I spend a lot of time repairing garage doors in Oro Valley, and much of that involves replacing broken torsion springs. It’s a common problem with garage doors and totally normal since they will eventually wear out from all that opening and closing that they do, so don’t feel bad. They’ll all break eventually.
As many spring replacements as I do, it doesn’t compare to the number of questions I get about them from people all over the Tucson area. So I thought I would start putting some of the more frequently asked questions together here as a reference. If you can’t find the answer here, always feel free to give me a call at (520) 989-0381, or use the form on this page to send me an email. I’ll do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
A: Garage door springs are not the kind of spring that you find at a local hardware store. They are uniquely built for the heavy use of opening and closing a door that can sometimes weigh upwards of 400 pounds, and needs to do so many times a day, nearly every day. Not only that, but different doors are different sizes and weights, so this is definitely a case of “one size does NOT fit all.”
Making sure you are not only using the correct sized spring, but also a well made spring is crucial to the longevity of a properly working automatic garage door. And even more importantly, it’s critical to the safety of anyone who is around your home.
The garage door springs that I provide for all my customers are not only made right here in the United States, but they’re made right here in Arizona. You can’t get any better than that! Plus, my prices are very reasonable. I can honestly say that if you get a better price than what I offer, you might not be getting the best quality, safest spring you could. I aim to deliver top quality at an unbeatable price for my customers. And since it’s just me, John, my costs are low and those savings get passed right along to you, my customers and neighbors in Oro Valley and all around Tucson.
A: OK, so you really want to do this yourself? At the very least here’s what I would share with you as far as finding the right spring. If you feel mightily capable (and confident) that you can do the job on your own, here are some of the important things that you should check before buying a garage door spring replacement:
A simple ruler, pen and paper can get this job done. However, the actual replacement WILL definitely need more than that. And again, for your own safety and those around you, I sincerely think you should have a professional take care of this for you (even if it’s not me!) Hope that helps!
I’m having some issues with my garage door. The opener will close the door as it’s supposed to, but it will no longer open it. The motor seems to be working fine and the chain is in place and not broken. However when it tries to re-open the door, it just clicks and clicks as it tries (unsuccessfully) to open the door again. Maybe there’s a part that needs to be replaced in the motor? Or do you think I need to replace the entire opener?
A: Most likely you are looking at two different problems. First, the clicking you’re hearing is coming from the teeth in the carriage that are stripped (or nearly stripped). So that part will need to be replaced.
Secondly, it definitely sounds like the springs need to be adjusted. If you were to try to open the garage door manually, you would probably find that it takes more effort than it should (if it were well balanced). That means that the springs aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do and the garage door opener is working much harder than it needs to or should be. Without addressing the issue with the springs, you’ll probably have the same problem again sooner than you would like. On the other hand, getting things fixed and set up right means you should have many years of hassle free use from your garage door. Call me and I’ll be happy to come have a look and get things right for you.
While I do a lot of repairs on things like broken garage door springs, I also do a fair bit of installing new garage door openers. Because of this, I do tend to get a lot of questions about what I recommend. In fact, I recently had a conversation with a Saddlebrooke homeowner needing a new garage door opener, and I kind of gathered my thoughts and decided to share it here so others can reference it.
For those in the market for a new garage door opener, here is my personal/professional opinion:
During our years of experience we have sold, installed or serviced/repaired pretty much every brand on the market. The truth is, there’s really only a few major manufacturers that produce the units and then label them differently according to quality. For example, Chamberlain is the parent company and makes a lower cost (but lower quality) unit simply labeled “Chamberlain” which is sold at Sears and such places. They also produce a professional line labeled “LiftMaster” that can only be purchased from professional dealers. There is quite a difference in quality of the unit – the old saying “you get what you pay for.” Units purchased from professional door companies will cost more but it is for good reason.
As for my opinion of the best – Chamberlain – no question. If you save up a little bit more and get the LiftMaster brand (made by Chamberlain) then you’re at the top. I’m sorry to disagree but brands such as Genie or Stanley are on the bottom of my list for quality – I believe Chamberlain makes the best low-budget model available.
