneously. The springs are not visible because they are set into the torsion tube which is why I don’t specifically like the design. I can’t allow my customers to see that they have a broken torsion spring by telling them to walk into their garage and let me borrow their eyes. We have converted thousands of these systems over to the more conventional torsion spring and torsion bar setup. This repair is pretty labor intensive and takes a lot more parts than a conventional spring replacement and that is why the price is more to convert rather to just replace the springs only.

Parts Required for Torque Master Conversion

Conversion kit for torsion system

When making this repair the first thing we have to know is the width and height of the garage door so we know what size torsion bar and torsion cables we are going to need. Standard single car garage doors are 8 x 7 and double car garage doors are 16 x 7. This being said we will need a pair of 7’ torsion cables, a pair of bottom brackets, a pair of top fixtures to mount the correct width torsion bar to. We will also need a center bracket for the torsion bar and springs to mount to. This repair doesn’t allow us to use any of the parts that come on the Wayne Dalton Door because they don’t use a bottom bracket that has a loop for the torsion cable to fasten around. The torsion tube is not round it is oblong and also is a wider diameter so that their torsion springs can set inside instead of over the tube. They also don’t have top fixture or a center bracket that we can use for the standard spring application. The springs themselves vary in make, model and material of your door so the approximate weight of the door is the last step. On a 2 car garage door we always install 2 torsion springs even if it can be done with one spring to ensure our customers aren’t forced to lift the entire garage door if they ever have a broken spring in the future.

Pricing for Torque Master Conversions

The pricing for these repairs will vary by the size & weight of the door. Single car applications for an 8 x 7 garage door will cost $239-$259 for a single spring installation. These single car garage door repairs will only have one spring no matter the size or weight of the door. The pricing for a standard 16 x 7 conversion will cost between $379-$409 depending on the weight of the door and which 2 springs are needed to properly balance the door. All of our springs come standard with an 8 year warranty and 1 year for all labor. This repair also comes with a 25 point safety inspection, tightening of all loose nuts and bolts as well as lubricating all moving parts. If you’re garage door opener suddenly isn’t capable of opening your garage door and you have a Wayne Dalton Door this is more than likely the repair that you are going to be requiring. Be sure not to operate this door because you would be putting undue pressure on the top section and the garage door opener bracket that attaches to the center of the top section of your garage door. Call Affordable Garage Doors today for all your torque Master Conversions!

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Garage Door Maintenance

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In most cases garage door maintenance can be avoided with the home owner performing simple annual lubrication applications.  I always recommend disconnecting the garage door opener and manually lifting the garage door by hand at least once every 6 months after the first 3 years since that’s the average manufacturer warranty on all door hardware.  Most hardware comes with 3 year warranties and most things nowadays are usually good to ensure that manufacturers cover themselves with those warranties.  With that being said I always include a 25 point safety inspection and recommend a tune up on the garage door and opener with every repair I make.  Most of these repairs other than broken springs and actual defective parts could have been prevented with lubrication and maintenance. Garage doors are made up of many moving metal parts that roll against each other as the door moves up and down and as with any moving part there is friction. And when friction is caused, lubrication has to be applied.  We use silicone-spray for all moving parts and white lithium for the torsion springs.

Home owners can minimize garage door wear by applying a silicone or Teflon lubricant to the moving parts of the door at least twice per year. How to do this? Simply, with the garage door closed, spray the lubricant to the rollers and roller hinges and inside the track from top to bottom then move across the door lubricating the hinges from top to bottom, then move to the other side of the door and again lubricate the rollers and roller hinges and inside the track from top to bottom. As you perform this step of lubricating the complete door & don’t be afraid to use a lot of lubricant. Next, operate the door up and down a few times to allow the lubricant to work its way into all of the moving parts.  If you have a wooden garage door, you will need to tighten all the nuts on the hinges. Hardware on a wooden garage door is attached with a different nut and bolt combination than a metal door and it is common for these to vibrate loose. Use a 7/16 wrench and start in a pattern from one side of the door to the other working from top to bottom and across the door tightening the nuts holding the hinges in place.

