Garage Doors for Every Taste

April 4, 2014

How to Purchase New Torsion Springs

Perhaps the most common garage door problem they average homeowner faces is a broken spring. If you've had it happen you either heard a loud bang one day or tried to open the door and nothing happened. 

So... How should you go about replacing your garage door torsion springs?

First, some basics. DO NOT attempt to replace them yourself!
  • Yes you can find springs on-line and give it a try.. just remember this... 30,000 people end up in the emergency room every year attempting this repair. 

OK.. so what do you need to know and ask when you call a professional garage door repair company. 
Again some basics will help:

How many cycles the springs are rated for?
  • Garage door Springs are rated in “cycles” where a cycle is a single opening and closing action. The number of cycles that might occur each day will clearly vary since some seldom use their garage door while others might use extensively, especially if it serves as an alternative main entrance. 
  • A reasonable approximate average is 3-4 cycles per day which equates to about 1,100 -1,500 cycles each year. The standard cycle life in the garage door industry is 10,000 cycles. Which means your springs should have an average lifespan of about 5-9 years before repairs will be required..
    • Note: Cheaper Springs (rated under 10,000 cycles) are considered overstressed and are not recommended for use.
    • By simply insisting on having only parts tested for a higher number of cycles you should expect that your new garage door will operate flawlessly for literally a lifetime. Precision Garage Door uses only commercial grade springs rated at a minimum of 33,000 cycles. 
 What else should you ask?
  • Are the springs powder coated? - Powder coating costs a bit more.. but the springs will be virtually rust free their entire life cycle and rust is a major cause of breaking springs. 
  • Are the Springs New? Yes, there are companies that recycle springs - Never buy a used spring!
  • Should I replace both Springs if only one is broken?
    • Any reputable professional will recommend replacing both springs. Both springs have the same life-cycle and if one breaks the other is close behind. Replace them both!

How much should Springs cost?
  • New torsion springs will typically fall in a range of between $100 and $200 per spring. 
    • No one can properly price a spring over the phone... sizing the proper spring for your door requires a full inspection and weighing of the door. 
  • Ask if that price includes Installation?
OK - you're armed and ready... now call a professional - get high cycle, powder coated springs - replace both of them and make sure the cost includes installation.  Problem solved!

April 3, 2014

Realigning the Garage Door Sensors

Garage door not functioning properly, not completely closing or reversing as it closes? This may be due to your garage door sensors not functioning properly or being out of alignment.  The solution...  the sensors need to be realigned. Realigning garage door sensors will only require gently pushing the sensors into the right position. The correct position of the sensors would be the position wherein they would be facing each other. When the sensors are not aligned correctly, there will be lights that would blink as an indicator. Once the sensors are re-positioned and realigned properly, a solid light will replace the blinking light.

March 31, 2014

Garage Door Maintenance and Safety Tips

A recent consumer survey conducted by the International Door Association (IDA), the world’s largest association of professional garage door and access systems dealers and installers, indicates that the majority of Americans are unaware of recommended maintenance for the largest and heaviest moving object in their home - the garage door.
“A broken garage door can be an inconvenience in terms of access. But a broken and falling garage door or busted spring can be downright dangerous.” Homeowners should consider regular maintenance of their garage doors to avoid dangerous safety issues and unexpected expenses. Some tasks are DIY, but others are best left to qualified professionals.
”An annual garage door and opener inspection performed by a professional can help make certain that a home’s garage door operating system continues to function as it’s meant to. For a nominal inspection fee, a professional can recognize a small problem and remedy it before it becomes a large problem.”

March 18, 2014

Can I paint a steel door to match the color of my house?

Can I paint a steel door to match the color of my house?
Yes. Door manufacturers recommend that you lightly sand the exterior of the door to help the paint adhere to the finished surface. Use a latex-based paint; do not paint the door with an oil-based paint. Learn how.

February 26, 2014

Genie recalls 18,000 garage door openers

Recall of garage door openers

Feb. 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM   
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators announced a voluntary recall of 18,000 Genie automatic garage door openers due to overheating problems. The garage door openers were made by GMI Holdings, Inc., doing business as The Genie Company of Mt. Hope, Ohio. They were sold nationwide and in Canada from August 2011 through October 2012 for about $250.
The units can overheat, potentially starting a fire, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The recall involves PowerMax 1200 and 1500 and Genie Pro models TriloG 1200 and 1500.
The garage door openers are gray and were rated for three-quarters horse power to one horsepower.
Consumers were advise to stop using the garage door openers and contact Genie to receive a free repair kit, which includes a new control board and instructions for installation.
Consumers can call 800-488-9918 for information.

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