Be Sure to Clean Your Garage Door Opener Cover

garage door opener coverThe garage door opener is a component that deserves more attention. Like the rest of the garage door unit, this is a part that can turn into a safety hazard. We recommend that homeowners periodically remove the garage door opener cover to clean the interior that houses the light bulb.

The Garage Door Opener Cover Is a Fire Hazard

In some models, the upper part of the cover is open to keep the light bulb from becoming too hot. However, this also leaves an opening for debris. This is especially the case if you frequently leave the garage door open. Continue Reading →

How to Repair a Garage Door Dent in Aluminum Panels

repair garage door dentWe have noticed a surge in requests for aluminum garage door installations. Aluminum is sturdy, reliable, and looks especially good with contemporary-style homes. However, it’s also a softer type of metal, making them more prone to dents. Fortunately, we know of a DIY trick you can use to repair garage door dents.

Aluminum Garage Door Dent Repair: Step-By-Step Process

1. Wash the dented area using a mixture of water and dish soap. Wait until the surface is absolutely dry before proceeding to step two.

2. Cover the entire surface of the dent with a sheet of aluminum foil.

3. Apply a heat source over the dent for one minute; use a lighter or heat lamp.

4. Remove the foil and immediately spray the surface for 30 seconds using an air compressor. Hold the canister upside down; this helps distribute the cold air.

If this works, the dent will pop back in place. These steps, by the way, may also work for repairing surface dents on a vehicle. Continue Reading →

Did Your Garage Door Just Come off its Tracks?

Garage Door Came Off TrackA garage door may completely detach from its tracks and rollers, causing it to collapse or partially collapse to the floor. Why does a garage door come off its tracks? We’ll explore the causes behind this.

A Word of Caution

Before diving into the causes, let us emphasize that a detached garage door is very dangerous. The standard garage door can weigh anywhere from 130 to 350 pounds. If the door has come off its tracks, it may be hanging precariously on its lift cables. The amount of weight that comes crashing down can cause serious injury.

Why Did My Garage Door Come Off the Tracks?

The most common cause is the homeowner hitting the garage door with their car. In a hurry, the homeowner pulls out of the garage while the door is still opening and ends up ramming into the lower part of the door. When we repair an off-track door, the homeowner often confesses that the damage was due to their own negligence. Even the force of a car moving at just 5 mph is enough to knock the door off track. Continue Reading →

Garage Door Safety Month Is Here Again

garage door safetyJune is Garage Door Safety Month. Last year, we celebrated and imparted tips to our readers on how to improve garage door safety. We are going to do this again at the risk of sounding like a broken record. We believe it’s that important.

Safety Rules for Garage Door Safety Month

Educate Your Children

Children love to race to get past a closing garage door. Warn them not to do this. You should also warn them not to touch the springs, rollers, and other components on a door’s interior. Finally, tell them not to hang on the rope dangling from the garage door opener. Children might be tempted because the rope’s plastic red handle has “grab me” written all over it.

Keep the Garage Door Closed

Now that summer is here, homeowners may be tempted to keep the garage door open to let the air circulate. We don’t recommend this unless someone is in the garage at all times. An unsupervised garage is an easy target for grab-and-go burglars. Continue Reading →

Oil Tempered Vs Zinc Galvanized Torsion Springs: What’s the Difference?

Torsion SpringsThe torsion springs that came with your garage door installation are going to wear out sooner or later. Two spring types are available: Oil tempered and zinc galvanized torsion springs. Most homeowners don’t give a second thought about the type of spring being used during a replacement. You should know, though, that you do have a choice.

Oil Tempered Torsion Spring

This is the more common of the two and has been around since the advent of the garage door. The spring is made from carbon steel that undergoes multiple heating and cooling phases using hot oil. This strengthens the spring so it can handle the constant stress applied when the garage door opens and closes. While durable, oil tempered springs are susceptible to rust. They can also leave traces of oil residue on the door and adjacent parts. Continue Reading →

Garage Door Sensors’ Photo Eyes Out of Alignment?

garage door sensorsThe photo eyes, or the garage door sensors as they’re often referred to, cast an invisible beam at ground level. Designed as a safety feature, the beam acts prevents the door from closing if the beam is disrupted. The garage door sensors’ photo eyes, however, may not perform this vital function if they’re out of alignment.

