5 DIY Garage Door Repairs to Cut Your Energy Costs

After California suffered its worst wildfire year in history, the realities of climate change have become undeniable. We all want to do our part. The good news is that going green is not only great for the environment — it does wonders for your budget. By making your garage door more environmentally friendly, you’ll spend less heating and cooling your home. This is one garage door repair that pays for itself in dividends. Here are a few affordable ways to make your garage more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Install a New Insulated Door

Many garage doors are cheap, flimsy, and thin. They waste heat as well as valuable AC. This is a big drain on your gas and electricity bill. Installing an insulated door can save you substantial money every month. The amount of insulation is measured in R-Value. A good insulated door will have an R-Value of 12 to 18 — the higher the better!

Replace Your Garage Door Bottom Seal

This is an easy DIY garage door repair you can knock off in about an hour on a weekend afternoon. The garage door bottom seal sits at the bottom of your garage door and blocks out air leakage, leaves, and other debris from getting inside. This will help prevent heat loss, as well as keep rainwater from getting in during El Dorado Hill’s heavy winter storms.

Measure the amount of seal you’ll need. You can get a quality seal from any hardware store. Remove the old seal, slide the new one back on, and adjust the mounting screws back into place. It’s just that simple.

Install an Exhaust Fan

Installing an exhaust fan in your garage has 2 benefits: it removes noxious and toxic odors from your garage, and the air circulation provides a more energy efficient and cheaper way to cool the garage. The ventilation also helps prevent condensation, so you don’t get that humid garage smell that can be damaging to the walls and items store in the garage.

Give Your Garage a “Greener” Paint Job

Yes, the color and quality of the paint finish on a garage door can affect its heating and cooling effectiveness. Some companies specialize in more environmentally friendly paint that is designed to keep your garage cooler during California’s hot summers. It works to keep hot air in the garage during the winter, and cool air in during the summer. Talk to your El Dorado Hills local garage door repair for some suggestions.

Install LED Light Bulbs

Traditional light bulbs use plenty of electricity. LED technology has come a long way in being both more energy efficient and well lit. You can always install your LED light with a motion sensor to further save on money.

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Repair Overhead Garage Door: How to Tighten a Slack Garage Door Chain

The chain on a chain-driven garage door opener should have a little slack. Overtime, however, a chain can become too loose. The gear or sprocket assembly might wear out. The chain may break off the sprockets. Fortunately this overhead garage door repair can be easily done with a simple adjustment mechanism. Your chain is attached to a threaded anchor. This can be moved in or out to adjust as needed. It’s a dirty job because of the lubrication on the chain, but one that’s fairly simple and straightforward nonetheless. Start by disengaging the opener and closing the door manually. Put your opener on the close cycle until the motor stops spinning. You may want to just unplug it. Pry the cover of the sprocket off with the end of a screwdriver. Locate the anchor at the end of the track. Loosen the nuts to loosen the chain and tighten again so there are no twists in the chain.