As for the drive type – a word of caution. We advise all of our customers to stay away from screw drives. We even have a screw drive model (by liftmaster) that we carry and we still advise our customers not to buy it. Our experience has shown that screw drive models (especially on larger doors) will begin to cause trouble long before a chain or belt driven model will.
If you get a chance, find some places where you can actually see some of the different brands (neighbors’ houses or family members’ perhaps). Check out how differently they are made and just how sturdy and strong some of them are NOT. I think you’ll agree that even the lower cost Chamberlain model is put together a little better than the rest. Put it this way – we have to put our good name behind what we sell and install so we don’t want to have customers complaining because (a) we sold them junk or (b) we’re always having to fix what we installed for them – we gladly sell and install LiftMaster/Chamberlain
Hope this helps you!
It’s a beautiful Friday afternoon here in Tucson and we’re getting ready for a great weekend here in Oro Valley. Do you have your plans set already? If not, I thought you might be interested in some fun things going on that will get you outside to enjoy this incredible weather.
Spring Festival of the Arts returning to Oro Valley this weekend
One of the largest and most captivating arts festivals found anywhere in Southern Arizona is soon to make a return to Oro Valley when the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) hosts the Spring Festival of the Arts this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26.
The free event, which will take place at the Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road, will feature dozens of artists, exhibitors and food vendors – both local and visiting – which collectively offer a sample of the art, culture and cuisine for which the region is well known.
In addition to craft vendors and artists’ booths, another one of the southwest’s most well known cultural pastimes will be on display at the festival: the rodeo. Strolling performances will make their way through the crowds; including cowboy, western and instrumental performances. Free children’s activities will also be available. read more at tucsonlocalmedia.com
Looking at the weather forecast, it seems we’re good to go with pretty much anything you have planned around Tucson. this is what people move here for! (and stay here)
Tucson weather: Dry conditions continue through Sunday
Sunny skies and dry conditions continue through Sunday, although temperatures are still a little on the cooler side, hovering around the mid-60s.
Valley rain and mountain snow are expected to roll into town Monday through Tuesday, with dry conditions returning Wednesday, along with warmer temps! read more at tucson.com
Want more good news neighbors? It seems that we’re in one of the better parts of Arizona when it comes to the real estate market. That’s definitely encouraging to hear…
Pima County among the best in the state for buying a home https://t.co/KvjbnIp5nR
— carmen duarte (@cduartestar) February 24, 2017
About the only thing that could put a damper on the next few days is if your garage door suddenly quit working… At least if that happens, you know who to call (right?!?!) Call John’s Garage Doors at (520) 989-0381 and I’ll take care of you!
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How’s it going neighbors? I hope you’re all enjoying this incredible weather we’ve been having. Can you believe we’re still in the first half of February?!?! With all the driving around I do, it’s great to see so many of you out and about taking advantage of it – I know we are as much as possible.
Speaking of driving around, I hope you’re all being extra diligent about not using your cell phones while you’re driving in Oro Valley. I also hope those of you that call me for garage door service understand that I may not be picking up the phone right away – not because I don’t want to talk to you and help you with your garage door problems, but most likely because I’m driving and need to wait until I get someplace to be able to call you back. I do so as quickly as I can, so please make sure you leave a message with your name and phone number you want me to call you back at.
I’m sure you’re all aware of the new changes, but just in case…
‘Hands free’ in Oro Valley one month report
The Oro Valley hands free ordinance began about a month ago, and the Oro Valley Police Department says it has helped change driver behavior in the community. So far OVPD officers have stopped 400 drivers for not following the ordinance.
The ordinance says drivers are not allowed to hold a cellular phone or other electronic device while driving a car. This also applies to drivers that are stopped at a red light. When things began in January, traffic officer were making numerous stops for driver violating the law. But now a month in, thing have improved. Police say, they’re seeing less and less people with their phone in their hands. Right now, OVPD officers are not issuing tickets to drivers that break the law.
OVPD officials say the next several months will be treated as an education and prevention period. Via tucsonnewsnow.com
A few cool things going on here in OV these days. Hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy!
The Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley is a beautiful setting. 23 Arizona wineries will be there. Hope to see you… https://t.co/H7FJKyrF3V
— Golden Rule Vineyard (@GoldenRuleWine) February 12, 2017
— FC Tucson (@FCTucson) February 12, 2017
If you need garage door repair in Oro Valley, there’s a large number of companies you could call in the Tucson area. However, not many of them are actually located in the Oro Valley area, the way that I am. While I do offer services throughout Tucson, a large percentage of the work I do is right here in the immediate surrounding areas of Saddlebrooke, Marana and Catalina and NW Tucson.
What that means for you (especially if you’re here in Oro Valley), is that there’s a good chance I can get to you very quickly. And since I know that garage door problems are often something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, prompt service is very important.
Quick response time isn’t the only benefit to calling me, John, of John’s Garage Door Repair… you also get my 25+ years of experience of working in the garage door industry. You won’t be dealing with a trainee or a commissioned sales person trying to sell you something you don’t need. As the owner/operator of my business, I am the one that will come and take care of your garage door problems myself!
My operation is small for a reason… so that you get the very best service at the very best price. No big advertising budgets to pay for, no fleet of trucks or massive billboards or television advertising. Just me and the good word of my past customers helping to build a solid reputation of quality work at a fair price.
And the fact that you’ve spent this much time reading and doing research about who you’ll allow to come work on the biggest door in your house tells me you’re the kind of customer I appreciate, (and who usually appreciates me, too!) By reading about the way I approach my customers, it tells me you care. And for that, I like to extend an additional discount off my already low prices. You can simply click on the button below and learn how to save an extra 10% when you decide to call me.
Still not sure that I’m the right guy to fix your garage door problem? Maybe this video will help you get to know me a bit better, as well as understand some of the other things that are important to look for no matter who you hire to do work for you.
I'm confident that a single service call to John's Tucson garage door repair service will be the only call you'll need to make to get your garage door working again.
Do you need a garage door repaired in Oro Valley, Arizona? Are you looking for someone who is professional, knowledgeable and affordable? Call John. With over 25 years experience in the garage door repair industry, he knows his stuff. As the owner / operator of John's garage door repairs serving the entire tucson area, including Oro Valley, Marana, Saddlebrooke, Catalina and even Vail, no one beats his service or his price. Call 520 989-0381 today. Need more reasons to work with Tucson John? Well, no matter who you work with, there are certain things you really should consider before hiring any kind of repairman. For example, when searching for the right garage door specialist keep these important things in mind to best enjoy the long-term convenience and safety of your garage door it's important to start with a specialist who will guide you to the garage door best suited for your needs a trusted specialist can also determine if the damaged garage door requires repair or full replacement the following are three vital tips for finding your garage door specialists that's right for you one asked about the warranty length as well as any maintenance required to get the best use of your garage door to with an average of over 300 moving parts it's essential to your family safety that you find a reliable and experienced expert three always ask if they have online testimonials or positive reviews they could direct you to there's more you should know about choosing the right garage door specialists the information we provide could save you time and money just visit our website or call us today. John's Garage Door Repair in Tucson and Oro Valley. Call 520 989-0381
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I answer a lot of the same questions about garage door repairs from customers in Oro Valley, Marana, Saddlebrooke and the rest of the Tucson area. While I always enjoy speaking to customers, I thought putting some of the more Frequently Asked Garage Door Repair Questions here on my site might make things a bit easier for everyone. I hope it will be helpful to you.
A: Measure your garage door opening width-wise first and then height-wise. Most two-car garage doors are around 16 feet wide by 8 feet tall. A garage door company will take exact measurements for free when ordering your new garage door.
A: Yes it is possible, however it might be just as expensive to order sections as it is to order a whole new garage door, complete with new springs and parts. Contact the manufacturer of your garage door to ask about availability as well as cost.
A: If your garage door opener is very loud you probably have a chain-drive garage door opener. Belt-drive garage door openers are much quieter and some are even silent. Most garage door companies offer free consultations for new garage door openers.
