What to Do When I Back Into the Garage Door?

Backed Into the Garage Door?

As confident as most people tend to be in their parking skills, sometimes we all have some spatial relations issues to put it lightly. Suppose you’ve decided to back your car up to the garage just as you have dozens upon dozens of times before. This time, however, you experience an involuntary lapse in judgment and next thing you know, you’ve backed into the garage door and dented the bottom two panels of your precious garage door. What do you do now? Should you attempt to fix the issue yourself, consult a professional to fix it for you, or simply replace the damaged panels? In order to assuage this issue, you must begin by asking yourself two questions:

  • How severe is the damage? Is it a minor bend or is the panel on the verge of falling off?
  • What material is the garage door composed of?

How to Fix a Bent Door 

            If your garage door is composed of steel or aluminum as most typically are (aluminum is more prone to denting due to its lack of durability), you may not have to replace it after backing your car into it! Take a moment to evaluate the extent of the damage done. Run the garage door through a couple cycles (opening and closing) to determine whether it is capable of running smoothly or not. If the damage is not too substantial, you may be able to fix the door by adding steel struts, which are reinforcements installed on the back of the door.

Steel struts prevent the door from bowing and in turn disrupting its cycle. This is a simple and remarkably cost-effective alternative to replacing the door or even a single panel when not necessary. This will not resolve aesthetic-based issues, so those of us who cannot stand to look at a damaged door without cringing may feel obliged to purchase a replacement for the damaged portion of the door.

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What About Wooden/Fiberglass Doors?

If you are the proud owner of a lavish wooden or fiberglass garage door and have undergone the misfortune of backing your car into it, you may not possess the option of fixing the door. Whether or not you are able to add reinforcements to the door is wholly dependent on the extent of the damage, which you can either determine yourself or with the assistance of a professional. If the damage is too much and the door cannot run efficiently, then it may be time to purchase a new door.

Replacing a Damaged Door

            Depending on the severity of the damage done, you may need to either replace the entire door or a couple panels. For an extensive guide on how to do so, consider reading one our previous articles entitled “Replacing Your Garage Door”. As always, contact us by email or phone at any time for questions regarding costs, materials, and/or the installation of garage door components!

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What Should I Do When Someone Steals My Remote?

Did you know that one of the most prominent means of breaking into a house nowadays is by stealing someone’s garage door remote and entering through the garage? Imagine approaching your car only to notice that the remote is no longer clipped to your visor or located where you typically keep it. You search around for a moment to no avail. Someone has stolen your garage door remote. This may seem insignificant until you remember that the registration papers for your car (usually conveniently stored in the glovebox) contain your home address. As of 2016, approximately 88% of all burglaries in the United States are residential and 77% of all crimes are property-based crimes. Identity theft is indisputably the most rapidly growing crime throughout America and you do not intend to become an addition to this statistic because someone stole your garage door remote. So how does one fix this issue or prevent it from ever occurring again?

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Consider Deprogramming the Remote

      Every garage door remote works in the same manner: a signal is sent to a receiver in the housing unit of the opener. If your opener was manufactured after 1993, then the remote will most likely use a rolling code, meaning the transmission code changes with every use. If you are certain that your remote has been stolen, you should consider disabling the remote so the potential burglar is not capable of stealing your precious possessions.

How To Disable Your Remote

    The first step to deprogramming your remotes is to locate the colored Smart Button on the motor housing. Hold this button for a few seconds and all of the remotes currently linked with the opener will be deprogrammed. Whoever stole your remote will be out of luck.

    Assuming you still have another remote, you will have to reprogram it along with any keypads in order to use them with your opener again. In order to do this, you can either refer to one of our previous posts regarding the reprogramming of your remotes or you can read your owner’s manual for more detail.

    Another method of ensuring your possessions stay safe is to lock the opener. If you have a control panel, it will have a LOCK button which will disable the opener from being used without deprogramming any of the remotes. You may still use the control panel itself to open and close the door.

What if You Don’t Have a Control Panel?

    If you do not have a control panel, then simply unplugging your garage door opener until you’ve resolved the issue will suffice. In order to continue using the door, you will need to pull the emergency release cord (which will typically have a red handle). This allows you to manually operate the door.

How Can I Prevent This From Happening?

    If you want to prevent future theft from happening in regards to burglars accessing your garage, you may install extra locks and security features as well as various applications on your phone to monitor the activity of your opener. You can also ensure that your remotes are kept in secure areas not in direct view, so as to prevent alluring a potential thief. If you have any questions regarding the security of your garage, feel free to contact us by phone or email!