Garage Door Maintenance Checklist

Garage Door MaintenanceAs a homeowner, you are learning quickly that consistent maintenance is required to keep your home up and running. One of the greatest ways to cut down these costs in the future is prevention.  Garage Doors would be great if we could just install them and forget about them. In reality they are not, and if you don’t take care of routine maintenance on your door you will be spending more money in the long run. Luckily, you don’t need to be a garage door technician to make sure you are taking the necessary steps toward making things run smoothly. While garage doors and openers are technically one entire system, you need to keep in mind that they are separate and contain many moving parts.  With this home garage door checklist, you can keep on top of problems before they happen, saving you both time and money. These checks are recommended at least twice per year, but many find that being on the constant lookout for problems and running through the checklist periodically can be beneficial.

Visual Inspection:

To Do This:

Stand inside your garage with the garage door closed. Starting in one corner visually look at your door staring at one corner and going down, repeat this process as you move across your door.  Look for cracks in the surface of the door, especially around the hinges.  Inspect the rollers. Place a finger on the wheel of each roller and try to rock the roller wheel back and forth for looseness. If they are loose, they need replacing.  Look at the cables and make sure they are not frayed or twisted.  Look at where the opener “J” arm attaches to the door. Make sure it is not starting to pull off. If you have a metal door, there should a special bracket called an “Operator Bracket”, attached to the door and the opener “J” arm attached to this special bracket.  Stand in the middle of the garage door and grab the door and move it front to back and side to side. There should be slight movement each way.  Open the garage door half way and look at the rubber seal located along the bottom of the garage door. It should move and be pliable and no cracks or missing sections.  Close the door and pull the red cord to disconnect the opener. Lift the door to waist height. The door should be easy to lift. With the door at waist height, let go of the door. It should remain there or slowly drop to the floor.  Open the door all the way up and let go. It should remain open.

Operate the Opener:  This will require simple testing to see if the systems are working correctly.

To Do This:

Run the garage door open and close 2 or 3 times. There should be no loud squeaks or pops.Test the safety eyes. This can be done by closing the door and place your foot in way of the safety eyes. The door should stop and reverse to open.  Close the door and as the door is closing, grab the bottom of the garage door and try to stop it until it reverses. it should give about 15 – 20 pounds of push before reversing.This can be a good time to replace the batteries in your remote controls.

Garage Door Tune-Ups

Garage Door Tune-UpsHere at Affordable Garage Doors we offer 2 types of tune-ups.  One is our regular tune-up which comes standard with a 25 point safety inspection, lubrication of all moving parts and tightening of all loose nuts and bolts, adjusted tracks and resetting the garage door opener height to cooperate with your springs.  After many years of use your torsion springs will need to be tightened to make sure you are not wearing out the worm gear in your garage door opener.  This nylon gear is designed to strip out to ensure that the motor itself is not going to burn up.  With this being said the combination of the springs relaxing and not keeping the cables tight around the threaded torsion drums and the opener still picking it up to the same height this is probably the number 1 cause of off track or sideways doors.  You must add tension and readjust the opener height to compensate.  We never recommend replacing parts if they are not broken but sometimes their truly is not an alternative.  The price for this service is $99 plus the $29 service charge to come out at normal business hours Monday-Friday 7AM-5PM.

Garage Door & Opener Tune-Ups Plus

Lifetime Warranty RollersThis package comes with everything that the standard garage door tune-up comes with but also includes a lifetime warranty roller with 7” long stem rollers in the top section to help ensure that your garage door stays in its tracks for future use.  If you have never experienced an off track or sideways door you’re one of the lucky ones.  Check out our page for off track doors if you would like to see examples of what could happen without tune-ups and preventative maintenance.  The price for the garage door tune-up plus is $149 plus the $29 service charge to come out at normal business hours Monday-Friday 7AM-5PM.  These heavy duty nylon rollers come with a lifetime warranty and are sold for $98 every day of the week.  Call Affordable Garage Doors today and ask about our garage door tune-ups and garage door maintenance Jacksonville Beach, FL.

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Top Section Reinforcements

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Top section reinforcements is an every other day occurrence in the garage door business. There are several reasons why these repairs are needed but it mainly comes down to 2 leading factors. The first major reason would have to be inferior made garage doors that are made poorly. These poorly made doors have fewer stiles than the leading brands on the market. Usually these types of repairs are consistent with 2 car garage doors because they are longer and weaker in the middle especially if they are connected to a garage door opener. Affordable Garage Doors highly recommends adding top section reinforcements to all new garage doors if they are not wind-loaded. The other leading cause for top section reinforcements would have to be broken torsion springs or torsion springs loosing strength and needing more tension. Torsion springs are actually your garage door opener and the garage door opener just gives the door an opening & closing limit along with momentum to open and close your door. When a door has a garage door opener it will be attached to the top section from the center stile.

