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4 Reasons Your Garage Door Isn’t Closing Properly

It is very frustrating when your garage door isn’t working as it should. Imagine waking up one morning, or coming home from work, and your garage door won’t open or close.

This kind of garage door problem is a headache. Late for work, garage door companies are closed at night, etc. Such a hassle.

Some people might try to fix it themselves before calling a professional. This can be dangerous, or at the very least, can make the problem worse. Unless you know what you’re doing, you probably won’t be able to fix it.

Calling a professional garage door company is the best course of action if your garage door isn’t opening or closing properly.

Why Won’t My Garage Door Open?

There are a few reasons why your garage door isn’t opening or closing properly. Below are a few possible causes:

1. Photo-Eye Obstructed

Most garage doors have a photo eye that detects an object underneath your garage door that prevents it from closing all the way. The photo-eye is a safety feature that prevents a child or valuable object from being crushed by the heavy garage door. It works by shooting a laser light from one end of the garage to the other. If something gets in the way of the laser, it will automatically open back up if it’s closing.

The photo-eye is located about 4 inches above the ground. It needs to be aligned with the other photo-eye on the opposite side of the door. Sometimes readjusting this is all it takes to get your garage door working properly. If the photo eye is actually broken, you’ll need a tech to fix it for you.

2. Your opener is unplugged.

This has actually happened to a customer of ours, who called us out because her garage door wasn’t working and all we had to do was plug it in! She felt a little silly but it happens to the best of us.

If your garage door won’t open or close, before you call a tech check that the door is connected to its power source. A good indication that your power is disconnected is if you don’t hear a sound when you attempt to open the door.

If you discover the power isn’t connected, just plug it in! Should work like new!

3. Malfunctioning Remote Control

If your power is connected, next look at your remote. You can try replacing the battery on the remote to see if that helps. If it doesn’t, time to call a tech!

4. Broken Springs

Your torsion springs could be to blame for your door not opening or closing properly. Springs work to make your garage door easier to lift open and shut. If the springs weren’t there, the door would be too heavy to open with the garage door opener.

If the spring breaks, the garage door won’t open.

If you see a broken spring or suspect this is the case, don’t try and fix it! This can be dangerous. If the spring is not fully broken, it can snap at any point and fall down on you or anything in the way. Be safe and call a tech.

If you try any of the above “fixes” and they don’t work, or you discover that a spring is broken or your photo-eye is out of alignment, the best bet is to call a professional, licensed tech who can properly assess and fix your door.

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Installing 2 Garage Door Openers in 1 Garage

This job was a fun and unique one, but very challenging. Though considering the unique set up, it was a one day job and we got everything checked off our customer’s wish list!

Our customer, Mark, called us when his garage door opener stopped working. He assumed after excessive use, the opener just gave out. Mark wanted to be able to use his garage door, so fixing this was necessary.

Sounds pretty straightforward, except there’s more. The opener was definitely old, probably fifteen to seventeen years old. Mark didn’t want to fix it, just to replace it.

But in the SAME garage, Mark also had a second garage door, which faced his garden in the back, that had never had a garage door opener connected to it. So he wanted to add a second garage door opener so he could operate the second door as well.

The pictures here should help explain:

 

You can see, the same garage with two doors on either side.

You can see in the pictures above that we didn’t have much clearance or space to install 2 openers side by side. The garage is very narrow, and long. But not long enough to comfortably accommodate two full-size garage door openers. We got creative, and in the end, everything is working perfectly!

You can see the setup in the pictures below. We decided to install a new LiftMaster 8355 series garage door opener that includes built-in WiFi, so Mark can control BOTH of his doors conveniently from a tablet or smartphone.

 

What is most important is that Mark is very happy. We were even able to finish the whole job in just a few hours, which made Mark even happier!

If you’re looking for Garage Door opener repair or replacement in the greater Houston, Texas area, give Perfect Solutions a call today: 281-557-6351

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4 Non-Residential Ways to Use a Garage Door

It has become popular to use garage doors recently outside of a traditional residential application.

