Commercial garage doors generally get a lot of use. With employees, shipments and customers coming in and out all day, there may come a point where your garage door begins to malfunction. If your garage doesn’t seem to be working the way it should, it may be in need of a repair. Follow these commercial garage door repair tips and tricks to get your garage up and running again.

Replacing Broken Glass

If you have a sectional garage door with glass, those windows are at risk. If one happens to break, crack or get chipped, replacing it is a simple and delicate process. You will first need to measure the size of the piece of glass. More than likely, you can purchase a glass replacement from your garage door manufacturer. Once the replacement glass is acquired and ready to go, you will have to unscrew the frame that’s holding the broken piece in place. If your window is cracked, remove it carefully so it doesn’t shatter completely. However, if it’s already shattered, you could use a tool break it out. Just be sure to wear gloves if you are handling broken glass.

Once the old glass is removed, scrape off any sealant that is left behind and clean the surface. Now simply replace the old glass with the new. Use a sealant around the edges and smooth it with a putty knife. This ensures no air leaks or drafts in your garage. After everything is all dry, screw the frame back into place. Last but not least, give your window a nice cleaning to remove any fingerprints and you are all set to go!

Repairing Openers

When it comes to openers, things could get a little tricky. Start by determining what your issue is. Some of the most common problems associated with garage door openers include:

  • Remote Does Not Work – First check the batteries. These remotes are being used constantly and it’s possible the battery is dead. It’s also possible you put your garage into ‘lock’ mode. Check your manual for more information on how to turn this mode off. Another issue could be your sensor or antenna. Be sure your sensor is clean and/or your antenna is hanging down for the best reception.
  • Door Does Not Open/Close Fully – Each garage opener has a button on it called the ‘close limit switch’. Adjust it so your garage moves as you wish. To find where the switch is located, check with your manual.
  • Garage Reverses Before Closing – First check to make sure nothing is obstructing your garage’s path. If something is in the way of the sensor, the door will pull back up. Second, clean your sensors. If there is a spot on it, it could be picking it up as an object in its path. If the problem continues, you will need to adjust the close force on your opener’s motor. This is usually found on the back of the motor but consult your manual to be sure.

Reducing Garage Noise

A noisy garage can be very off-putting. The loud squeal and screeches can turn away customers and drive employees crazy. Luckily, these are usually easy repairs. Many times, a noisy garage is caused by loose nuts. Go along your tracks with a socket wrench and make sure every nut is snug. From there, you can check your rollers. Many garages have metal rollers with metal tracks which create a lot of noise and become worn over time. Sometimes all you need is a little update. Replace the rollers and hinges to help reduce noise. Also, make sure everything that moves is lubricated and be sure to grease your track. This will keep everything running smoothly and quietly.

Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Help!

Repairing a garage can be a daunting task. If you aren’t confident enough to take the job on yourself, the professionals at Motor City Door are here to help! With over 40 years of experience, we have helped thousand of Metro Detroit businesses and their commercial garage door issues. If you have any questions about the services we offer call (586) 501-5874 to learn more or to get a free quote.

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