Choosing a New Garage Door Opener

Is your garage door opener squealing or working much slower than it used to? You aren’t alone. It’s not difficult to forget about your opener and the fact that it will eventually need to be replaced in the midst of other daily tasks; when it happens, though, you’ll understand how irritating it can be. Selecting the right garage door opener is not the simplest of tasks, however. When is the last time you researched the specifics of garage door openers?

Selecting the Opener

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Which Type of Drive is Best?

The first question you must ask yourself when choosing a new garage door opener is what type of drive you would prefer. There are three types of drives:

  • Chain: Chain drives are the traditional garage door opener drives. They are composed of a durable metal chain. They are essentially your go-to drives since they are reliable and reasonably priced, although they do make a bit of a raucous.
  • Belt: Belt drives are the pride of the industry. The premise is almost the same as a chain drive: a belt which pulls the garage door along its tracks. The benefit of the belt drive is that it is significantly more quiet than a chain drive! They hone the reliability of the chain drive without the noise, but they do come at a higher price.
  • Screw: Last but not least, the screw drive. This is the cheapest of the alternatives, although this does not come without the sacrifice of quality. Screw drives are louder than belt or chain drives and are more likely to malfunction if the weather conditions in your area are too erratic. If you don’t mind the extra noise and are looking for a discount, then a screw drive opener is ideal for you.

  How Powerful Should the Motor Be?

When determining how much power you should have in the motor, take into consideration the material from which your garage door is comprised of. Is it light aluminum, sturdy steel, or an extravagant but heavy wood? For standard steel/aluminum doors, a ½-horsepower motor should work proficiently. For heavier doors or wooden doors, a ¾-horsepower motor should be taken into consideration. DC motors are more efficient than AC and sometimes offer battery backups.

Ceiling Height and Safety Features

Take an accurate measure of the height of your garage door. Is it about 7 feet or is it taller? If your garage door is about 7 feet tall (the standard), then you will be fine purchasing a typical motor. If it is any taller, you will have to invest in an extension kit to ensure the motor works proficiently and safely. In regards to safety features, you must be certain that your motor is equipped with at least the standard features which include: automatic reversal, photoelectric sensors, an emergency manual release, and rolling-code technology. We cannot overstate the importance of safety for your garage door, which should be a precedent to everyone.

Convenience

Don’t just settle for any motor. Treat yourself. Consider motors which offer convenient aspects such as keyless entry, smartphone capability, or motion-sensor lights. Be sure to consult us about the many available options which add to the convenience of working your garage on a daily basis. You may not think you need any of the bells and whistles, but you won’t know what you’re missing until you try it out! 

Replace the Entire Garage Door?

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Should you replace your entire garage door?

It’s inevitable: your garage door is going to get banged up through the years. Whether you slightly (or not so slightly) misjudge how close you pulled the car up to the door or the neighbor boy decides it’s time to do some target practice with it, you will eventually have to replace your beloved door. However, before you shell out the money for an entire brand new garage door, take some time to evaluate the damage. Is the whole door in shambles or is it simply one panel of the door? If you only need to replace a section of the door, here are a few things you’ll need to determine when selecting replacement sections:

  1. Door model (if the door was manufactured within the last ten years, you will find a 15-16 digit model number on the inner bottom section)
  2. Which section needs to be replaced?
  3. What are the dimensions of the section?
  4. What color do you need it in?

Once all of those questions have been answered, you’re ready to contact your local garage door company and have the replacement section(s) installed. Keep in mind that although replacing singular panels of your garage door may be cheaper, you might have to purchase an entirely new door.

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When might you have to purchase a new garage door?

  • The door is irreparably damaged in its entirety
  • Your garage door is outdated and no longer has readily available replacement sections on the market
  • You are not content with a new panel being a slightly varied shade (since the other panels have become weathered)

If necessary, replacing the whole door is not a bad thing. It is more expensive initially than replacing a single section, but it yields one of the most significant ROIs (return on interest) of your entire house! Shelling out the extra cash may not be an enjoyable experience, but you will undoubtedly get your money back. If any additional information regarding replacement sections or installation for your garage door is needed, don’t hesitate to call or email the Garage Door Repair Madison WI today! Check out our Clopay garage door brochures in the following link (in the Brochures tab):

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Garage Door Won’t Close

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If every time you attempt to shut your garage door it immediately begins opening back up, you have a pretty agitating problem on your hands. Fortunately enough, it’s an easy fix! We’ve compiled a few typical causes for a garage door that won’t close along with the solution to each:

The Disconnect Switch is Activated

If you try to close your garage door and the opener is incessantly running but the door doesn’t budge, you’ve probably activated the disconnect switch on accident. The disconnect switch is a rope or knob on the garage door opener which does exactly what it says- disconnects the door from the opener. If this happens to be the problem, please refer to our previous post about what to do when you lose power to your garage door opener. You will have to reattach the door to the opener, which is not as difficult as it may sound!