This puts all of the stress on the center of the top section and when something goes wrong with the springs you will see the damage done to the top section. If your garage door doesn’t open and close smoothly and it has for several years, then you probably should call to have someone come and inspect the door. If you see the top section doesn’t have a support strut running horizontally across the top section and we are at your home installing new garage door springs or a new garage door opener then we are probably going to recommend adding top section reinforcement. Garage door struts stiffen sections of the door to prevent them from bending or breaking. Struts help make each section rigid so the door will open and close smoothly. If the sections are not rigid, your garage door will bend as it opens and closes. Residential single doors typically do not need struts unless it is a steel door that is motor-operated. We recommend adding a strut across the top section to prevent the top of the door from bending if the opener force is out of adjustment or it is a new installation and you are using a garage door opener to open the door. Doors over 10 feet wide usually have at least one strut across the top panel. Affordable Garage Doors adds an additional strut to all our new garage door installs.

top section reinforced with angle ironWhen we add one or more struts to your door we factor in the additional weight. Struts weigh about twelve pounds for a 16′ door. If you add two struts, it will cause your door to be out of balance. We adjust your spring tension accordingly, or we recommend replacing your torsion springs. Otherwise, the extra weight will shorten the life of your garage door opener. Disconnecting your garage door opener periodically and manually opening your garage door by hand checking the balance of the door could also prevent this from happening to your garage door. I highly recommend all homeowners to pull the red cord of their garage door opener at least once a year and see if they can open and close their door with 2 fingers on one hand. If it takes 2 hands a great deal of effort then your garage door is out of balance and you are going to need a garage door tune-up. Once you disconnect the door you will want to lift the door halfway up and then take your hand away from the door. The door should not spring open or fall to the ground. If the door will sit in the halfway open position without your hands on it then you door appears to be balanced properly. If it falls to the ground or tries to open all the way then you need to call a professional. All of our garage door tune-ups come with a 25 point safety inspection, added tension to the springs, tightening of all loose nuts and bolts as well as lubrication of all moving parts.

Upgraded Opener Bracket for Top Section

opener bracketAnytime we install a new garage door opener with a garage door we always recommend a couple of struts across the top section. We also recommend adding a better opener bracket than the ones that come in the hardware of all major brands of openers today. The brackets that come with any new garage door opener today has only 3 screw holes and the PSI isn’t spread out very well because the bracket is only about 2 inches wide by 2 inches tall. The brackets we carry and recommend are the length of the whole top section and are made to install under the top strut and under the center hinge. This with the top struts considerably strengthens your garage door and ensures that it will not rip free if you have a spring break. I have been making these 2 repairs for the last 15 years and the Wayne Dalton doors are the leading brand needing these repairs. I have made these repairs to their doors more than all other brands on the market combined and mainly because they are Styrofoam filled and their stiles are glued in place. I definitely don’t ever install this brand of garage doors and work on them all the time. The first thing you must do when adding top section struts to a garage door is open the door and check to see if it is sagging. This usually helps to have another person because you will want to start from one side or the other and push the door up straightening the section as you screw down the strut.

I recommend 2 screws in every stile that you are connecting to. You will either have to pre-drill holes thru the strut and the garage door or use self tapping screws that will pre-drill as they are added. I always start off with the very top section of the door first since you will be lowering the after you get the bend out of the top section. Once you get the top strut in place you then will lower the door and loosen the bottom center screw and disconnect the center hinge because you will want to slide that hinge up under the support strut and then add the bottom support strut and do the same thing. If you are using the upgraded opener bracket you will be taking the top center hinge all the way off since the bracket has the hinge already attached and built into the bracket. These heavy duty opener brackets actually serve to purposes and takes place of the center top hinge and it spreads the PSI throughout the top section instead of in a 2”x 2” surface area.

Once you have correctly installed the 2 top section reinforcement struts and the heavy duty opener bracket then you will want to test the balance of the garage door springs by doing what I explained in the first paragraph of this web page. We will usually have to add tension and rarely have to replace the torsion springs altogether but if we are making these repairs it is a good chance that your garage door springs are getting old or you garage door was lowered onto something which caused the top section to bend or crease. If the garage door is older than 5 years old and this happened with no fault of yours I highly recommend replacing the torsion or extension springs while we are here. Once the springs are properly balanced we will do the 25 point safety inspection, tighten all loose nuts and bolts as well as lubricate all moving parts. If you have a garage door that looks like either of the pictures shown on this page please don’t hesitate to call Affordable Garage Doors today. We specialize in top section reinforcements and are always just a phone call away!