Many restaurants and businesses are using gargae doors as part of the overall design and structure. One reason is because garage doors are inexpensive as compared to other building materials. They are also easy to use and install. Plus, garage doors provide the industrial vibe many places are going for.

Below are 4 ways to use garage doors for non-residential and commercial use.

Many businesses can now enjoy the same benefits homeowners enjoy with their garage doors, like insulation, easy maintenance, security, and style.

Insulation

Insulation helps to regulate temperature in a space, and can lower cooling and heating bills.

Offices enjoy the benefits of an insulated door at a lower price!

Easy Maintenance

Garage doors are easy to maintain. Plus, there are special companies that deal specifically with garage doors, so it’s easy to find a tech who can help with any issues.

Garage doors don’t need to be painted regularly, which is a must in office spaces. Plus all the parts on a door, unless subjected to extreme weather conditions, are not prone to rust or denting.

Garage doors are also a fun way to divide up a space or a room. Garage doors can provide privacy for a conference room or for parties. Garage doors are built to have soundproofing as well, so it doesn’t require padding and other expensive soundproofing features.

Security

Normal doors or those big stainless steel pull down doors, don’t provide as much security as a garage door can.

Garage doors are built with strong nuts and bolts, so breaking in is harder on regular doors. Garage doors are also made with much stronger materials than a regular door, and even a stainless steel gate. Garage door materials are typically steel, aluminum, PVC and fiberglass.

Additionally, new garage door models have many security features built in, including CCTV cameras and locking mechanisms to control with your smartphone. This is great for businesses to watch over their property if they are away.

Garage doors can also be installed with alarm systems, which work like it would in your home. If a break-in is detected, the police will be notified.

Modern Design

While design doesn’t impact security or function, it’s an important consideration for a lot of people. Industrial spaces or any office or business looking for a fun and quirky modern feel can enjoy a garage door for both style and function!

 

Garage Doors Are Not Just For Your Garage

Garage doors can serve many purposes, not just to hide your car from the street! They provide security, are cost-effective, low maintenance and are stylish.

Any garage door company is qualified to install garage doors. Ask them about commercial applications!

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Installing a Garage Door Opener Safely

If you are going to forego hiring a professional to install your new garage door opener, this post will help to guide you in safely installing a garage door opener.

It can be dangerous to do this, so make sure you take safety precautions when installing a brand new garage door opener. These safety tips not only prevent injury to you, but damage to your garage and garage door opener.

Step 1: Read the manual!

Seems silly, but it matters! Settings and installation are specific to the model you are installing, so you need to read it and be aware of any special notes.

 

Step 2: Test your door.

Make sure to test your garage door before you install the opener. Ensure it is opening and closing properly and is lubricated well.

You should not install a new opener if your garage door won’t open or close easily using a manual method.

Step 3: Remove Cords and Dress Properly!

Inspect your garage before installing the opener. Check for any ropes or cords near your garage door. These can get in the way of your garage door opening and closing, and cause damage.

Also, consider what you are wearing and that no loose threads or parts of your clothes can get caught in the door while you are working on it.

 

Step 4: Leave Your Tracks Alone!

We don’t recommend DIY-ing track replacement, cable replacement, pulley replacement or spring replacement. These jobs are best left to a professional. 

 

You shouldn’t need to adjust this if it’s the same door, when you are installing a new opener. If something isn’t going right, it might be an issue with one of these components and it’s best you call a professional garage door company.

Step 5: Ready to install!!

The first thing you need to do is disconnect the power to the garage door at the main breaker. Whether or not your opener requires electrical wiring, we still recommend shutting off the power to play it safe.

Ensure the power cord for the garage door opener is plugged into a properly grounded outlet.

Step 6: Test!

Once you install the opener, per the manual instructions, test all the security features and general features of the opener.