A: Chain drive garage door openers are inexpensive and very strong and are great for extra-heavy or custom built garage doors, but they’re very loud. Belt- drive garage door openers are much more expensive, but they’re also very strong and are so quiet they’re sometimes considered silent. Screw drive garage door openers fall in between chain and belt drive openers on noise level and cost, and they’re great for extreme environments where it’s very hot or very cold, but they’re not as strong.
A: It’s always recommended that you replace both springs. Garage door springs work together and wear together, and even if one spring looks intact and perfectly fine chances are it will break in a matter of months. Pairing uneven springs together can also void warranties and cause damage to your garage door tracks, costing you significantly more money in the long run.
A: It’s probably a broken spring. Garage door springs make loud noises when they break and your garage door can’t open with even one broken spring. Call a garage door technician for a replacement.
A: It might be a receiver problem. Check all batteries and if the wall unit is plugged in to an electrical outlet. If the problem persists, call a garage door technician.
A: Since the garage door opener is obviously receiving power, chances are it’s a motor problem. Call a garage door technician to diagnose it; don’t attempt to open up the unit yourself because you will risk electrical shock.
A: First make sure nothing is in the way of the garage door path or the sensors that could be causing the problem. If the problem persists it’s probably because the close limit switch needs adjusting because it thinks the door still has more to go before it’s closed. This means the safety features are working, but it also requires professional attention.
A: Unless you have professional training as a garage door technician it’s never a good idea to attempt garage door repairs without professional help. The risk of electrical shock, serious injury from a broken spring or property damage from a free-falling 400 pound garage door isn’t worth it. Always call a professional for your garage door repairs.
A: All modern garage door openers have a photo-electric sensor and a pressure-sensitive sensor that cause automatic reversal if they detect an object in the path of the garage door. Certain garage door opener models have additional safety or convenience features.
A: Potentially, if you have a garage door opener with a single code between your remote and the receiver a thief could buy a piece of equipment that reads that code and manipulates it to grant access. However, most modern garage door openers use rolling codes for safety, making it impossible to duplicate the code for a thief. If you’re concerned, contact your garage door opener manufacturer to determine which model you have and consider upgrading if you have a single code garage door receiver.
A: Yes, garage door openers manufactured before 1993 do not have any safety features. Modern garage door opener safety features have been responsible for saving thousands of lives every year. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to find a garage door repair company who will perform repairs on a unit that old because law mandates these modern safety features be installed on every garage door opener.
Repairing a broken garage door can be a hassle for any person, even professionals. There are plenty of methods that can help you limit the amount of repair you have to actually do for your garage. Over the years garage doors have become increasingly technically advanced with the invention remote control mechanical doors. The advance in technology has also increased the need for routine maintenance checks and in some cases annual repairs. This can be extremely annoying for most people so we will examine certain methods to decrease repairs in a simple cheap manner.
The first thing that needs to be prevented (especially if you have children) is making sure that you keep dents to the minimum. Dents in a garage door can cause tremendous problems especially with opening and closing.
The tracks that enable the garage door to open and close can become extremely damaged by dents. This can be recognized by a screeching sound or just an unfamiliar sound coming from your garage door every time you open it. Try using a hammer or mallet to knock dents back into place, this will keep your garage from losing track making it last longer.
If you have a mechanical or electric garage door it is a good idea to make sure all circuits are running correctly. Checking the battery on a routine basis can be the defining factor on the longevity of your garage door.
When doing electric garage door repairs check to see if all the wires are intact. If you’re remote begins to struggle to control the door, check the batteries then check all necessary wiring that could affect the performance of your garage door and the remote control.
Also with electric doors, weather conditions can play a role in the doors deterioration. Regular maintenance is the best and most simple option for effective garage door repairs. Making sure all metal is lubricated with a good silicon spray lube can make the life of your garage door substantially longer.
Also, if you have children try to limit the amount of times they open and close your garage door. It is important to check the bolts and screws in your garage door regularly to ensure safety and performance.
If you use your garage frequently it is important to check all necessary door panels and brackets holding it in place as well.
Making garage door repairs should be simple and easy and these are the best preventative ways to keep your garage from breaking down. Professional garage repairs can be expensive so it is important to take all precautions to save you money in the long run.
Don’t forget to check out our new video and let us know what you think about it!
