Nice change? You bet you can make a home look more pleasing to the eye by changing the garage doors. Take a minute to check the top 6 reasons to replace your door. Increase the value of your home – Replacing your old garage door with a newer stylish door will do wonders for the […]
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Happy New Year from all of us at Alamo Door & Awning!!! All the excitement is building for New Years Eve Night. Parties and festivities are being planned every where, so we hope that 2011 finds you safe and warm. For those traveling we wish you safety on the roads. We are so excited about […]
I headed to work this morning and the temperature showed a whopping 32 degrees out in the country. It was plenty cold for this native Texan. As I bundled up and waited for my car to decide to blow some warm air around, I began to think. Now, perhaps you aren’t like me but if […]
Here is a perfect example of why you should get your prices up front and in writing. If your garage door breaks don’t let just anyone start working on your door without first giving you a quote on paper. If you are unsure get a second opinion. Most important, you need to feel comfortable with […]
When lubricating your garage door opener find out what type of opener you have. There are 3 basic types of openers. Chain drive, screw drive, and finally belt drive. Lets start in that order. Unplug your garage door opener. You will need to have a low temp grease called lubriplate. Look for a nylon gear […]
Now is the time to lubricate your Garage door. It is the largest moving part in your home and yet it usually gets the least amount of attention. With the winter months coming on and the rain that usually comes with the winter months, the garage door rollers and springs will start to rust. You […]
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Garage Door Operation 101 – a homeowner’s guide to the garage door and how it works.One of the most overlooked “appliances” in your home is the garage door. You press a button. It goes up. It goes down. Simple, right?Not really. Like every other mechanical device you own – your cars, your kitchen and laundry […]
6 Garage Door Maintenance Tips Other Companies Don’t Want You To Know About!
1) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GARAGE DOOR SAFETY
- Do not allow children to play or hang on your garage door. It is dangerous and can result in injury or death.
- Do not let children play with or use remote controls. You should always keep remote controls out of the reach of children.
2) GARAGE DOOR OPENERS ARE NOT TOYS
- You should discuss garage door safety with your children. Be sure to show your children that they should never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Make sure they understand the danger of being trapped under the door. Never let children play with or use the wall button.
- The wall control button should be 5 feet from the floor, out of the reach of children. The button should be mounted and used where you can clearly see the garage door.
3) YOU SHOULD PERFORM VISUAL INSPECTIONS ON A MONTHLY BASIS.
- Do a visual inspection and look at the springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and all other hardware for signs of wear. If you think there may be a problem, call a qualified professional to make the repairs. Springs and other related hardware are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury when improperly handled.
- Also, inspect the safety eye sensors down at the bottom of door and make sure they are free of obstructions such as cobwebs or dust and are in alignment.
4) PREVENT TRAGEDIES WITH ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
- Garage doors and garage door openers require routine maintenance.
- Springs, hinges and rollers should be lubricated monthly as shown in pictures. Lubricant used on springs, hinges and rollers should be Heavy Duty 400 and can be picked up at any of our locations. Be sure to lubricate the middle hinges since they are the noise makers
- Garage door openers require lubrication every 6 months or when they become noisy.
- Lift master and Sears openers’ internal gears can be lubricated by first unplugging the electrical power, then removing 4 screws from side or back panel. Distribute Lubriplate multipurpose low temperature grease on white gears as shown in picture.
- Lift master and Genie screw drive rails need to be lubricated with the same Lubriplate. Pull the emergency release cord to disconnect door from opener, then use the remote control to activate the opener motor and insert the Lubriplate grease while screw is turning.
- Next, look for trim located on each side of your garage door, which will need to be lubed with Door Ease Stick Lubricant every month. Raise the door and rub Door Ease onto trim on both sides. It will be obvious where the door has been rubbing.
- The 3 lubricants mentioned above can be found in the Maintenance Pack and can be picked up at any of our locations.
5) CHECKING THE DOOR BALANCE
- You should occasionally test the balance of your door. Begin with your garage door closed. Disconnect the opener by pulling the emergency release so you can operate the door by hand. You should be able to lift the door easily and smoothly, with very little resistance. The door should stay open around 3 or 4 feet above the floor. If it will not stay open it is out of balance and you should have it adjusted by a professional
6) TESTING THE OPENER
- Make sure you have checked the balance of your door before you begin testing the opener. Your opener should have a reversing feature and you should test it every month to make sure it is functioning properly. While the door is open lay a 2X4 or 2X6 flat on the floor. Push the control button to close the door. The opener must reverse when it strikes the wood. If your garage door opener does not reverse, the force adjustment may be turned up too much and will need to be adjusted. Your owners manual will explain how to adjust the force sensitivity. If you are not familiar with this adjustment call a qualified professional to make the adjustment. Consider replacing your garage door opener if it is old model and/or is not up to UL 325 Code which states “the entrapment protection means suitable for the operating system to assure that the entrapment protection components, such as photo-eye and edge sensors, are compatible with the operating system”. Safety eye systems can be added to some garage door openers, but it is recommended that you replace the entire unit.
- To avoid anyone becoming trapped by the door you should always perform the reversal test with the opener after any adjustments or repairs are made.