Tuesday, April 18, 2017

GARAGE DOOR WON’T WORK – THINGS TO CHECK BEFORE CALLING A PROFESSIONAL

garage_door_opener-1Have you ever tried to make a pot of coffee but the coffee maker sputtered and shut down, leaving you with a frustrated feeling and a strong need for some java? Remember when you tried to vacuum your living room carpet and the motor burnt out? As consumers, we hate it when our appliances don’t work. We have them in the first place because we want them to perform a task for us like making coffee and picking up dirt! When they don’t work we have the options to throw them away, have them repaired or fix them ourselves. Garage doors are no different. As the largest appliance in your home, your wood or steel garage door has a job to do – work on demand, every time! When it doesn’t we have those same options; fix it ourselves, pay someone else to fix it, or do nothing at all.

Option 3 is no option at all!

That’s right; we have to have the garage door fixed; we need it to work and every time, too. That leaves either calling in a local Ahwatukee, AZ garage door specialist or fixing the problem on our own. Actually, our Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair shop recommends both actions. This is because there are some things you can check before you ever call in a professional. Doing so will save you money and time and even teach you a few things about garage door parts and functions that are useful to know.

There’s more to your garage door than your garage door!

True statement! Your garage door is more than a slab of wood or metal that moves up and down. It also consists of other parts and accessories that include your springs, opener unit, cables, pulleys, tracks, hinges, sections, safety eyes, and lots more. Doing a simple check on some of these items can reveal what is really wrong with your door, and often, after making a simple adjustment, your garage door can work as good as new again!

Battery power

One of the simplest and easy checks that you can do is to inspect your remote’s battery. There have been countless service calls made by garage door professionals when all the homeowner really needed to do was to replace the battery in the remote. Check yours. If you have a home tester, proceed to do so. If you don’t, you can buy one inexpensively for about $20, either locally or online. Or, you can take your remote’s battery in to a local home improvement or retail store that tests them for free. If the battery is good, at least you know. If it’s not, simply buy one and you just saved yourself a service call and lots of time.

Safety eyes

Your garage door uses safety sensors to regulate when the door opens and closes. Check yours to see if they are aligned correctly. If you already know how to do this, proceed with your check. If not, refer to your owner’s manual or go online and view any number of videos that show how to check your sensors and align them correctly, if needed. While you are doing so, check for frayed or cut wires, cobwebs, loose hinges and other things that can block your safety beam or cut if off completely. Please note that your safety sensors are easy to adjust manually and once you are comfortable with doing so, you’ll be able to move them slightly so that the beams align and your garage door can work reliably again.

Garage door path blockage

Modern garage doors have a safety mechanism that prevents them from closing if something blocks their path. This is a good thing. Otherwise anything (or anyone) underneath the closing garage door can be hit or crushed under the weight and momentum of the closing door. Garage doors weigh several hundred pounds and who needs all that mass coming down on them? Something as small as a child’s toy can trigger this reversing action and send your garage door right back up after it had already started to close.  Other things that can do this are items like rocks, chewing gum or dirt in the tracks that can prevent the rollers from moving forward. If nothing is blocking your garage door’s path, be sure to check the tracks and see if they are clean and allow movement from the rollers inside. It’s always a good idea to keep garage items away from your sensors as they can not only fall or lean on them, they can block the closing garage door’s path and prevent it from closing. Garden tools, trash cans, hoses, skateboards and boxes should all be far enough away from your sensors or tracks so that movement is not infringed in any way.

Manual locks

Does this happen to you? Do you try to open your garage door but instead of going up, the opener motor runs for a few seconds and stops? You know it’s not the battery because there was enough power to start the motor running. You’ve already checked the tracks and sensors to make sure that both are clear and unobstructed. What could it be this time? It may be your manual lock. These are more common in older garage doors but you may have one and just possibly you accidentally locked your garage door into place. These locks are the ones that look like a knob or handle in the middle of the garage door with two horizontal bars that stretch out, one from each side. There’s usually a small button on the top or side of the knob that allows you to lock the garage door from the inside. If bumped, this button allows the bars to slide across the garage door and seal it shut. Don’t worry; it’s easy to unlock! Simply turn the knob. You should hear a clicking sound that indicates that the lock is being taken off. By turning the handle, the horizontal bars are moved away from the edges and your garage door is now unlocked.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CAN’T GET YOUR GARAGE DOOR OPEN OR SHUT? DON’T FRET. HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO!

If your garage door ever goes on the fritz, there are various reasons your garage door is out of whack. Some are simple; some are complex. But don’t waste your precious time going into a panic. There are plenty of steps you can take. garage_door_not_opening_large

Problems and Solutions

What if the garage door goes down all the way, but then opens again? The open-and-close limit settings of your garage door opener are likely failing. The settings instruct the garage door opener on how far the garage door should go before it shuts all the way down. If it’s set too high, the door will touch the ground before the opener thinks it should, presuming that the door is hitting an object in its path. If so, it will reverse so it won’t crush it. Follow the operator’s manual to find out how to set the open-and-close limits.