How to Align the Garage Door Photo Eyes

We often realign the photo eyes as part of a bigger garage door repair service. In some cases, you may also be able to align the sensors yourself. If the garage door opens fine but won’t close or only partially closes, then the sensors’ eyes are likely out of alignment.

Check both photo eyes to see if the LED lights are lit. If one is unlit or is flickering, then it might have been bumped. Gently push the unlit sensor to align it with the lit one until the light returns and stays on. If you have a laser level at your disposal, this would be a good occasion to put it to use. To adjust the photo eye, you may have to loosen the screws on the pivot brackets supporting the senors.

It’s also possible that the photo eyes are aligned and the lens are simply dirty. Gently wipe the lens using a damp microfiber cloth. Upon a new garage door installation, we often remind homeowners to clean the lens at least once every six months. Continue Reading →

The Future of Garage Doors; Innovations to Expect in the Next Decade

Garage door innovationsTo most people, a garage door is just an oversized contraption that opens and closes via remote control. However, this is the golden age of technology, and even something as ordinary as a garage door is becoming more high-tech. Here are three insights regarding the future of garage door innovations that we anticipate in the next decade.

1. Smartphone Control

Today, you can use your smartphone to unlock your car door. Some apps can now do the same: opening and closing garage doors. Such apps are currently only compatible with certain garage door openers and manufacturers. However, expect it to become more mainstream in the coming years.

Smartphone control, however, also comes at a price. There is always the danger that someone might hack your mobile device, enabling the hackers to gain control of the phone and open your garage door. Continue Reading →

3 Garage Door Maintenance Tips for Winter

Garage door maintenanceThe cold season is here. The Redmond area does get chilly enough to warrant a quick garage door inspection and maintenance. Winter weather can wear down the parts and cause a malfunction. Some garage door maintenance this winter will prevent the garage unit from failing at the most inopportune moment.

1. Remove Built Up Grease

Grease and other debris gradually accumulate on the garage door track and rollers. The cold weather can cause the grease and gunk to harden. This may prevent the garage door from opening or closing all the way. Examine the tracks and wipe away any signs of grease before it begins to harden.

While all grease and debris should be wiped clean, do not make any attempts to adjust the torsion springs or cables. Leave it to a garage door repair crew if any of the parts look worn or out of place.

2. Lubricate

After wiping the tracks clean, give the parts a good lubrication using regular grade machine oil. Spray the tracks, rollers, hinges, and bushings. A silicone-based lubricant is best, because it doesn’t harden as easily under cold temperatures. Lack of lubrication, or even too much lubrication for that matter, can cause misalignment. Continue Reading →

A New Garage Door as a Gift

Garage door Christmas giftYour Christmas shopping list this year may include that Chanel scarf, a Kindle reader, or even something generic like a fruitcake. Here is another idea that makes for an excellent year-round gift: a new garage door. Believe it or not, a good number of our clients are people planning to give a garage door Christmas gift.

Why a Garage Door Christmas Gift?

Well, why not? Unlike a lot of items, a new garage door is actually a functional gift. It’s also something the entire household benefits from. So you’re essentially giving a gift to the recipient’s entire family.

Yes, we realize that a new garage door has a few more zeros on its price tag than a typical gift. This is why it makes for an excellent group gift, one for which multiple people chip in. Perhaps you have a coworker constantly complaining about his outdated garage door, or that his garage door opener constantly malfunctions. Make arrangements with your work buddies to make this a collective gift. Continue Reading →

Garage Door Remote Control Theft on the Rise

Garage Door Remote Control TheftAccording to Consumer Affairs, car break-ins are on the rise. The car itself, though, usually isn’t stolen. The prize the thieves are often after is the garage door remote control. With the remote control in their possession, there’s no need to smash a house window or kick open the door. Garage door remote control theft has increased in the past few years. Find out what you can do to prevent your remote from falling in the wrong hands.

How to Prevent Garage Door Remote Control Theft

Most car owners clip their garage door remote on the car’s visor or leave it in the glove compartment. Speaking of the glove compartment, this is also where most people store their car registration forms, which contain their home address. Once a thief has your remote and address, your home becomes an inviting target. Continue Reading →