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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are rather simple machines and most generally last for many years. As with the case with any machine, they do eventually malfunction or quit working all together. It is then time to look for a new one which has added tech features. It is important to distinguish between the need for a replacement and a need for repair or reprograming.

Safety First

It has been mandated since 1993 that all garage door openers be equipped with a safety feature known as a reversal mechanism. This feature uses a set of sensors to detect objects in the path of the door. When one is detected, the door automatically reverses directions. If a garage door opener does not possess this feature or it has malfunctioned, it is essential to have the opener replaced with one that features auto reverse.

Noise Pollution

As garage door openers age they may begin to make louder noises during operation. As technology advances quieter garage door openers are being introduced to the market all of the time. If yours is alerting your neighborhood when you are leaving for work or waking loved ones upon your return it may be time to retire the old one. The newest chain drive models are quitter than their parent versions. The jackshaft and belt drive versions are said to be the quietest on the market.

Tech Options for Annoyances

A weak garage door opener or one in which the sensors are going bad forces owner to manually hold the button to operate it. This is an extreme annoyance and hassle for the whole family. Simply replacing your old opener will relieve you of this annoyance and provide your family with additional security.

As mentioned, garage door openers with new technological features are being introduced to the market every day. One example is known as the rolling code. This offers both your loved ones and valuables additional security from the criminal element. It generates a new code each time the opener is used to prevent criminals from hacking into your home.

Today’s advanced garage door openers feature apps for your convenience. Liftmaster, for example, offers an app for both computers and smart phone which is compatible with one of their garage door opener models. This app allows for remote control such as closing, opening, and monitoring from any location which offers an internet connection. Many home owners opt to upgrade to the Liftmaster model and app for convenience and security reasons.

Keypad Access

Today’s garage door openers offer outdoor keypad for access. This is extremely handy for children as well as repairmen. Individuals may gain access to the garage through a program code which is stored in the keypad when you are away from home.

Blackout Backup

Another convenient feature garage door openers offer is a battery backup. The backup battery automatically powers your opener during a power outage. The battery backup generally provides up to ten cycles of operation. Once power is returned will recharge itself to prepare for the next blackout.

Decision Clarification

Our professional crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door  is knowledgeable in all garage door matters including automatic openers. We can help you decide which suits your unique family and household budget. Just give us a call to discuss any of your garage door issues.

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Garage Door Injuries

The average garage door usually remains functional for many years as long as it receives proper maintenance. A large number of parts began to wear down after about 8 and 10 years. Many parts are integral to the safe function of your garage door and inspection combined with maintenance is essential. Visual inspection can help prevent garage door mishaps.

Garage doors are extremely dangerous and many home owners do not realize exactly how dangerous they can be. These are very heavy and under intense pressure. One slip or snap could mean bodily harm or death. At the very least it can cause damage to property and incur expensive costs to complete repairs not only to other property such as vehicles, but to repair the door as well.

Prevent the Most Common Garage Door Injuries

Below is a list of the most common injuries, their causes, and how to prevent them. It is important to set strict rules about the operation of garage doors It is also vital that those allowed to do so know exactly how to operate them safely. Garage doors are not toys and should never be played with.

  • Do not allow children or anyone else play with the garage door. This includes operation buttons and controls. This can result in horrible injuries and, in some cases, death every year. Be sure all people, animals, and objects are completely clear of the garage door when it is in operation. Control buttons should be mounted no less than 5 feet high.
  • Children often try to race the garage door to see if they can beat it while it is closing. This is an extremely dangerous act and should never be referred to as a game. The garage door is heavy and can break bones or even kill anyone trapped.
  • Fingers and hands are reported as crushed or pinched in emergency rooms more than 7,000 times every year. Ensure that all people and their appendages are clear of the door before attempting operation.
  • In the event that the garage door has suffered any type of impact a garage door specialist should be called upon. The door may have suffered unseen, but extremely dangerous damage. He/she can inspect it for damage and repair it so that it is in safe working order once again.
  • Malfunctioning garage door openers are dangerous as well. Electricity can not only cause severe burns, but it can kill you. Be sure to contact a qualified professional technician, if you have no experience repairing and working with wiring.