 

What if the garage door won’t close? The garage door has a photo sensor eye on each side. Between them is an invisible beam, which, when broken, prevents the garage door from shutting. Look closely to see whether they’re grimy or misaligned. Depending on which brand and style of sensors you have, if the light’s blinking, there’s something wrong. Or, if you have sensors with red and green lights, the red one often indicates that it’s not fully functioning.

An additional sensor problem might be the wiring. Inspect the sensors’ connections, making sure the wires aren’t corroded or loose. Another likelihood is that there’s a short in the wiring somewhere, which can result from a staple used during the initial installation; over time, vibrations can lead to a disconnect. Wires can also eventually stretch, resulting in disconnection.

What if your garage door doesn’t open? Then probably the springs are failing, not remaining contracted as they should. Try shortening the cables with a bracket to add tension on the springs. If your garage door has one or two torsion springs, one or both are probably broken. Don’t adjust the garage door yourself! If incorrectly serviced, a garage door spring can cause serious injury or even death. The cables, drums, or bottom brackets might also need adjusting. Or, the springs may require replacement. Either way, it’s a good idea to hire a dependable garage door professional. If you live anywhere in Ahwatukee, Arizona, consider a reputable local garage door company such as Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair.

Does the garage door opener run for a few seconds, then turn off? This occurs when the garage door is closed; the motor attempts but fails to lift up the door.

1.Take a close look at the track for possible obstacles.

2.Examine the springs.

3.See if your garage door is the kind with a built-in lock, because maybe it’s engaging by mistake. This typically happens on older garage doors.

Does your garage door opener run, but the garage door still doesn’t move? If there’s a power outage, your garage door opener has a disconnect switch, so you can shut or open your garage door by hand. The switch, attached to a knob or rope, can get unhooked accidentally.

1.Open or shut the garage door all the way.

2.Reattach the hook securely.

3.Try opening or closing the garage door again using the transmitter. It should work now.

Is the garage door randomly closing and opening? If your garage door opens or closes by itself, that’s both a security risk and a nuisance. Try this:

1.Check the transmitter. Be sure it’s not wedged under an object pressing down inadvertently on the control mechanism. For instance, the transmitter might be beneath an item you left in your car, or somewhere else nearby.

2.Test the transmitter’s frequency. A neighbor may actually have your same exact frequency.

Does your garage door shut part of the way, yet open again? A garage door has a reversing mechanism so it won’t smash anything in its path. The reversing instruction is activated by any objects on the floor blocking the door’s path ~ a trash can, bicycle, or box. You could see debris on the tracks ~ dirt or a minute object ~ that’s stopping the rollers from moving forward. This calls for professional attention.

Does your garage door slam down with a bang? You could have a broken tension spring, which counters the garage door’s weight. Probably the cables connected to the tension spring are broken. Either is hazardous. A garage door technician is needed.

The garage door track may be out of alignment. The metal track of the garage door must be properly aligned, or it won’t budge. Check if there are gaps between the rollers and the rail, or any bends in the rails. As time passes, the garage door’s weight compounds these issues, so hire a garage door expert, because the door is going to be gradually more dangerous to operate.

The transmitter batteries could be low. Perhaps all you need is replace them, and the garage door will open.

Avoid Future Garage Door Issues

The minimal effort required to keep your garage door in tiptop shape means that you won’t have to replace it for a good long time.

Once a month, check your garage door system’s components.

1.Replace worn parts.

2.Tighten loose bolts.

3.If you notice any odd noises when your garage door opens and closes, don’t procrastinate; investigate.

Every two years, clean your garage door.

1.Wash both sides with a sponge with mild dish soap and water, and rinse well.

2.Cleanse the sensor eyes using a dry, clean cloth.

3.Keep the area around the sensors free of cobwebs and grime.

4.If you have a steel garage door, apply car wax for cold-weather protection.

5.If you have a wooden garage door, if there’s chipping or peeling, apply a fresh coat of paint.

Schedule an annual inspection with a local upstanding garage door repair company. Pulleys, cables, springs, and wires need expert attention.

Follow a maintenance schedule routine to prolong the life of your garage door. If your garage doubles as a workshop or office, it’s important to lubricate the springs, hinges, and rollers ~ once a year, before winter comes. Otherwise, ultimately the springs will rust and the coils will bind. Use a top brand, so it won’t dry out. You only need a light coating.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

AHWATUKEE GARAGE DOOR REPAIR: GARAGE DOOR MAINTENANCE

The team at Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair in Ahwatukee, AZ knows that the garage door is an important feature of your property, whether you have a commercial or residential property. Therefore, maintenance is also very important, and it is not something that can be overlooked. The garage door can end up taking up a great deal of the exterior part of your property. Some people have huge doors! Anything that you use every single day needs to be maintained, and the garage door is no exception. The bigger it is, the more noticeable problems might be to your neighbors. Think about it – if you have a garage door that takes up a large amount of your property, and it gets stuck halfway, neighbors are going to notice. This is especially true for forward facing garages. And while a small garage door that is towards the back of your property might not be noticeable if it is off track, it can still be dangerous. These are things that make maintenance very important. You want to extend the life of your garage door whenever possible, too. Here, you will discover ways to keep your garage door in good condition for as long as possible. Have a look!