Pricing for Top Section Reinforcements

opener bracketTop section reinforcements will vary from door to door depending on the length of the door and the amount of struts we have to install. Generally we only require adding 2 struts and a heavy duty opener bracket to make this repair but you will more than likely be needing a garage door tune-up with this repair unless human error caused the top section to be bent or creased. The top section reinforcement with 2 struts and a heavy duty opener bracket will usually run you about $199 plus the service charge. We do garage door tune-ups for $119 but will offer package deals for customers doing both repairs while we are there. We cannot warranty the top section when making this repair because the door is already damaged but will definitely stand behind our labor for 90 days provided you follow are recommendations. If you don’t agree to add the garage door tune-up and we can see that it is a priority you will be on your own with the warranty. If you are needing a top section reinforcement, extra struts and an upgraded opener bracket call us today!  We install the best and replace the rest, so call Affordable Garage Doors today!

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24 Hour Garage Door Repairs

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Are you having problems with your garage door or opener and nobody that claims to have 24 hour garage door repairs services are answering the phone?  Well look no further than Affordable Garage Door Service.  We not only offer these services we actually answer our phones and have technicians on stand-by waiting to address all of your garage door needs.  We are locally owned and operated right here in Jax Beach and have been in the business for over 15 years.  We strive on customer satisfaction and love all of your feed back whether it is positive or negative because that’s how we find out what we need to do to improve.  Affordable Garage Door Service offers competitive rates and offer the industries best garage door & opener products.  You don’t stay in the business as long as us by substituting quality for quantity.  We don’t claim to be the cheapest garage door service and don’t want to be known by that anyway.  We install the best and replace the rest.  Where some companies install Wayne Dalton or Genie products for cheaper and we are constantly going behind them repairing and replacing their doors & openers.  Call Affordable Garage Doors and we will be there when you need us. We provide 24 hour emergency service and can be there within an hour in most instances.

Professional Garage Door Repairs

Professional Garage Door RepairsGarage doors don’t always cause problems at convenient times. That’s why Affordable Garage Doors provides 24 hour emergency garage door services to residents and business at times when your garage door fails!  All our service trucks are fully stocked with top of the line garage door parts and come prepared to make repairs on all popular brand name garage doors & openers. Our highly qualified technicians will provide you with a written estimate on what it will take to make the repair and always give you their recommendation on whether it’s worth repairing versus getting new equipment all together. Anytime the repairs are half the cost of new equipment we usually lean towards installing new garage doors & openers. The only time this isn’t the case is if you have 2 separate garage doors & openers. We then will recommend repairing the problem and doing preventative maintenance and tuning up both doors until you are ready to take the next step in having new equipment installed. Your garage door failing may cause a huge inconvenience to you, your family, your staff, or your customers. Your garage door failing may cause a huge inconvenience to you, your family, your staff, or your customers. Not only that, a malfunctioning garage door can mean putting your supplies and belongings at risk for theft or vandalism.

Emergency Garage Door Spring Replacements

Emergency Garage Door Spring Replacements

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Garage Door Spring Replacements are the number one most common repair for garage doors today! Spring replacements are a very common occurrence in our industry and we specialize in this phase of garage door repairs. Our trucks are fully stocked with every torsion & extension spring used on standard overhead doors today. We always recommend replacing both springs no matter if they are torsion or extension, since both springs will have the same wear and tear. Garage Doors have replaced most homes front doors these days. People have replaced their front door keys for garage door remotes and keypads, so the life expectancy will vary from home to home. There are many different manufacturers and materials on the market today and springs come in various sizes. Springs are measured by the weight they are able to lift with a certain amount of tension applied. The weight of a garage door will vary by the material that it I made of and whether it has windows, insulation and if it is wind-loaded.  Here are some of the services we provide with our 24 Hour Garage Door Repair Services:

If you are looking for Professional 24 Hour Garage Door Repair Services then you need to call us today or fill out the form below and we will get back with you as soon as we get the email.  Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number and a brief description of your garage door or opener issues.  Thanks and have a nice day!

