What’re some of the benefits of smart garage door openers you ask? We’ve heard stories from a few greater Austin homeowners where the benefits are obvious. They leave for work, a few minutes ahead of schedule and things are going good and then that question pops up in their head. “Did I close the garage door?” Well, the good news is with all the high-tech smart garage door openers available today this is a scenario that no longer arises.
As an example, LiftMaster Elite series garage openers will close your door for you even while away. All this is done with the MyQ app when installed on your smartphone. It’s very easy to give yourself peace of mind when wondering if your door has been closed or not. And we all know that you can’t put a price on peace of mind!
Benefits of Installing a new Smart Garage Door Opener
The main benefits of the LiftMaster openers with MyQ you always know what’s going on at home. Forget days of driving 30 minutes only to turn around to make sure the garage door is closed. It is easier than ever to now know that your home is secure. With your smartphone check the status of your garage and if left open one button press closes it. Furthermore, if you’re a person that doesn’t like being bombarded with notifications on your phone a timer feature automatically closes your garage door if accidentally left open.
Another feature with openers that utilize Wi-Fi and MyQ technology is the ability to open a garage door remotely. If a friend or neighbor needs to enter your home’s garage for any reason while you’re not there you can open the door using your smartphone MyQ app. Then close the door from your phone once they’ve got what they needed out of the garage.
Want to take advantage of the latest smart garage door openers to manage the safety and security of opening and closing your garage remotely? Our local Austin garage door service techs can help. We are professional Liftmaster garage opener installers and can purchase, install and maintain your opener for you. Call us to learn which opener is right for your home.
Garage door problems do arise from time to time. There’s a good chance that anytime a garage door opener no longer works all of a sudden the fix is quite easy. We have many years of expertise installing and repairing garage doors and you’d be amazed at how many times problems can be fixed in just a few minutes. Of course, that isn’t always the case and if by chance you’re unable to resolve the issue our technicians will fix the problem for you.
Fixing Common Residential Garage Door Problems
One common issue is when the door won’t shut all the way. Three main things to check are the close limit switch, tracking sensors or the roller. Adjusting the limit switch and also verifying that the sensors are aligned and no rust is on the rollers will help correct this problem. If your issues still persist contact a professional.
Garage Remote Opener
If neither the remote opener or wall switch doesn’t open your door there could be a couple of reasons why. The motor unit being unplugged many times is a quick fix. Also, it’s good to check the cords. Make sure they’re correctly plugged in. If after trying these tips make sure that the fuse or the breaker has not been tripped or fried and burned out. A final word on this issue is also having any problems with the electrical system in your garage. If that’s the case one of our technicians can help.
Remote Control and Keypad Door Opener
If you need to figure out the reason why the door won’t open or close with your keypad or remote here are things to check. One of the first things to check is the range. Get as close to the door as possible and try again. The antenna can be the problem too. It’s a good idea to see if it has been damaged or is in a downward hanging position. If the wall switch works fine with the door the problem could be with the batteries. Also, it’s best to finally reprogram the remote or keypad. If you’ve never done this before we suggest calling our professionals.
Alliance Overhead Garage Door Services Greater Austin
We hope some of these tips help fix the problems with the door or opener on the garage. If none of the above resolve your problem call one of our expert garage door technicians today. We’ve been serving the Greater Austin area for more than 25 years. We fix and also Install new doors and openers. All the way from North Austin, West Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock and anywhere within 25 miles of the ATX area.
Do garage doors need to be maintained on a regular basis? Yes, maintenance is vital to make sure doors and also openers remain repair free. Having a door not open or close when you need it most is frustrating, to say the least. The last thing you want is having an issue when as an example coming home on a cold dark night only to find your sitting in your car pressing the remote with nothing happening. We put together these 5 annual garage door maintenance tips to help homeowners avoid situations like just mentioned.
5 Annual Door Servicing Tips
Lubricating the moving parts
Lubrication of the door parts reduces the amount of noise door’s make. Areas to focus on are the garage opener drive or chain screw along with the hinges. Regular spray lubricant is ideal for spraying on these parts to cut the noise factor down.
Tighten Garage Door Hardware
Tightening the screws of the door’s hardware goes a long way relating to preserving and increasing the life span of your garage door. Doors open and close so much over time that bolts and screws will become loose if not properly secured.
Garage Door Balance
Keeping the door balanced cuts the chances of the opener failing to operate correctly. Unbalanced doors put a big strain on the opener which will cause it to malfunction if not properly balanced. Does your door need balancing? To find out pull the release handle and with the door half open or closed does is stay in place? If so you have a balanced door. If it does not hold it’s position and goes up or down it’s time to have the spring tension adjusted.
Test Auto-Reverse Feature
When the auto-reverse mechanism fails people get injured. Testing the auto-reverse will ensure this doesn’t happen to you. Take any large box or crate and place under the door. Now hit close the door and if it reverses back up after touching the box it’s working properly. For testing a modern door opener using a photoelectric system you simply need to only briefly place your foot in the path of the closing door. If your door reverses when doing so all is well.
Check for Damaged Cables or Rollers
Looking for any parts of the garage that may have become damaged also is a yearly maintenance tip that should be done each year. Cables and rollers do go bad so it’s best to regularly inspect them for any damage. If you do find faults with either the cables or rollers have them replaced.
Garage Door Maintenance Greater Austin
Need help with annual garage door maintenance to keep your door and also opener free of needing unwanted repairs? We offer an affordable yearly garage door service to prevent repairs and keep everything operating smooth and safe.
Do you have a loud garage door that wakes up the whole block anytime you come home late at night? Because garage doors are the heaviest moving part of a home some noise is expected but it shouldn’t terrify the children every time it opens and closes. Fixing a loud garage door is not a difficult task and here are a few tips to help bring the noise levels down.
Tips for Quieting a Loud Garage Door
Tighten Up Hardware
Replace Garage Rollers
Apply a Buffer
Garage Door Parts
There are many parts and pieces that make up a garage door. One reason doors get louder is overtime some of the nuts and bolts loosen up. When this happens you may hear rattling which adds to the loudness factor. Get a ranch and find any nuts that are loose on the door or track and tighten them. Be sure to not tighten too much but firm.
Garage Door Lubrication
Lubrication also plays a part in how loud your garage door sounds. Find yourself a lubricant spray that’s made for metal parts and lubricate the rollers, the inside of the track and also on the top of the door springs. For garage doors with chains, make sure to lubricate the chain and also hinges located on the panels to reduce noise.
How old are the rollers on your garage door? Are they made of metal or nylon? Old metal rollers are noisy. It’s best to replace them with nylon rollers. Even if your home garage has nylon rollers and you hear noise still, replace them with new nylon rollers.
Rubber Noise Insulation
Many homeowners are able to fix a loud garage door by using thin rubber pads or specialized insulation strips made especially for garage doors. Placing the rubber pads or insulation strips between the motor and the brace that attaches to the ceiling will dramatically reduce noise. This rubber buffer makes for a much quieter door when it opens and closes.
Doesn’t take much time to quiet your garage door with these tips. We also understand people having the time and the technical ability to perform these tasks is not something all of us have. If you’re an Austin area homeowner in need of a garage door service we here to lend a hand.