The Basics: Do a Visual Check

This is something that anyone can do, even if a person doesn’t have experience with garage doors. Simply look at your garage door. Watch it open and close, and see if anything looks as though it is off. Does the garage door shake more than it should while opening, or rattle, if you will? Do you notice any bending or warping in the tracks? Is there an obstruction in the track? If you can see that anything is off, it can ultimately cause problems in the operation of your garage door. If you can see a gap in a spring, for instance, this is a major issue that needs to be placed in the hands of an expert. Keep your eyes open when your garage door is opening and closing, at least once in a while. Also, make note of any mold spores, specifically on wood garage doors. Keep everything clean to prevent harmful growth!

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Check Bolts to Ensure They Are Tight 

Hardware can, over time, become looser. Bolts should be carefully screwed into place. You should be able to see if anything is loose, for instance, nuts or bolts.

Remove Any Obstruction in the Tracks

We mentioned checking the tracks for obstructions. Ensure that if there is anything in the way that it is removed. It’s easy to sweep out the garage once in a while, ensuring leaves, sticks and dirt don’t get in the way. You don’t want debris to make its way into your garage door parts, and this is one way to prevent this from happening.

Check the Rollers

Garage door rollers are typically either nylon or steel and they can be expected to last for a few years – usually up to seven. Then, once they have lasted their expected lifespan, it is time to have them replaced. Either way, you should check them out every so often. Look for signs of wear, chipping or even cracking. If you do notice any of these concerns, it is a wise idea to change the rollers. Of course, if you don’t have the appropriate experience, it’s best to hire an expert.

Look at the Cables

There is a lot of tension associated with cables, so any mistakes can cause serious injury. However, it is safe to just look at them and do a visual exam. Notice broken strands where the cable is connected to the bottom roller bracket.

Do a Test For the Reverse Feature

It is quite simple to test your garage door to make sure all is working properly in terms of the reverse feature. Place an object in the path of the garage door. Does it reverse automatically on its own? It should, upon sensing something in its path. If something is wrong, and you aren’t sure what to do, reach out to an expert.

Lubricate or Oil Parts

Parts of your garage door need oil and lubrication so that they function correctly. But you need to be careful of excess grease hardening. Use a silicone based lubricant on the springs. Chains and screws tend to do fine with hardware store lubricant but if in doubt ask your garage door manufacturer.

Look At Weather Stripping

Weather stripping is important. It helps out with things like insulation. The weather stripping is generally at the bottom of the garage door, and you can see if it is cracking or ripping at all. This is something that can be purchased from your local home improvement store.

Ensure Everything is Balanced

If a garage door isn’t balanced properly, then it will fail to function correctly. One can check the balance of the garage door by disconnecting the door from the opener system. Upon disconnecting it, try lifting the door physically. It should lift with ease. When you close the door, it shouldn’t be problematic for you. If you are straining yourself or if something doesn’t seem right, then it is a good idea to call in a professional to take a look at it.

It is important to stay on top of garage door maintenance. Of course, you can always just hire an expert to come out to do a safety inspection for you. Doing a Google search for a local garage door technician in your city should reveal plenty of results. Hire a person that is licensed and insured so that you can trust that you are protected when they do their job. It is so important to make note of any issues with your garage door so that they can be fixed right away. The faster problems are resolved, the longer your garage door is likely to last. Keep it in good condition. Keep it maintained! Hopefully these tips help you to enjoy a long lasting, safe to use garage door for many years to come.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Broken Garage Door Springs-How to Stay Safe

If you have a broken garage door spring, you can’t continue using your garage. If you do, you may end up causing harm to yourself or anyone else who may be in the car with you when the garage comes crashing down. This is inevitably what will occur if you continue using your garage with worn springs. Someone who has the training and experience to do it should, only handle making any type of repairs or adjustments to springs, torsion or extension. We understand that it is one thing to tell someone to remain safe and to actually tell them how they can do it. If you’re going to remain safe from the harm of broken springs you’ll have to be proactive. At Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair we suggest that you have your garage door regularly serviced. Since a garage door has plenty of moving parts, it is best to allow someone with proven experience to handle any repairs that need to be made. It is impossible for you to go on using your garage without occasionally having something go wrong. If you or family members are using your garage every day, several times a day, this is going to cause wear and tear on your springs. The weight of the door is held up by the springs and since the door is heavy, it is going to wear on the springs, eventually. You do not want to let the springs get so worn that they break. What you should do is make sure you can have the springs repaired before it reaches this point. This is why it is in your best interest to rely on the services of a professional garage door service to handle the repairs for you.

