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Do You Need a Garage Door Opener Repair, Part II?

Last week, we discussed troubleshooting a garage door opener repair. In the article, we dealt with several problems your garage door opener could be having and talked about how to determine if they need a garage door opener repair or if you can do the job yourself.

This week, we delve into deeper problems with the garage door opener. Most of these fixes will have to come from the pros like Texas Garage Repair. Without further ado, let’s go.

Problem #1 – The Door Doesn’t Open or Close

Well, there are a few issues it could be. For example, the door may fail to completely open or close. If that happens, the culprit could be the safety sensors. Following the instructions above to see if that handles the problem. If not, then it could be the limit switch. The placement and appearance of a limit switch depends on the garage door opener. Usually, they’re found on the back of the garage door opener unit in the box attached to the door track overhead. If that’s the case, call your garage door opener repair company and have them come around to fix it because it’s a dangerous fix, requiring a step ladder and work with the garage door.

Problem #2 – The Garage Door Reverses Before or After Closing

If your garage door reverses before or after closing, you should check the close limit switch. You will want to try to adjust it accordingly. To repair, you’ll want to climb a stepladder to reach the garage door opener and look for the knobs. Retest the door . Turn the desired control clockwise slightly to adjust and then retest or hire someone like Texas Garage Repair who’s equipped to handle difficulties like this.

If the garage door opener reverses before it even hits the floor, the culprit is likely the close force adjustment. This could be related to your springs. If your springs are to blame, the best thing to do is to have a professional take a look. Garage door springs are difficult to repair and dangerous.

Problem #3 – The Garage Door Motor Won’t Stop Running

If the door closes or opens but the motor keeps running, the limit switch is probably the problem. You can try to troubleshoot it yourself by adjusting the switch or you can call a professional who will know exactly what to do.

Problem #4 – The Garage Door Opener Hums but Doesn’t Operate

At least it hums so you know there’s some power getting to the door. You’ll want to check the moving parts to make sure that the rails aren’t blocked and the armature is connected to the garage door. Make sure the unit is engaged and not in manual mode. The force adjustment could also be the culprit. Old and weak garage door springs may shift the lifting of the door to the opener motor ad drive system. The unit may not be able to handle the weight. Get in a professional to fix the garage door opener springs and the force adjustment on your garage door opener.

Problem #5 – The Garage Door Opener is Noisy or the Door Vibrates

Obviously, some openers are louder than others. However, as long as the door operates properly, you’ve got nothing really to worry about. Of course, if the door shrieks or there’s smoke coming from the exit, then you might want a professional’s opinion.

Noises can result from loose nuts and bolts or a failure in the track system.  You can try to tighten them and lubricate the track system. However a garage door opener repair technician can do these things for you quickly and relatively inexpensively.

Well, there you have it – some of the more common problems a garage door can have. We, obviously, advocate for calling in a professional most of the time. We feel that it’s better to get a professional touch on a delicate and heavy system like the garage door and garage door opener. If you try to undertake a garage door opener repair yourself, it could lead to injury and might cost you more money in the long run when you haven’t fixed the problem and only exacerbated it.

If you’re garage door opener is giving you trouble, call the experts at Texas Garage Repair. We can be reached 24/7 at 512-518-6606.

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Troubleshooting a Garage Door Opener Repair

Determining whether you need a garage door opener repair can be an interesting process. It needn’t be too difficult to figure out, but there are a few things you can check out to see if a garage door opener repair is necessary. In this article, we’ll delve into some of the things you can do to determine if you need a garage door opener repair. Hopefully, it will show you what to do next time your garage door opener isn’t operating at an optimal level.

The garage door opener makes life easier for us, most of the time. However, when it doesn’t and you think you may need a garage door opener repair, there are a few things you can troubleshoot to help your technician get to the heart of the matter. Some of them are so simple that they may be able to be fixed easily by you. However, remember that a garage door and a garage door opener are complex mechanisms and relate to one of the biggest apparatuses, if not the biggest, in your home. It’s wise to call a professional if you are unsure how to proceed. The professionals at Texas Garage Repair are well versed in garage door opener repair and can get you up and running again in no time flat.

