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Important Garage Door Opener Facts for Homeowners

Garage door openers open and close your garage door. What else do you know about garage door openers? If you answered not much, then this article is for you. Here, we’ll explore some important garage door facts for homeowners.

  • Garage door openers make life easier. It’s so much easier to get into and out of your garage with a garage door opener. For example, you can just open the door from your car and enter the garage with no problem. The same is true for exiting.
  • Garage door openers help you figure out signs that your garage door is in need of repairs. If, when you open the garage door, you hear strange noises coming from the door, then it’s time to call a professional to get a repair. You should always have professionals perform garage door and garage door opener repairs because these mechanisms have lots of parts and are dangerous to work with.
  • Garage door openers work on electricity. They may come with locking and unlocking accessories like switches, remotes, keyed or wireless entries.
  • Garage door openers have a power unit with an electric motor, which is attached to a track. Door openers come with different mechanisms such as chain drive units, belt drive openers, screw-drive openers, jackshaft openers and direct drive units.
  • Garage door openers allow you to open the door differently, depending on the unit. Some are on a wall console. Others are door remotes. There are button remotes of differing types. You can get a sophisticated wireless keypad – some even work on just your fingerprint. Then, there’s the keyless remote.
  • It’s important to get a garage door opener with a manual emergency release mechanism, especially when the power goes out. Otherwise, you’ll be unable to use your garage.
  • Garage doors usually open slowly, but you can get a garage door opener that will allow your door to open faster.
  • You have the choice between AC and DC motors. DC motors are usually quieter. For your best results, look for a motor with .5 horsepower.
  • Get a garage door opener with a vacation setting so if you’re going away for a longer period, you’ll have the added security of knowing your garage door will remain closed and that no one can break into your garage or home while you’re away.

Garage door openers are an important mechanism, one that can help protect your home from break-ins. Now that you know more about them, hopefully you’ll treat them with the respect that they deserve. We, at Texas Garage Repair, know about garage door openers and are happy to help you if they need a repair. Call us today at 512.518.6606 for more information.

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10 Garage Door Safety Tips

You can never be too safe when it comes to your garage door. Garage doors injure about 30,000 people annually. Granted – many garage door accidents happen because of faulty garage door equipment. However, one can never be too cautious when considering garage door safety. In this article, we’ll explore 10 garage door safety tips you can use to keep you and your family safe.

  1. A garage door opener remote is not a toy. Do not give your children access to the garage door opener until they are old enough to handle the responsibility of it – like when they are old enough to drive a car.  There’s really no reason for younger children to have access to the garage door opener unless it’s the only way to get into your house. If that’s the case, then a child of 10 or 11 could probably handle the responsibility, but it’s be wiser to reevaluate the way you get into your home for safety’s sake.
  2. Make sure you mount the garage door opener mechanism out of the reach of small children. It should be at least five full feet above the floor and in a location where you have full view of the door so you can make sure the door is opening and closing correctly.
  3. Read through the garage door manual. Make sure you know how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature. You never know when you may need it.
  4. Each month, take some time to visually inspect the garage door. Look at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. You are checking for signs of wear and tear. If you notice problems, call a garage door technician like the ones we have at Texas Garage Repair. Many accidents occur each year when people attempt to fix their garage doors themselves.
  5. Again monthly, test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism by placing a 2X4 board or a roll of paper towels under the door. If the door does not reverse after coming into contact with the object, call us for a repair. Also, if your door opener has not been replaced since 1993, prior to when the reverse mechanism was required, you should upgrade to one that has the reverse safety mechanism. It’s time.
  6. When closing or opening the door, keep an eye on it. Make sure no child or animal is trying to get in during this time. Please don’t make a game of ‘dodge the door’ with your children. It could prove fatal.
  7. Please keep fingers and hands away from any section of the door when it is opening or closing to prevent injury. You don’t want your fingers or hands to get in the way or the door’s operations.
  8. Maintain your garage door annually. Have a qualified professional look over your door at least once a year to make sure it’s in good working order. This will help keep it operating safely.
  9. Don’t get in the habit of leaving your garage door partially open. When activated again, it might travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. Besides, leaving a door partially open leaves your home vulnerable to security breaches. Burglars often look for open doors to rob.
  10. In that vein, never, ever, leave a garage door opener in your car or with a parking attendant. Burglars like to steal garage door remotes so that they can gain access to your home. Always look the door to your home from the garage so that the burglar can’t get in. It may be mildly inconvenient to have to take your garage door opener with you everywhere, but it’s better than the alternative.

We hope we made you aware that your garage door is a very important and potentially dangerous item in your home. You should treat it appropriately and make sure that it is properly maintained. If you notice any problems with your door, day or night, you can call us at Texas Garage Repair. We are open 24/7 for you. We take you garage door safety seriously.

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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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Guide to Troubleshooting Your Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are made up of wires and chips. They are supposed to work seamlessly with your garage door to open and close it at your request. However, because they’re made of wires and chips, they sometimes have malfunction. In this article, we’ll delve into some of the more common problems with these mechanisms and teach you that troubleshooting your garage door opener can be worth the effort. Read More