Why You Should Schedule an Annual Garage Door Inspection

If you want to keep your garage door running smoothly, you should consider having your garage door inspected every year by a qualified technician.  A yearly inspection can save you money and ensure your garage door is running smoothly.  Here are several reasons why you should get a yearly inspection:

Catch small problems before they become bigger ones 

Many problems with garage doors start out as small problems.  For example, the garage door might be slightly off balance or there is a slight bend in your garage door track.  While these problems aren’t that big of a deal now, they can lead to larger problems.  Over time, that small problem can get worse and become a bigger problem.  Parts will wear out much quicker than they should, which requires more extensive repairs.    

If you ignore your garage door, you may spend a lot of money replacing the entire system.  Save yourself time and money by catching these little problems before they can become larger ones. 

Keep your home safe

A broken garage door isn’t just a money problem.  It can also be unsafe.  Damaged doors can come crashing down unexpectedly.  Broken parts can create sharp edges or come loose and fall to the ground.  Proper maintenance can help repair these problems before they become a safety hazard. 

Avoid inconvenience  

Mechanical parts always seem to break down at the worst time, and garage doors are no exception.  The last thing you want is to be stuck inside of your garage when you are in a hurry.  Avoid inconvenient breakdowns by having your garage regularly inspected. 

Need to schedule an annual inspection? 

Haven’t had your garage door inspected in a while?  Contact us today! Our experienced technicians can perform any necessary maintenance and can give you personalized suggestions to keep your garage door working for years to come. 

The Top Signs That Your Garage Door Needs to be Replaced

If you are like many homeowners, then it is likely that you find yourself using your garage door to enter and exit your home more than you use your front door. This makes it critical that you know what condition your garage door is in, as a failed garage door can prevent you from leaving in the morning, and a damaged garage door could put your home’s security at risk. Yet, how will you know when it is time to replace your garage door? Here are just a few of the signs that you can be on the lookout for indicating that your garage door needs to be replaced. 

You Have Spent a Lot of Money on Repairs

One of the clearest signs that it may be time to consider having your garage door replaced is if you have been having a lot of problems with it in the last couple of years. Have you experienced multiple breakdowns lately? Are repair costs for your aging garage door adding up? If you have an older garage door that has needed several major repairs, then you may need to consider whether it is worth it to keep putting money into a failing garage door, or whether it would be in your best interest to have it replaced. 

Your Garage Door is Poorly Insulated

If you have an older garage door, then it is likely that it does not provide very much insulation. What many homeowners do not realize is that, if they have an attached garage, their garage door actually plays a significant role in insulating their home. If you have an outdated garage door, you may want to consider replacing it with one that has better insulation, as this can help to lower the cost of heating and cooling your home, and it can prevent exterior noises from infiltrating your home. 

Your Garage Door Lacks the Latest Security Features

In addition to your front door, your garage door plays a key role in keeping your home secure if you have an attached garage. A garage door that is broken or does not have the right security features can make a home a target for burglars by providing them with an easy way in. In fact, the age and quality of a home’s garage door is something that thieves take into consideration when trying to find a home to break into. If you have an outdated garage door, it may be time to consider replacing it with a modern door that is sturdier and has the latest security features.

Contact us to learn more about the signs indicating that you should consider having your garage door replaced.  

Troubleshooting a Garage Door Sensor That Doesn’t Work

In the case of most garage door problems, you will want to call out a professional repair service to accurately and safely track down the problem and fix it. However, sometimes a problem with your garage door isn’t really a problem at all. This can be the case with the photo sensors. These sensors are responsible for sensing when there is something in the garage door’s path while it is closing. If the sensors are triggers, it won’t close the door for safety.

If your door just refuses to close, it is worthwhile to check out the photo sensors. However, while there may be an actual problem, before calling a garage door repair service, you want to make sure that your issue isn’t just a leaf covering a sensor.

As the photo sensors are located low to the ground, they can occasionally fall victim to debris and dirt which can trigger the sensor. You will want to first check both sensors for debris. Next you will want to very gently clean the photo eyes on the sensors to make sure dust hasn’t triggered it.

You want to touch the photo sensors with a very gentle hand when cleaning them and looking for issues as another potential problem is they could have fallen out of alignment. However, if this may be the case, you definitely want a professional to realign them. This is not so much because it is dangerous to do, but rather because it requires precision and a trial and error approach will take up a lot of your day.

Aside from dirt and improper alignment, one final issue that can be affecting your photo sensor is a fault in the wiring. If a rodent or impact damaged the wiring, your photo sensors will likely need to be completely replaced in order to properly work again.

If you suspect that your garage door sensor is not working and you are not able to fix it, call us today and one of our expert technicians will assist you.