Let’s start with troubleshooting.

  1. Does the car remote work? If the car remote or wall unit will still activate the door, then chances are you have weak or dead remote batteries. You can just replace them and all should be well again. Some remotes have a blinking LED light that flashes and displays a code to diagnose operational problems. In that case, consult the owner’s manual for more information.
  2. Check the batteries in the wall unit. Of course, if it uses them. If the remote works okay but the wall unit doesn’t, you should first consider the power source. If it’s batteries, then replace them and see if that’s enough to fix the problem. If it’s plugged into your home’s wiring system, examine the wiring to see if there’s been an issue with it. If so, complete the next step.
  3. Make sure it’s not electrical. Check the house breaker or fuse box and make sure the circuit controlling the garage door opener is active. You can reset a tripped breaker – you’ll know it’s tripped because it will look half on and half off – or replace the fuse altogether. Once you fix it, wait about a minute before turning it back on again. This should reset the connection. If it doesn’t, you should call an electrician for damage to your home’s wiring.
  4. The sensors – are they blocked? If your garage door opener is relatively new, the sensors may be causing the problem. Safety sensors work in pairs. They are mounted on either side of the garage door about a foot high. Each one beams a light – one is red and one is green – across the opening. If the beam gets obstructed or when the sensors can’t catch each other’s light, the garage door opener will not engage or it will stop mid-operation. Just check for anything obstructing the sensors. You should consider clearing out obstacles, position the sensors across from each other or even clean the sensor’s surface to remove any debris. Then, try opening the garage door again. If it works, then you’ve solved the problem. If not, then call Texas Garage Repair.

What if it’s not any of these problems?

Then, we’ve got more investigating to do. Next week we’ll continue with our garage door opener repair scenarios. In the meantime, if you have a garage door opener that’s not working, try contacting Texas Garage Repair at 512.518.6606. We have technicians available 24/7 to handle your garage door opener repairs.  If you decide you need to buy a new garage door opener, we can install that too.

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Liftmaster Garage Door Openers: 8550 Elite Series

Liftmaster are among the best garage door openers on the market. Known for their reliability and durability, they are a good choice for someone looking for a quiet and smooth garage door opener.  In this article, we’ll review the 8500 Elite Series garage door opener.

The Liftmaster 8500 Elite Series will power up when the power is down. It has MyQ connectivity. This enables you to securely monitor and control your garage door opener and even your home’s lights with a smartphone, tablet or computer. You can receive alerts as email or push notifications on your mobile device so you’ll always know the status of your door and lights. MyQ is a free download and has no annual activation fee.

The Alert2Close feature provides a visual and audible alert to let you know that an unattended door is closing. This is beneficial to make sure that no one is in the way. The TTC (Timer-to-close) feature automatically closes the door after a specified time period. It can be adjusted in the programming. Prior to and during the door closing, the door opener lights will flash and the mechanism will beep.

You can have up to 4 keyless entries with this garage door opener. There’s also a protector system in place. There are safety reversing sensors that detect an obstruction in the path of the infrared beam so the door won’t close if there’s an obstruction there. In fact, as it’s closing, the door will reverse to a full open position and the opener lights will flash 10 times so you know something’s going on. The safety reversing sensors do not affect the door opening.

You can activate your garage door opener through a wall-mounted door control, remote control, wireless keyless entry or the MyQ accessory. You can program your remotes through the door control or on the Learn button on the garage door opener.

Performance-wise, the 8550 has a P3™ Motor. It’s reliable, durable and powerful. There’s a DC motor belt drive system that’s powerful and ultra-quiet. It’s virtually maintenance free. Equipped with energy efficient operation, the garage door opener consumes 75% less power in standby mode. It has a lifetime motor and belt, 5 year parts and 1 year battery backup warranty.