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Avoid DIY Spring Repairs

Perhaps you would rather handle the repairs to your garage door springs on your own. This is commendable but it isn’t something that we would recommend. There are several reasons that we would recommend that you only allow a trained professional to handle this for you.

Not Making All Necessary Repairs

We often find that when homeowners repair their own springs they only repair one and not both. The spring that isn’t replaced will have to do all of the work of carrying the weight of the door. This can be problematic because the weight needs to be distributed evenly between both sets of springs. When you only repair one spring, it causes other parts of your garage door to work harder, causing more stress on those parts too. Now you can probably see why we would suggest that you allow a trained service technician to handle this job for you. A trained professional will know how to effectively repair both sets of garage door springs. It eliminates all of the other problems that can occur when you only repair one spring at a time.

Missing a Step in the Process

If you are not a trained garage door service technician, you could easily leave out a step in the repair process. If this occurs, this means that the job that you perform would be useless. You must adhere to every step of the repair process in order for the springs to be properly repaired. If you leave out a single step, it could still mean that your spring will eventually break. A trained professional will know all of the necessary steps and they will also perform a thorough inspection of the spring once the job has been completed to ensure that every step was taken.

Putting Too Much Pressure on Your Garage Door Opener

The weight of the door has to be evenly distributed in order for the other parts of the garage to work efficiently. When they are not one of the most important features of your garage door will suffer, the automatic opener. The opener is what helps to open and close our garage door. When the springs are not counterbalanced, they may start to affect the way the opener functions. You may begin to notice that your garage door will start to act as though it will not open or close. This can be avoided and preserve the life of your opener if you call on the services of a qualified garage door service technician.

How a Service Technician Adjusts Springs

In order to adjust your springs they will begin by turning off the garage door opener with the garage door closed. They will then secure the door to keep it from opening up while they are making the needed adjustments. They know where all of the parts are and this helps to keep them safe while they are handling the job of adjusting your springs. When a homeowner attempts to make repairs or adjustments to their springs on their own, they run the risk of being harmed or harming themselves if they are not fully aware of where all of the parts are located. When adjusting your garage door springs, the technician will adjust both sides so that the tension is distributed evenly. Again, if only one spring is adjusted and not the others, this means that the other spring will work harder to make up for the loss of the other spring. Finally, the technician will lubricate the springs. They are lubricated so that they will function properly. It is a good idea to make sure that the springs are lubricated several times a year so that they will continue working smoothly. Repairing and adjusting your garage door springs is not a simple chore. It is something that takes a great deal of precision and know-how. Every single step needs to be taken in order for the job to be performed effectively.

If you are not currently having your garage door serviced annually, this is a good reason to do so. If you want to be certain that your garage door does not fall down and cause you or anyone else any harm, you’ll need to make sure that they are always in good working condition.

 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

HOW TO FIND A GOOD GARAGE DOOR SERVICE

Your garage door is an integral part of your home or maybe even your business. This massive wall of wood or metal, guards one of the biggest rooms you have; your garage! We use our garages to park our cars in, house our water heater, and to keep tools, trash cans, boxes and dozens of other items in. It’s easy to use our garages day in, and day out, and scarcely even think about anything going wrong. Then one day a torsion spring snaps or your opener stops working….talk about panic! Who is going to fix the problem? Are they dependable? Will it cost a lot? Do you need to take time off from work to have this fixed? How do you even know which Ahwatukee, AZ garage door repair shop to hire? Don’t worry – just read this post carefully and follow our directions. Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair will spell everything out for you simply so that you can find the right garage door shop for your particular needs.

The cart before the horse

We are going to do something different. Most people really put the proverbial “cart before the horse” when it comes to finding and using quality garage door repair. Take the Robinsons for example. They had a romantic dinner planned for days. It was celebration time since Mr. Robinson got a big promotion at work. They were dressed to the hilt and leaving early for the restaurant when they noticed that the garage door would not open. Thinking that it was just the remote battery that was low, they tried to open the garage door by pushing the wall button. Nope; no such luck! Their car was trapped in the garage! How would they get to dinner? They thought to call for help but who was open at 7 pm on a Friday night? Should they call a handyman, or a friend? If they call a garage door repair shop, which one is best?

What to really do!

The Robinsons did what most others do; they waited until they had an actual problem before calling a garage door repair shop. The trick is to do your search for one or two local Ahwatukee, AZ garage door repair shops BEFORE you need them. Have them already selected and logged into your smart phone(s) whether you need them now or not. If you never need a repair technician; great! But if you do; a pre-selected, full service, licensed professional is only a quick phone tap away at any moment!

I don’t have time for this!

