Getting one of your appliances fixed is always tough. You have a few moments where you go through all of the trouble shooting techniques that you think might be responsible for the problem and pretty much inevitably find that it is beyond your area of expertise. Whether it is a broken dishwasher, broken laundry machine, or broken garage door it is always the same. You have to wait for a few hours for someone to come on some day in the relatively near future. The problem is that this person may actually never come within the "allotted window" and you may end up having wasted a day off from work waiting to get some simple piece of machinery fixed. Garage doors usually are no different. You are stuck with whoever in your area seems to be doing the bulk of the garage door installations and fixes. And if that person is anything like your local cable company they would really rather that you simply pay the fee for them to come out and not actually have them come out.
This is why finding a reliable and reputable person to install your appliances is so important. While many of us look simply at who will do it the cheapest on a day that is convenient you need to remember that any appliance needs maintenance and even the most costly machinery will eventually need some assistance. This is why when you get your garage door installed it is important to find someone who won't mind that call at 6:30 in th morning on a sunday or will take the call in the evening and be out to meet you before you have to go off to work the next day. Whether it is a broken garage door or broken dryer it is important to have these type of appliances not only "just working" but in the top condition they can be in. These are the types of appliances that you end up finding using a fair share of your energy and so the better they run the less you pay in the end.
So you are sure you don't want to pay a bunch in energy costs and you have figured out that a few of the seemingly pricier installations may in fact end up saving you money in energy and maintenance, good for you. One problem we run into often as consumers is figuring out who is out there for a quick buck and who has a bit of my best interest at heart? One of the best ways to find this out is to talk to people about their experiences with companies, read up on reviews of them online, and one of the easiest ways if you have a good sense for it, is to simply have a chat with an employee. If you call up and simply start asking a few questions about the company you can quickly get a feel for what sort of garage door maintenance you will be getting with them. There are a number of ways to tell if somebody is trying to put on a bit of a show for you, but there is no sure fire technique to know so in this instance it is probably best to simply go with your gut. If you have read a few good reviews of a place and talked to some locals who have had good experiences give the place a call and see if everything sits right. Using all three different ways to "kick the tires" will give you a good sense of what type of company a place is and let you get a feel for if you should move forward.
You are on your way, you had a great installation of your garage door and it's years down the road. You remember something about an 8-year maintenance or a 5-year warranty and it is getting to be about that time. You are no dummy though, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it so who needs to pay a fee to have somebody come out and say the same to you? Here is that same old advice I gave you earlier, give them a call. If you are relatively honest with them and fixed them up properly they may tell you to simply grease a few parts and call them in a few years. They may also come out and take a look and charge you for a quick look if you are out of warranty. These small prices though are nothing compared to what you could be paying if you didn't do so and the whole rig ended up going bad in a few months. They might see that worn belt, or chipped gear and have it replaced for you before it causes any big problems. If it is a quality garage door you will most likely only need small amounts of maintenance and it will last you much longer than a cheaper one with no maintenance. In the end saving you money on energy, parts, labor and a second installation to replace the first when the motor goes bad.
You heard it hear first, getting appliances fixed are no picnic, but I assume you already knew that from experience. A broken garage door is really no different, it requires a fair bit of maintenance as it gets older. In order to make the whole joy of having a garage door easier for you do some research from he start and find a company you are comfortable with. Kick the tires of the company and have them come out for any maintenance that might be needed or they might recommend. All of this will save you money and a whole lot of hassle in the long run and you will be patting yourself on the back for being a smart consumer. And like it has been said a few times before, there is nothing better than talking to somebody at a company to get a feel for them and to get a feel for what might need to be done for your garage door to keep it in tip-top shape.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook