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Is Your Garage Door Stuck? Here's What to Do.

Is Your Garage Door Stuck? Here’s What to Do.

Is Your Garage Door Stuck? Here’s What to Do.

Even with proper maintenance, garage doors can get stuck. This can create a security risk, as well as an unwanted hassle. A proper assessment will steer you to your next step in deciding what to do to fix your garage door, whether it is stuck halfway open, or won’t open at all.

When Your Garage Door Sticks

When the garage door becomes jammed, an inspection of several parts is in order. Here are six different variables to consider when dealing with a garage door that won’t move.

1) Check the Opener

First off, you need to determine whether the garage door is malfunctioning, or if it is the garage door opener causing the issues. To check, close the garage door completely, then pull the emergency release cord to disengage the opener trolley. Try to open the garage door by hand. If it completely opens smoothly, the problem is with the opener–not the door. If the garage door still only opens halfway, the problem is the door.

2) Test the Sensors

With the endless use of your garage door, it is no wonder that the sensors can become dirty or even knocked around. The sensors need to remain aligned and dust-free in order to remain working well. To start, try dusting off any debris from the sensors and see if the garage door works. If not, verify the wiring between the sensor and the door. To do this, check the LED light and see what color it is. If the green LED on the sensor is off, dim, or flickering, alignment is required.

3) Consider the Weather

The weather also plays a role in how well your garage door works. If your garage door is acting up when the weather is changing, you need to adjust the pressure on the opener. Most openers have a force-adjustment mechanism which controls the force that is used to operate the door. If you feel this is the cause of your garage door being stuck, it is best to let professionals assist you in adjusting the opener’s pressure.

4) Inspect the Tracks

Investigate the track, door rollers, hinges, and other hardware for signs of blockage and or damage that causes the garage door to get hung up. Lubricate the tracks with a silicone oil or spray and attempt to lift the door slowly. Watch closely to see if there is any obstructions that are causing it to become stuck or propelling it into reverse. Anything that protrudes in the pathway can make a garage door become stuck.

5) Don’t Get Disconnected

Every garage door comes with a disconnect cord, switch, or knob that allows you to work on the door manually. Occasionally, this switch can be accidentally turned off and the motor becomes disconnected. Double check that your motor is connected.

6) Visually Check the Springs

Always check your springs if your garage door is not working. At times, these springs break and need repair. There are two types of springs used. The torsion spring is located horizontally, at the top of the door. Check for a gap in between the springs to see if they are broken. If your springs run alongside your garage door, these are extension springs. Look and see if any piece of the spring is broken and hanging. If your springs are broken, contact a professional to have them replaced. Replacing springs on your own is a dangerous process and should not be done.

After You Inspect

Garage doors make life easier but can cause frustrations when not properly working. Inspect these six of these common issues and then determine whether you are able to fix the issue or if you need a professional to assist you. Click To Tweet Blockages and unaligned sensors are easy to fix on your own, but other issues, like repairing springs and adjusting the pressure-mechanisms, need to be taken care of by professionals.

To learn more about what to do when your garage door gets stuck and how to fix it, Contact Us.

Garage Security Tips for a Safe Home

Garage Security Tips for a Safe Home

Your garage is an extension of your home and should be treated accordingly.  You would never leave your front door open, yet many people leave their garages open for hours, even days. This presents a vulnerability that the wrong person could exploit. Click To Tweet

Think Like a Thief: Garage Security Tips

If you haven’t given much thought to garage security, try a little experiment. Go outside and try to get into your garage.  Can you manually open the door? If you keep an opener in your car, is your car locked?  If you can get in, chances are bad people can too.

1) Keep Up Maintenance

Although the temptation to save money by skipping garage door repairs or maintenance can be strong, resist the urge! Foregoing repairs can provide thieves with a way in and can risk the safety of your family with faulty wiring or springs.

2) Phone or Keychain Access

Most people store their garage door opener in their vehicles, but if you don’t always park in the garage, that presents a vulnerability. If your garage connects to your home, then think of your garage door opener as a house key.  Don’t leave it in your vehicle or anywhere else it could be easily taken. New technology offers openers via smartphone apps or on small keychains.