You may be thinking that you are too busy to find a good garage door repair shop at the moment. The thing is; there will never be a good time to do it, and you certainly DON’T want to put it off and wait until it’s too late, and then scurry around frantically, and end up with shoddy service that you paid way too much for! Start your search using our simple guidelines and you won’t be sorry!

Look for these qualities

Start your calls and notice how the telephone is answered at each shop. Does the staff seem eager to help you, or in a hurry to get you off the phone so that they can get back to checking social media or shopping online? Do they cheerfully answer your questions or do they seem evasive and disinterested?

You’ll want your Ahwatukee, AZ garage door shop to be full service as well as insured, bonded and licensed. Full service means that they offer professional help with every part of your garage door including torsion springs, cables, rollers, tracks, pulleys, photo electric safety eyes, hinges, sections, extension springs, remotes, opener units and more. The last thing you want is to hire a company for one garage door part, only to find out that they can’t service another component.

Insist on round the clock emergency service, and not just lip service! Garage doors are notorious for having problems only on weekends or after-hours; or at least it seems that way! You don’t want to be kept waiting, either. Response times should be fast and the service technician needs to be able to come to your home or business location if your garage is at a commercial site.

Referrals

Referrals are a good thing! People remember good service and they never forget a bad experience. You can learn much by talking to friends, coworkers, family members, and neighbors. Remember that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that turned out to be a good tip? It’s the same with garage door shops. Often the best ones don’t have the silly yellow page ads or the huge billboard sign on the highway; they just quietly go about their business providing quality workmanship at reasonable prices.

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The Better Business Bureau is often thought of as a government agency. It is not. It is a privately owned business of its own that relies on membership fees. Should your garage door shop of choice be a member? No; as long as they don’t have a string of unresolved complaints on their file, they don’t need to have an actual membership. The same goes for Angie’s List. They are a membership service that offers helpful tips and “reports” on their contractor listings in good standing.

More tips

Many of your better garage door repair shops offer extra benefits like 25 point safety inspections, mobile service, free price quotes and warrantied parts and labor. Remember to choose a shop that can service every part of your garage door ensemble including springs, cables, tracks, opener units, remotes and of course, the door itself.

Feel free to call Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair or any other local shop that you feel comfortable working with. Garage door problems can happen at any time so it’s best to be ready by having fast access to a trained and experienced garage door repair technician. Treat your garage door to better repair, replacement, and installation service by working a company that you like and trust.

 


Friday, March 10, 2017

IF YOUR GARAGE DOOR EVER GOES OUT OF WHACK, HERE’S WHAT TO DO!

After your garage door opens and closes thousands of times as the years pass, it’s bound to need at least some attention. There are numerous causes for the trouble you’re having. Some are simple, and some are complicated. Here are some probable issues and solutions.

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Basic Garage Door Problems

Examine the cables. Thoroughly inspect your garage door springs to see if they are broken. If they aren’t, take a close look at the cables. A cable could be loose, or it might be broken. If the cabling appears different on one side or the other, then you might require cable repair or replacement.

Does the garage door opener run for only a few seconds, but turn off? If your garage door still doesn’t move, this can happen when your garage door is closed, and the motor tries to lift it, yet it won’t budge. First, what you should do is check the springs. If the springs aren’t the problem, then look at the track for any dirt, grime, or small obstacles. If none of these is the cause, then your garage door might be the type that has a built-in lock engaging accidentally. This is often a concern if you have an older garage door.

Complicated Issues with Garage Door Springs

If one of your garage door springs breaks, it can be sudden, and your garage door will slam down with a bang. The first thing you need to do is to check to see if a spring is broken. If so, the garage door won’t work at all, and you will likely observe that the spring has been severed in pieces. Broken springs must be replaced. They have to be replaced in sets; so if one spring breaks, the second one won’t be far behind. A garage door usually weighs as much as three hundred pounds, so it is nearly impossible ~ and very dangerous ~ to try to raise it. An expert garage door repair specialist is absolutely required to do garage door spring repair or replacement for you. In-depth experience, exceptional skill, exact precision, and maximum safety are needed. Keep in mind that most often, spring repair isn’t possible, and replacement will be required.

There are two basic garage door spring types:

Extension springs go on each side of your garage door, stretched alongside the garage door’s overhead track.

Torsion springs are the kind that are mounted on the header above your garage door, with a round rod that’s connected to the garage door’s sides. Torsion springs are normally thought by the experts to be the best; yet they are also highly dangerous. They should be adjusted or replaced only by an eminently qualified garage door repair technician, who will surely follow proper safety precautions.

Additional Issues that are Very Serious

Does your garage door not go up at all? If that’s the case, then it’s likely that your garage door spring requires expert attention. When either of your garage door springs has broken, the door will soon go on the fritz, and eventually won’t open. Call a garage door repair professional right away.

