Garage Door Repair - Garage Door Installation

"Local, Licensed, Bonded, Family Owned and Operated."

automatic garage door

Caring for Your Automatic Garage Door

An automatic garage door is a great investment for your home. If it’s maintained well, it can last for years. Caring for your door is essential to it lasting a long time. Every month, quarter and year there are simple maintenance tasks you can do to lengthen the life of your garage door.

Some maintenance tasks are quite easy for most homeowners. A professional garage door company can make sure these tasks are performed properly as well.

3 Easy Garage Door Maintenance Tasks

Weather Seals

The weather sealant on your garage door is great for protecting your garage from cold air and moisture. You can use your finger to run along the seal. If you feel any tears or cracks, you might need your doors re-sealed.

This takes a few minutes and can be done 4 times a year. A great reminder is every season change. Not only for timing, but with weather changes that are sudden, the sealant can crack or tear more easily. So it’s a good time to check that everything is sealed tight!

Garage Door Tracks

Once a month, it takes 5 minutes to wipe down your garage door tracks with a rag and look them over. Look for any dents or bumps, as these can cause the door to go off track. If you notice any debris or residue on the tracks, use the rag and get it wet to wipe it clean. Dry them completely once you’re done!

Lubrication

Lubricant is necessary if you notice your garage door is not moving smoothly on the tracks or is making noise.

We recommend using a silicone or lithium based lubricant, not WD-40 to lubricate your garage door.

Spray lubricant on: the arm bar, chain rail, hinges, metal rollers with ball bearings.

Do not spray: the chain, spring, or bottom of the chain rail.

During an annual maintenance check with a garage door company, they can easily lubricate the proper parts of the garage door for you!

 

Taking care of your garage door is essential for it to function properly. Maintaining it regularly can stop bigger problems from catching you and your bank account by surprise. Simply cleaning it and visually inspecting it every month for 5-10 minutes can make all the difference!

Tagged ,

Choosing the Right Garage Door Opener

New automatic garage door openers come with a ton of great features these days. If it’s been some time since you last replaced your opener, you might want to check out what is on the market. You might be surprised with what you can get, and at what cost!

In addition to all the great upgrades, there are also a ton of openers on the market now compared to 10 years ago. So finding and choosing the right garage door opener has never been easier.

Garage Door Opener Safety Features

Garage door openers on the market today have a long list of great safety features. They all have an auto reverse feature, which detects if there is an object in the path of the door. If it detects something, it will automatically reverse. This helps protect children and pets from becoming trapped under the heavy garage doors.

Another great improvement is the rolling code tech. This changes the access code every time the garage door remote is used. This makes it very hard for thieves to break your code. There are event some garage door remotes not that use fingerprint tech for extra security.

Garage Door Mechanism Types

When you are researching garage door openers, you’ll notice there are 3 kids: chain drive, belt drive and screw drive.

Belt drive openers are generally the most expensive. They require no maintenance.

Chain drive openers are the cheapest and the most common. They are louder though, and require regular maintenance.

Screw drive openers are in the middle price wise, and much quieter than chain drives.

Motor Horsepower

You’ll also notice in your research that there are 3 levels of motor horsepower: 1/4, 1/2 and 1. The horsepower you choose depends on your garage door. Lighter doors only need 1/4HP. A heavy door that is steel or wood, or a double garage door, needs 1/2HP or 1HP. This is to help lift the extra weight of the door.

Perfect Solutions or any professional garage door company can help you figure out what horsepower you need for your door.

Garage door openers are available in three levels of horsepower; ¼ HP, ½ HP, and 1 HP. A light weight, single garage door only needs a ¼ HP motor, but a heavier steel or wood set of double doors will need a ½ HP or 1 HP motor to lift the additional weight. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can help determine the right horsepower for your garage door.

 

Tagged , ,

Choosing the Right Automatic Garage Door Opener

If your garage door opener was made before 2016, there have been a ton of recent upgrades and abilities compared to the one you have, especially if yours is several years old!

If you are looking at a new garage door opener, there is a lot to consider and a ton of features you can get! Garage door technology gets more reliable every year, and the various safety and security features go a long way in the security of your home. There is also a lot more options when it comes to the horsepower and mechanism of openers that can best suit your needs.

