Key Things to Know About Garage Door Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure that your garage door stays in optimal condition. After all, your garage door is an essential part of your home – and is arguably one of the areas that will get used the most. We rely on opening and closing these multiple times in a day across all seasons, so performing preventive and regular checks is crucial.

You don’t necessarily need to hire a technician for the basics unless you don’t feel confident about doing the job yourself. Even if you need a technician, you can expect their services to be quite affordable. Remember, unless you are dealing with extreme damage a repair service provider will never set you back several thousand dollars.

Now, whether or not you feel confident about performing maintenance checks yourself, here are the essential tasks that you, or your technician, should take the time to do.

1) Listen and watch closely

Observing your door carefully will help you identify any issues. One way to do this is to stand inside the garage with the door closed and check for signs of wear and tear in your door’s springs, cables, hardware, hinges and other nearby components.

Otherwise, just make note of any changes you notice as you try to use your door. How smoothly is it opening? Is it making any grinding or scraping noises, or is silently doing its job? Does the door look tilted, or out of balance?

If you notice an issue, get in touch with a repair technician so they can inspect and give you a full diagnosis of the problem.

2) Cleaning and grooming

You need to look after every bit of your garage door. Wood doors will need to be checked for water damage, while steel doors may have rust spots that need to be primed. Peeling paint, sanding, warps and cleaning are other quick DIY checks to do along the way.

Lubrication only takes 10 minutes, but it makes a deal of a difference. Keeping your garage door’s hinges, rollers and tracks oiled up accordingly will lengthen your door’s overall durability. You just need to go to your East Cobb garage door specialist to purchase a spray lubricant for the door and white lithium grease for your opener’s chains or screws.

Cleaning and tightening loose screws is very important as well. Dirt and grime can cause interference with your door’s photo eye sensors, while the hardware can loosen up over time due to extensive use. Again, two things that won’t take very long to do but are well and truly worth it.

3) Inspecting and testing

There are different parts of the garage door that you need to test and check on a regular basis. Here’s how we would recommend you approach things.

First, check if your door is out of balance. The best way to do this is to close it, disconnect the automatic opener, and lift it manually to about halfway up. If the door is difficult to lift up and open, or it fails to stay in place, then your door is out of balance. Out of balance doors usually mean a broken spring or faulty components, and should be left to the care of qualified professionals.

Your reverse mechanism should be the second thing you test. There are two systems at play here: the photocell and mechanical features. Both these mechanisms will make the door reverse if there’s anything in its path. To test the mechanical component, put a brick or piece of wood by the door – if everything is working correctly, it will reverse as soon as it touches the object. As for the photocell, it’s as simple as waving your leg in the door’s path – the sensors should prompt the door to reverse.  If your door doesn’t reverse or you have an opener that lacks this protective mechanism (door openers manufactured from 1993 onwards are required by law to have these), you’ll need to talk to a garage door technician.

Lastly, check the condition of your rollers and cables. We don’t recommend that you try to fix cables yourself, but you can look for broken strands and damage by the bottom of the roller bracket. As for rollers, make sure to check for chips and cracks. Damaged rollers should be replaced immediately, but don’t do this yourself if they are directly attached to the cable system.

Need a repair technician? Here’s what you need to do

Find a professional business in your area that you know you can trust. The best way to do this is to ask around for referrals – positive feedback and experience usually prompts people to spread the word about a garage door repair service provider. If you’re using the internet to find a nearby business, make sure to check their physical address exists and call them to be certain they are legitimate. Never hire a business that asks for full payment upfront, is defensive about providing you with simple credentials like a full company name (scammers will answer the phone using a generic term – be wary of this), and try to be present on the day of repairs in case things go awry.

If you are in East Cobb, GA, talk to our technicians. Pro East Cobb Garage Repair is a local operation, dedicated helping all customers keep everything in check. Whether you need someone to inspect things or you know you need to repair or replace a faulty component, we will do everything we can to ensure you get the right solutions. Give us a call, tell us what you need and we can even make time for a free consultation if needed. We will also provide you with a full written price quote for our suggestions upfront and at no additional cost.

Regardless of where you live, though, we hope this blog post has guided you in how to take good care of your garage door. Remember to maintain these regularly so that they continue to provide the convenience, protection and full peace of mind that they are supposed to.