The most important test is the auto reverse. Place an object in the path of the garage doors and attempt to close them. If the door senses the object and automatically reverses, opening again, it’s all good!

Another safety feature to check include the emergency release.

Installing an opener can go smoothly, or terribly wrong. Make sure to read the manual and if you feel you can do it, go for it! If anything sounds confusing, call a professional to give you a hand! Better safe than sorry!

If you’re in the Houston area, give us a call!

 

 

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Finding a Legitimate Garage Door Company

Ensuring you hire a reputable and legitimate garage door company is the first, and the most important, step before any garage door work or repair happens.

Sadly, there are many people who aren’t qualified to repair and help you maintain your garage doors. They do a half effort job, for a lot of money, which ends up causing you trouble and more money down the road.

 

How to Choose a Legitimate Garage Door Company

The first thing you can do is google garage door repair in your area and look at 3rd party sites for review. Yelp and Facebook are popular choices for people, and you will probably find the greatest number of reviews here.

Read the reviews, including looking at the overall rating. You should eliminate options with several bad reviews of course, and read the actual reviews to see if you can find any themes, both positive and negative. This will help narrow your options.

You can also check BBB to see if any problems exist that are attached to a company you want to choose.

Next, ask for proof that the company is licensed, bonded and insured. Any legitimate garage door company will be happy to provide these details. They have nothing to hide, and most companies appreciate the thoroughness of a consumer to verify their company.

Next, once you make an appointment, ask the company to confirm the name of the tech that will be sent out. Then, once the tech arrives, check their ID and confirm they are who they say they are. This is helpful for security and to prevent any fraud.

Why do I need to do all of this?

Taking some extra steps, in the beginning, to do your research and ensure your safety, will increase your chances that the company performing work on your garage is good at what they do.

Many poor or illegitimate garage door companies cause more damage than they repair, and it will cost you time and money down the line. Preparing yourself in advance will help avoid this headache.

If you are in the greater Houston area, feel free to give us a call! We will happily provide our license and insurance information, and guarantee our work for 5 years! We provide top notch service, and have the reviews to prove it!

 

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Cracked Garage Door Panel Repair

Do you know what a cracked panel looks like? It’s probably obvious, but here’s an example:

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The only thing worse than a cracked garage door panel, is cracked garage door PANELS. Plural.

You might not see the crack, if it’s small or if the paint on your door masks it. However, if you hear loud sounds when your door opens or closes, or popping noises, this is generally a good indication you have a cracked panel, or panels.

Other signs of a cracked garage door panel include:

  1. Trouble closing your garage door.
  2. Dents in your garage door. This is sometimes just a dent, but can also be a cracked panel.

Is it safe to operate my door with a cracked panel?

No! If the panel cracks even more, the garage door itself can collapse. You need to properly repair the panel, which should be done by a garage door professional.

How do you fix a cracked panel?

The most cost effective way to fix a cracked panel is to replace the panel. This is easy if your garage door is newer, and still being manufactured. A garage door company can simply order a replacement panel for your garage door model and install it.

You can also go ahead and replace the entire door. This is a good option for doors that are very old and should be replaced anyway. It’s also a great option if more than 1 panel is cracked, since the cost to replace several panels vs. just buying a new garage door might make a new door cost effective.

A new door might be more expensive, but if you are replacing an older door it can really benefit you. Not only can you choose the right garage door material for your needs, you can also benefit from the warranties and other protections newer doors provide.

Many warranties actually cover cracks, so you could avoid a similar problem in the future.

 

If your crack is pretty mild, you can fix it without replacing any panels or doors. Allow a garage door technician to determine whether this option works for your crack.

The fix is to install braces on the door. The braces works to support the damaged panel to prevent it from cracking further and collapsing. The brace is a great option, but it’s not a permanent fix. It will support the cracked panel for about a year, until you will have to replace the panel or the door.

Remember that while a cracked panel can look and sound annoying, it is also dangerous. Call a professional to check whether your door is in fact cracked, and what the best course of repairing it is.