Choosing the Right Horsepower For Your Garage Door

You have a few horsepower choices for an automatic garage door opener: 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP, or 1 HP electric motors.

1/3 HP motors are best for lighter garage doors. Heavier garage doors like wood or steel, or a set of double garage doors needs at least 1/2HP so it can lift the extra weight.

It always makes sense to choose an opener with more horsepower than you need, especially if the price difference isn’t large. Generally the difference between a 1/3 HP and 1HP isn’t big, so it’s worth it for the extra power.

Choosing the Right Mechanism

There are 3 types of garage door mechanisms: belt drive, screw drive and chain drive.

A belt drive is the most expensive mechanism, but requires no maintenance.

A screw drive is a mid-range option, and is quieter than a chain drive opener.

A chain drive is the most affordable type and also the most commonly used. The only drawback is it can be loud and requires regular maintenance.

Choosing the Right Garage Door Opener Security Features

There are tons of great security features in new garage door openers, including:

  • Motion detectors that turn on lights when motion is detected.
  • As of 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission made this feature mandatory for automatic garage door openers to include an auto-reverse feature. If the door detects something in it’s path, it will open back up instead of continuing to close.
  • Rolling code technology: this changes the code every time on a remote which makes it very hard for thieves to crack it and open your door when you aren’t home.
  • There are even new features out now that use finger print recognition software for openers!

 

Choosing the Right Garage Door Company

A garage door company is a great partner in choosing the right options listed above for your home, garage door, and budget.

Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors in Houston, Texas for help with selecting the right automatic garage door opener. If you live in the Sugar Land, Pearland, The Woodlands, Missouri City, Richmond, Pasadena, Spring or Greater Houston area, give us a call!

 

Tagged ,

What to Do When an Automatic Garage Door Won’t Open

shutterstock_1589767When your automatic garage door won’t open, there’s a high likelihood that the problem is electrical rather than mechanical. Mechanical problems tend to give you some warning signs before the door stops working completely. There are a number of possible reasons for an automatic garage door to suddenly refuse to open. If you should find yourself stuck outside your garage with an impotent remote in your hand, try the following checks before calling in the repair guys.

1: Check Vacation Mode

Someone may have inadvertently switched your automatic door opener into “lock” or “vacation” mode. If so, your door will not open in response to the remote. If the door is not in lock or vacation mode, move on to the next check.

2: Test the Remote Battery

If the battery in your remote control is getting low, the automatic garage door opener unit may not receive a signal from the remote. Go into your garage (via the internal door from your home) and check for a red blinking light on the garage door opener housing. If the light is blinking, press the “open” button on your remote control. If the door opens, move further from the control unit and press the “close” button. If there is no response from the door, you know your battery is getting low and is only sending a weak signal. Replace the battery and your door should open and close just fine from outside.

If the door doesn’t open or close even when you are close to the control unit or the red light is not blinking, replace your remote battery and then test the door again. If the door still won’t respond to the remote control after you have replaced the battery, move on to the next check.

3: Test the Wiring

If you look closely, you will see that there are two fine wires running from the garage door control unit to the internal switch, which is normally located near to your internal garage door. There will be two more wires running from the control unit to each of the electric eyes at either side of your garage door, near the bottom.

You will need to test all the connection points, do this by wiggling one wire at a time while pressing the “open” button on your remote control. In total you will be testing two wires at the wall switch, four wires at the control unit and two wires at each of the electric eyes. If the door opens while you are wiggling any of the wires and pressing the “open” button, you will know that the wire you are wiggling is loose.

Shut off the power to your automatic garage door. Use a screwdriver to tighten the loose wire at its connection terminal and then turn the power back on. You should find your door will now open when you operate the remote control.

If you still can’t get your garage door to respond to your remote control after following all the above checks, it might just be time to call in a local garage door installation/repair service. The technician will be able to identify any more complex problem with your automatic garage door and get it back in working order for you.

 

Tagged , ,

5 Tips to Troubleshoot an Automatic Garage Door

bigstock-Girl-Opens-Old-Garage-21316331When they are working well, automatic garage doors are the best thing since sliced bread. When they start to play up though, it can be more than a little annoying. Even if you perform routine maintenance on your garage door and opener, sooner or later something will wear out or malfunction. Before you get on the phone to a repair specialist though, follow these 5 tips to see if you can resolve the problem yourself. A little DIY is good for the soul and even better for your credit card if it saves the cost of a technician’s call out fee.