I’ve been getting some help with getting the word out about my new site and had a video created that you can see below. Would love to hear your thoughts on it, and would really love it if you shared it with friends, family, neighbors, coworkers or anyone you may know that needs help with their garage door in Oro Valley or surrounding areas and wants to save some money.
In other news here in Arizona related to saving money, here’s a bit of interesting information that may be helpful to you too. I know I’ll be seeing what comes from it…
Ever bought milk in Arizona? You have some money coming your way
Arizona is one of 15 states (and the District of Columbia) involved in a class action lawsuit against milk producers.
The lawsuit accused milk producers of price-fixing. Instead of taking the case to court, the producers settled the case for $52 million.
To be part of the settlement, you have to live in one of the 15 states and have bought a milk product (milk, half and half, cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt or cream) at a grocery store or other retailer.
How much money you get back depends on how many people enter the pool to receive benefits. Estimates suggest individuals will receive between $45-70.
You must fill out a form before Jan. 31 in order to be eligible for the money. You can find that form HERE. Via tucsonnewsnow.com
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While I gladly service all of the Tucson area, I like to make sure the good folks up in the Northwest part of town know that I actually live near them, and so am readily available. In fact, I just had the following video created to reach out to our neighbors in Saddlebrooke who may need some garage door help. I hope you like it, and while I don’t wish a broken garage door upon anyone, I do hope you’ll remember to give me a call if you have any issues at all.
Well, it may not be “inspiration” the way you might normally think of it (but hey, it’s coming from Tucson’s garage door guy – cut me some slack!…), but for those people who are considering doing a bit of home renovation, I did come across some great info you might find useful.
I guess it’s because I see so many garages that people often ask me about ideas for converting them, or other parts of their house, into additional living space. I’ve done a bit of home DIY stuff, but I’m no expert. I do like to see what others do though, both in person and through articles like the one below. Maybe those of you thinking of expanding your home, or just remodeling a bit, can get some inspiration from what can be done with not all the much space, at least when it comes to bathrooms.
15 Fabulous Design Ideas For Small Bathrooms
We use small bathrooms for most part of our lives and are totally aware of the frustration which arises due to the space constraint—in respect to its usability or design. But now, you’re in for a surprise.
Here are some amazing ideas to renovate your small size bathroom today in the most stylish way. In fact, the ideas below make you wonder how can one get luxury along with optimum space utilisation without emptying your pockets.
The bathroom in the image is the perfect example of ideal space utilization and in the most fashionable way. The earthy look through the brown tiles and washbasin blend beautifully with the white bathtub, making a soothing look.
Instead of painting the bathroom in different colors or textures, consider keeping the walls white like in the picture, and spray some colours through tiling. This gives a quirky look to the space along with keeping it classic and evergreen. read more at homify.in
OK, so I’m new to this whole “blogging” thing, and a term I’ve read about is called “click bait”… as in, if you were looking for “inspiration” and you saw the title of this post, maybe you were looking for something a bit more meaningful than small bathroom designs!
If that’s the case, first of all, I apologize… and I hope that this other story that I came across makes up for it. For me, it really was inspiring to see so many people come together here in Tucson, especially considering how tense the general atmosphere has been these past few months. I sincerely hope others appreciate this as much as I did.
Human Embrace Event draws 2,000 people
Sunday, 2,000 community members arrived at Hi Corbett Field to be a part of this year’s Human Embrace Event.
Sunday marked the six-year anniversary of the January 8, 2011 mass shooting that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
People were asked to wear a white shirt and form the Human Embrace symbol.
Survivor, Pam Simon, was in attendance.
“Six years ago I was being rushed to UMC hospital,” said Simon. “The bullet went clear through my body chipping all the ribs but not hitting my liver, lungs or anything else. The doctors said it was truly a miracle.”
Simon said the Tucson community is unique.
“It was the way we supported not only the survivors and the families of victims, but how we supported each other,” said Simon. Via kvoa.com
We can accomplish so much when we all pull together. We must always remember that.
And don’t forget that if your garage door isn’t pulling its weight, or you have any other kind of garage door problems, don’t hesitate to give me, Tucson John, a call! (520) 989-0381
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