Your garage door rollers play a key role in helping your door operate. In fact, the rollers are comparable to the joints in a body, which help it move fluidly. Any malfunction with your rollers affects your garage door’s ability to open and close normally.
Signs You Need a Garage Door Roller Replacement
If you’re unsure about whether you need a roller replacement, here are some surefire signs that you may be due for one:
- Noisiness: If your door is making squeaking or grinding noises when it opens or closes, call a garage door professional immediately to have your rollers assessed.
- Friction: Your garage door should open and close smoothly. If it hesitates or jerks while sliding along the track, you may be due for a roller replacement.
- Damage: If there’s any visible damage to your rollers, have them replaced by a professional immediately (more on this in the next section).
- Misalignment: Your rollers should be aligned on your garage door’s track. If they aren’t, they may be damaged.
- Vibration: When you open and close your garage door, do you notice a significant amount of vibration? This could be a sign that your garage door’s rollers need to be replaced.
Why Damaged Rollers Need to Be Replaced Immediately
Your garage door rollers help to balance your garage door’s weight. Faulty rollers often cannot handle the tremendous weight of your door. When this happens, your garage door is at risk of falling suddenly, putting your loved ones and property in danger.
Damaged garage door rollers can also shorten the lifespan of your entire garage door system. When your door’s weight isn’t evenly balanced, the other parts of your garage door system have to work harder to compensate. If you wait to have your damaged rollers replaced, it’s possible that many other previously intact parts could also need replacement. You save money and time by acting on any damage quickly.
We recommend replacing compromised garage door rollers as soon as possible to prevent any accidents or further damage.
How We Replace Your Garage Door Rollers
We use high-quality garage door parts when repairing your garage door like our ultraquiet nylon garage door rollers. Our high-quality Precision nylon rollers are known for their durability and noise-reducing capability. We do not recommend ever using plastic rollers, as they cannot withstand as much wear and tear. In the end, you’d have an unreliable, temporary solution for an important problem.
We make your garage door roller replacement long-lasting and hassle-free. Our service professionals visit your home fully equipped with all the high-quality parts and tools needed to make your experience efficient and successful.
Our replacement process follows the steps below, depending on the type of rollers that need replacing.
Middle and Top Garage Door Roller Replacement
We take the following steps and precautions to ensure that your top and middle garage door rollers are carefully replaced:
- Close and clamp down your garage door.
- Disconnect the power to your garage door opener. This is to prevent any electrical accidents.
- Use a winding bar to unwind your garage door’s torsion springs. We do not recommend attempting to carry out this step yourself, as torsion springs can cause serious injury if they’re not handled properly.
- Remove one door hinge and roller at a time.
- Replace your current rollers with our ultraquiet Precision nylon rollers.
- Reattach your garage door hinges.
- Restore your tension springs to their original or intended tension amount. Note that if we replace your bottom rollers as well, we’ll wait until the bottom roller replacement process is complete to rewind your tension springs.
Bottom Garage Door Roller Replacement
To replace your bottom garage door rollers, our technicians execute the following steps:
- Ensure that the power to your garage door opener is disconnected.
- Manually open the garage door.
- Replace your current bottom rollers without removing the bottom hinges to ensure that your garage door cables stay intact.
- Make sure that the new roller is secure on its track.
Once we’ve replaced your rollers, we’ll test your door to make sure it opens and closes smoothly and quietly. Be sure to keep your garage door rollers lubricated to prolong the life of your garage door’s system.
FAQs about Garage Door Roller Replacement
Can I only replace my bottom rollers, or do I need to replace them all?
Yes, but this isn’t something we often recommend. Although many people opt to replace only their bottom garage door rollers, it’s important that homeowners keep the reason for replacement in mind. If one or two rollers are broken or worn, the other rollers may be equally worn.
Our service professionals can assess your rollers with our garage door tune-up service. Contact our pros today for a full 25-point inspection.
How soon should I replace my garage door rollers?
The answer to this question depends on many factors such as:
- The newness of your current rollers: If your rollers are newer, you may not need to worry about replacement for another 10 to 20 years. If they are older, you may need to look into replacing them much sooner.
- The condition of your rollers: Depending on the type of rollers you have, you may need roller replacement even if they are newer. Examine your rollers to get a good idea of their condition. If there is visible damage, have them replaced immediately.
- The material of your rollers: Whereas plastic rollers don’t last long at all, nylon rollers can last up to 20 years if they are well maintained.
If you suspect that your garage door rollers are not working as well as they should, contact one of our service professionals for an evaluation.
Can I replace my rollers myself instead of hiring a professional?
We don’t recommend completing this process yourself. Your garage door’s system is used to balance the weight of your garage door. Any changes to that system can drastically impact the way your door behaves. To avoid the risk of injury or damage to your property, contact a professional to ensure the job is done safely and correctly.
Trust Precision for Your Garage Door Roller Replacement
If something isn’t quite right with your garage door, your rollers may be the culprit. Don’t let faulty rollers put you or your family in danger. For quality garage door roller replacement service you can trust, call our professionals at (877) 301-7474 or find the Precision Garage Door Service location nearest you.