Your Garage Door needs us !
Your hard working Garage Door should be tuned-up to keep it running longer and smoother and to avoid expensive repairs
Garage DoorTronix is unique in every way and we pride at making your garage door problem our problem . Don't let a futile problem like a Garage Door add to every day to day Stress.
ABOUT GARAGE DOOR REPAIRS
There are three components to a garage door:
1)The door itself ( Alu-Zink / Wooden Panels )
2)The Garage door hardware
3) The motor for your Garage Door
In this section, we'll help you look, repair or prevent garage door problems
Garage doors , operate on spring tension or torsion. The door moves on metal tracks on the garage walls, and a heavy spring or springs provide the power. In most cases when the door doesn't work easily, the springs are the cause, the springs are the most important and MOST DANGEROUS component and its always best to have a qualified "DoorTronix" technician repair , set or replace them for you.
Check the metal tracks inside the garage. Look at the mounting brackets that hold the tracks to the walls. If they're loose, tighten them. Working inside the garage with the garage door closed, examine the tracks for dents, crimps, or flat spots. If there are any damaged spots, pound them out with a rubber mallet, or with a hammer and a block of scrap wood. If the tracks are badly damaged, they should be replaced.
Check the tracks with a level to make sure they're properly aligned. Horizontal tracks should slant slightly down toward the back of the garage; the vertical sections of the track should be exactly plumb. Both tracks must be at the same height on the garage walls. If the tracks are not properly aligned, loosen but do not remove the screws or bolts that hold the mounting brackets, and tap the tracks carefully into position. Recheck the tracks with the level to make sure they're in the right position; then tighten the screws or bolts at the mounting brackets. Caution!!: DO NOT TRY THIS WITH A SINGLE GARAGE DOOR. THE SPRINGS ARE TENSION ARE GREAT
Clean the tracks with concentrated household cleaner to remove dirt and hardened grease. Clean the rollers thoroughly, and wipe both tracks and rollers dry. Do not leave any soup inside the wheels or tracks, the soups is sticky and tends to collect dust and rust the bearings or metal parts
Lubricate both the tracks and the rollers using garage door lubricant spray or powdered graphite on the tracks, and household oil or silicone spray on the rollers. If there are any pulleys, lubricate them with the same lubricant you used on the rollers.
Check for loose hardware, and tighten as needed. On swing-up doors, check the plates where the spring is mounted to be sure the screws are tight, and tighten any loose screws. On roll-up doors, check the hinges that hold the sections of the door together; tighten any loose screws, and replace any damaged hinges. Sagging at one side of the door can often be corrected by servicing the hinges. If a screw hole is enlarged, replace the screw with a longer one of the same diameter, and use a hollow fibre plug, dipped in carpenters' glue, with the new screw. If the wood is cracked at a hinge, remove the hinge and fill the cracks and the screw holes with wood filler. Let the filler dry and then replace the hinge. If possible, move the hinge onto solid wood
Check the springs. On swing-up doors, the spring on each side is hooked into holes or notches. To adjust the tension, move the spring hook to the next hole or notch. On roll-up doors, the spring on each side is controlled by a spring cable on a pulley. To adjust the tension of this type of spring, pull the cable farther through the plate above the door, and reknot the end to maintain the tension. Caution: Do not try to repair a Spring or replace it. The tension is so great that the spring could injure you. For doors with this type of spring, call Absolute Garage Doors
Broken Garage Door Repairs
Many of us actually don't think or actually realize the hard work our Garage Door/s do.
Lifting and closing a large door every day, a couple of times a day over and over again. Your garage door Motor really doesn't do much work. Its is just a helper to the real worker. The spring!
Springs are used as the door is lowered down. The springs are stretched out and when it is time for the door lift its actually the spring that is doing all the work
For this reason most garage door Motors are only rated at 750 - 1000 Newton units of power which is in fact more than enough to help the springs do their job. It doesn't take much power to lift up a garage door that is being pulled up by a spring that is under extreme tension or torsion.
How do garage doors work?
There are only two types of garage doors - The Garage Doors that operate by tension springs which in most cases are Single sectional garage doors or Double Tip up springs, and those that operate by torsion springs which in most cases are double sectional or caravan single sectional. However , some company does use the torsion system for standard single garage doors.
Tension springs look like normal springs and are located on the left and right sides of the garage door above the horizontal tracks. As the garage door will lower/close you will see them stretch out and expand, and contract as the garage door opens.
