Monthly Garage Door Maintenance

Monthly Garage Door Maintenance Phoenix AZ

Keeping your garage door is something that keeps your family and home safe. There are ways you can take steps every month to prevent and catch problems before they cause damage or leave you needing repairs. These tasks can be carried out by home owners, or if you are uncomfortable you can call on garage door repair & maintenance technicians to take care of it for you.

Garage Door Maintenance Checklist

Safety being always the first concern in any project you will want to let everyone know that you are working on the garage door and they should not try to operate it.  Taking a few minutes once a month, helps keep your garage door working trouble free.

Visual Inspection Of System

Take a minute to look around inside your garage. With the door closed stand in the garage and use a flashlight to closely inspect the cables, springs, pulleys, rollers, and mounting hardware. Mounting hinges can get loose and start to pull away. You will also want to pay close attention to the cable and watch for fraying or wear. If you see something that doesn’t look right, or when you are opening the door something sounds wrong you will want to take note. These are the hallmarks that something is wearing out and you should have your garage door checked out by a trained technician. This helps avoid getting a car stuck inside the garage and having to wait for repairs.

Garage Door Balance Testing

Garage doors with automatic openers systems should be disconnected from the opener for this project. Once the garage door is in manual open you should be able to lift the door smoothly. It should stay open and should not take a lot of effort. If it takes a lot of strength or doesn’t stay open the garage might be out of balance. This means that a trained tech should be called out to make the adjustments. Undue strain from out of balance garage doors make the openers work harder and wear out faster.

Reverse Mechanism Safety Testing

Garage doors build after 1993 are required to have edge sensors and photo eyes that prevent garage doors from harming people. If your garage door is older than 1993 and is not equipped with these safety features it is highly recommended to get it replaced and upgraded. It can prevent entrapment or damage to vehicles or other items stored in your garage.

To test the reverse mechanism simply throw a section of 2×4 on the ground where the garage door closes and hit the button to start it to close. When the door hits the wood it should backup and reopen the door. If your garage just closes down and traps the 2×4, give the garage door service company a call.

Photo Eye Safety Testing

Much like the edge sensor the photo eyes watch for objects that are in the path of the garage door and aim to keep us safe. Again, if your door is older than 1993 and you don’t have this safety feature it is recommended to get a new garage door to keep everyone safe and prevent damage to your vehicles.

To test the photo eye have a broomstick or a long object ready and hit the button to start closing your garage door. Wave the object in front of the photo eyes that are located usually about knee high to test the system. Doing this should break the communication between the two sensors and automatically reverse the door to fully open.

If your garage door ignores the object and closes anyway you will want to inspect, clean, and adjust your photo eyes. Cleaning should be done with a soft cloth, and adjustments can be done by hand to make sure the photo eyes are pointing directly at one another.

Garage Door Force Testing

For garage doors that have automatic opener systems the door should only try to close with a certain amount of force. To test to make sure your door is in good condition you can try to test this by trying to stop the door with your hands. This is a more dangerous test and should only be done if you are confident you will not be injured. To do the test you start your garage door to close and then as it closes you try to hold the bottom of the door up with your outstretched arms. If the door continues to close immediately remove your hands and step out of the way.

Professional Garage Door Maintenance

If you aren’t comfortable testing the garage door, have seen damaged or worn parts, or hear unusual noises when your garage door is opening or closing get it checked out by the professionals. The garage door is the largest moving part of your house and can cause damage to property, or worse harm to people using the garage. For service please give us a call at 480-641-2301

Reasons Your Garage Won’t Open All The Way

Reasons Your Garage Won’t Open All The Way

By providing professional residential and commercial garage door service, we have dealt with all issues related to garage door repairs. Although, there are still some situations that surprise us, such as an insect nest developing on photo eye sensor or when a tennis ball manages to knock a garage door fully off track. While issues like these are uncommon, our professionals are ready and able to tackle all of your garage door issues.

Dead Transmitter Batteries

dead-transmitter-batteriesWhile this could sound obvious, even garage door transmitters require power to operate. If the transmitter batteries have gone dead, it is not able to provide the signal to open the garage door as it should.