Why Your Garage Door Continues to Open and Close On Its Own

When your garage door opens and closes on its own, it can be rather dangerous. That is because it could open or close when you do not want it to. It could just close on top of you while you are moving in or out. Worse yet, it could fall on top of one of your loved ones. You may be wondering why this is the case, at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair in East Cobb, GA, we are here to tell you why this sometimes occurs and what you can do to prevent it.

Reasons that Your Garage Door Opens on Its Own

  1. Someone in your neighborhood has the same remote frequency

This will also interfere with your garage door and cause it to open or close without your attempting to do so.

This can be remedied by changing access code on your garage door opener.

  1. A shortage in the button on the all

This is something that should be trouble shot by a professional.

It is necessary to remove the wiring fro the button in order to do so.

  1. Short in the keypad wiring or the wiring that leads to the wired keypad

The keypad should be removed from the opener for troubleshooting.

  1. Short in your sensor’s wiring

The wiring will need to be replaced.

It might be necessary to upgrade from 22” gauge wiring to 16” gauge. When it is too cold, it can sometimes affect the wiring of your sensors. Check for things, such as fraying that can eventually cause the wiring to be cut.

  1. Safety Beam Sensor Shortage

You Safety beam sensors may be damaged.

If you have two of the same type of garage door opener, you should remove the sensors from one opener, apply them to the other to determine if this is the problem.

  1. Short in the Opener Logic Board

The logic board may be damaged.

You should have the circuit board removed in order for a trained professional to troubleshoot the problem. You can troubleshoot on your own by removing the circuit board and applying it to another logic board to see if this resolves the problem.

  1. Receiver board has a short in it

The receive board might be defective.

The receive board should be replaced. Sometimes it is found inside the power head and sometimes is on the outside of the power head.

  1. The external receive may have a short in it

This means there is a receiver board that is defective

You can troubleshoot by placing the openers receiver board on another opener.

  1. The wiring that runs from the external receiver to the opener

This wiring may have a short in it or be defective.

Follow the steps suggested for ‘defective receiver board’ to resolve the problem.

  1. Random signals from your remote

This is an easy fix, it could be as simple as replacing the old batteries with new ones. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, it may be necessary to replace the remote.

  1. Nearby radio tower

It will likely be necessary for you to have the access code to your remote reprogrammed. If the problem still exists, you could try another receiver to see if this is the fix you need.

  1. CB radios causing interference

You can replace your receiver or your transmitter with one that is on a different frequency. You will have to check your frequency on the receiver.

  1. Police Radios

Apply the steps above for ‘CB radios causing interference’ to remedy the problem.

  1. Hospital in the vicinity of your home

Apply the steps above for ‘CB radios causing interference’ to remedy the problem.

  1. Faulty garage door wiring

Try plugging the garage door opener into a different outlet to resolve the problem.

  1. Shortage in electrical outlet

Apply the steps above for ‘Faulty garage door wiring’.

You may have never imagined that you would have to take care of your garage door in order to continue using it without an incident from occurring that could be of harm to you and your family. Yes, caring for your garage is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You should definitely make sure you know what you can expect when you hear strange sounds or when your garage is acting unusual. You certainly shouldn’t ignore it.

We want to do our part in helping you maintain a safe garage and that is why we are offering the following suggestions when you experience the problem with your garage opening and closing on its own.

  • If your door is opening and closing on its own, make sure you unplug your garage door opener upon leaving for the day.
  • Make sure you also unplug the garage door opener whenever you plan on going on vacation.
  • Never leave batteries in remotes that are not working, this can short your remote and send signals to the garage door without your wanting it to.
  • Never share your keypad access code with your neighbors. Whenever you have to do so just make sure you remember to change the code back in order to avoid the door from opening when you are away.
  • If you are still trying to determine why your garage door is opening or closing with out your wanting it to, never go to sleep with the opener still plugged in. Unplug the opener before retiring for the night. This will help you to avoid any uninvited intruders.
  • Use a heavy-duty appliance module so that you are able to control your electrical outlet with your door remote instead of using the garage door opener remote. This will serve as additional security for a faulty garage door.

If you are not good at troubleshooting and would simply prefer for the job to be handled professionally, give us a call at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. We will be happy to troubleshoot and repair the problem so that you can go on using your garage.