Perhaps your garage door track is out of alignment. This is bad. The metal track of your garage door must be aligned exactly, or it just won’t move. Are there bends in the rails, or gaps between the rollers and the rails? The considerable weight of the garage door can compound these issues as time goes by, so if your garage door starts to fail, don’t put off servicing it, because it may soon become dangerous. Contact a garage door repair expert immediately.

Unless you’re an engineer, DON’T ATTEMPT to adjust your garage door! If your garage door isn’t correctly serviced, a garage door spring can cause injury, and even death. The garage door bottom brackets, drums, and cables might also need adjusting. Avoid any risks, and keep yourself out of harm’s way! Hire a consummate local professional garage door repair specialist whom you know you can always rely upon. If you live anywhere in Ahwatukee, Arizona, consider choosing to hire a dependable garage door repair technician, such as the mobile specialists on staff at Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.

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It’s essential to follow a routine schedule of garage door maintenance. If you get in the habit of keeping an eye on any signs of garage door wear and tear, you will prolong the life of your garage door. Because your garage door is the largest operating appliance of your household it’s vital to keep it in tiptop condition. Especially if you use your garage as an office, workshop, or game room, it’s even more important to keep it well-maintained.

Regular garage door maintenance doesn’t call for a lot of effort. The minimal time needed to keep your garage door in superior condition is totally worth it, because if you ever do find that you’ll have to get garage door repairs, it won’t end up costing an arm and a leg. Moreover, you likely won’t even have to replace any parts for a good number of years.

It’s a wise idea to schedule an annual inspection with a local legitimate garage door repair company. Wires, pulleys, springs, and cables, unquestionably require the extra attention of a professional.

Monthly, inspect the components of your entire garage door system. If you discover any worn-out parts, replace them. Tighten any loose bolts. If you hear odd noises when the garage door opens and closes, don’t procrastinate; investigate!

Each year before winter arrives, keep your garage door hinges, rollers, and springs lubricated. Without lubrication, the springs will eventually rust, and the coils will bind up against each other and soon break. Some garage door professionals recommend that you lubricate four times a year. Use a reputable brand, so it will not dry out. A light coating is all you will need.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

AHWATUKEE GARAGE DOOR REPAIR: HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT PROBLEMS WITH GARAGE DOOR OPENERS

You have been looking forward to a relaxing weekend, but alas that’s not in the stars. As you pull into your driveway and hit the button on your opener’s remote, you quickly discover that there is an issue with your garage door opener. Sigh. Another issue to deal with. Lucky for you, you may be able to troubleshoot issues on your own. Keep reading for some pointers on how to troubleshoot common problems that may arise with your garage door opener. Don’t worry, these tips are easier than you may think!

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Check Your Door

With the garage door closed, unplug your automatic opener (or pull your emergency release cord). Now, see how the door operates manually. Does the door open and close smoothly? If not, then you may have an issue with your springs, tracks or rollers – and not with your opener.

 

Issues with your remote

So, your wall switch is doing exactly what is supposed to do – opening and closing your garage door. If only you could say the same about your remote!  When you press the button, the door does nothing. It just stays put like a stubborn ant on a log (a 250lb ant that is). So what’s the issue? The door is clearly in proper working order as you have figured out from using the wall switch. Lucky for you, this may be something as simple as replacing the battery in your remote control unit. If that doesn’t work, there may be a short in your remote. But you’ll find that most home stores carry various models of garage door opener remotes. If you can’t find your particular brand – there are also universal remotes that may do the trick for you. Crisis averted.

 

The will go up, but will only come down when you press and hold the wall switch

If your garage door goes up correctly, but will only come down if you hold down the wall switch, this may point to an issue with your sensors. Do a quick check to make sure that the wall sensors are aligned correctly. The small lights on the sensors should be lit up when nothing is between them. Keep in mind, direct sunlight shining on the sensors can make them malfunction. Also, just like any other piece of equipment, the sensors do go bad and may need replacing altogether. If you notice that there is no light coming from your sensors, they may need to be replaced.

 

Garage door reverses on its own

If when you click the button to drop the garage door down, and it starts down the track then suddenly reverses and goes back up – this may also be an issue with the sensors. Give it a check – is there something blocking the sensor beams? If so, this is giving the sensors the impression that there is someone/thing there, and the sensors are working correctly by reversing the door. Clear the debris and try again – the door should operate correctly.

However, if your press the button to close the door, it closes all the way, and then starts reversing – this would point to another issue. The travel limits or force limits may be set up incorrectly, or you could be dealing with damaged tracks.

 

Garage door works intermittently

If your garage door opener seems to work when it feels like it, that is definitely an annoying issue. Perhaps in the morning it is working fine, but suddenly in the evening, the garage door is not responding correctly. This issue may be due to radio interference. Many of your household items operate using a radio frequency (such as your yard lights, ham radio and other electrical equipment). From time to time, the frequencies from these items can interfere with the proper operation of your garage door opener. To test if this is the issue, use your remote while standing close to the motor unit. If the garage door opener works correctly – then radio interference may be to blame. To troubleshoot this issue, you will have to find the source of the radio interruption, and either move it or turn it off.