Incorrect Photo Eye Alignment

incorrect-photo-eye-alignmentYou might recall a period when you were a kid where your siblings would shut the garage door, then run underneath it quickly to exit before it closed. With garage doors that were installed after 1993, this is no longer possible due to two small photo eye sensors on each side of the garage entry. The purpose of the photo eye is to transmit a beam between them, while detecting anything that may hinder the garage door from closing. It is a safety measure to avoid automatic garage doors from shutting on top of a car, person, pet, or something else that could lead to serious injuries or damages.

Incorrectly Aligned Garage Track

incorrectly-aligned-garage-trackIf you find that the garage door track has been misaligned for some reason, this can be a serious problem. Like the track in a dresser drawer, garage doors operate on a metal track that should be properly aligned for the door to move. If gaps between the rail and rollers are visible, or the rails bend themselves, you have an issue. Because of the weight of garage doors, these problems will only get worse, and could eventually be dangers to use the door.

Issues with the Transmitters

issues-with-the-transmittersWhen it comes to the transmitters, there are a few things that could be leading to transmitters not working correctly. One common cause is being out of rate from the garage door itself. Like with a vehicle’s key fob, each transmitter and garage door will have their own range of function. If you are attempting to open the garage door and your house is not even in sight yet, there’s a good chance your simply out of range. Try to open the garage door as you pull into the driveway, this may provide more success with opening the door on your first attempt.

Path of Garage Door is Blocked

path-of-garage-door-is-blockedAs stated above, for more than two decades the design of garage doors has a reverse design to prevent them from shutting on objects in the door’s path. If you are experiencing the door closing partly, then opening back up, there may be something in the photo eye senor’s pathway. This can be objects from toys or garbage cans, to insect nests and debris on the sensor, or along the track that prevents rollers from moving forward. Other things that can prevent proper movement is small rocks, mud buildup or gum. Even the smallest object on the track will keep the door from shutting to avoid crushing the object.

Broken Garage Door Springs

broken-garage-door-springsIf your garage door suddenly stops opening, and the transmitters are in working order, the power is reaching the motor, and there’s nothing blocking the track, you might have a broken torsion spring.

Incorrectly Set Garage Door Limit Settings

There are times you may find that your garage door shuts completely as it should, but suddenly decides to open back up rather than remain closed. This is an issue that generally occurs with newly installed garage doors or old doors which need resetting. In the event this happens, it is likely the open/close limit settings on the door opener need to be adjusted.

Enabled Disconnect Switch

If you are able to hear the motor run for the length of time it usually takes to properly open or close, but the garage door is not moving, there is a chance the disconnect switch got enabled. Each garage door opener has a disconnect switch feature in the event you lose power. This will allow you to manually open or close the garage door so that your car does not get stuck inside the garage until you get the power back.

Manually Locked Door

If you are noticing the garage door motor is running for a few seconds, then turns off and the door does not open, the door may have gotten locked manually. If the door springs and track has been checked for any objects and appear to be in working order, check the manual door lock to see if it’s been engaged.

Cables or Tension Springs Got Broke

A garage door uses cables and tension springs for operating the door in a slow and safe manner. In the event the cables or tension springs break, you may begin to notice the door is shutting quickly. If this is the case, it is common to hear a bang when hitting the ground. If you are experiencing this issue, it can be very dangerous due to nothing being there to prevent it from closing on something and crushing it. It is recommended to call your garage door professional to come out as quickly as possible to get the springs or cables repaired.

 

Stolen Garage Door Remote Tips

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Imagine just returning home after some shopping or errands and you reach for your garage door remote and it isn’t there. You search your vehicle top to bottom and it is nowhere to be found. This means that it might have dropped out of your vehicle, or worse it was stolen out of your vehicle. Naturally knowing or suspecting that someone has stolen the remote as a way to get into your house or garage causes stress and we can panic.

Stolen garage door remotes are one of the most common ways that home burglars use to get into homes. While the rate of burglaries is actually down on the average the amount taken per burglary is up. There are numerous ways that criminals can try to get your garage door remote. One of the most common is to simply look for unlocked cars at shopping centers. Once they have your remote they can follow you home, or they can look up your address off of your vehicle registration.  This means they can do a quick search and even gain entry before you even are finished with your outing.