Security features include the Security + 2.0 that safeguards your household with every click a new code is sent to the garage door opener so the door opens only for you. PosiLock® locks down your door by electronically monitoring it against a forced opening. The Motion detector activates the garage door opener lights once you walk in so you don’t have to fumble around in the dark.

Overall, the Liftmaster 8550 Elite Series gets high marks for security and accessibility. It has a decent warranty and is fairly quiet.  It’s reasonably priced and can be installed easily.

We suggest that you contact us, Texas Garage Repair, for a full install and to make sure the door is working with the opener. We love Liftmaster products and are happy to put one in for you. Call us today at 512.518.6606.

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Garage Door Opener Buying Guide

Buying a garage door opener is no simple task. There are tons of garage door openers on the market today. When you shop for a garage door opener, there are several things you’ll want to consider. We go over those in this garage door opener buying guide. In the coming weeks, we’ll put different garage doors to this buying guide test to see which rate better than others. We hope you enjoy the article and look forward to your feedback on our Facebook page.

Size

Measure your garage door to ensure you buy the proper garage door opener. Garage door openers are sized according to the height of the door. For a 7 foot tall door, for example, a 7 foot garage door opener is needed. Most single-car garage doors can use a garage door opener with 1/3 horsepower. Doors that are 10 feet wide or larger need at least ½ horsepower. They may need to go as high as 3/4 horsepower. Regardless, you should always choose a door opener with a motor that has adequate power to lift the door. When in doubt, go larger.

Drive System

Garage doors have three different drive systems.  First, there’s the chain drive. It’s the most commonly used garage door opener. A chain lifts the door. It goes through the motor and out the other side to lift itself.  A belt drive is identical to a chain lift except that it uses a rubber belt instead of a chain to lift the door.  It’s the quietest and perhaps most expensive version of garage door opener. Finally, there’s the screw drive. A metal bar is threaded through the drive and pulls the door up. It’s a slow process, but less noisy than a chain belt. Now you have to consider the type of garage you have when purchasing the drive system. If you have stable cabinets and garage door shelf units, then a chain drive should be fine because it shakes the foundation of the garage. If you have less stable items in your garage, go with a belt or screw drive system.

Safety Features

A garage door opener controls the heaviest moving object in your home – did you know that garage doors can weigh as much as 600 lbs.? Safety is critical. Since 1993, federal law requires that garage door openers include sensors to prevent the door from striking anybody in its path. Automatic reverse – this stops the door and lifts off any obstruction – is another safety feature you should have.  A computer controlled system monitors the operating speed of the door and compensates for changing conditions like an obstruction or the door closing too quickly. Garage doors produced today use rolling codes for more security. This means that each time the door is opened a new, random code is generated. This prevents code theft and makes sure that your neighbor’s garage door opener won’t open your garage.

All doors have a manual release so that you can open the door when the power is out. Some higher-end model doors have a feature where the door will open just high enough to let a cat or a dog out. Many door openers have a security light that comes on when you activate the system. It stays on long enough for you to get out of the car and get into the house. Many remotes include buttons that turn on the light without activating the door.

Accessories

Wall-control buttons can be simple like a doorbell or complex like a complete control panel. They can prevent  the door from being used by locking it. This may be good to have for when you go away for an extended period. Door-control buttons are mounted inside the garage. They are near the entry of your home.

Another accessory to look at is a keyed emergency release kit. This is mounted on the door and attached to the opener emergency–release mechanism by a cable. If the power goes out and you need to get to the garage door from the outside, there’s a key that unlocks the kit and you can pull the release handle from the outside.

Entry Options

Different types of garage door openers have different types of entry options. There are remotes and keyless entry pads. A remote is battery powered and can often attach to the visor of the car. Other garage door openers have keychain remotes, which can be much safer. Sometimes burglars get into the house via the garage door opener on the visor.

