Garage Door Openers
Do you often find yourself wondering if you remembered to close the garage door? If so, you should know that garage automation is just one of the many benefits to having a smart garage door opener.
A smart garage door opener, like LiftMaster® MyQ®, is a type of home automation technology that allows you to control your garage door opener from virtually anywhere in the world. The best part is, even older garage door openers can be fitted with a MyQ® add-on to allow for automation capabilities.
In this post, we’ll explore the advantages of garage door automation and smart openers.
There’s little to no reason why you’d ever want or need to reset your garage door opener. What most homeowners mean to do is reset their garage door remotes. This may be necessary if you recently purchased a new garage door opener or new remotes, or if there was some error within the system causing it to forget any remotes that were already programmed.
In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to reset your garage door opener remotes and get them functioning properly again.
When most people want to learn how to program a LiftMaster® garage door opener, what they’re really trying to do is program the remotes that control the opener. In this easy to follow step-by-step guide, we’ll teach you how to pair your garage door opener and remote so you can start using your garage door.
Is your LiftMaster® garage door opener not working properly? It may be time for some repairs or maybe even a replacement opener. Use this helpful LiftMaster® opener troubleshooting guide to determine if your garage door opener needs professional repairs.
When your garage door opener isn’t performing like it used to, it can be hard to tell if it’s worth throwing more money into repairs or if you should just bite the metaphorical bullet and purchase a new opener.
To help homeowners make the right decision when it comes to replacing their garage door opener, here are a few common signs that you need a new garage door system.
Door Won’t Open or Close
If your garage door won’t open or close, it’s a definite sign of a problem. But, how do you know if a stuck door means you need to replace it? Well, to start, if your door isn’t budging in the slightest when you press the button on the remote or the wall unit, then there’s a good chance the garage door opener is malfunctioning.
A broken garage door opener could mean that your garage door is still in good condition, but the opener may need to be replaced. Other possible causes for your door not to open or close could be that the door isn’t properly connected to the opener. This might be the problem if the opener sounds like it’s working but the door still doesn’t budge.
Meanwhile, other issues like warped or damaged tracks can also stop your garage door from functioning properly. Sometimes, the opener may just be old or outdated and need to be replaced. Your garage door technician will be able to inspect your garage door system and let you know what part (or parts) need to be replaced.
Door Stuck in the Open Position
If your garage door is stuck in the open position, it can be pretty concerning, especially considering that a large number of home invasions occur through the garage. That’s why it’s important to have your door fixed quickly and correctly so you know it’ll work the way it’s supposed to.
There are several reasons why your door may be stuck in the open position, beginning with a faulty garage door opener. If your opener malfunctions while the door is up, it won’t be able to close the door properly. This is a dangerous situation since a door stuck in the up position that’s connected to a faulty opener could potentially close without warning. A garage door that closes suddenly could result in damage or injury.
Other times, a garage door gets stuck in an open position when its parts are broken or worn down. Whatever you do, don’t try to diagnose what’s going on yourself. An experienced garage door specialist will be able to figure out what’s going on to get your garage door up and running again.
Door Won’t Stay Closed
Does your garage door start to close and then immediately open again? This frustrating problem could mean that your garage door opener has malfunctioned, which puts a new opener on your list of remedies. However, this isn’t the only reason your garage door might have trouble staying closed.
The photo eye is a safety feature placed on your garage door to prevent the door from accidently closing on a person or an object. When the lens of the photo eye becomes dirty or misaligned, it can prevent the door from closing properly. Your garage door technician will be able to inspect the photo eye on your garage door to determine if it needs to be serviced.
Garage Door Works Sporadically
Maybe your garage door was working fine for years, but now it won’t open or close when you press the button on your garage door remote control.
In this case, there’s probably a wiring issue with your garage door opener. A garage door opener that opens and closes on its own can be a major safety hazard that requires your immediate attention. It’s best to have the system inspected by a certified garage door technician. Precision Garage Door of Houston is open 24 hours a day for emergency repairs, so don’t hesitate to contact us if your garage door is off its rocker.
Garage Door Opener Is Loud and Noisy
If your garage door opener is making strange sounds you’ve never heard before, it’s probably damaged. Older garage door openers tend to be louder to begin with, but keep a close ear out for sounds like grinding or slapping. It could be a sign that your garage door opener needs to be replaced or repaired.
It’s best to have a certified garage door technician inspect your garage door opener to determine the source of the noise. Depending on what’s going on, they may suggest replacing your garage door opener.
Your Garage Door Opener Is Outdated
We recommend replacing garage door openers that are fifteen years old or more with newer, more efficient models, especially if you’ve been experiencing technical issues.
Depending on how old your garage door opener is, it may have been discontinued. Replacing it altogether is one of the only options in these instances, especially if it doesn’t have safety eyes, which became a standard safety feature on most garage doors in 1993. If your garage door opener is old or outdated, your local garage door company can help you decide whether it needs to be replaced.
Replacing Your Garage Door Opener: Next Steps
If you notice any of these signs that you need a new garage door opener, or if your system is experiencing other issues, be sure to contact your local garage door repair company before making a purchase. It’s possible that your garage door system could be repaired at a lower cost than the price of a new one.
Precision Garage Door of Houston is a local garage door company offering an array of garage door repair services throughout the Houston area. If you’re experiencing a faulty garage door, you can count on our technicians to conduct a comprehensive inspection to determine the exact issue you’re experiencing. We’ll also complete the repairs necessary to get your garage door opener up and running again, so don’t hesitate to give us a call if your garage door opener needs some attention.
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Whether you’ve recently purchased a new garage door opener, remote, or keypad, they need to be programmed so the door opens when you need it to. If you own a LiftMaster, Chamberlain, or Sears brand opener, programming can be accomplished in just a matter of minutes. Follow the helpful steps below and you’ll have your equipment up and running in no time!
Keep in mind that some older models (mostly those made before 1993) have been discontinued, and it may be challenging to find a new compatible remote. The end of this post discusses a solution for matching an old garage door to a new remote.
At Precision Door Houston, we’ve been getting a lot of questions from concerned homeowners who have a Genie garage door opener that’s not working properly. That’s a major concern because we know that a malfunctioning garage door opener isn’t just frustrating, it can be extremely dangerous if left unchecked.
To help you determine why your Genie garage door opener isn’t working, follow these troubleshooting steps below.
Numerous parts and accessories make up your garage door system, including the door’s safety sensors. In this post, we’ll explain what garage door safety sensors do, how they work, and why you need to have them installed on your garage door. We’ll also look at the importance of having a certified technician perform the installation process to make sure that everything is working properly.
If you’d like more detailed information about your garage door system, you can read our free eBook Understanding Your Garage Door. For now, though, let’s get started by defining exactly what the garage door safety sensor does.
Do you know what kind of garage door opener you need? Despite serving the same purpose—to open and close your garage door—garage door openers vary widely in style, price, reliability, and noise.
So what’s the best garage door opener for you? Our team at Precision Door Houston tells you how to choose a garage door opener in just five easy steps.
Contrary to popular belief, that nifty little gadget you have clipped to the visor of your truck isn’t the garage door opener. That’s the remote. The opener is located inside your garage where it receives signals from the remote to open or close your garage door. The garage door opener is what guides the door up and down.
There are five kinds of garage door openers: belt driven, chain driven, screw driven, direct drives, and jackshafts. To make sure that you pick the right garage door opener, you need to know what makes them different. So to get started, let’s look at each type of garage door opener in more detail.