What To Do If It Has Been Stolen

Much like when you realize a debit card has gone missing, you want to make sure it doesn’t work anymore. The same can be done with your garage door opener. The system works by the remote sending a coded signal to the garage door opener. All garage door openers work by either using a different code or a different frequency. Modern garage doors use what are called rolling codes, which means that every time you use your remote the transmission code changes and updates.

You can unplug your garage door opener, but many models are equipped with battery backups that store the garage door codes and will not prevent the stolen remote from working. Some models of garage door openers have a “lock” feature that disables remotes from working. This can be useful if you don’t have time to tackle the problem head on right at the moment.

You don’t need to have the remote to disable it, you just need to tell the garage door opener that the code coming from the remote is no longer valid. These are the steps to getting that job done, and keeping your home safe.

Disabling The Remote

Find the smart button on your garage door opener, it is usually on the motor housing.  You might need a sturdy step stool or ladder to reach it safely. Look for a button that is yellow, orange, red, purple, or green.  Hold this button for a few seconds and it will deprogram all of the stored remote codes that are associated with the house. This makes it so the stolen remote has no ability to open your garage.

Reprogram The Other Remotes

Most homes have at least 2 or more remotes that control the garage. Clearing the codes on the garage door opener disables all remotes. While this is a frustrating experience it is a necessary step in protecting your home and your family. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions on reprogramming your remotes. If you don’t have this material many manufacturer guides are located online. Simply search for your brand and model for the correct owner’s manual.

If you have any vehicles that have built in garage door remotes you will also need to reprogram them. Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s instructions on how to accomplish this in your individual vehicle.


Garage Door Service & Maintenance

If you live in the Phoenix valley and need help repairing, replacing, or generally servicing your garage door remotes, opener, or garage door we have you best interests in mind. The garage is an access point to many homes and usually contains a myriad of valuable items that none of us want to have stolen. Let the pros at On Track Garage Door help you get the job done quickly and correctly.

What To Do After Running Into Your Garage Door

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Mornings aren’t always swiss watch smooth. You can come out of your house to jump in your car and forget to open the garage and suddenly you hear a crunch as you back up. This is a more intense wakeup call than your alarm, and now there is no doubt that you are awake and aware. You are not alone, these accidents happen and the damage can be repaired.

Most garage door repair companies get at least a couple of calls per week where this has happened to a homeowner. It can happen when you are getting up and hurrying to get to work, or when we are distracted by sick kids, our own health or simply stress in general. Don’t panic, simply follow the advice in this article to help get your garage back in shape.

Call In The Pros For Garage Damage

Apart from the garage being a giant wall that moves which can severely hurt you, the springs that help it go up and down are under enormous tension and can cause severe injuries or even death if not handled properly. Professional garage door repair technicians have an understanding of the different types of garage door openers and how to safely handle the repairs.

What To Do If It Is Stuck Open?

Sometimes the garage is on its way up when we run into it and it stops, stuck in the spot it was when it was hit. This can be a problem if you have valuables in the garage, or especially if the garage provides access to your home. If the damage is light and you only tapped it with your vehicle you can manually close the garage door by pulling the emergency release.

Garage door openers only apply the same force we would use to open or close the garage doors by hand. The majority of the work is done by the springs and cables attached to our garage doors. This is what causes their enormous tension and makes them dangerous. Only apply a reasonable amount of force with hand to try to close the door. Do not force it because you could cause additional damage to the motor, opener, chain or the belt.

How Much Will It Cost To Repair It?

There are sections that make up each garage door. If the damage is light and only has damaged a single section of the garage door you will be looking at anywhere from $150 to $200. If you have a special type of door, or model the costs could be more.

If the damage involves additional sections or the track is bent the costs will go up and at a certain point it becomes more cost effective to simply replace the garage door with a new one.

Calling The Insurance Company

If there is damage to your vehicle it is best to contact your insurance company and find out how much it will cost to repair the vehicle. If the repairs are close enough to your deductible you may consider simply paying for them out of pocket.

You should contact your homeowner’s insurance company about the garage door repairs. The cost to replace a steel garage door is between $750 and $3,500 dollars. It all depends on the size, style, materials, and insulation that are included in your garage door. If the damage is limited to say only one section and it would only cost about 200 dollars you might want to pay out of pocket if your deductible is higher.


