How do Oil Tempered Springs Compare to Zinc Galvanized Springs?

Hands down, the most common issue that customers call us about is broken garage door spring repair. The life on garage door springs is finite: they have an expected life cycle and will eventually need to be replaced. It’s beneficial to understand the differences between these two types of springs whether you’re in need of repair at the moment or not because it can save you some time and money down the line.

Let’s start at the beginning, both oil tempered springs and zinc galvanized springs are made from the same base material: high carbon steel wire. The difference between the two springs begins with their creation process. Oil tempered springs are heated up to 1500 degrees in order to form it into the correct wire size. Galvanized springs on the other hand are formed through the process of applying zinc directly to the wire before it is stretched.

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Other than how the springs are made, there are some unique beneficial characteristics of each. Oil tempered springs have been around the longest. Through the oil tempering process, there remains an oily film on the springs that makes them susceptible to rust. Although it doesn’t affect the performance of the spring, the oily residue can cause stains and the rusty springs are not as aesthetically pleasing as the alternatives. The main benefit to oil tempered springs is that they hold their value over time. Though they have a slightly higher price tag than zinc galvanized springs, they rarely need to be tightened and will last the longest all while keeping their tension. If you want your springs to last and don’t mind the rust, oil tempered are your best choice.

Zinc galvanized springs have become popular within the last couple decades and are considered the “more affordable” option of the two. These springs require a little more maintenance and upkeep compared to to oil tempered springs. Zinc galvanized springs should be tightened 1-2 times a year in order to keep everything working properly. The main attraction toward these springs is their resistance to rusting. They also have a price point cheaper than the oil tempered springs so the zinc springs are beginning to show up more often in newer homes as an affordable option. The only downside is that they will have to be replaced more often than their counterpart, oil tempered springs.

As your San Diego garage door repair resource, Rockstar Garage Door Services can help you address any and all issues you might be having. If after reading this, you are still unsure about which option to go with for your garage door springs, don’t hesitate to give us a call and one of our knowledgeable technicians can talk through all of your options with you. We also offer free estimates on everything before starting the work. Give us a call today!

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4 Tips to Keep Your Garage Door Safe

Open Garage - Garage Door Repair El CajonMost El Cajon homeowners take their garage door for granted. And while we use them at least twice a day, we don’t think about the garage door safety as often as we should. Most times, we only start worrying and looking for solutions online once there’s something wrong with them. Most homeowners won’t bother asking for a good service dealing with garage door repair in El Cajon for routine maintenance unless the door malfunctions. However, waiting too long to address the garage door safety issue might be extremely dangerous, to yourself, your car, and most importantly – your family.

The garage door is the largest moving part of any home. Years of using it can put significant strain on the mechanism, which is why it is important to tweak it once in a while to ensure the door is safe and operational. Our garage door repair El Cajon experts recommend performing these routine checks at least twice a year. During fall and before the winter comes is a great time for this. Here’s what you can do to ensure your garage door are in the best shape.

Visual Check

The first and most obvious step would be to perform a visual examination of the garage door. Pay attention to the horizontal tracks, and make sure they do not tilt. You might experience malfunctions when you open or close the door even if only one of them is tilted. Proceed to the bolts that hold the tracks, and see if they are tightly screwed. Finally, check the screws on the hinges and see if the rollers are not too worn out.

Check the Springs

Checking the basic spring system is a bit more complicated, but this guide should help you with this task. First, pull the emergency release cord, located near the rear of the system. This will disconnect the door from the rest of the garage door mechanism. Raise the door with the help of a lift handle. Pay attention to the weight when you open them manually. If the spring system is operational the door should weigh around eight to ten pounds. If you experience any difficulties opening the door or if they feel heavier, there’s likely a problem with the spring system. In this case it would be best to contact a professional El Cajon garage door repair service to help. We cannot stress how important this is, because a fault in this system means that the door is pushing down with more force than it should, and could cause fatal injuries to those underneath them at any time.

Check the Security System

If your door was manufactured in the 90’s or later, chances are there are two security systems in place to prevent accidents: the mechanical and the photoelectric. Any garage doors manufactured before that only use the mechanical safety system. Testing these systems is imperative to your safety.

To check the mechanical system you should use something as an obstacle, a piece of wood for example. Place it on the threshold and close the door with the remote. When the door hits the object it should reverse immediately. In other case, there’s likely a problem with the mechanical system you need to address.

Testing the photoelectric system works pretty much the same. This system has two small sensors on either side of the opening. Stand next to the door, close it using the remote and just as it closes place an obstacle before the sensors to disrupt their connection. This should break the signal and the door should switch direction immediately. If not, the system is not working properly. The reason for this might be that the system was not properly installed, or there could be a more serious issue. In order to be certain, you should seek expert help.

Do Not Abuse Your Door

Homeowners with kids often let their children play with the garage door, but you need to make it clear that the garage door is not a toy. Never let children use the garage door unsupervised. Remind your children to stay away from the door as they are opening or closing. Even with all the systems and security measures in check, the garage door could prove to be a serious hazard. Don’t take risks – should you suspect something is wrong with your door, contact Rockstar Garage Door Service for a checkup.

5 Reasons Your Garage Door Won’t Open

Garage Door Won't OpenIf you’re having issues with your garage door, you’re not alone. Homeowners often experience the situation when their garage door won’t open. It is a common problem that we help solve on a daily basis. We compiled a list of the top reasons that prevent garage doors from opening and closing as normal.

If you are experiencing anything listed below, Rockstar Garage Door Services is here to save the day! We offer free estimates for any and all jobs before we start any work. Here is the short list of possible reasons as to why your garage door is not opening:

  1. Safety eyes are not properly aligned. Of course in the beginning at the initial set up, the safety eyes should be in line with each other. Over time, life gets in the way of things and can push the eyes out of alignment. Weather conditions can cause dirt or leaves to get in the way, heavy doors can cause slight movement over time, cobwebs can get in the way if not cleaned off, items such as tools, toys, etc could be in the way and the list goes on.
  2. Emergency release cord could have been pulled down. All units operate differently and results will vary, but not all systems will reconnect automatically after being pulled. You may have to take action if the release cord was pulled down. We can help you diagnose the problem if you’re not comfortable solving after reading the manual.
  1. You could have a broken garage door spring. Broken garage door springs is an issue that almost everyone runs into at one point or another due to normal wear and tear. Whether you have extension or torsion springs, it’s important to check the balance and keep them lubricated to keep everything running smoothly.
  1. Remote batteries may need replacing. Sometimes the most obvious solution is not so obvious. Always be sure to double check if a set of new batteries in your remote does the trick to fix your garage door.
  1. Remote may need to be reprogrammed. Not all technology is perfect and sometimes your remote may need to be reprogrammed. To do this, you’ll have to refer to the manual for your specific model. If you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

We are committed to always providing top notch garage door repairs. There is no job we can’t handle and we always make sure our customers are 100% satisfied before leaving their house. A garage door that doesn’t open and close smoothly can be extremely frustrating, we know how much our customers rely on their doors to be dependable.

With our help, your door will be running like new. Please give us a call today and we look forward to working with you!

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