GARAGE DOOR WON’T OPEN OR CLOSE WITH REMOTE CONTROL

Technology was created to help us and mostly, it does. We might be using a power drill on a woodworking project or cooking up a masterpiece with our kitchen appliances. We pay good money for our household tools, appliances, and gadgets and we expect them to work on-demand. When they don’t, they get donated, returned or thrown out. Another household tool that we use a lot and expect to function is our garage door opener remote. Here at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair we often get calls concerning a non-functioning unit. Should the customer get it repaired? Or, should they buy a new one? There are so many questions as to what should be done! In actuality, you may not need to repair or replace your garage door opener! Follow these simple steps and you might just save yourself some time and money!

Garage Door Opener Installation

It never fails!

It never fails to happen when you least expect it; garage door opener remote failure, that is! Maybe you are leaving for a much anticipated dinner date. Or, you might be on your way to your first day on the job. Your mind is pre-occupied with the events soon to befall you, when all of a sudden you notice that your remote doesn’t work. Here’s where the first problem lies; is it your opener that has stopped working, or is it your remote that is the problem? How can you tell and what should you do about it?

First of all

Check your remote’s battery before you do anything else. It may be drained or leaking, and it costs nothing to check on your battery status. If you have a home tester, check the battery for power and if you don’t, you should consider getting one. They are inexpensive and sold by East Cobb, GA stores in the local area. Speaking of local stores, you can take your batteries for free testing at any area Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Target, Home Depot, or Best Buy locations and they will be happy to do it for you with no obligation to buy a new one.

Your terminals

Be sure to check your remote terminals. They may look just fine but be slightly loose and this is often enough to stop your batter from transmitting signals to the main opener unit. Squeeze your terminals together gently so that they hold your remote battery snugly and then see if this helps. If you notice any battery fluid that has leaked onto your terminals be sure and clean that up with a dry cloth as leakage like this can also greatly interfere with your remote’s performance.

Worn remote buttons

Your remote’s buttons may be worn out. Signs of this are having to hit the button several times in order to make the opener work along with the buttons sticking in the process. Unfortunately, if this is the case you will need to buy a replacement from your manufacturer or if you have a spare unit, use that one.

Reprogram your remote

If your remote is older and worn, it may have lost its programming. This causes it to lose its memory and stop working. While this won’t apply to newer remote models, the older ones may need to be reprogrammed. You can refer to your owner’s manual for directions on how to do this or if you don’t have one you can watch any number of online videos that can walk you through the steps.

Photo electric safety eyes

What? Why are we talking about your safety sensors? Some local East Cobb, GA customers have assumed that their remote has stopped working, when in reality it was the safety sensors that were off, and not the remote control at all! Be sure to check your safety eyes and see if the sensor LED beam is lit. If not, or if they are blinking, you may need to call a repairman. Always keep the area surrounding your sensors clutter free as items can fall against the safety eyes and move them out of alignment or cut the wires. Pets should also be kept away from the sensors as wires can be chewed or disconnected from the unit. Spiders love safety eyes to build their webs around. These webs can block signals but also, since they are so sticky, they attract dead bugs, leaves, twigs and other debris that can sensor signals and even scratch the senor lenses. Keep these clean and free from dust, mud and other debris by wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Most safety sensors are made so that you the consumer can align them on your own. Simply adjust them manually until the beam matches up and the garage door works again. Test by using your remote and also by lowering your garage door and intentionally blocking the signal to see if the door reverses.

Lock button

Your opener unit may have a lock button that can stop your remote from working. This lock button is located on the wall switch inside the garage. This is a safety feature designed to prevent anyone from using your remote while you are away on vacation or away from home while the remote is still in the car (or at least, not with you!).  This lock button is sometimes activated and then forgotten about. Or, it may be activated by accident and no one realized it until your remote seemingly stopped working. Check your opener system and if it does include this wall lock button, unlock it and see if your garage door works as it should now.

Call the pros!

If none of these tips work it may be time to call in the professionals. You are always welcome to call our shop, or your favorite East Cobb, GA garage door repair experts, and have them come to your aid. It helps that you tried and tested several of the above tips; be sure and tell your technician what you did. This saves him time and effort since he won’t have to re-do your work.

IF YOU’RE HAVING GARAGE DOOR PROBLEMS, HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO!

After opening and closing thousands of times as the years pass, your garage door is bound to require some close attention. There are many reasons for garage door troubles. Let’s look at some of the most probable possibilities and solutions.

Replace Damaged Garage Door Sections

Easy Issues

Check your transmitter batteries. Perhaps they simply have to be replaced, and it will work fine now.