3) Lock Inner Doors

If you have a door leading from your garage into your home, that doors should be kept as secure as your front door. It should remain locked at all times, even when the garage door is shut.

4) Secure Garage Door While Away

Even automatic garage doors can be manually opened if you know how. If you’re planning time away from home, secure your garage door.  You can either do so with a padlock or by engaging the lock feature of your automatic door.

5) Don’t Leave Your Garage Door Open

While this seems like a no-brainer, people frequently leave their garage doors open. On hot summer days when you might be going in and out, it can be tempting just to leave it open. This allows people to see exactly what you keep in your garage and if you’re not paying attention someone could easily walk in and take something.  

Peace of Mind

If’ you’ve ever heard a strange noise at night, then you’ve felt the fear that can set in.  Knowing that your garage door is secure and inner doors are locked provides peace of mind.  Even when you’re away, knowing that your home is secure is one less thing to worry about!

To improve the security of your garage, Contact Us.

5 Spring Cleaning Ideas to Spruce up Your Garage

5 Spring Cleaning Ideas to Spruce up Your Garage

Spring is in the air!  The birds are chirping and the buds of new growth are peeking through the soil. Now that it’s warm enough to go outside, you might be ready to start spring cleaning. A thorough cleaning can help to organize and declutter your garage space, which often becomes a dumping ground for junk.

Getting Organized

Can you pull your car into the garage right now?  If not, you’re not alone. Many homeowners use their garage to store outdoor tools, toys, and decorations. If you’re ready to park in your garage again, follow these 5 steps:

1) Declutter

One of the most rewarding parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of all the clutter. A good rule of thumb when debating keeping an item is to ask yourself if you’ve used it in the last year. If not, it’s probably safe to get rid of it. As you sort through things your no longer need, divide items into two piles. One pile for a garage sale and one for trash. Whatever doesn’t sell at a garage sale can be donated.

2) Clean

Put a little elbow grease in and get your garage into mint condition. Remove grease stains with solvent from the hardware store, clear out cobwebs, and wipe down shelving. If you use part of your garage for storage, make sure all boxes are in good condition and clear of debris.

3) Make Improvements

Once you’ve cleaned, take stock of things that need to be improved. If you store things in cardboard boxes, consider switching to plastic. This will protect your things from moisture and insects. If your shelving has seen better days, consider updating to a more functional design. Take stock of broken tools, ladders, or lawn equipment. If it can be repaired, take it in. If not, it may be time to replace it. What about your garage floor? Repair chips and consider painting it with oil-resistant paint or surfacing specially made for garages. 

4) Reorganize

Now that repairs have been made and your space is clean, it’s time to reorganize. Keep in mind what you use your garage for. Is everything you use regularly accessible?  Are items on your shelves organized in a way that’s easy to see and reach?  If not, organize your things in a way that’s convenient for you.

5) Add Value

You add value to your garage just by cleaning it, but to maximize value, you may want to make bigger changes. Is your garage door fully functional? Do breaks require damaged panel repair?  Does the opener work? With your garage clean and organized, you might actually be able to pull both cars into the garage!  Take advantage of this newly available space by repairing or replacing your doors. Such improvements see a return rate of more than 90%, making it an incredibly smart investment.

A Garage to Be Proud of

Your garage is an extension of your home, and its condition makes a big impact, whether the garage doors are open or closed. An organized garage with a beautiful and functional door makes your entire home seem newer.

To learn more about the right door options to maximize your garage, Contact Us.

5 Garage Door Trends for 2018

5 Garage Door Trends for 2018

Thinking about upgrading your garage door? If you have a little money in your home upgrade budget, it’s a great investment. You typically get back most of the cost with the increase in home value it brings. With so many different options available, however, it can be overwhelming figuring out where to even start.

Garage Door Trends: What’s New

The wealth of options available makes it easy to express your personality and style with a new garage door. Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration to get the wheels turning. Get started with the following 5 trends for 2018:

1) Style it With Faux Wood

You may enjoy the rustic look of a wooden garage door, but not necessarily the upkeep it would require. A new garage door with faux wood grain may be just what you’re looking for. It gives you the rustic look of a wooden door with the upkeep ease of steel.