The Sensor are Improperly Aligned

The two sensors at the base of the garage door send a beam to one another to determine whether it is safe to fully close the door or not. If said beam is interrupted, the door will begin to open back up. If the sensors are not aligned properly, however, they perceive this as an obstruction and will open the door anyways. If needed, adjust the brackets connecting the sensors to the garage so they are aligned all the way. If they are aligned all the way and the path of the door is clear but you are still encountering issues, pay attention to when the issues occur. Is it particularly sunny outside? If the sun is glaring down directly onto the sensors, this can be interpreted as an obstruction and they will continue to open the door. If this is the problem, you may just have to set something up by the garage to put some shade on the sensors.

Improper Garage Door Limits

If your garage door closes all the way before deciding to re-open, your garage door travel limits may be set wrong. Refer back to our previous post all about adjusting your garage door limits for an in-depth explanation on how to assuage this.

Broken Cables or Springs

Every garage door is equipped with a set of tension cables and springs which allow it to function quickly and effortlessly each and every time you press the button. If the door refuses to shut all the way, check your cables and springs to make sure they’re all intact. If not, you may want to consider contacting your Garage Door Repair Madison WI for an efficient and cost-effective fix!
If none of the above problems are affecting your door but it still won’t close, feel free to contact us by phone or email for friendly and proficient help.

How to Reconnect a Garage Door Opener After an Outage

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In a society which thrives on electricity-dependent technological advancements, it should come as no surprise that power outages have become the bane of our existence. Nearly every aspect of modern life relies on a source of electricity. How many times per day do you simply turn on a light or use a computer? Or perhaps plug your phone into charge? One aspect of daily life which is not difficult to neglect in the event of a power outage, however, is your garage door opener. Suppose a lightning storm tears through your small suburban area and destroys a transformer down the block. Depending on whether you left the door open or closed prior to the resulting power outage, your car and possessions are now either trapped in the garage or exposed to the elements and anyone passing by. We sympathize with this and understand that it is simply unacceptable. Here’s how to fix just such a problem:

How to Reconnect Your Garage Door Opener

1. First you must disconnect the garage door opener from the door itself. It’s best to unplug the opener from its power source beforehand.

2. Pull the emergency disconnect cord hanging from the opener. This is the only way to disconnect the opener and allows you to fully open the door. This is especially important if you’re trapped in the garage.

3. Manually close the door all the way. The opener will not reconnect properly if the door isn’t completely shut.

4. After the power has been restored, press the button you typically use to close the door. Give the opener ample time to connect on its own. The chain of the opener will move the corresponding trolley to its correct position until it connects with the arm of the garage door.

5. If the trolley of your garage door opener is not automatic, you will have to manually attach the trolley to the garage door’s arms after pulling the emergency release.

6. Your opener and door should be connected and functioning as good as ever!

To prevent further issues, consider investing in a surge protector for the outlet your garage door opener is plugged into. If you continue to have issues with re-connecting your garage door and opener, do not hesitate to contact us!

Adjust Opener Limits

Having a new garage door opener installed is an important venture. It guarantees that your garage door will open and close smoothly and safely every time as long as it is properly maintained. You are given the freedom of choosing whether you want a chain, belt, or screw opener, whether you would prefer a name brand such as Genie or LiftMaster, and multiple other aspects of what opener you would prefer. It’s not just an opener, it’s your opener. However, it is easy to overlook the limits set on the garage door opener. Did you know how far up or down your garage door opener takes the door?

Adjust Opener Limits

If you notice that every time you attempt to open or close your garage door it’s either not performing a full cycle (i.e. opening/closing halfway) or reverses its motion mid-cycle, you may have to adjust the limits of your garage door opener. In order to adjust the limits, first locate the limit adjustment screws on the opener and retrieve a corresponding flathead or Phillips head screwdriver for them. Cycle your door one time by opening and closing it. If the door does not open completely and stops at about 5 feet (typically the halfway mark), turn the “Up” adjustment screw clockwise one full turn. Every complete turn of the screw corresponds to two inches of movement. Continue to turn the screw until you are able to fully open the door.