#1 Check the Power Supply

If your garage door opener doesn’t respond at all when you press the open or close buttons, it could be a problem with the electricity supply. Inspect the power outlet which supplies the door opener to make sure the wiring is OK and that the plug hasn’t come loose. If the outlet appears fine and you can establish that there is definitely no power, it’s probably time to call on that technician, or an electrician. If the problem doesn’t appear to be anything to do with the electrical supply, follow the next tip.

#2 Pull the Manual Release

Try operating the garage door’s manual override by pulling on the manual release rope or chain. This should enable you to open the door manually. If this doesn’t work and the door appears to be stuck, move on to the next tip.

#3 Check the Door Tracks

Inspect the tracks in which the door rollers run for any obstructions. Small pebbles, hard-packed dirt and other debris can seriously affect the operation of an automatic garage door. It only takes a small obstruction in the tracks to cause a door to stick fast. Clear out any obstructions you find and test the door. If it still isn’t working correctly, proceed to tip 4.

#4 Check the Condition of the Garage Door

To be sure that the door itself hasn’t sustained any damage, give it a visual once over. The door may have been hit by something which went unreported. If you do discover any significant damage to the door, you will probably need a professional repair. If you find no damage, check the next tip.

#5 Check that the Door Opener Motor isn’t hot

It’s always possible that the motor for your garage door opener has overheated. Carefully check the motor housing with your hand. If it feels very hot, leave the door alone for a while and let the motor cool. Then try the door opener again.

If this alleviates the problem, you will probably be looking at a new motor very soon. An overheating motor typically means it’s reaching the end of its serviceable life. If the door still won’t respond after the motor has had time to cool, contact a garage door technician to perform further investigations.

These are just a few things you can investigate to troubleshoot a malfunctioning door. It’s far from being an exhaustive list. However these tips do cover the most likely problems with your door and opener. If after following them, you still haven’t identified the issue, it’s probably worth calling a garage door repair company to come and cast a professional eye on your door apparatus.

 

 

Tagged ,

Six Reasons to Invest in a New Automatic Garage Door

New Garage Door Opener Not a Big Investment

If you currently have a manual garage door or if your garage door opener is causing more trouble than it’s worth, it’s probably time to invest in a new automatic garage door opener. Automatic garage door openers are now more reliable and affordable than ever.

Here are six reasons to invest in a new automatic garage door:

1)      New Safety Features

Every garage door opener made since 1993 has an auto-reverse safety feature that ensures nothing or no one can get pinned underneath the massive door. They also come with an emergency manual release pull-chain in case there is ever an issue with the opener. If your garage door does not have these features, please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Door for a free estimate.

2)      New Security Features

Today’s garage door openers come with many beneficial security features like fingerprint recognition access and rolling code technology. Thieves can crack the code on older garage door openers and then break into the home using the interior garage door. New automatic garage door technology makes it practically impossible for someone to gain access to your home using your garage door opener.

3)      Safer Storage

If you have a high-quality garage door opener, you will feel more comfortable storing your valuables in the garage. Garages are the perfect place to store sports equipment, bicycles, gardening tools, and lawnmowers.

4)      Increased Home Value

If you are considering selling your home, a new automatic garage door opener will increase the resale value of your home. Potential home buyers will appreciate the convenience and security it provides. You can also update the garage door at the same time. Garage doors are now available in a variety of stylish materials, designs, and colors. Please feel free to visit any of our Perfect Solution Garage Door locations to view the wide selection of doors that we can custom order for you.

5)      Safer Home Entry

An automatic garage door provides a convenient and safe entrance way into your home. You can click your keychain remote, pull the car into the garage, and immediately shut the door behind you. This will ensure that no one has the chance to sneak in.

6)      Affordable Home Upgrade

The best part about treating yourself to a new automatic garage door is that it’s not a huge investment. You can find a reliable, state-of-the-art garage door opener for a few hundred dollars. Some models are priced as low as $150. When you consider the cost of most home repairs, an automatic garage door is one of the least expensive upgrades you can do.

A new automatic garage door opener is not a large investment, but it is definitely a worthwhile one. Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Door if you are interested in a free quote for a new automatic garage door.

Tagged , ,