2) Energy Efficient

Proper insulation, sealing, and choice of material all translate to dollars saved in energy expenses over the course of a year. Talk with your garage door company to discuss energy efficient options.

3) Make it Larger

They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, it’s true when it comes to garage doors. Larger doors and windows are the trending style. At the end of the day, however, it’s a matter of your personal preference.

The wealth of options available makes it easy to express your personality and style with a new garage door.

4) Make a Statement

Many homeowners love to make a statement with their choice in garage doors. If you like to blaze your own trail, don’t copy your neighbors. Go with a Steel Carriage design, bold colors, or fine detail work. Express your own personality and style in your garage door.  

5) Smart Tech

Technology and innovation continue to make many things easier and more convenient in life. This includes your garage door. From keypad entry to mobile control options, opening and closing your garage door has never been easier or safer.

Add a Little Character

Your garage door occupies a considerable portion of your home’s appearance. Use it to your advantage to increase your curb appeal while also making it functional and convenient. While you’re at it,  add a little character!  Let this quick guide to current garage door trends inspire you to find the perfect door for you.

To get started finding the ideal garage door for your house, Contact Us.

Your Guide to Garage Door Repair

Your Guide to Garage Door Repair

Garage doors usually aren’t given a second thought until they won’t open!  The expenses of home ownership can add up fast, which is why it can be tempting to try to fix things yourself. While that’s possible for small issues, others should be left to the professionals.

When to DIY and When to Call a Professional

Google is helpful for a lot of reasons.  You can find tutorials to help you fix almost anything. Homeowners easily address many small garage door issues, but some require a professional.  If you’re debating making a repair yourself, be honest about your abilities, time, and level of expertise.  

1) Faulty Garage Door Opener

When the garage door won’t open with the remote or wall switch, it’s most likely a problem with the power source. Check that the motor unit is plugged in.  If it is, check the circuit breaker to see if it’s been tripped.  If other lights or outlets in the garage aren’t operating, this is the likely cause, and you’ll need to reset the breaker or replace the burned-out fuse. Once you’ve tested these sources without succes, it’s possible the garage door opener motor has burned out. This is a problem that will require a professional garage door repairman.

2) Frozen Door

Sometimes a garage door will fail to open in the winter due to ice.  Pouring warm water on the floor along the bottom of the garage door will melt the ice and should free the door.  While a gentle jostling can loosen the door, be sure not to shake it too hard.

3) Old Weather Stripping

Warped, damaged, and old weather stripping can cause a lot of problems. Faulty seals can let water into your garage, cause issues with temperature regulation and create an unintended entrance for pests. Weather stripping is easy to remove and new stripping can be attached with special glue available at your hardware store.  

4) Broken Springs

Broken spring replacement is dangerous because springs are under tension. Without the right tools, knowledge and safety measures, you can lose a finger, or worse! Springs are known to launch themselves through a room when incorrectly removed, which can cause damage or injury. If you spot broken or faulty springs, contact a professional to make the necessary repairs.

5) Sensor Problems

Dirt and cobwebs can build up over time and block the sensor from functioning. Inspect and clean the transmitter and receiver with a towel. While you’re doing that, check the sensor frame on either side of the system. If a frame mount is bent or broken, the light beam may not make it from the transmitter to the receiver. Make sure the sensors are secure, straight and clean.  If you follow these steps and still have sensor issues, contact a professional.

6) Replacing Your Garage Door

Unless you have extensive experience with garage doors, it’s not recommended to attempt to replace your doors.  Doing so requires wiring and installation expertise and should be done by a professional. This is especially true if your doors were structurally damaged (hit with a car, for example) since your garage will need to be inspected for damage.

Garage Door Repair Tips

When assessing a repair, it’s always wise to start with the basics.  Ensure that electric elements are plugged in and receiving power from the breaker.  Make sure they’re clean and free of buildup, and as you cross off possible sources for the problem, you’ll eventually reach a step you don’t know how to complete.  That’s when you should bring in a professional.
If your garage door is in need of repair or replacement, Contact Us for help.