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Should You Install Your Own Garage Door?

A new garage door is a great investment for your home, both your home security and your home’s value. It can end up costing you a pretty penny if you don’t have it installed correctly. Perfect Solutions has been called many times because low budget garage installers left a big mess for the homeowner to clean up.

Save the headache by choosing a professional garage door company, with excellent reviews on a 3rd party review site, the first time. Low installation prices sound good, but generally they are too good to be true.

Below are 5 reasons you should never install your garage door yourself, or hire a cheap company to do it.

1.    Safety

Many valuable objects, and more important, pets, children and other adults, have been hurt severely by a garage door that crashes down unexpectedly. Hiring a professional installer, or avoiding installing a new garage door yourself, can help prevent injury and damage so that never happens.

2.     Expensive Repairs

Many inexperienced installers can damage the garage door tracks and pulleys during an installation that can prevent the garage door from opening and closing properly, or at all. An experienced professional will install your door and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs down the road.

3.    Bad Warranties

Many low budget garage door installers go out of business because of the poor quality of their work. So if you happen to be one of their last customers, the warranty they offered isn’t valid once they are out of business, and you’re left with a garage door that isn’t installed correctly. Don’t let this happen to you. Investigate an installer before you hire them, and read reviews!

4.    Find an Installer with Experience!

If you think you can handle installing a garage door on your own, think again! Unless you have extensive experience working with garage doors, and are a licensed garage door tech, you probably should avoid installing your own garage door.

Safety issues can crop up easily when the job isn’t done right. It’s one thing to fix an isolated garage door repair issue, and another to install and set up an entire automatic garage door!

5.     A little more expense on installation, goes a long way! 

Spending a little more money and using a reputable garage door installation company, will save you money in the long run. You’ll get better quality work and a warranty or guarantee on work and repairs performed.

 

The reasons listed above are just a few of the important reasons why you should never skimp when it comes to hiring a professional and qualified garage door installer!

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Should You Invest in a New Garage Door?

There are many reasons to invest in a new garage door: update your curb appeal, your current garage is not functioning or broken, extra home security, and storage.

Investing in a new garage door isn’t just about looks, it’s about safety and security. Protecting not only what you keep inside your garage, but your entire home security is paramount when choosing a new garage door.

Below are 5 main reasons you should invest in a new garage door for your home.

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1.     Accessibility

It might seem obvious, but the garage is the main entry point for many homes. It’s a keyless way to enter and exit your home quickly and comfortably. Investing in a good quality door that is well-maintained will allow a hassle free way to gain entry to your home.

2.     Garage Door Curb Appeal

There are so many makes, models, and styles of garage doors on the market today, it’s easy to update your curb appeal and get a new style, and within your budget. You can customize virtually anything on your new garage door, including color and style to match your home’s decor.

A new, beautiful garage door also helps to increase your home’s resale value, making it a great investment!

3.    Garage Door Security

Garage doors are one of the main ways intruders gain entry into your home. A wood or steel garage door, with a secure lock and opener with added security features, will help keep your home safe from break-ins.

4.     Garage Door Storage

Many homeowners use their garage door, not for their car, but for storage. This doesn’t mean securing your garage door properly isn’t important if it’s being used as a storage unit. Often the items you are storing are valuable and important to you. And if you have an attached garage door, it is still an entry point to your home.

Updating your garage door will help keep your storage space secure and protected from intruders, and the elements.

5.     Upgrading Your Garage Door Technology

Automatic garage doors offer the newest technology, including keyless entry, smartphone app connectivity, and fingerprint recognition. These features not only are fun and exciting, they increase the level of security on your garage door.

Newer garage door openers also have auto-reverse safety features that will stop the door from shutting if an object is detected in its path. If your automatic garage door is 10+ years old, it is definitely time for an upgrade!