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Off Track Sideways Doors

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These are probably the most dangerous and infamous garage door repairs that we make. They can be very scary for a homeowner that has their car directly under it as well. I cannot stress enough the importance of not trying to make this repair or attempt to do anything if these doors are in the up position once it goes sideways or off track. It is very easy to get these doors to come all the way out of the tracks and onto your car, so I highly recommend you call us right away. These repairs will cost between $179-$199 depending on the severity and this does not include any parts. This is simply getting the door back into its tracks.

Most Common Reasons for Sideways Doors

Other than human error like lowering the door onto something or hitting the garage door with a car while coming up or down there are several factors to these doors coming off track or going sideways. The first thing you must understand is that the garage door opener isn’t actually the garage door opener. I know that’s hard to fathom since the name is a garage door opener but the garage door opener is actually the torsion springs or extension springs. The opener only gives it momentum and a starting and stopping point and what happens over the years is your garage door springs lose some of their strength and its not noticeable unless you either pull the emergency release cord or know what to look for. That’s why I tell all my customers that they should pull the red cord and lift and lower the door manually along with lubricating the door at least once a year for the 1st 3 years and then twice a year after that. You should be able to lift the garage door with 2 fingers on one hand no matter the size of door or the size of the person. A garage door should be properly balanced and this is the reason these doors come off track. When the door is in the up position the springs lose their ability to keep the cables tight around the grooved torsion drums and this with old faulty rollers and the opener still picking them up to the same height actually causes the off track or sideways door.

Recommended Service for Repairing Off Track Doors

As long as no one is admitting to the human error element, I always recommend 2 different options for the off track door or sideways door repairs. The first would be my most recommended if the door is over 5 years old, since most manufacturers offer 3-5 year warranties with all garage door hardware. This is called a Tune-Up Plus ($149) and it comes standard with 10 lifetime warranty rollers and 2 of them would be 7″ rollers in the top section along with locks on those long stem rollers. It also comes with a 25pt safety inspection, lubrication of all moving parts and tension added to the torsion springs which is almost always needed on a garage door that is 5 yrs old or older. We will also back the opener up limit down a couple of inches if needed along with tightening the chain or belt. The other option is ($98) and is called a Tune-Up and it comes with everything that the Tune-Up Plus comes with except the rollers. I hardly ever recommend this unless the door has the very same rollers or is less than 5 yrs old. I hope this page has informed you about off track or sideways doors and what to look for when our highly trained technicians get to your home. Remember our motto is “We install the best & replace the rest”, so call Affordable Garage Doors today! I guarantee you’ll be glad you did!

Most Common Reasons for Off Track Doors

Other than human error like lowering the door onto something or hitting the garage door with a car while coming up or down there are several factors to these doors coming off track or going sideways. The first thing you must understand is that the garage door opener isn’t actually the garage door opener. I know that’s hard to fathom since the name is a garage door opener but the garage door opener is actually the torsion springs or extension springs.

The opener only gives it momentum and a starting and stopping point and what happens over the years is your garage door springs lose some of their strength and its not noticeable unless you either pull the emergency release cord or know what to look for. That’s why I tell all my customers that they should pull the red cord and lift and lower the door manually along with lubricating the door at least once a year for the 1st 3 years and then twice a year after that.

You should be able to lift the garage door with 2 fingers on one hand no matter the size of door or the size of the person. A garage door should be properly balanced and this is the reason these doors come off track. When the door is in the up position the springs lose their ability to keep the cables tight around the grooved torsion drums and this with old faulty rollers and the opener still picking them up to the same height actually causes the off track or sideways door.

Recommended Service for Repairing Off Track Doors

As long as no one is admitting to the human error element, I always recommend 2 different options for the off track door or sideways door repairs. The first would be my most recommended if the door is over 5 years old, since most manufacturers offer 3-5 year warranties with all garage door hardware.

This is called a Tune-Up Plus ($149) and it comes standard with 10 lifetime warranty rollers and 2 of them would be 7″ rollers in the top section along with locks on those long stem rollers. It also comes with a 25pt safety inspection, lubrication of all moving parts and tension added to the torsion springs which is almost always needed on a garage door that is 5 yrs old or older.

We will also back the opener up limit down a couple of inches if needed along with tightening the chain or belt. The other option is ($98) and is called a Tune-Up and it comes with everything that the Tune-Up Plus comes with except the rollers. I hardly ever recommend this unless the door has the very same rollers or is less than 5 yrs old.

I hope this page has informed you about off track or sideways doors and what to look for when our highly trained technicians get to your home. Remember our motto is “We install the best & replace the rest”, so call Affordable Garage Doors today! I guarantee you’ll be glad you did!

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