Be Safe: Go with a Pro

Always contact a garage door specialist for repairs and/or maintenance. These individuals are highly trained and are well aware of all of the associated precautions. Inexperienced individuals should never attempt to repair, replace, or complete maintenance on any garage door, especially to springs and safety cables. There are a number of tests that the tech will perform as well as a visual inspection during maintenance to ensure it continues to operate safely.

We at Perfect Solutions Garage Door are highly trained professional garage door techs. Our highest priority is your satisfaction and your family’s safety. Give us a call and allow us to take the worry out of your hands today. A malfunctioning garage door should be addressed immediately for the safety of the entire home.

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Questions to Call and Ask Garage Door Company

There comes a point and time when you must call a trained garage door technician. Those who have had previous issues have routine scheduled inspection and preventive maintenance appointments in place. One of the most integral elements of this process is to ensure the garage door specialist is trained and is reputed to perform a professional job with a high level of customer satisfaction.
Important Considerations
• To start ask the garage door company if their technicians are trained and certified. It is also a good idea to inquire if they are required to complete professional development courses once per year or more often.
• Not all garage door companies belong to trade associations; however, those who are professionally qualified are proud of their skills and are happy to share their qualifications. These will strive to belong to the best associations possible such as the International Door Association, also known as the IDA, or have accreditation from the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation, also called the IDEA. Ask a rep about this visit the BBB website to see if the company has been graded.
• Ask the garage door company if they have customer reviews, ratings, and/or a portfolios of past projects. It is a good idea to inquire if it provides a list of past and present clients who do not mind being contacted as references.
• Speak with a customer representative to ensure that the technicians are trained to address the garage door issue at hand. Some only offer partial services while others provide a wide variety of complicated services.
• Ask if the team of specialists at that particular company services the local area and if they are familiar with its weather, regulations, and building codes. It is generally better to deal with a local company and it makes it much easier to seek the reputation of that garage door company.
• Payment methods are often a big giveaway. Professional garage door companies almost always accept several forms of payment such as credit, debit, and check cards as well as cash certified money orders. Those who only accept cash may not be on the up and up.
• Another important consideration is the inspection portion of the process. A large majority of these business offer a free inspection an estimate in advance of any type of payment or commitment.
Contact Our Service Techs
There are many questions to consider when reviewing garage door company options. It is always best to satisfy all questions and concerns prior to accepting any contract. Our team of professional garage door specialists at Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be delighted to visit your home to provide free inspection and estimate services.

  • Ask us about our comprehensive services.
  • Schedule an inspection and quote appointment.
  • Ask us what our projected completion date for your project will be.
  • Inquiry about the accompanying warranties of our premium quality products.
    Note: Never sign any agreement until you have read and completely understood what its states. Ask us about anything that seems confusing before signing it.
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Quieting a Noisy Garage Door

One of the most common complaints that homeowners have is that their garage door makes too much noise. There are several items to consider, if the garage door noise has increased. It is important to first determine the cause because it may be a warning that something more serious.
Many of the causes of the increased noise are rather simple to fix, especially for experienced DIYers. Of course many times it is not the knowledge, but time that prevents them from completing these tasks. All of the things are very good reasons to call a garage door specialist to ask for advice.

Dampen Noises

Components to inspect for the cause of the noise include loose hardware, lack of lubrication, worn out rollers, and faulty door opener anti-vibration pads. All of these things may be rectified by anyone handy around the house. Below is a comprehensive list of inspect items to determine the issue.
• Garage door hardware loosens with use and can create a great deal of noise during operation. Use a socket or traditional wrench to systematically tighten all of the hardware.
• The second cause may be that they are so worn that they have begun to squeak when they move. A quality lubricant may do the trick, if the rollers are still in good shape. Non-silicone lube is best for metal rollers; however, if they are nylon, lubricate the bearings only and do not use any lubricant for nylon rollers.