Is your garage door not closing? Your garage door has a photo eye on both sides, and between the two is an invisible beam, which, when it’s broken, keeps the door from shutting. See if these sensors are misaligned or grimy.

Does your garage door go down all the way, yet open again? The open-and-shut limit settings of your garage door opener are most likely on the fritz. Read the manual for how to set the open-and-shut limits. These settings inform the garage door opener on how far the garage door should move before closing completely. If the settings are too high, the garage door will hit the floor before the opener thinks it should, assuming the door is touching something in its path. It will reverse automatically, to prevent from crushing it.

Does your garage door opener run, but the garage door won’t move? In case of a power failure, your garage door opener comes with a disconnect switch that allows you to manually open or shut your garage door. This switch is attached to a knob or rope, which can come unhooked. Shut or open the door manually all the way, and then reattach the hook securely. Then, using the transmitter, attempt to open or close the garage door again. It should work fine now.

Does your garage door opener run several seconds, but turn right off? If your garage door still doesn’t budge, the door is closed and the door motor is attempting yet failing to lift the door up. Examine the springs. If that isn’t the problem, examine the track for any obstacles. If neither of these is the problem, then find out if your garage door is the kind with a built-in lock, and it’s engaging by mistake. This is common with older garage doors.

Does your garage door close and open randomly? If the garage door is opening or closing all by itself, it’s definitely not safe. The solution may be that all you have to is inspect the transmitter. Make sure it’s not stuck beneath an object that might have inadvertently depressed the control mechanism. For example, the transmitter may be found under items you forgot inside your automobile, or somewhere else nearby. Also examine the transmitter’s frequency. Your neighbor could have the same exact frequency as yours.

Complex Issues

Your garage door track may possibly be out of alignment. This is bad. Your garage door’s metal track won’t move unless it’s correctly aligned. Look for any bends in the rails, or any gaps between the rail and rollers. The garage door’s weight can compound these issues over time, so don’t procrastinate; investigate! Your garage door can become dangerous. Hire a professional.

What if your garage door slams with a bang? There could be a broken tension spring, which ought to be countering the door’s weight. Or, the cables connected to the tension spring are broken. Either problem is hazardous. Contact an expert.

Does your garage door close part way, but open again? A garage door is designed with a reversing mechanism to stop it from smashing an object in its path. The reversing instruction is activated by anything on the ground blocking the door’s path, such as a box, trash can, or bicycle. But there might be a buildup of debris on the garage door’s tracks ~ grime or a minute object ~ which will prevent the rollers from moving forward. This is a serious problem, needing professional attention.

Is your garage door not opening at all? It’s probably garage door spring failure. Your garage door might be the type with one or two torsion springs. If either of these is broken, the door will malfunction. Hire a professional for spring repair or replacement.

Finally, please don’t adjust your garage door, unless you’re an engineer! If not serviced correctly, a garage door spring can cause injury or even be deadly. The garage door bottom brackets, drums, and cables may also need adjustment. Hire a local trustworthy professional garage door repair company. If you’re in East Cobb, Georgia, consider a reputable company such as the aptly named Pro East Cobb Garage Repair.

Prevent Future Garage Door Problems

Monthly, examine the components of your garage door system. If there are worn parts, replace them. Tighten loose bolts. Scrutinize any strange noises you hear upon closing and opening.

Schedule a yearly inspection with a reliable local garage door repair company. Springs, cables, pulleys, and wires require additional attention from a professional garage door technician.

Every two years, clean your garage door, and you’ll prolong its life. Wash it on each side with a sponge and mild dish soap and water. Rinse it well. Don’t forget the garage door opener sensor eyes; wash them with a dry, clean cloth. Keep the perimeter around the sensors free of cobwebs and dirt. If your garage door is steel, apply car wax for cold-weather protection. If your garage door is wooden, at the first signs of peeling or chipping, apply a new coat of paint.

Set up a garage door maintenance schedule. It’s smart to keep your garage door in tiptop condition so it will last longer. If your garage doubles as an office, workshop, or game room, then you should keep it especially well-maintained.

Lubricate your garage door springs, hinges, and rollers, with just a light coating ~ each year before winter arrives. Without lubrication, the springs will rust, and the coils will bind. Use a top name brand, so it won’t dry out.

Garage door maintenance takes minimal effort. It’s certainly worth it. You’ll spend a lot less on any repairs that do arise, and it’s likely you won’t have to replace it for a good many years.

