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That Squeaky, Creaky, Garage Door and What to Do about It

Posted 12 1 18 by E. Winkle

Stylish Garage Doors

Don't wait to lubricate.

What do you do if your garage door sounds like scratching fingernails on a chalk board and shivers run up and down you spine?

That horrible, ear-splitting, no good garage door squeaking and creaking could be an audible signal that your garage door is on a countdown to a breakdown.

One of the first ways to establish by yourself whether or not your door needs professional repairs is to apply some garage door lubricant to some critical moving places.

But wait. While petroleum-based WD-40 is widely used as a catch-all lubricant, it's the wrong kind of lube job for your garage door.

Instead, use a garage door spray lubricant that contains silicone or a white lithium base. Spray this specialized lubricant on the garage door springs, rollers, track and cables. Use a rag to wipe the drips.

Stylish Garage Doors There are specific made-for-garage-doors lubricants that you can buy and confidently use on your garage door's moving parts.

More: Here is a video that shows you how to lubricate a garage door...

If the eeky, creaky problems persist, or you just don't want to take chances lubricating the garage door yourself, call us before the problem turns into a big repair job.

The parts that work in harmony to open and close your garage door are wearing out and the squeaking is a warning that action needs to be taken to quiet your garage door.

Addressing the problem now is much better than living with a spine-tingling squeaky garage door and bigger problems down the road. As the saying goes, silence is golden.

How to Set the Limiting Switches on Your Garage Door

Posted 12 4 18 by Staff

Settiing Limiting Switches

When Opener Positions Malfunction

 

Is your garage door not closing entirely, or opening after it touches the floor? It's like some else is using a garage door opener that overrides yours. This malfunction could be caused by an opener motor travel safety switch designed to reverse the garage an object or a person in the path of the garage door.

Here are the steps to take to adjust your travel limiting switches.

It could be a serious problem that calls for a professional, but it just might be something that you can fix after a brief inspection.

What you'll need: flat-blade screwdriver, step ladder

1. Determine which travel adjustment is needed. The up limiting switch, or down limiting switch.

2. Down Limiting Switch. If the garage door stops before it closes, or reverses after it touches the floor, the down limiting switch needs to be adjusted.

Sometimes the sensors get misaligned by a person, child or an object. If the invisible light beam between sensors is improperly aligned, or blocked, a blinking LED light on the sensors is an indication that the photo eyes cannot detect each other. Check the alignment of the photo eyes and readjust them so that the two lenses point directly toward each of the two photo sensors.

3. Up Limiting Switch. If during a open cycle, the garage door reverses and returns to the closed position, the up limiting switch need adjustment.

4. Step Ladder. Set the ladder under the opener motor and locate the travel limit screws (or knobs, which don't require the screwdriver) on the side, rear or bottom of the garage door opener motor.

5. Down Screw Adjustment. If the down limiting switch needs adjustment, turn the down screw counterclockwise to adjust the garage door position down.

6. Up Screw Adjustment. If the up limiting switch needs adjustment, turn the up screw clockwise the garage door up position.

7. Run the garage door through a cycle with the remote control and adjust the limiting controls as needed until the garage door settles properly.

8. If the garage door still does not function properly, you may need to check the safety photo eyes for alignment. See related blog, "Had your Eyes Checked Recently?"

More: LiftMaster video about adjusting garage door travel limits...

As always, if you are unsure how to approach the limiting switch, or you have persistent problems, call us for professional assistance.


Garage Doors Top the List for home upgrades

Posted 11 12 18 by E. Winkle

Stylish Garage Doors

Replacing Garage Door Yields Hefty ROI

Let's hear some applause for new garage doors. Surveys reveal that replacement garage door cost versus return on investment (ROI) time after time ranks at the top for home improvement projects.

A recent study by Remodeling magazine verifies that replacing a garage door garners a 98 percent return ROI. Yes, garage doors are the top ROI for home upgrades. Could this be almost as good as leaving your money under the mattress? Perhaps not. However, in this instance, you're perking up the curb appeal of your home and that additional improvement might attract the right buyer should you list your home for sale.

Also worth mentioning is that new garage doors can add to your security and provide insulated comfort for garage projects during colder months. Thinking of a new DYI plan to utilize more you man-cave time right now?

What's the lowdown on this report? The Cost vs. Value Report is an annual register of popular home improvement projects in the U.S. as a tool for the building trades and real estate professions, and, of course, homeowners like you.

By comparison, the ROI for a deck addition is 83%, while a minor kitchen remodel came in at 81% and 74% for new vinyl windows.

So the next time you're thinking of remodeling your house, a new garage door might be a safer, more attractive investment alternative than keeping your money in a piggy bank — or under a mattress.

More: WE'RE SHOUTING OUT SOME GREAT WEB DEALS! Get a coupon and save on your next garage door repair or new garage door...

Videos to Help You Solve Garage Door Issues

Posted 10 24 18 by Staff

What happens when your garage door won't open?

The Big Door. Like all mechanical things in your home, garage doors need to be maintained.


Garage Door Safety and Children Video

What kids should know about garage door safety. Keeping kids and your family safe within range of garage doors.


Garage Door Maintenance Checklist Video

Garage Door Maintenance Checklist, Tips and Tests. What you need to know about your garage door.


Why won't your garage door open?

Garage Door Won't Open. If your garage door won't open it could be a broken spring. Call us to fix the problem.


Had Your Eyes Checked Recently?

Posted 9 12 18 by Staff

Garage Door Sensors

Adjusting Garage Door Sensors

 

Lots of calls come in about what seems to be a major problem with a herky-jerky garage door.

Has this ever happened to you? When closing the garage door, the door moves slightly, then suddenly auto-reverses to the open position.

It could be a serious problem that calls for a professional, but it just might be something that you can fix after a brief inspection.

What you're going to look for is a misalignment of the photo eyes that cause the automatic reverse mechanism to return the garage door to an open position.

But first, some background. It was federally mandated that all electrically operated garage door openers sold after 1993 need to include an automatic reverse system. Before that, reports of people and being hit by lowering garage doors triggered the legislative response to do something to help deter unfortunate garage door accidents.

Now, back to the issue. The auto-reverse system is dependent on two photo eye sensors located on both sides of the garage door tracks. These are set about six inches above the floor. If object or person blocks the sensors, an electrical signal is sent to the garage door opener motor to reverse and open the door to its overhead starting position

Sometimes the sensors get misaligned by a person, child or an object. If the invisible light beam between sensors is improperly aligned, or blocked, a blinking LED light on the sensors is an indication that the photo eyes cannot detect each other. Check the alignment of the photo eyes and readjust them so that the two lenses point directly toward each of the two photo sensors.

Another garage door issue. This time the interrupt will also activate the auto-reverse mechanism, but the source of the matter is mechanical. While a garage door is descending, if an object, pet or person is hit by the bottom part of the door, the door should reverse.

You can test this by laying a two-by-four piece of wood on the garage floor under the door (this dimension of wood should not interfere with the photo eyes). As soon as a descending door hits the wood it should reverse. If it doesn't reverse, refer to your opener operation manual for adjustments to the motor, or call us to make professional adjustments to ensure your safety and the safety of others. And to stop that herky-jerky garage door motion.

Of course, there are other problems that render the garage door inoperable. These could include broken garage door springs, out-of-balance doors and cable problems. These will require professional servicing.

So call us and describe the problem. We have the special tools and knowhow regarding the safety measures to take, to repair, and to ensure that your garage door is safe once again.