Note: WD-40 is not a lubricant, but a powerful cleaner. Never lubricate the tracks with anything. This may cause the garage door to become unbalanced due to slippage. It may be wise to consult a professional for the lubrication or replacement process.

• Springs which are in need of lubrication tend to make a great deal of racket. A metal lubricant or motor oil may be used for them. Home owners should be aware that while this is a simple task, it is also extremely hazardous. Due to intense pressure it may result in injury to persons, death, or damage to personal property. Call a garage door tech for safety.
• Move garage door hinges from side to side to inspect for damage and wear. If these are worn, they will need replacement. If the hinges are not worn, they may simply need lubrication.
• Inspect the tension on the trolley apparatus to determine if it is loose as well as whether it is a belt drive or chain drive system. A metal lube may be used for a chain drive system. A belt drive system should never be lubed or greased. Check the garage door and opener instruction manuals for exact directions. In the event that the manuals have been lost, they most likely can be downloaded for free from the respective websites.
• Note that many types of concrete garages are noisy in general even when functioning properly. The concrete amplifies the noise from the garage door operation. It may be possible to insult the garage door supports to dampen the noise.

Let Us Get Started

Our professional garage door crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door consists of highly trained specialists. Contact us for any questions or concerns and we will be more than happy to address them. We can take care of all of your garage door needs whether you simply have no time, no knowledge, or do not have the proper tools for your project.

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Never Replace Garage Door Springs Alone

Garage door springs are perhaps one of the most important components of the door and are responsible for it proper functioning. Home owners should understand that replacing these necessary components also presents an extremely high level of danger. One of the most common garage door malfunctions is due to broken springs. All of the springs should be replaced at the same time if the garage door has two, even if the other one is not visibly damaged.

Many DIYers have successfully replaced garage door springs with no incident. It is generally best to leave these types of repairs to a professional or specialist. These individuals are not only trained, but experienced in garage door matters. The two basic types of garage door springs include:
• Torsion Springs may be found directly above the garage door while it is closed.
• Extension springs are situated on both sides over the upper tracks.

Life and Limb

Since springs are tightly wound they must control an intense amount of pressure. Generally, the heavier the garage door, the more pressure exits. One small mistake and slip can cause severe pain, if not serious bodily injury or even death. It can also cause costly damage to property such as vehicles parked in the garage as well as the door itself. The repairs can rack up extensive charges and personal damage is heartbreaking.
It is a good idea to schedule regular appointments for inspection and preventive maintenance. This is best done by a garage door specialist if the owner has no time and/or experience. The preventive maintenance will ensure the garaged door remains functioning properly for an extended amount of time and inspections allow techs to catch repairs before they become dangerous in many cases. These procedures are not extremely difficult for those who are handy; however, they do require the time to complete them. For many this is an additional cost as time is money in this fast paced world.

  • Inspections generally catch worn springs before they break.
  • A large percentage of the time the tech can also catch frayed cables before they snap.
  • The tech will inspect for loose hardware as well.
  • Another potential issue the specialist will check for is whether the springs are out of balance or not.
  • The specialist will most likely lubricate the garage door during the inspection which maintains the door’s function as well as eliminates squeaks.

Spring Brackets

Garage door springs affix to brackets located on the lower portion of the door. These brackets are responsible for intense pressure much like the springs are. Adjusting the brackets is also an extremely touchy job. It can result in injury or property damage. Many newer model garage doors have safety features to help prevent inexperienced individuals from tampering with them and being injured. On the other hand older models do not and, if the inexperienced person is determined, he/she may be able to figure out a way to tamper with them. To prevent injury, damage, or death those with little or no experience should allow a trained professional perform the adjustments.

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