If you have guests, you may want to get a garage door with different codes so that they won’t know what your code is. The guest can have a temporary key code when they visit.

You may also want a delayed closing. This allows you to enter and have a few minutes to exit the garage before the door begins to lower.

Installation

Do you want to install your garage door opener yourself? It usually takes about four hours and requires some know-how. We suggest you call a professional for garage door opener installation. We, at Texas Garage Repair, have the knowledge and the ability to install your garage door quickly and painlessly. Call us today for more information. We can be reached at 512.518.6606.

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What to Remember While Purchasing Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers are an important piece of hardware to have to go along with your garage door. When you need to purchase a garage door opener, there are certain things to keep in mind. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the things you should remember while purchasing garage door openers.

How much power do you need?

Garage door openers are offered in three different sizes – 1/3 horsepower, ½ horsepower and ¾ horsepower. Do you need to lift one or two doors? What’s the material and size of the doors?  For double door, you need at least a ½ horsepower door opener. A single, door can be lifted with 1/3 horsepower. Please note that doors with more power tend to last longer. Oversize, large and heavy doors will require the most horsepower.

What type of drive do you need?

Chain drive

This is the most commonly used garage door opener. A chain is responsible for lifting the door. It goes through the motor and back out the other side to lift itself. It’s the least expensive garage door opener, but also the noisiest.

Belt-drive

A belt-drive opener is identical to a chain drive opener except they use a rubber belt instead of a chain. The belt-drive garage door opener is the quietest one out there. However, they are more expensive than other types of garage door openers.

Screw drive

Screw drive openers are another type of garage door opener. A metal bar is threaded through the drive and pulls the door up. It’s a slow process but much quieter than chain-drive belt.

What security features do you need if any?

Most garage doors have a rolling pass code so every time you open the door, there’s a new passcode. Some doors have an electronic lock feature. The garage door can detect if someone is trying to force their way in and, when this happens, the door opener will initiate the motor to close the door and keep it closed. Sometimes, a garage door will allow you to set up a temporary password that you can give to friends and family so the door will open for them.

There is a security light with many garage door systems. When you pass through the door, you’ll walk through a beam which will turn on a light in the garage.

Do you want a remote control?

There’s the single remote button which just opens and closes the door. Then, there is multi keypad option where you can program the door to open and close multiple garage doors.

What about keyless entry?

Keyless entry allows you to set up a numeric keypad on the side of the door outside the garage. If you need to get into the garage and don’t have your remote, you can type in a code and the door will open.

As you can see, there are a quite a bit of things to consider with a garage door opener. We, at Texas Garage Repair, can help you get the garage door opener you dream about. Call 512.518.6606 today for more information.

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Summer Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Garage doors are supposed to last from ten to twenty years. This depends on its durability and the care of its owner. Summer garage door maintenance is important. In this article, we’ll give you several tasks you can perform to keep your garage door operating at its optimal levels during the summer months.

