Got Grease?

It is always a good idea to keep your garage door and opener lubricated. However, the Genie garage door opener carriage in the picture shows what happens when you apply too much grease.

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You should use a light spray lube on the hinges and rollers of your door. Your local hardware store will have a spray formulated for garage doors. While you are in the lubricant department at the hardware store grab some low temperature grease for your opener rail.

You should lube your garage door rollers, springs, hinges, and tracks about three or four times a year with spray lubricant. The rail on the opener should only be lubed once a year with the low temperature grease.  Over application is messy and the stuff stains whatever it comes into contact with.

That should keep your door running quiet. If you find your door needs a lot of lubricating throughout the year you may need to have it tuned up. If you are in the Fort Worth area give us a call for a free estimate.

Lock + Garage Door Opener = Trouble

We got an email from a potential customer this morning for a service call. He said that his son had accidentally locked the garage door from the outside and then went inside and tried to open the door by using the garage door opener. This is a very common mistake.

Most garage doors have some type of locking device. These are installed to secure the garage door if there isn’t a garage door opener. When and if you install a garage door opener on your door you should disable the locking mechanism.

All garage door openers will keep the door locked and secure when it is in the closed position. Any time we install a garage door opener we disable the lock to prevent this from happening.  We disable the lock by screwing the lock rod to the door so it can’t be used unless you take the screw out. Hopefully your opener will always work and you won’t have to use the lock.

It is especially important to disable a lock that is accessible from the outside because it can be locked from the outside without a key. It is usually kids playing outside and messing around with the garage door handle and unknowingly locking the door. Then you come home and hit the button to enter the garage and this happens.

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We ended up going out to the customer’s house and repairing his garage door.  It was an easy fix, but something that could have been avoided.  Do you have a lock on your door with a garage door opener?  Take a look at your garage door today.

To Replace or Not to Replace?

That is the question.

We had a customer that called us to replace his garage door and opener. I went out to give him an estimate. I noticed that his 50 plus year old one piece door and Montgomery Ward screw drive opener still operated smoothly and flawlessly. He told me although it worked, the one piece door wouldn’t go up high enough for him to pull his suburban in.

We installed a new garage door and opener so he could pull his car in. There was a better reason to replace the door and opener though. The old door and opener had none of the current safety mechanisms that are required by federal law. The old remotes were the size of a shoe box so that was nice to get some modern and safe equipment.

Sometimes operational equipment needs to be replaced for safety reasons. What is the oldest door or opener you have come across?

Cold Weather Garage Door Problems

Garage Door Opener Chain Hanging

There are a lot of garage door problems that occur as a result of colder temperatures. One of the most common cold weather problems we encounter are gear and sprocket kits.

Usually a homeowner will call us and say something like “The chain on my opener is hanging,” or “I can hear my opener working but nothing is moving.” Nine times out of ten this is a faulty gear and sprocket kit.

You can see in the pictures that you have to disassemble the garage door opener to install the new gear kit.  It is a fairly complicated process. You can get a gear kit online from places like Amazon or ebay and install it yourself.  Or you can call a reputable garage door company.

We install a lot of these gear kits.  They usually takes around 40 minutes to install from start to finish. Please note that there could also be underlying issues with the garage door to cause this to happen. These issues usually just need adjustments to correct the problem. We lubricate, adjust and balance the garage door when we replace the gear kit.

A new gear kit is a less expensive option than replacing the garage door opener.  Also, at the end of the day you don’t have to open the door by hand. Literally.
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Residential Jackshaft Opener

Finally a residential  jackshaft garage door opener that is totally reliable.  LiftMaster thought of everything when making this opener.  This garage door opener is the top of the line.

Where do I begin?  Let me start with the back lit wall control which has a digital display that rotates time and temperature.  It has a motion sensor that automatically turns on the opener light when you enter the garage at any time.  You can also turn the motion sensor off and use the light manually.

On to the remote control.  The remote that goes in the car has three buttons for operating up to three devices.  The remote buttons are lit for night time operation.  It has a proximity switch that allows the remote to light up when your fingers get near it.  This is a really convenient and cool feature.

This jackshaft garage door opener has a dead bolt that automatically locks and unlocks with every use.  You can visibly see and hear the deadbolt lock when your door shuts all the way.

This garage door opener has all the safety features that the other models have and more.  There are lots of benefits to having this opener such as less wear on the top of your garage door.  This opener doesn’t lift your door from the top so it doesn’t ever bend the top section of your door.  The jackshaft opener mounts directly to the torsion tube.  You have all of that extra headroom because this opener doesn’t hang in the middle of your garage ceiling.  That’s another benefit.

The jackshaft opener is one of the quietest garage door openers I have ever heard.  It has a DC motor so it is super quiet.  It plugs into a regular 120v outlet.  It also has an optional battery backup for when the power goes out.

This is a great opener for your garage as well as for the door in your shop.  It will lift a door that is up to 14′ tall.  If there are obstructions above your door that won’t allow for regular garage door opener installation, this is perfect for those low headroom situations. 

There are a million applications for this opener.  It rates 10 out of 10 on our scale.  We have them in stock and available for installation.  Call us for a price and get yours today.