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When to Repair or Replace your Garage Door

garage door repair in spokaneMaintaining your garage door is an important part of keeping your home safe, secure, and energy-efficient. It is likely the largest and most heavy piece of moving equipment in your home, and keeping an eye on how it’s functioning can ensure you keep your family safe. But how do you know when to simply repair your garage door or actually replace it? Here’s what we recommend.

When to Replace your Garage Door

1. For aesthetic reasons

If your door has become rusted, scratched, warped or damaged on multiple panels, or you are simply ready for an update to your garage door’s appearance, it makes sense to replace the entire door. To help you see what a new door might look like, you can use online tools like Sears’ garage door designer, that gives you the option to “try on” various garage door styles, colors, hardware and windows.

2. Due to major damage

If you’ve had a high-impact accident from forces such as high winds or a vehicle, where damage has been done to the garage door panels, springs and/or the garage door opener, you will likely need to replace it, especially because a damaged door can present a serious safety hazard.

There are multiple factors to consider when selecting a new door, one of which is whether to go with an insulated or uninsulated garage door. Read our related article about garage door insulation and how to decide which is right for you.

When to Repair your Garage Door

1. When it makes unusual noises

Your garage door mechanisms – the springs, rollers and hinges – can become squeaky through normal use over time. Using a spray-on lubricant specifically recommended for garage doors can often do the trick. But if the noise persists or sounds more serious than simple squeaking, we recommend calling a professional technician to perform a safety inspection.

2. When the cable is frayed

If you notice fraying on the cable, do not attempt to replace yourself. These cables are under significant tension, and high spring tension can cause serious injury and even death.

3. When the door does not open or close smoothly.

Most garage doors come standard with plastic rollers that tend to break or chip over time, causing them to get stuck in the tracks or become noisy. You may benefit from replacing your rollers with ultra-quiet nylon ball-bearing rollers that deliver years of quiet and smooth operation.

4. When only one panel is damaged

If damage to your garage door is isolated to only one panel, you do not need to replace the entire door. Ask your Sears professional technician about low-cost garage door section replacement. We can replace most makes and models of garage door sections.

With the amount of use our garage doors get, it is a good idea to schedule regular maintenance tune-ups in order to protect your garage door investment. Our Sears technicians can perform a cost-effective, 20-point safety inspection and tune-up to insure all of your garage door parts are tightened and functioning properly. Contact us today and ask about our current repair specials.

Garage Door Opener Buying Guide: Types of Drives

craftsman garage door openerIf you’re in the market for a new garage door opener, chances are you have found they use several different types of drives: belt drives, chain drives and screw drives.

Belt Drives

Belt drives use a sturdy, rubber-like belt for opening and closing garage doors, and are generally the quietest type of drive. They offer years of service and require minimal maintenance over time, although belts can wear out and require replacement.

Chain Drives

Chain drives use a metal chain to open and close garage doors, and are the oldest and most popular type of opener. They tend to be the most economical, but are the noisiest, and may not be a smart option if the garage is under or adjacent to a room where quiet is preferred! Chain drive openers are fairly dependable but can require maintenance or replacement over time.

Screw Drives

Screw drives use plastic-lined tracks to reduce noise and are midway in cost and noisiness relative to belt and chain drives.

Choosing to offer solutions that are both economical and the ultimate in quiet, Sears Garage Solutions offers a variety of garage door openers that use belt and chain drives. Contact us for a free in-home estimate today!

Garage Door Safety Tips

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For many households, the garage door is the main point of entry into the home.   Garages can be used for many purposes other than just parking your car.  Some of them are:Home

  • Storage
  • Workshop
  • Bike shop
  • Game Room / Play Room
  • Even a “Man Cave”
  • Craft Room

Garage doors weigh several hundred pounds and have over 300 moving parts, so it is very important to learn a little bit about them.  They can be a safety hazard if you don’t!  Since 1990, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an average of about 20,000 people visit the emergency room per year for garage door related injuries.  A little knowledge about garage safety can go a long way in protecting you and your family from becoming one of the statistics.  Here are a few safety rules that you and your family should know in order to help keep you safe around your garage:

  • Test the garage door’s reversing mechanism monthly to make sure it is operating properly – If it is not, the door could cause damage to your car, or even worse, a child or pet that accidently gets caught in the path of the closing door.
  • Be sure that the wall panel controls are installed at least five feet up from the floor in order to keep them out of the reach of small children.  – Accidents can happen if children play with the controls to the garage door opener.
  • Also be sure to keep the remote garage door openers out of the reach of small children. – Teach your children about the dangers of playing with the garage door opener.
  • Does your wall control have rolling access code functionality?  – Homes can be broken into by thieves who use a universal remote to find the access code to garage door openers.  Rolling access code technology changes the code of your automatic opener after each time it is used.

SearsGarageSolutionsLogoBlueCrewBIGThese are just a few garage door safety points that you and your family should know.  If you have any questions, give Sears Garage Doors, Openers and Repairs at (509) 795-3834 or visit our website by clicking here.

Fall Time Maintenance


When the temperatures begin to drop and our cheeks tingle with the sensation of crisp cool air it lets us know that fall is here. Technically, there about 2 more weeks until we can say that the fall season is here. With that being said, now is the perfect time to begin the necessary fall time maintenance for all the garage door owners.

During the colder months of the year, it is important to inspect garage doors for several reasons. The main goal is to ensure that the garage door will function properly even in temperatures of below zero degrees Fahrenheit. An advantage to spotting and replacing any old or broken parts before fall season starts is that this is a time that is comfortable to do these checkups and repairs. For example, imagine trying to check the garage door and opener while it’s snowing outside. How cold and uncomfortable would you be? Do yourself a favor and plan ahead and prevent unnecessary hassles.

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Our Locations

SearsGarageSolutionsLogoBlueCrewBIGHave you heard the word? We have more locations to service those throughout Washington! This means we are now able to accept customers from areas outside of Spokane and provide the same dedicated services, as well. Take a look at the list below to find the nearest Sears Garage Door Services near you:

If you ever need any Garage Door maintenance, give us a call at 509-795-3834 or visit our Website for Services like repairs and Garage Door Opener Installations, and Specials on our services!!

Garage Door Openers

Is your garage door opener not working properly or intermittently having problems? We fix most makes and models of openers and we have a large selection of new openers to choose from. Sears Garage Doors & Repairs experts can replace photo sensors, wiring, wall button controls, keyless entry pads, remotes, gear and sprocket kits, and circuits.


We work with many different types and models of Garage Door openers like Craftsman and Liftmaster that are either a chain drive opener, a belt driver opener, and/or have a battery backup. Nobody knows Craftsman Garage Door Openers better than the Sears Garage Doors & Repairs Technicians. Your garage door problems will be a distant memory when our highly skilled blue service crew member diagnose and repair your malfunctioning garage door opener.

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Give us a call at 509-795-3834 and one of our representatives will be happy to discuss your repair options, and remember, your satisfaction is guaranteed.