 

Garage door opens and closes by itself

No, there is not a ghost in the machine. If your garage door opens and closes on its own, the cause may be fairly straight forward. A common cause may be that a neighbor has programmed their remote at the same time as yours. To troubleshoot this issue, erase all codes from your remote and reprogram it. If that doesn’t fix the issue, you may be dealing with a wiring issue. Check the wiring between the wall control and the motor unit. Faulty wiring can cause a short, which could result in the garage door opening and closing without being triggered. Another cause of this may be a defective wall unit, which would then need to be replaced.

 

Broken Springs

If your garage door will not go up, and you’ve checked the remote and motor (and found them in proper working condition) the issue may be broken springs. If you happen to be home at the time the springs break, you may hear a loud bang. The springs that hold up your garage door are working under a lot of tension, and the springs are actually what bear the load of the garage door. Doors come with one or two springs (torsion springs). If either spring breaks, the garage door opener may not be able to lift the weight of the door. Spring issues should only be fixed by a professional, so if this is the issue you’re dealing with, it is best to call a professional.

 

Hopefully this list can help you to troubleshoot minor issues that may arise with your garage door. Please remember, while some issues are fine for you to deal with on your own (changing batteries in your remote), other issues require the assistance of a professional (broken springs).  If you in the Ahwatukee, Arizona area and need help with your garage door opener, please give us a call at Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair. Our qualified technicians would be happy to help you.

 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

AHWATUKEE GARAGE DOOR REPAIR: HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT PROBLEMS WITH GARAGE DOOR OPENERS

You have been looking forward to a relaxing weekend, but alas that’s not in the stars. As you pull into your driveway and hit the button on your opener’s remote, you quickly discover that there is an issue with your garage door opener. Sigh. Another issue to deal with. Lucky for you, you may be able to troubleshoot issues on your own. Keep reading for some pointers on how to troubleshoot common problems that may arise with your garage door opener. Don’t worry, these tips are easier than you may think!

 

Check Your Door

With the garage door closed, unplug your automatic opener (or pull your emergency release cord). Now, see how the door operates manually. Does the door open and close smoothly? If not, then you may have an issue with your springs, tracks or rollers – and not with your opener.

 

Issues with your remote

So, your wall switch is doing exactly what is supposed to do – opening and closing your garage door. If only you could say the same about your remote!  When you press the button, the door does nothing. It just stays put like a stubborn ant on a log (a 250lb ant that is). So what’s the issue? The door is clearly in proper working order as you have figured out from using the wall switch. Lucky for you, this may be something as simple as replacing the battery in your remote control unit. If that doesn’t work, there may be a short in your remote. But you’ll find that most home stores carry various models of garage door opener remotes. If you can’t find your particular brand – there are also universal remotes that may do the trick for you. Crisis averted.

 

The will go up, but will only come down when you press and hold the wall switch

If your garage door goes up correctly, but will only come down if you hold down the wall switch, this may point to an issue with your sensors. Do a quick check to make sure that the wall sensors are aligned correctly. The small lights on the sensors should be lit up when nothing is between them. Keep in mind, direct sunlight shining on the sensors can make them malfunction. Also, just like any other piece of equipment, the sensors do go bad and may need replacing altogether. If you notice that there is no light coming from your sensors, they may need to be replaced.

 

Garage door reverses on its own

If when you click the button to drop the garage door down, and it starts down the track then suddenly reverses and goes back up – this may also be an issue with the sensors. Give it a check – is there something blocking the sensor beams? If so, this is giving the sensors the impression that there is someone/thing there, and the sensors are working correctly by reversing the door. Clear the debris and try again – the door should operate correctly.

However, if your press the button to close the door, it closes all the way, and then starts reversing – this would point to another issue. The travel limits or force limits may be set up incorrectly, or you could be dealing with damaged tracks.

 

Garage door works intermittently

If your garage door opener seems to work when it feels like it, that is definitely an annoying issue. Perhaps in the morning it is working fine, but suddenly in the evening, the garage door is not responding correctly. This issue may be due to radio interference. Many of your household items operate using a radio frequency (such as your yard lights, ham radio and other electrical equipment). From time to time, the frequencies from these items can interfere with the proper operation of your garage door opener. To test if this is the issue, use your remote while standing close to the motor unit. If the garage door opener works correctly – then radio interference may be to blame. To troubleshoot this issue, you will have to find the source of the radio interruption, and either move it or turn it off.

 

Garage door opens and closes by itself

No, there is not a ghost in the machine. If your garage door opens and closes on its own, the cause may be fairly straight forward. A common cause may be that a neighbor has programmed their remote at the same time as yours. To troubleshoot this issue, erase all codes from your remote and reprogram it. If that doesn’t fix the issue, you may be dealing with a wiring issue. Check the wiring between the wall control and the motor unit. Faulty wiring can cause a short, which could result in the garage door opening and closing without being triggered. Another cause of this may be a defective wall unit, which would then need to be replaced.

