4 Ways To Troubleshoot A Malfunctioning Garage Door Opener

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

Are you suddenly unable to use the opener to your garage door because nothing happens when the buttons are pushed? There are a few things that can be causing the problem that might only require a simple repair. Take a look at this article to learn about a few of the things that can cause a garage door opener to stop working as it should. 1. Broken Garage Door Sensors The garage door sensors are an important aspect when it comes to the opener being able to function. There is a sensor at the top of the opener that sends signals to the ones on the garage door. The sensors are located near the bottom of the garage door, and there is one on each side.  Both sensors must function to beam an infrared light towards each other to communicate with the motor on the door. It is possible that one or both of the sensors are damaged and need to be replaced, but the sensor on the opener can be damaged as well. 2. The Need for a New Opener It is possible that your garage door opener is simply worn out, especially if you have had it for many years. You can take the battery cover off and examine the inside for signs of rust. If the metal wires that the batteries touch are rusty, it is time to invest in a new opener. 3. An Accumulation of Dirt On the Sensors The only thing that might be preventing your garage door opener from working as it should is dirt. If the sensors on your garage door are in good shape, you can take a cloth and clean them off in case dirt is the problem. Put warm water and any household detergent on the cloth before wiping the sensors off. Make sure that no water is left on the sensors. 4. The Opener Must Be Reset Resetting a garage door opener is one of the things that might fix the problem. You must keep in mind that the sensors on your garage door will automatically stop working as a safety measure if something is under the door. Make sure nothing is under the garage door and reset the opener. Unplugging the garage door for a minute or so before plugging it back up should reset the opener. Contact a garage specialist if you are unable to fix the problem on your own. You can also find information by going to websites like this:...

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Your Options When Replacing Your Garage Door Opener

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

When it’s time to replace a worn out or noisy garage door opener, you don’t have to replace it with the same kind. You can select a quieter or faster opener to meet your needs. Here are the choices you’ll have when you’re ready to replace or upgrade your garage door opener. The Basic Design of All Openers is the Same Your garage door relies on high tension springs to counterbalance the heavy door. This is so a small electric motor can lift it and you can lift it manually in an emergency. All garage door openers rely on this design. The differences are in how the motor raises and lowers the door. While much of the garage door mechanism will stay the same, the garage door repair company may have to replace the central track that is used to lift the door to meet the needs of these different designs. Standard Openers The common design found in new home construction uses a motor attached to the center of the ceiling. A metal track extends away from the motor to the top of the garage door. Along this track runs an arm attached to the top of the garage door. The motor pulls this arm along the track to raise and lower the door. There are three different designs as to how the arm is moved along the track: Chain Drive – This is the standard opener used by many homeowners. A metal chain, that looks like a bicycle chain, is used to move the arm on the garage door along the track. The chain runs around a gear on the electric motor and down through the track. Over time, the chain can develop some slack, making these openers noisy. Belt Drive – Instead of a metal chain, these units use a rubber or fiberglass belt. This makes the garage door opener quieter, but the belts can stretch, requiring periodic replacement. Screw Drive – This model uses a long screw to move the arm back and forth. As the screw turns in one direction or the other, the arm is pulled toward or pushed away from the motor. This model is a little noisier than the chain and belt models, but it will open and close the garage door faster. Alternative Garage Door Opener Designs Direct Drive – This design gets rid of chains, belts and screws by having the motor itself travel along the track. The motor is linked directly to the arm on top of the garage door. The motor then pulls itself and the door along the track to raise and lower the door. This is the most quiet design of all of the available models. Jackshaft – This design completely gets rid of the central track. The motor is attached to the wall right next to the top of the garage door and off to...

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Troubleshooting A Stubborn Garage Door

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

You’re sitting in your car in the driveway and the garage door doesn’t respond to your remote control. The problem could be as simple as the batteries have died in the remote to a burned-out garage door opener motor. Here are some simple steps to troubleshooting common problems with garage doors. Remote Control Failure Take the remote control with you into the garage through the house. Try opening the garage door using the button on the wall inside of the garage. If the door opens, replace the batteries in the remote and try using it to open the garage door again. Electrical Power Problem If the garage door doesn’t respond at all to pressing the button on the wall, check that there is power going to the garage by turning on a light. If the light doesn’t come on, find the circuit box for the house and reset the breaker to the garage. If the light does come on, find the reset button on the back of the garage door opener motor and press it. Try opening the garage door again. Garage Door Spring Problem If you can hear the garage door motor working but the door doesn’t raise, look at the high tension springs running parallel and close to the ceiling. Both springs should be attached to a bracket on the ceiling at one end and the other end to a pulley and cable which runs to the top of the garage door. If one of the springs is broken or disconnected at either end, call a garage door company to repair the spring. Garage Door Jam If the springs and their connections are intact, look at the rollers on the edge of the garage door that run in the metal channel up to the ceiling and over the garage. Look for any rollers that have become lodged in the metal track and won’t move. Push the roller back into the track, if you can, and try the door again. If the metal channel is bent or twisted and not allowing the rollers to move through it smoothly, make a service call to a garage door company. Opener Failure If the power is on to the garage, you’ve reset the garage door motor but it still doesn’t respond, the motor may be bad and needs to be replaced by a service company. If the power is on and your can hear the motor try to lift the door and there are no jams or spring problems, the motor may also be bad. Pull the red emergency handle hanging down from the center of the ceiling to disconnect the garage door from the track and try to lift the door manually. If the door lifts smoothly, then the motor has failed and needs to be replaced. If you can’t lift the door manually, then there is another problem with...

