Which leaves us with standard inexpensive doors that look exactly like the one the neighbors have. But there is a world of modern garage doors that not only increase your curb appeal, but may inspire you to use your garage as another living space.
Take a look at what your garage door could look like. You may also visit our website and under about us click the link that says door visions and you can build your very own garage door.
The Importance of Garage Door Opener Sensors
Before the 1990s, many accidents have been reported all over Texas related to garage doors that operated “in blind” since they could not recognize human presence or other obstacles underneath them. Today, all garage door openers embody sensors that communicate with each other and when they sense the presence of an obstruction they don’t let the door close.
How Do the Sensors Work?
The functionality of sensors is rather simple. They are placed low up the ground on the two opposite sides of the garage door and they must be installed in a way that they can face each other. If anything interrupts this direct communication, it would be considered an obstacle and the movement of the door will be reversed or stopped.
What are the most common sensor problems?
- Sometimes, excessive dust and dirt can block the good communication of the sensors. If you clean them well, you will solve the problem.
- You must regularly check the wires that end up in the sensors and ensure their good condition. If they are worn, they will prevent the communication with the garage door opener.
- An accident may have moved a sensor from its original position and it must be brought back in place.
- Most sensors today have lights on them that warn for possible damages. You can read more in the manufacturer’s manual about openers.
- Even if they work fine, you must check the effectiveness of their work by placing an obstacle underneath the closing door to check if the movement will be stopped or not.
If you do all the above, but still the sensors don’t work properly, call The Woodlands Garage Door Service 832-928-4407 and we will get it working properly for you .
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What do garage door torsion springs do?
If your garage door spring is broken, your garage door becomes very difficult to lift. Why? At each end of the shaft above the door there are round cable drums (see photo to the right). Lift cables are attached to those drums and wrap or unwrap from around the drum as the garage door goes up or down.
The lift cables run from the cable drums along the side of the garage door to the bottom of the door where they attach to the lift bracket. The twisting force of the garage door spring turns the shaft and the cable drum, puts tension on the cables and helps lift the garage door.
Depending on the size and type of your garage door, you may have one torsion spring or two mounted to the shaft above your door. Some are mounted in the center and some are mounted on the side, but they all do the same thing. They twist and help lift the door. Consequently, if the spring breaks, your garage door becomes very hard to lift. Then Call The Woodlands Garage Door Service & we will replace both of your springs for one price.
What should you do if your torsion spring breaks?
Call The Woodlands Garage Door Service 832-928-4407 and we will replace both springs. If one breaks the other is not to far behind it. We choose to replace both springs at one low cost for the homeowner so the problem don’t arise again in a few weeks days or months. We do not charge extra for the other spring.
Why is this job so dangerous to attempt yourself?
Some garage door torsion springs are easier than others to replace. One significant danger comes from having cone holes with inconsistent sizes or a winding bar that doesn’t fit in the holes properly.
What’s a cone hole? At the end of the torsion spring there is a part called the winding cone. There are shallow holes or “slots” in the winding cone into which a winding bar is placed to help you turn the spring to tighten or loosen it. When you are using a winding bar to tighten the spring, the bar may slip out and cause a sudden release of the spring’s tension. This is when injuries occur.
First thing to look at is the garage door rollers. Most garage doors now have bearing-less nylon rollers that supposedly are maintenance free… well I guess not much can be done to help a poor piece of plastic turning on a metal stem… but they can be damaged by using any lubricant with silicone will soften them and you will get a build-up of “plastic” on your track that starts making your door rollers drag… The other types of garage door rollers typically have a bearing and should be lubed at least once a year if not more with a quality garage door lube, while you are lubricating the rollers look to see if there is a build up of crud on the track… If there is use brake cleaner to clean the track then give it a light coating of garage door lube as well…. Do not use grease on the track, it will get sluggish when it gets cold
The next thing to look at is the spring, there are different types if springs but all of them benefit from a light coat of garage door lube once or twice a year.. Spring also lose their strength over time and should be adjusted every three or four years. If you are not familiar with how to adjust garage door springs, call a professional garage door installer to do it for you and also do a overall garage door tune up. If the spring is not adjusted properly it will add stress to the garage door operator and may cause it to fail. Call The Woodlands Garage Door Service 832-928-4407
The garage door opener also can use a bit of attention on a yearly basis, check to see if the chain or belt is tensioned correctly, Use a little grease on the traveler, and a little garage door lube on the chain is all that is needed to keep the garage door opener working like new, but while your at it… make sure all the bulbs are working, and clean all the dead bugs and flies out of the light covers.
That’s all it should take to keep your garage doors and openers working “like new” for many years, In all it only takes 30 min to an hour a year and will make your investment last much longer then if no attention is paid to keeping it in top working order, If your are giving your door a tuneup and find a part or 2 that needs replaced and wish to have a professional give your door a tune up visit our website www.woodlandsgaragedoor.com or you may call us @ 832-928-4407 as we are here to help you anytime
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