 

Broken Springs

If your garage door will not go up, and you’ve checked the remote and motor (and found them in proper working condition) the issue may be broken springs. If you happen to be home at the time the springs break, you may hear a loud bang. The springs that hold up your garage door are working under a lot of tension, and the springs are actually what bear the load of the garage door. Doors come with one or two springs (torsion springs). If either spring breaks, the garage door opener may not be able to lift the weight of the door. Spring issues should only be fixed by a professional, so if this is the issue you’re dealing with, it is best to call a professional.

 

Hopefully this list can help you to troubleshoot minor issues that may arise with your garage door. Please remember, while some issues are fine for you to deal with on your own (changing batteries in your remote), other issues require the assistance of a professional (broken springs).  If you in the Ahwatukee, Arizona area and need help with your garage door opener, please give us a call at Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair. Our qualified technicians would be happy to help you.


Friday, February 3, 2017

How Your Garage Door Can Be Dangerous

If you use your garage door every day, several times a day, you might not take into consideration how dangerous your garage door can be. There are simply some things that we take for granted because we assume they will always be there; working the way they should. If you do not take into consideration some of the things that can happen to you, you might not realize just how dangerous it can be if you do not take the time to consider some of the dangers that you might experience when you have a garage door. A responsible homeowner considers everything that can lead to harm coming to their family. You might be surprised to know that there are thousands of incidents related to garage doors. Some fatalities have even occurred. This is because there are many different parts to your garage door. The motorized pieces can be very dangerous. If you at least know a little bit about the components of your garage door, you can avoid some of the tragedies that can occur with your garage door.

Be Aware of Garage Door Dangers

So if you are not already familiar with some of the dangers that exist due to problems with your garage door, we are here to tell you about some of the most common dangers. The best person suited to make you aware of these dangers is someone who has to deal with them on a regular basis, a garage door service, such as Ahwatukee Garage Door Repair.

Do It Yourself Garage Door Installation

If you do not have professional training to effectively install a garage door, this is a job that is best to leave to those with the proper training. If the garage door is not installed correctly, you can start to have all sorts of problems. One of the worst things that can happen is the door can fall down. Since garage doors are so heavy, they can cause you serious injury or even kill you. Installing the door without the experience needed may result in your garage door having loose springs; your injuring yourself during the installation of the door or the door being off track. You can avoid this by allowing a professional garage door service to install the door for you. Save yourself the headache and frustration from having a door that could stop working if you don’t have it properly installed by relying on a professional service provider.

Broken Garage Door Springs 

If you lack the skills needed to properly install your garage door, you may not install the springs properly. This is one of the most important features of your garage door. It is the springs that enable the door to remain in place as you go in and out of the garage. If they break, this can be extremely dangerous to anyone in the garage when this occurs. If you do not have the training needed to handle the installation of your garage door springs it is best to leave this to someone who has the ability to correctly and safely handle the job for you. We’re not talking about having a friend of the family who says they can handle the job, taking on this responsibility; we are suggesting that you allow a garage door service to handle this for you.

Allowing Children to Play with the Door

Children are fascinated by things that move. This is no different when it comes to your garage doors. When they see them go up and down, it only entices them even more. When the control box is installed to close to where they can reach it, they will be able to gain access to the garage. Children who play with the controls on your garage door remote or wall control may get trapped and can even seriously harm themselves. Since the door is so heavy, some are even killed by the weight of a fallen garage door. The worst part is that they may be the ones that caused such a tragedy.

Avoid the Dangers from a Garage Door

When you have a garage door there is a way to avoid the dangers that can occur. One of the best and effective ways to avoid the dangers that can happen from a garage door is to hire a professional garage door service to handle the maintenance of your door. What they will do is perform routine maintenance on your door. With routine maintenance they are able to find any problems that you may have, which need to be address in order to avoid the dangers that occur with a faulty garage door. The reason that many dangers exist is because homeowners are not aware of the trouble they have with their garage door. When you are aware of any problems that you have or may experience, you can address the problem right away. Getting ahead of the problem will help you avoid many of the dangers listed above. When you are having regular routine maintenance performed, you are making sure that your door never falls down because a professional garage door service will make sure they check the springs of your door. They will know how they are supposed to look and this will help you avoid the problem of experiencing broken springs. Get them fixed as soon as you are told that there is a problem with your springs. If you really want to be able to avoid the dangers that can occur from a garage door, you can by being proactive. Seek out the services of a local reputable and efficient locksmith service. Making sure that you can avoid the incidents that happen due to faulty garage doors benefits everyone in the family whether they drive or not. Any time you you’re using the garage, whether you’re driving or not can still prove dangerous if your garage door is not serviced regularly. Get the help you need today by contacting a local service provider today.