Upgrading your garage door opener, and your garage door is a quick and sometimes inexpensive way to give your home a curb appeal and security boost. It is a great investment that can increase your home’s value as well.

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Why Garage Door Safety Is Important

Most people assume that if their garage door is opening and shutting, then it’s safe to use. And while that is mostly true, it’s also true you need to ensure your garage doors are safe at all times. A garage door is a big steel or wood door, that is suspended several feet in the air. It’s held in place by screws, thin metal

A garage door is a big steel or wood door, that is suspended several feet in the air. It’s held in place by screws, thin metal tracks and a spring loaded tension setup. Ensuring these parts are working as they should takes constant care and vigilance.

While there have been many improvements to garage door safety in the last 20 years, many doors are older than this. They don’t meet essential safety standards that keep you, your car, your belongings and family safe.

Below we’ll look at ways to keep your garage door safe and how to ensure garage door safety in your home.

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Child Safety and Your Garage Door

Kids love playing in and around your garage. The remote makes this big door go up and down, how fun! But using the remote over and over again can be dangerous. Keep remotes away from children, and mount a keypad for adult use only.

 

Auto-Reverse Garage Door Safety System

All garage doors installed after 1993 have a safety sensor, as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s mandatory order.  The door has a sensor so that if something is in the path of the garage door, the door will automatically reverse. This helps prevents accidents and bodily injury.

It is key for the safety of your belongings and other people, to ensure your door is updated with this feature, especially if you aren’t sure whether your door was installed before or after 1993.

Test Your Garage Door’s Basic Safety Feature 

Regular maintenance of your garage door includes checking safety features. The first thing you can do during this type of check is to pull the emergency release cord. Most garage door models have this cord hanging from the motor of your garage door opener. This will allow you to open the door manually.

Once you pull the cord, you can then test the balance of the door. This is done by how easily (or not) you can open the garage door manually. You can also test the force setting of the door. You do this by evaluating in manual mode whether the door reverses with resistance.

Your opener should have a manual, which should also give maintenance instructions that you can follow. If you can’t find the manual, or you prefer a professional to perform the safety checks, call a professional garage door company. If you’re in the Houston area, call Perfect Solutions! 281-557-6351

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What Are the Signs of a Problematic Garage Door?

There are some common tell tale signs that you have a problematic garage door. Obvious ones include when your door won’t open or close properly. Or if your garage door is making a squeaky sound any time it moves.

We recommend that you investigate even the slightest hint of a problem, as the problem can only get worse and be more expensive to repair. Below are some common problems garage doors have, and what your first step to fixing it is!

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Usually, when you hear a squeaking garage door, it isn’t lubricated properly. The most common problem that results from bad lubrication is a dry roller or rollers or dry bearings.

A quick fix is to apply a lubricating fluid on the proper parts of your garage door. You can also call a professional garage door company to ensure lubrication is the fix, and to apply it properly.

Your Garage Door is Moving Too Slowly

If your garage door is moving slowly, and it isn’t rolling smoothly along the tracks, you probably have a spring problem. It’s very possible your springs are nearing the end of their life, and will need to be replaced. Better to do this BEFORE they break.

Garage Door Isn’t Closing Properly

If your garage door starts to close but forces open again before shutting completely, you most likely have an obstruction problem. There is probably an object that is triggering your sensors to not allow the door to close all the way. This is a safety concern, which is why your door won’t close. Find the object, and move it out of the path of the door.

If this isn’t the case, it might be that you have a broken cable, or a damaged cable pulley, which would need to be replaced by a professional.

Scraping Sound

If you hear a scraping sound when your door is operating, you most likely have a worn out cable. In some cases, this scraping noise is the result of an uneven reinforcement strut.

A professional garage door tech can diagnose the problem and replace the cable as needed.

 

These are the most common signs something is not right with your garage door. You should always contact a professional sooner rather than later to ensure the problems are addressed before they get worse!

If you are in the Greater Houston area, call Perfect Solutions! 281-557-6351

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