  • First off, you should clean the garage door. Especially during the spring months, it’s probably got pollen and other yucky stuff attached to it. Do this with some warm water and dish soap in the solution. You can clean most garage doors easily with a sponge. Make sure to keep the hardware from getting wet so don’t soak your sponge, just wet it. Clean the outside door thoroughly. If you want to clean on the inside you can, but it’s not necessary.
  • Just like when you’re doing your monthly maintenance, visually inspect hardware for wear and tear. Check for bent or loose hinges, broken wheels or anything that looks worn out. Look at the spring lift cables and make sure they’re operating properly. Practice opening and closing the door. Make sure it closes and opens smoothly. If not, you may want to call a professional to take a look.
  • Now you can clean your hardware. Use a clean rag to remove debris, grease or build-up from the track. Lubricate the moving parts of the door with 3-in-1 oil. Do not lubricate rollers, idler bearings or locks. Use graphite to keep the locks in good operating condition.
  • If your door has rust, then you can be sure that moisture is taking its toll on your door. Sand the rust down, apply a zinc-rich primer and paint with a quality exterior latex paint. If there is rust on your hardware, call a professional to have the offending items replaced.
  • While you’re at it, why not paint the surface? Of course, you should make sure that it’s free of dirt, oil, caulk, wax and mildew. Use exterior acrylic latex for the job. Wood doors need to be painted or stained every few years.
  • Make sure your door is safe in a hurricane hot spot. If you live in an area where this is a concern, you should have a tested, reinforced door installed. Due to their size, garage doors are more susceptible to wind damage than other exterior openings – especially two car garage doors. You may want to call in a professional to make sure your door is secure in the event of a hurricane or tornado. They will be able to tell you.
  • If you haven’t insulated your garage door yet, now would be a good time to do so. Insulation doesn’t just keep cold out in the winter. It keeps cool air in during the summer. Another good thing to do would be to put a fan in your garage to circulate some air. A freestanding exhaust fan is probably your easiest option. The fan will be at its most effective if positioned opposite the door.

If you don’t do a monthly check up, or even if you do, these tasks should be taken care of during the summer to make sure your garage door is working at its optimal levels throughout the year. You want your garage door to last as long as possible. If you have questions or concerns, call us at Texas Garage Repair. Our number is 512-518-6606. We’re more than happy to help.

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How to Check Your Garage Door for Problems

Your garage door goes up and down at least 1,000 times a year. It’s a simple job, really, but a very important one. Everything needs to be in proper working order for the movement to be smooth and safe. The best way for you to ensure that your garage door remains problem-free is by checking it regularly. In this article, we’ll tell you how to check your garage door for problems.

Most homeowners put off maintenance of their garage door until they can’t get it open. Then, they need an immediate and perhaps emergency repair. There are simple things you can do to check your garage door – let’s say monthly – to ensure that it’s in proper working order. If you’d prefer, you can call us at Texas Garage Repair once or twice a year to do the same checks. We’re available around the clock to help.

The first thing you should do is watch and listen to your door on a regular basis. You are watching for signs that it’s not going up as smoothly as it should be and listen for any noises the door is making that are out of the norm like squeaks and creaks.

  • Visually inspect the door – stand inside with the door closed. Check the springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and hinges. Are there signs of wear or damage on any of them? Look for cables that are fraying. Is the hardware loose? If something doesn’t look quite right to you, have a professional garage door technician come take a look.
  • Balance test the door – your door is most likely equipped with an automatic opener so CLOSE the door and disconnect the automatic opener. It’s important that the door is closed when you do this for safety reasons.  Lift the door manually. It should lift with little resistance and remain fully open. If the door isn’t easily opened or doesn’t stay open, then the door might be out of balance. In that case, you’ll want to call a garage door professional to balance the door.
  • Reversing mechanism test – let’s assume you have an automatic opener system. Door made after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor. These are added safety measures to prevent entrapment. If your system doesn’t have these features, call Texas Garage Repair to have your door replaced immediately. The reversing mechanism test itself is simple. The door should be fully open. Lay a piece of wood on the floor in the center of the garage door opening right where the garage door touches the floor. Just a simple 2X4 will suffice.  Close the door. When the door hits the wood, it should automatically rise again. If it doesn’t, you need a professional to come fix the door.
  • Photo eye test – Your door should start the test fully open. Then, go and push the transmitter to close it. Wave an object like a broomstick or baseball bat in front of the photo eyes. The door should reverse. If it doesn’t – guess what? Call a professional garage door technician to service the door.
  • Force-setting test – with the door fully open, Push your garage door’s transmitter to close the door. Put your hands – they should be outstretched and stiff – under the closing door to hold it up. If the door does not begin to reverse immediately, remove your hands. The closing force is considered excessive and you need a professional to fix it.

If you perform these checks monthly, you should be able to catch a problem with your garage door before it gets to be too severe. Garage door problems can be deadly or cause property damage so you don’t want to take them lightly.