Why Your Garage Door Won’t Stay Open

If you have ever had an automatic garage door opener (or even if you haven’t), surely you can imagine that issues can arise from time to time. One issue that can be troublesome is a garage door that refuses to stay open. Perhaps you are doing work in your garage, and want the door to remain open so that you can monitor your children, or just so you are not working in an enclosed space. The last thing you need to deal with is constantly pulling up a garage door that keeps slipping down the tracks. There are a few reasons this could be happening to you. Keep reading to find out some common causes of this issue.

Repair Garage Door Rollers

Most times when this problem happens, the culprit is your garage door springs. The springs do the heavy lifting for the door, and the tension in the springs is supposed to keep the door held up. If you are dealing with a door that is slipping down the track, your springs may need to get looked at. The spring issue could have arisen due to various factors, such as:

  • Spring is old (age)
  • Spring is broken
  • Spring has been overextended
  • Spring needs to be readjusted

If you are having issues with your garage door staying open, the first thing to check around for is a broken spring. Please bear in mind, you should call a technician to actually fix the problem. Just like electrical issues in the home, garage door spring issues can be dangerous and should be handled by a professional. Depending on your type of door, there may be multiple springs present. Take a close look and try to determine if you can find any separation in the springs. Some doors have springs on each side, so be sure to check all springs that are present. If you cannot find the spring, try opening the door. When the door is opened, that fully extends the spring. This will make it easier to see if there is a break somewhere. If your door uses extension springs, there is a built in safety mechanism in the spring system. The spring has a rod on the inside that prevents the spring from overextending too much. If this kind of spring is broken or damaged, the safety rods inside the spring will be visible to you.

Another reason your door could be given you problems is due to a lack of tension in the spring. Springs are imperative to ensuring your garage doors work properly. When the door is fully open, the springs are working at their maximum tension. This tension allows the door to stay up without falling down the track. One way to determine if this is the issue is to look at the garage door chain. If there is slack in the chain when the door is up, this points to a lack of tension in your springs. The chain runs between the bottom of the spring and your wall (generally). Instead of the chain being taut when the door is in the open position, the chain will have slack. To fix this issue, it is best to call a technician to help. It is very dangerous to work with garage door springs, and instead of taking an unnecessary risk you should call an expert to assist you.

Garage door springs are only manufactured to last a certain amount of time. This springs are operating at a great amount of tension, and are hefting a heavy load. The average garage door can be up to 250 lbs. So each garage door spring has a standard life cycle. This life cycle is generally 10,000 cycles for most standard springs. You can also purchase high cycle springs if you prefer. A garage door spring generally last 7 -10 years (depending on use).  Your garage door spring can age prematurely if you are not employing proper maintenance procedures. Keep the springs lubricated (using a silicone based lubricant). If your area is going through a cold snap, some homeowners use a space heater to warm up the garage. This is because in extreme cold weather, the garage door springs are under extra stress and you would hear a loud crack – your garage door spring snapping. This is not much of an issue in Georgia, but it is another point to keep in mind.

There is a reason (outside of your springs) that your garage door may not be staying open. This can be due to the door actually reversing closed. This issue has the potential to be damaging, as your personal property can become damaged if this is happening. This issue points to a limit switch problem. If you are comfortable in doing so, you can adjust the limit switch yourself and see if this fixes the issue. The limit switch tells the garage door opener motor when it has “hit the limit” and should stop operating. This switch is sometimes set up incorrectly and will cause your door to reverse closed on you, or not open far enough to begin with. The limit switch is located on the garage door motor unit and can be adjusted. You may have to do several adjustments to find the right setting for your home. If you are not feeling handy, or do not consider yourself a DIY’er, a qualified technician should be called to help. Most reputable companies will offer 24/7 assistance and can easily help you fix this issue.

In East Cobb, GA the expert team at Pro East Cobb Garage Repair is always there to assist you. They have years of experience, and offer fast, friendly and affordable service.  The team of technicians is able to help on your schedule, and will make sure your garage door is working correctly and safely. If you are in the area and looking for help with your garage door that just won’t stay open, look no further than Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. We have consultants standing by for help, and will provide a no obligation consultation free of charge!