Torsion springs are the second type of garage springs - they look like tightly coiled springs above the garage door, and as the door lowers or raises, they twist to contract or expand.
Most garage door fails due to but is not limited to ether 3 reasons.
(1) A broken Spring
(2) Lack of maintenance
(3) A broken / faulty motor
Broken springs can be difficult to replace and should not be attempted if you do not have the proper skills and tools, because it requires you to remove and replace high tension springs under significant compression.
Replacing torsion springs on a broken garage door
Torsion and tension springs require professional replacement. Torsion springs are designed to last for about 10,000 cycles, or about 8 -10 years of normal use. After that, you are just waiting for an accident to happen. When a torsion spring breaks, you will often hear a loud cracking or pinging sound, but you may not notice it at all
You may simply notice that your garage door opens and closed much more slowly than before (assuming it is a double garage door with 2 springs - if it is a single door with one spring, the door will not open or close at all
Anyone asking for R4000.00 or more is ripping you off. When replacing torsion springs, you do have to replace both springs if you have a double garage door, or a single spring if you have a single door.
Garage Door Maintenance
One way to avoid costly garage door repairs is by regular maintenance. A garage door is a moving mechanical system, the largest moving system in your home. therefore it requires professional attention and maintenance. over time your garage door can easily get out of alignment.
Garage Door Won't Open
Sometimes when your garage door won't open, it is an even simpler explanation. You may need to reprogram your remote or replace the battery. Your electric garage opener is tuned to the specific frequency and code of your remote opener - if the code or battery is messed up, the fix could be as simple as an R50.00 battery. Start with the battery when you do your diagnostic work and proceed from there -- you will need to inspect the springs if you suspect it is a larger problem, but this is a simple 2-minute task. Broken springs will be obvious, and the most telltale sign is limited power and speed in opening and closing the garage door. If the motor does not respond at all after replacing the remote battery and trying the manual switch, it is most likely a problem with the actual garage door opener motor unit, which might require replacement R2500.00 - R3500.00
Garage Door Motors we specialize in
Garage DoorTronix specializes in the 3 major and reliable motors of South Africa.
1 : DC Blue Digital (Tip-up and Sectional Garage Door Motor)
This is our top recommended motor with a 24-month guarantee, The Dc blue boasts to have the most secure remote on the market. Listed are some of its features :
Designed to automate residential Tip-up and sectional overhead type garage doors
Operates on 220Volt mains supply, equipped with battery back up in the event of a power failure
Soft start & soft stop (for smoother operation)
On-board single channel receiver for 15 full operations via remote control
Remote users can be removed via master remote control (no need to the touch motor, remotes to be removed must be present)
Open and closed positions control electronically for precise stop/start positioning
Electronic Anti-crush setting for safer operation (added safety)
Dual power - ALWAYS on
You Selectable Auto close & Auto close time
Flip-open lid with easy access for bulb replacement
2: The Centurion motor is a powerful motor with easy to use functions . Listed are some of its features :
Novel operating principle and revolutionary design
The XTrac's motor drives along a stationary chain housed inside the drive rail. The door opens and closes together with the travelling motor - no chain clatter means the whole operation is whisper quiet.
need to be somewhere in a hurry. The power goes out. You're going nowhere. Unless you have the CENTURION XTrac garage door motor, that is. The XTrac switches seamlessly between mains and battery power in the event of a power outage, so it's always on. You can even use solar power to charge the system.*
*Consult Centurion Systems for assistance
Reliable DC motor
Our 24V geared DC motor provides enough power to move even the largest door quietly and reliably.
Adaptive anti-crushing control
XTrac sensors ensure that your garage door will never close on your child, car or pet - if an obstruction is detected the door will stop and reverse immediately. Our door service monitor keeps an eye on things and a courtesy lamp will flash when your door springs are worn out or require maintenance.
Adjustable speed gives you ultimate control
One operator to rule them all. The XTrac works on both sectional and tip-up doors and the opening and closing speed can be set to your liking. Combine this with soft start and stop, the CENTURION XTrac provides the ultimate control and most reliable operation of your door.
Lock in any position
For increased security, the manual override can be disengaged and then re-engaged in any position. If you're going away on holiday you can electronically lock your XTrac so that not even a learned-in remote control can operate the door.
Look, Ma, no hands! If you forget to close your garage door, your XTrac will do it for you - if you've activated the Autoclose feature.