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Call A Garage Door Service Right Away Upon Noticing These Issues

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

The safe operation of your garage door relies upon a number of moving parts operating properly; as soon as there’s even a small issue in one area, larger problems can arise and before long, your garage door is no longer safe to use. While you should always call a garage door repair service upon noticing that the door isn’t working properly for an unknown reason, there are other times that you’ll get a clear indicator that something is amiss. Between the time you call the repair person and his or her arrival, it’s best to avoid using the door to avoid further complications or even the risk of an injury. Here are three clear signs that repair work is needed. You Hear A Loud Bang A loud bang sound coming from your garage is typically an indicator that there’s been a failure of the heavy-duty spring that is positioned horizontally above the top of the door. Often, this sound is loud enough to be heard throughout your home. In some cases, the spring will look as it normally does, but it’s imperative for you to avoid using the door because doing so will lead to further complications. Don’t try to check the spring, either — you can easily hurt yourself severely. Instead, call your local garage door service, explain the issue you believe you’re facing and schedule a repair visit. Door Panels Aren’t Properly Stacked When closed, your garage door should be perfectly vertical with each of the rows of panels stacked in alignment. If you notice that the door has a sagging look and isn’t perfectly vertical, it’s an indication that the hinges that hold the panels together are not tight. Use of the garage door in this condition can lead to further vibration that can make one or more rows of panels fall off the door, leaving you with a major problem. A garage door repair person will be able to determine the exact reason for this appearance and get it fixed promptly. Door Is Hard To Operate If your garage door is manual and you suddenly find that you need more strength to open and close it, get a repair person to your home as soon as you can. This symptom can be the result of many different issues, including seized rollers or even a roller off its track. Continuing to pull on the door can make the problem worse, but an expert will find the cause of the stickiness and get it addressed. Contact a business, such as Spring King Garage Door Repair for more...

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Need A New Garage Door? Know The 3 Different Types

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

If your home’s garage door has broken, you will need to replace it with a new one. If you have not been too fond of your previous garage door, it is a great time to select a new style. These are 3 different garage door types that you can pick from, and by knowing the differences between them, you can decide on which one will be best for you. 1-Piece Garage Doors A 1-piece garage door is just like the name sounds. It is constructed with a single piece of solid steel or aluminum. When operating this kind of garage door, it swings outward, which requires a lot of clearance in front of the doorway. Closing is as simple as pulling straight down on the handle until it is flush with the opening. This kind of garage door can be non-insulated or insulated, and will be incredibly sturdy. The door is a solid material, so breaking through the door will be difficult if it is locked. Sectional Garage Doors A sectional garage door is very common in homes and constructed with multiple sections of aluminum or steel. Each section is attached to the others with hinges, and the door rolls up from a vertical to horizontal position when the door is opened. There are no issues with clearance space, so the door can be operated while a car is right next to the door. If you are worried about security, a steel door can be purchased in different gauges. Since the garage door is made in sections, it is also possible to repair individual panels without replacing the entire garage door if they were to become damaged or bent. Roll-Up Garage Doors A roll-up garage door is constructed with multiple slatted metal sections. It is often found in commercial settings, but it can also be used for residential homes. The door is stored inside a mechanism that uses a coil, which is comparable to roller blinds. The door rolls up into a box when it is open, and the box can be installed inside or outside the garage. A huge benefit to using a roll-up garage door is that it will free up the overhead space in your garage. Since the door rolls up into a container located next to the door, you do not have the door resting horizontally above the door when it is open. This will allow you to take advantage of more storage space in your garage. Now that you know the difference between there 3 types of garage doors, you can make an informed decision about the one you want for your garage. Talk to a company like Caspersen Garage Doors to learn...

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Different Types Of Automatic Gates And How They Open

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

If you are installing a new electric gate, you will have many types to choose from. This can be difficult to do if you do not know very much about gate systems. Below is an explanation of some of the different ones to help you make the best informed decision on what is best for your needs. Types of Automatic Gates Some of the different types of automatic gates you can choose include: Swing The single swing gate has one panel with hinges on one side, and they swing open and closed. There are also double swing gates that have two panels. They have one motor on each side of the gate to open them. Both the single and double swing gates open inward or outward. Sliding Sliding gates retract into a slot when the gate is opened. In most cases, this type of gate only needs one motor to move it along the track when opening and closing, and is embedded in your driveway. Cantilever Cantilever gates are slide gates that hang on mounting poles and suspend off mounting posts. They appear to float, because no part of this gate touches the ground. Instead, they cantilever to close. These gates are a good choice if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice, because they will not stick to the ground. Bi-Folding Bi-folding gates have two gate panels. Each panel is hinged together, and when opened the panels fold back onto themselves. These gates work well if you have limited space. Vertical Lift Vertical lift gates move up and down over the gate opening.  They have to open high enough so that vehicles can easily pass under them. Because the gates do not swing open, they work well in limited space. Opening Automatic Gates Automatic gates open in different ways. One type of entry is a keypad, which means people have to enter a personal identification number (PIN) to open the gate. If you choose this type, you should change this PIN periodically. Card based entry is another option. This type of electronic gate requires a card to open or close the gate. This could be a card that a person has to insert into a card reader. You can also use cards that have RFID chips programmed into them. The driver would have to swipe their card to open or close your gate. Talk with a contractor to see the different types of gates that are available for you to install and to learn more about automatic gate...

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