We, the professionals at Texas Garage Repair, are happy to perform maintenance tasks and door checks for you. If you have need of us, we can be reached at 512-518-6606.

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Why Choose Clopay Garage Doors?

You need a new garage door, but you’re overwhelmed by the choices on the market. There are so many brands and styles to choose from. What do you do? For one thing, we suggest you check out the offerings from Clopay Garage Doors. Clopay is reasonably priced and has many residential offerings from which to choose. You’re guaranteed to find something to fit your door and your garage security needs with Clopay.

Clopay has a Door Imagination System where you upload a photo of your home and it shows you what a Clopay garage door will look like on your home. You can pick and choose from a variety of doors and decide which will look best with your home’s architecture and which will be best for functionality. It’s a wonderful tool to help you navigate Clopay’s multiple choices. You can customize your selection with windows, handles, step plates, hinges and even colors.

You can feel comfortable with a Clopay garage door because they’ve received the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval. They will guarantee the door up to two years. As they state, “If any product that bears our Seal proves to be defective within two years from the date it was first sold to a consumer by an authorized retailer, we, Good Housekeeping, will replace or repair the product or refund the purchase price.” So, what are the options? Clopay has a variety of residential door lines.

  • There’s the CANYON RIDGE® collection with faux wood carriage house doors that combine the beauty and texture of natural wood with the energy efficiency of an insulated steel door.
  • The COACHMAN® collection contains authentic carriage house style doors. They’re built with durable, insulated steel and composite overlays.
  • The GRAND HARBOR® collection features steel and composite carriage house style doors. They provide great style at an even better value.
  • The GALLERY® collection provides steel carriage house garage doors in multiple designs and insulation options. This includes Clopay’s own Ultra-Grain finish that looks like natural wood.
  • The CLASSIC™ collection are raised panel and flush steel garage doors that have many design and insulation options including the Ultra-Grain finish. They’ll complement most home styles.
  • The CYPRESS collection has flush insulated steel garage doors in durable yet natural-looking stained wood Ultra-Grain paint finish. They are a complement to both traditional and contemporary homes.
  • The AVANTE™ collection features contemporary aluminum and glass garage doors. These have multiple frame and panel options, including Clopay’s Ultra-Grain finish.
  • RESERVE® collection is a limited edition series that has authentic handcrafted wood carriage house garage doors. These are insulated to provide beauty, energy efficiency and strength. There are custom designs and wood species available.  RESERVE® also has a semi-custom series with authentic, hand-crafted wood carriage house garage doors in multiple wood species at affordable prices.
  • CLASSIC™ WOOD collection is classic raised, recessed and flush panel designs that are handcrafted in the beauty of natural wood.

There truly is something for everyone with Clopay Garage Doors. The biggest problem you’ll have is deciding which door is best for your home. Texas Garage Repair, an authorized Clopay dealer, is happy to help. Call today at 512.518.6606 for their expert opinion and installation.

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How to Insulate Your Garage Door for Energy Efficiency

Insulating your garage door for energy efficiency is just smart. However, experts suggest that you don’t go it alone because if insulation isn’t installed correctly, it will cause wear and tear on the door springs. Then that means balance problems can occur. In this article, we’ll delve into the issue of how to insulate your garage door for energy efficiency, paying special attention as to when to call a garage door specialist like Texas Garage Repair. Read More

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Why You Could Choose a Wayne Dalton Garage Door

Wayne Dalton Garage Doors are an industry leader. They offer more than just a way for you to close your garage door. They allow you to do it in style. Wayne Dalton doors have many options for styles and colors from which to choose that you are virtually guaranteed to find the garage door that fits your needs. The folks at Wayne Dalton know that shopping for a garage door is important. There are multiple considerations in your search. In this article, we’ll show why you could choose a Wayne Dalton Garage Door and be very happy with the decision. Read More