1. Infrared safety beams need to be installed to utilise the Autoclose feature
Onboard receiver with CENTURION code-hopping technology
A home security system that fits in your pocket. Our four button CENTURION code-hopping remote control utilises the same technology found in top of the range vehicle security systems and can control your XTrac, home alarm system, CENTURION automatic gate motors and whatever else you need to feel safe. Rest easy, knowing there's a CENTURION standing guard.
Ease of installation and adjustment
Ready. Set. Go! The drive unit slides into the rail and the control box slots into position at the back, it's as simple as that. Within minutes of arriving on site, the unit can be assembled, installed and set up. Such ease saves time, saves money!
Door service monitor
Using adaptive load sensing technology, our door service monitor keeps an eye on things and a courtesy lamp will flash when your door springs are worn and need maintenance.
Power supply flexibility
The XTrac garage door motor is built for a country where the power supply is unstable at the best of times. It will still open your garage door with a supply voltage as low as 180V AC or as high as 270V AC. Power spikes and low voltages mean nothing to the XTrac.
Energy saving technology
Save the planet! Not only will the XTrac continue to operate during periods of unstable power or even power outages, but it is incredibly low on resources. In sleep mode it reaches a record low power consumption of 0.5W. If this energy saving technology isn't enough, hook the XTrac up to a solar panel and politely inform the neighbours that you have a 'zero-emissions' operator'.
24V ACDC garage door operator with extended battery back up.
Benefits & Features
Operates Standard sectional, tip up and roll up doors
SuperHet receiver on board with Keeloq technology
Wall console with Open/Close, light control and lock switch
60-Watt security light
Auto Close Mode
Ease of Maintenance
3: Digi door has been long the market leader and is famous for their quality and variety regarding motors, they have 4 motors. Listed are some of their features:
DIGI III :
One of the leading names in garage door automation for the past 21 years. DIGIDOOR has become renowned for its superior design and continued technological development in today's garage door industry. Having won numerous awards, its state of the art design allows it to transform any garage door (from your sectional overhead, spring tip-up, roll-up or sliding door) into a remote controlled opening, thus increasing your home's value and functionality.
Garage Door Hardware Used
A single garage door hardware box will have :
The hardware on a single steel sectional door includes:
Tracking - vertical & horizontal
Hardware box - hinges, rollers, track angle, track bolts
Springs - 2 x tension springs per door
You also get :
Torsion springs are used on a large variety of garage doors, from standard singles, to caravan doubles. The most important aspect of fitting the correct Torsion springs to your door is to ensure you have the correct weight of your door and the correct width and height.
Tension springs are generally used on standard single garage doors. They are available in the following weight's:
Tension springs are generally used on standard single garage doors. They are available in the following weight's:
We repair garage doors , garage door springs , garage door motors and remotes . We also repair gates and gate motors . We repair all garage door motors and we specialise in DIGI garage door motors , DC Blue garage door motors , Gemini garage door motors and Centurion garage door motors . We also specialise in Centurion gate motors , Hansa gate motors , Gemini gate motors and the ET system gate motors in :
Chosing the right garage door
Did you know that your garage door makes up to 40 % of
your home's exterior, therefore its of vital importance to choose a garage door that
compliments your home, and also contributes to the safety of your home. South
Africa is not of the safest places, so a door that is solidly
and well constructed is of vital importance. There are many different types of garage doors to choose
from. Here are some tips that might help ease your decision.
You have a choice of steel, aluminum or wood.
Wood is one of the more popular materials for your garage doors, here are some tips and facts about wooden garage doors. One thing about wooden garage doors is that they require a lot more maintenance than
other garage doors. In order to keep them from deteriorating, they have to
be repainted or re-stained every 12 - 18 Months. They are also the more expensive of the garage door range.
Steel garage doors are another option. They are strong and durable. Steel garage doors are able to stand up to dents much better, as well as extremes weather conditions. You can get them in different styles as well, and they can be
painted. They also don't need as stronger opening mechanism, heavy duty
springs, and side rolling systems as wooden garage doors because they are lighter
Aluminum, while lightweight and fairly cheaper/cheap, They are not as durable when it comes to standing
up to dents and dings, and regarding saftey, it is easier to open or break in a roll up garage door. Roll up garage doors can be also be painted, and are not susceptible to the
elements. Aluminum garage doors require very little maintenance, and can be power washed.