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If the door will not close completely, turn the “Down” adjustment screw counterclockwise one full turn. Again, each full turn will add two inches of movement to the door, so continue to turn the screw until the door fully closes. If the door closes fully but reverses its motion after touching the ground, turn the “Down” adjustment screw clockwise until you are able to close the door without it attempting to open up on its own. For any of the above methodologies, be certain to open and close the door after each full turn of an adjustment screw. If you are still having issues with your opener’s limits after trying all of the above, be sure to contact your local garage door company.

How to Program Your Garage Door Remote

It’s a secure feeling to have a new garage door opener installed. It guarantees you will no longer have to wonder whether your garage will function properly or not. One detail which is easy to overlook in amidst the process of choosing the proper opener and having it installed (unless bold enough to do it yourself) is how to program your opener to a remote. It’s a relatively simple but necessary process. So, how to program your garage door remote?

The Process

First, identify whether your opener has a smart-learn button (most newer models do). The button should be located near the light of the opener or in the case of the wiring of the opener. Press the Learn button and look for a blinking light. The light will blink for approximately 30 seconds, within which you should choose a button on the remote you would like to open the door and hold it. The light of the Learn button should flicker twice or you may hear two clicks, both of which indicate the remote and the opener have successfully been linked. If the light does not flicker and there are no clicks, simply try again.

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Older Openers

Maybe you have an older garage door opener which does not have a Learn button. Suppose you purchase a remote corresponding to this older model but do not know how to program it. Chances are the opener will have Dip switches located behind the light cover or maybe even in a separate box depending on the model. The remote will also have these switches in the battery compartment (as many as 12 of them). To program a garage door opener and remote with dip switches, simply choose a unique pattern for the switches which can only be in the on or off positions. Make sure that the pattern of the switches matches on the remote and the opener. When they match, test the remote to see if it works properly, which it should.
Typically, you will not have to worry about dip switches due to the fact that manufacturers ceased their use between fifteen and twenty years ago to ensure each opener possesses its own unique frequency.

Programming a remote to a garage door opener is not too daunting of a task and hopefully, this tutorial is able to clear up any issues one may be having!

Garage Door Sensors and Sunlight

Did you get home, parked your car in the garage, hit the wall button to shut it, and halfway through it stopped, and reversed back up? You have checked that nothing blocks the sensors’ beam and made sure all wires are connected properly, and still, the same thing happens over and over again?

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It May Be Caused by Sunlight

Sunlight can interfere with the sensors’ beam and cause them to act as if an object blocks them. Many years ago, sensors weren’t common. Nowadays, for safety reasons, most garage doors have them. The sensors only work when the door is in the process of closing. If something prevents the sensors from pointing directly at each other, and hence, break the beam, the photocell will reverse the door from closing to opening. If this problem keeps reoccurring, and the door won’t shut, simply press and hold the wall button continually until the door is fully closed. As soon as the door passes the sensors’ line, the sunlight won’t interfere with the beam anymore and the door will remain shut.

Another thing you can do to overcome this problem permanently is to set a cylinder shaped object around each of the sensors’ eyes, which will block the sunlight and prevent it from interfering with them.

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Remember, the lens on each sensor must be kept clean and free of any obstructions at all times. Know that if you have more than one door adjacent to each other, the sensors may affect the smooth operation of the doors by providing a false signal.

Once in awhile, make sure that the sensors work properly. You can do it by sliding an object between them while closing the door. If the door keeps closing while the object is present, do not hesitate and call a professional garage door technician to fix this problem. Unfortunately, every year there are fatal incidents caused by malfunctioning sensors. Don’t overlook them!

Torquemaster to Torsion Springs Conversion

Today I have decided to create a short video that quickly displays a before-and-after Torquemaster to torsion springs system conversion on a customer’s garage door.

Torquemaster is Wayne Dalton’s exclusive spring system and is operated by an iDrive operator. The springs are positioned in a hollow tube and are “invisible” to the naked eye. Hence, you can only assume that a spring is broken when the door malfunctions (usually will go up partially).

garage door repair madison blogmadison garage door repair blogThe main issue with Torquemaster spring system is that the Wayne Dalton no longer manufacturers the iDrive operator. Wayne Dalton was purchased by Genie Operators and stopped making the iDrives.

When a spring brakes on a Wayne Dalton garage door the best alternative, in my opinion, is to convert the system to a torsion spring system. Torsion springs are the best alternative since they are readily available everywhere, most (if not all) garage door technicians use them, they tend to last longer, and you can easily tell if they break.

Just to clarify, Wayne Dalton produces great quality doors, that work perfectly fine with torsion springs.

In the following weeks, I will be posting a Do-it-Yourself guide for Torquemaster to torsion spring conversion setup.