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How to Fix a Garage Door Hinge

There are many parts that keep your garage door together. The hinge is a part that can become rusted or broken. When that happens, you need to fix a garage door hinge or have one of our professionals come out and handle it for you.

What is the Garage Door Hinge?

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Most residential garage doors have a hinge that holds the panels together. If you have a door that has panels, versus a commercial door that is a solid sheet, then you will have hinges.

Since the hinges are made from metal, they can rust or break over time.

Typically, a residential door has an 18 gauge or 16 gauge hinge. Also, there are different types of hinges you can choose from depending on the model door you have. Some are square, while others are more narrow. You will use a different one depending on which hinge is broken.

Where Are The Hinges Located?

Your door will have three rows of hinges that hold the panels together. Each side of the door will have a row of hinges, as well as the middle. All of these hinges have different names and numbers to keep them organized.

Can You Replace Your Own Hinges

We recommend that you never replace your own torsion springs or cables, because of the danger of those repairs. Hinges are not as big of a safety concern, but you will need to make sure that you do the repairs right. If you do not install the new hinges correctly, it can cause the door to get out of alignment.

Determine Which Part You Need

First, determine exactly which hinge to replace. Hopefully, there will only be one broken at a time. You need to identify the name and number of the hinge to help you with your purchase.

These are the names of the hinges-

  • Look at one side of your door and start at the bottom. The lift bracket is the first hinge at the bottom. It lifts the spring and cable. *IMPORTANT this part is connected to the spring and cable, which means it is under tension. The tension must be relieved before you remove this part.
  • The hinge above this starts a number system. For example, the first hinge is Hinge #1 then Hinge #2 and so on. All of the hinges in the middle are Hinge #1
  • The very top part is called the Top Roller Carrier, which is not a hinge, but you do need to know what it is.

It is important to know which hinge you are dealing with so you can purchase the right part. Make sure that whatever you buy is compatible with your door.

How to Make the Repair

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Here are a few guidelines that will help you to make your replacement:

  1. Unplug the opener for safety reasons
  2. Partially raise the door so you can reach the hinge
  3. Clamp the door in place with C-clamps
  4. Take off the nuts from the part
  5. Remove the screw
  6. Take off the hinge while tilting the hinge/roller assembly
  7. Remove the roller completely from the hinge
  8. Place the older roller shaft into your new hinge
  9. Lubricate the rollers
  10. Put the hinge/roller back on the door
  11. Tighten the bolts
  12. Remove clamps and check the door operation

These are the basic instructions on how to make this repair. If you get into a position where you do not know how to make the repair, call us right away. We will get a technician out to your location ASAP.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
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