Most Popular Residential Garage Doors

Choosing the right type of garage door can be challenging. If you’re not familiar with the various types of residential doors it can be even more challenging. When you’re in the market for a new garage door, it will help to know which type of options you have and what you should look for when you’re in the market for a new garage door. At Pro East Cobb Garage Door in East Cobb, Georgia, we always consult with our clients prior to installing their new garage door. One of the things that we explain to our clients is the need to make sure that their garage door is a good fit for the style of home they have. When you have a door installed, it is best if the door represents the style of home that you have. Your lovely house could go unnoticed if you have an unattractive or unkept garage door. When you are looking for a new garage door, make sure that it meets your needs. There are some specific factors that you should keep in mind, which will be discussed with you prior to installation. However before we even discuss your needs and preferences, we feel that it is important to know the type of residential garage doors that are available to you.

Garage Door Opener Installation

When selecting a garage door, you should keep in mind certain factors, such as, cost, weather and maintenance. With so many doors to choose from, we thought we’d start by telling you the most popular types of residential garage doors that we install:

Fiberglass Doors

This type of door is popular due to its resistance to most extreme temperatures. The fiberglass garage door is the most durable of the various types of residential garage doors that are available to you. It is well insulated and helps to lower your heating and cooling bills. These types of doors tend to last longer and come in a variety of styles and designs.

Wood Doors

Wood doors are popular but they can also be very expensive. The material is costly and it takes great skill to work with wood. Despite the higher price tag of a wood door, many people feel that it is well worth the added expense to have a wood door. The wood door will certainly stand out because it is also the most attractive of all of the various types of residential doors; this alone could push up the price tag. Wood doors also provide homeowners with a more modern looking garage door.

Metal Doors

These types of doors are generally used in areas where there is high wind. This is because they are durable doors that are not easily damaged by the weather. It is one of the more practical options of garage doors.

Aluminum Doors

Compared to the steel door, aluminums doors are often much lighter in weight, which makes the opening feature easier. Since the opening mechanism lasts longer, you don’t have to spend as much on the maintenance of an aluminum garage door. One of the biggest advantages of an aluminum door is the fact that they are recyclable.

You may not know what you can expect when you buy a specific type of garage door but since we’ve outlined some of the benefits of the most popular garage doors, at least you now you know what you can expect. We would always suggest that you familiarize yourself with as many of the garage door types as possible before making a final decision. Just consider that fact that a garage door is a major investment for most homeowners. It isn’t something that you want to turn around and replace 2 years from now or even 5. This is why we would suggest that you take your time to gather enough information about the various types of residential garage doors. Doing so will enable you to make a well-informed decision about the type of garage door to have installed.

Why Have Your Door Replaced

The most common reasons people replace their garage doors is due to the appearance of their existing door and damages that it may have incurred. The door may be dated, rusted, scratched, warped, cracked and just unappealing due to the age of the door. If the home is detracting from the appearance of your house, it is a good idea to go ahead and invest in a new garage door. If you have backed into your garage one too many times, you may experience problems with your rollers, springs, track, opener and other equipment that helps to operate the door of your garage. When you experience damage to your door, you also put yourself in harms way. The door can then become a serious safety hazard. You should definitely seek the services of a professional garage door service to have a new garage door installed if there is serious damage to your door. Continuing to have one problem after the next fixed and patched is only prolonging the inevitable, the need to purchase a new garage door.

Don’t take unnecessary chances with the safety and security of your family. Instead, start doing your research and make sure you know what is most important to you in terms of what your garage door can offer to you. The worst thing you can do is base your needs on that of someone else. Just because you’ve noticed a neighbor with a certain type of door doesn’t mean that this is the same type of door that you should have. What might be important to them might not be important to you and vice-versa. You may notice a neighbor with a very attractive door and think that it would look nice on your home. However, what we would suggest that you do is find out what type of door it is and consult with us further to determine if this type of door will be best suited for your needs. You can get exactly what you want with a little forethought before having your new garage door installed.

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT GARAGE DOOR SERVICE COMPANY

Are you encountering difficulties with your garage door? If your garage door has been acting up, there are numerous reasons you could be having trouble. Some issues you can probably handle yourself, and others will require an expert. Since your garage door is a major part of your property’s value and curb appeal, it’s essential to hire only an expert you can completely trust. Find a consummate professional who will tell you the truth about your garage door ~ whether repairs are required; if so, what’s genuinely needed; or, if you ought to purchase an entirely new garage door instead; and, if so, what type is best for you.

Garage Accessories

Before you hire a garage door technician in East Cobb, is there anything you can do yourself? There are indeed a good number of things you can try before you hire someone to service your garage door.

1       The garage door won’t close? The photo eyes might be out of alignment. The garage door has a photo eye on each side, and between them is an invisible beam, which prevents your garage door from shutting when broken. See if they’re misaligned or grimy.

2       The garage door won’t open? The transmitter batteries could be low. Perhaps if you replace them, your garage door will open.

3       The garage door opener runs, yet the garage door still won’t move? In a power failure, your garage door opener comes with a disconnect switch, which allows you to manually open or shut your garage door. This switch, typically attached to a rope or knob, can come undone inadvertently. What you can do: First, open or shut the garage door all the way. Next, securely reattach the hook. Finally, using the transmitter, you can try opening or shutting the garage door again, and it ought to function now.

4       Does the garage door opener run a few seconds, then turn off? If the garage door still won’t move, this can occur while it’s shut and the motor tries to lift it, yet it won’t move. What you should do is check the springs first. Then, look at the track to see if there are any obstacles. Now, see if the garage door has a built-in lock that’s engaging by mistake. This frequently happens with older garage doors.

5       Does the garage door go down all the way, but then open again? It’s likely that the open-and-close limit settings of your garage door opener are on the blink. The settings tell the garage door opener how far to move before it’s fully shut. If set too high, the garage door will touch the ground before the opener estimates it should, assuming it’s hitting something in its path. If so, it will reverse so it won’t smash the object. Your operator’s manual contains instructions on how to set the open-and-close limits yourself.

6       Does the garage door open and shut at random? If the garage door opens or closes by itself, even while you’re gone, that’s more than an annoyance; that’s a security risk. But here’s what you can do: First, you can look at the transmitters to be sure they’re not stuck under an object that’s unintentionally pushing down on the control mechanism. For example, the transmitters may be underneath some forgotten items in your car, or something else close by. Otherwise, test the frequency of the transmitters. A nearby neighbor may have your same frequency.

7       If your garage door still doesn’t go up, or if it shuts quickly with a bang, then professional attention is required.

Unless you’re already an engineer, YOU SHOULD NOT TRY to repair it yourself! Be sure you know what you’re getting into. Repairing a garage door or hanging a new one ~ and ensuring that every track, cable, and wire is installed correctly with the greatest safety, is definitely not an easy undertaking. Torsion springs, found on many garage doors, can actually cause serious bodily injury, and even death, if not dealt with properly.

Therefore, if anything more serious is happening with your garage door, it’s time to hire a garage door expert! Now what do you do?

First, ask friends, family, and colleagues for their recommendations. Word of mouth from a satisfied customer is always your best bet. If you don’t get anywhere, then you’ll have to do your homework.

Do your research. Look for garage door companies located in your area. Check your local phone book and the Internet. For each one, note the phone number and address. If there’s a street address listed, verify that the address belongs to that company so you can confirm that it’s really a local business. Using the Web, you can match addresses with telephone numbers. When you call each place, if the person answering the phone won’t tell you the full business name and its physical address, cross that one off your list and go on to the next one.

Once you have a list of potentially superior garage door companies, investigate each one scrupulously. Ask colleagues and friends if they know anything about any of the companies on your list. The Website of each company will provide you with plenty of information that’s bound to sway you one way or the other ~ or at least to give you a first impression. You can also consult the Better Business Bureau to check to see if there are complaints on file. You can also look to your local consumer protection agency as well as your state’s attorney general’s office.

When you have narrowed it all down to at least three, consult thoroughly with each one, asking for advice on your specific garage door issues, and see what each one tells you. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the person you choose to repair or replace your garage door and/or its components.

It’s highly favorable if the garage door repair company you choose offers you a free consultation and a free written estimate before any work begins. Moreover, the people on staff ought to have in-depth experience and knowledge of the garage door industry, as well as possess exceptional skill, and be the utmost integrity. Each staff professional ought to be trained at length, properly field-tested, and suitably certified.

After you’ve obtained three formal quotes, analyze them closely. Look at the specifics and check references, and conduct any further research necessary. Finally, compare prices, and remember that you always get what you pay for. If you’re in East Cobb, Georgia, you may want to consider a local reputable company such as Pro East Cobb Garage Repair. Whatever you do, go with your gut, and you’ll eventually narrow it down to the one garage door repair company you know you can totally count on. If you follow all these guidelines, you’ll soon have a better-functioning garage door.