Garage Door Bearings & Bearing Plates 101
Garage doors that use torsion springs also have bearings and bearing plates that sometimes need to be replaced. The center bushing or bearing is found inside the stationary cone of your torsion spring and keeps the torsion bar centered in the middle of the spring. It also prevents the torsion bar from rubbing the center bracket during operation, which can cause a groove to be cut in the torsion shaft and create an unsightly black streak down the middle of the garage door.
The Nylon Center Bushing is the industry standard from most garage door manufacturers, with a life expectancy of 10,000 cycles and a weight capacity of 75 pounds. When you replace your torsion springs, we highly recommend upgrading to the Long Life Steel Center Bearing. Also called a radial flange bearing, the Long Life Steel Center Bearing is also used in the end bearing plates. This bearing has a 45,000 cycle rating and a weight capacity of 400 pounds.
The Center Bearing Bracket, or spring anchor plate, has a built-in center bearing and is made with strong 12-gauge steel. This is usually mounted to the header above your garage door panels. The Center Bearing Bracket offered by DIY Garage Door Parts represents a major upgrade from industry-standard center brackets.
If you have older Crawford springs or Overhead Door torsion springs, the holes in their center brackets don’t line up with today’s torsion springs, so it’s a good idea to upgrade to the more modern Center Bearing Bracket. This bracket also prevents the torsion bar from falling out as you change springs, and the torsion bar won’t seize up on the torsion shaft like a bracket with a fixed bearing would.
End Bearing Plates keep your garage door working smoothly. The most common cause of end bearing plate failure is poor installation. They’re not designed to have any tilt, so they need to be mounted straight up and down. Also, a carriage bolt should be used in the back of the end bearing plate, or a lag should be used to mount into a wood framework. Both mounting types are done to avoid flexing from side to side, which tends to happen with a single torsion spring setup. A two-spring setup eliminates this problem. Our End Bearing Bracket Plates have long-life steel bearing with a 12-gauge steel plate for maximum life.
Watch our how-to video to learn more about replacing end bearing plates, and call us at 1-866-813-7899 if you have any questions.
Garage Door Panel Hinges 101
Hinges are critical to the structural integrity of your garage door. Much like the ligaments of your body hold the bones together, hinges hold your garage door together. To ensure proper function and prevent any damage to your panels, garage door hinges should be inspected for stress fractures and cracks every six months. If you notice a popping or snapping sound as your garage door opens or closes, this is usually a sign that your hinges need to be replaced.
Garage door panel hinges are numbered based on where they are used on your door. The hinges that hold the rollers, or end hinges, between the bottom panel of the door and the next highest panel, should have number one. The hinge above that should have the number two, and so on. Installing garage door panel hinges according to the appropriate number ensures correct spacing, so the door fits properly between the track and the wood framework around your garage door opening.
If you use the wrong hinges, you can create several problems. You’re likely to end up with gaps on the side of the garage door, and the garage door can start to rub against the wood door jams. The wrong garage door panel hinge will also prevent the door from opening and closing smoothly, causing rollers to bind in the tracks, damaging your panels and opener over time.
Most garage doors come from the manufacturer with 18-gauge hinges. These thin hinges not only run the risk of breaking, but they compromise the strength of your garage door. DIY Garage Door Parts recommends upgrading to heavy-duty garage door hinges – at least 14-gauge hinges – to add strength to your garage door and extend its life. Heavy duty hinges don’t flex as much as thinner hinges from the factory, so your garage door will operate smoothly and silently. Just make sure you keep your hinges lubricated at the pivot points with a quality garage door lubricant like Denco Gel Lube.
To learn more about replacing your garage door panel hinges and make sure you’re ordering the correct hinges, call us at 1-866-813-7899.
Garage Door Opener Parts 101
Your garage door opener is like a vehicle or a major home appliance. With regular maintenance and proper care, it should last a long time. Repairs may be necessary, and parts may need to be replaced, but as long as you use quality garage door opener parts, the opener should operate just fine.
Garage door repair companies, especially small, fly-by-night operations, often use the cheapest parts on the market so they can keep prices down without cutting too deeply into their profit margins. The beauty of being a do-it-yourselfer is that you have complete control of what garage door opener parts are being used, and you don’t have to pay for the most expensive part of the repair – the labor.
DIY Garage Door Parts only sells premium garage door opener parts that we would install in our own homes. Instead of replacing your entire garage door opener, we can provide you with the premium parts to extend the life of your opener, save you money and maximize your investment. Here are some of the garage door opener parts available.
V-Belts: Replaces belts that slip as they pull the fly wheel in older garage door openers.
Genie Chain Glide/Chain Drive Gear: Replaces older gears that tend to crack fairly easily.
Genie AC and DC Screw Drive Carriage Assembly: Replaces a carriage with a stripped trolley or coupler.
Liftmaster Gear and Sprocket Assembly: The easiest way to replace the gears is in a Liftmaster, AccessMaster, Chamberlain, or Craftsman belt drive opener. This is available for both chain drive and belt drive openers.
Linear Helical and Worm Gears: Includes related fasteners, gears, and lube.
Control Boards for Genie Sequencer and Linear: Find out if you just have a bad board before you pay for a new garage door opener.
Limit Switch: Switches are available for Genie AC Screw Drive and Liftmaster chain, screw, and belt drive.
Chamberlain Liftmaster Replacement Evercharge Battery Back Up: A replacement battery is needed when the opener beeps every 15-20 seconds.
Operator Brackets: Made from heavy 10 gauge hot dipped galvanized steel and including clevis and cotter pins, our operator brackets add strength to the top panel of your garage door.
Watch our How-To and Product Features Discussion Videos to learn more about our premium garage door opener parts, and call us at 1-866-813-7899 if you have any questions.
Garage Door Opener Parts 101
Garage door remotes have become as important to get into the garage as TV remotes are for watching TV. Can you imagine trying to open the garage door or watching TV without your remote? Neither can we.
Traditional garage door remotes or transmitters have dip switches that need to be set to match the position of the dip switches in your receiver, which typically connects to older-style garage door openers on the side or back of the motorhead with three screw terminals. If you lose a remote, you’ll want to change your dip switch settings right away because a remote offers easy access to your house, much like the keys to your front door.
Many of the more modern remotes have “learn” buttons that simplify the process of programming your remote to your garage door opener. You can also use your remote to set your opener to vacation mode, which disables the unit. This is a valuable security feature that prevents an intruder from trying programming a universal remote to your opener while you’re gone. This also prevents your garage door from opening accidentally if a neighbor shares the same frequency.
If none of your remotes are working, that’s a sign of a bad receiver. If only one of your remotes is working, that means you probably have a bad remote or transmitter. DIY Garage Door Parts stocks garage door remotes and receivers that are compatible with virtually any automatic opener, including remotes that can be programmed to open as many as three different garage doors.
Having an operational garage door remote is something that many of us take for granted – until we’re stuck outside in a thunderstorm because it’s not working. If you lost or broke a garage door remote, we can ship a replacement the same day or the next day.
Check out our Product Feature Discussion videos that explain many of our most popular garage door openers, and call us at 1-866-813-7899 if you have any questions.