Garage Door Collision Repair

If you have had a little run in with your garage door in the Phoenix valley On Track Garage Door has you covered with cost effective repairs. We can come and inspect the damage and help you decide if garage door panel repair or garage door replacement will save you money.  Give us a call today and we will make your garage door a nightmare a thing of the past.

Best Type Of Garage Door Opener For Your Home

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When you are choosing a new garage door opener for your home it can be a tricky undertaking. There are more than one kind of garage door opener. This makes choosing complicated the best type of garage door opener for your home difficult.

Types Of Residential Garage Door Openers

For residential purposes there are 3 types of garage door openers. Each type of garage door opener has its pros and cons.

Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

For homes that have living quarters near or over the garage door belt driven garage door openers can be a great option. They are quieter than chain driven systems. They do cost a little more than chain driven systems but pay off in being quieter garage door opener options.

Chain Drive Garage Door Openers

Chain garage door opener is by far the most common type of opener. As you might imagine these garage door openers use a chain to lift and lower the garage door. The chain is used to pull a trolley that moves the garage up and down. There are some systems where the chain pushes the garage instead of pulling it. The only big downside to a chain driven garage door opener is the noise, and it they are best for detached garages.

Screw Drive Garage Door Openers

Screw type garage door openers utilize a threaded steel rod to move the trolley. The trolley is attached to the garage door and is what moves it in a screw type opener. These garage door openers have less moving parts so they generally need less maintenance over the course of use. The only downside is that they are typically louder than a belt drive garage door opener.

Professional Installation Means Safety

Garage doors normally are just simple elements of our homes that operate without us thinking about them too much. However there are some serious forces that make them work and they can be quite dangerous if they have been left in disrepair or have been damaged. They need to be installed correctly by licensed and professional garage door installers.

Safety Sensors, Backup Batteries, & Emergency Releases

Quality installation depends on having a few things done right. Safety sensors are a big part of making sure everyone is safe, while also installing them so they do not malfunction. If they are not installed straight or they are not tight against the door jamb they can be easily knocked out of alignment. If they are out of alignment your garage door won’t move or completely close. Many times they will simply reverse and reopen.

Battery backup and emergency releases are also important factors in the function and safety of your garage door opener installation. Battery backup helps you if the power is to get your car out of the garage. Emergency releases are for when there is something wrong and you need to pop the garage loose from the opener and try to open and close it manually.


Garage Door Opener Installation

If you live in Mesa or the Phoenix valley On Track Garage Door can help you choose the best garage door opener to fit your home. In addition to installing new garage door openers we service and repair them. So if you have a garage door that isn’t operating smoothly or has stopped working completely we have the knowledge to diagnose what is going wrong, and get it fixed. Give us a call today if you need installation, service, or repair anywhere in the Phoenix valley.

Why Your Garage Door Seal Is Important In Phoenix

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The garage door seal might seem like the smallest detail on your garage door, but they are important. With time, use, and wear they end up breaking down and need to be replaced. Many homeowners might not even realize their garage door has, or had a weather seal. We are going to talk about what a garage door weather seal is and what it does.

What Are Garage Door Seals?

We all know that seals can hold back water and air. Garage door seals do more than hold back the wind, rain, and weather. They also help with keeping little critters and insects out of our homes. Garage doors feature seals at the top, bottom, and sides of the garage door to provide a better seal.

Types Of Garage Door Seals

Bottom Boot Garage Door Seals – These are the seals attached to the bottom of the garage door that when close makes contact with the concrete. Many garage floors are not perfectly flat so a flexible seal is the best way to make a good seal that holds pests like spiders and scorpions out of your garage. There are different shapes of bottom boot seals you can choose from, your garage door service man will help you choose the best for your particular location.

Side & Top Garage Door Seals

Clearly these seals are for the top side of the garage door and the sides. These make contact with the door jamb and help make a weather tight seal. This helps prevent or at least minimize the rains we get during monsoon season and driving rains that come in sideways. They also help keep out some airborne pests like wasps and hornets that are always looking for a safe new place to build a hive.

What Makes Garage Door Seals Important?

Clearly keeping weather and pests out of your garage door is some of the main advantages of keeping your garage door seals in good condition. But there are more reasons they help and are important. Read below to see the full benefits of garage door seals.

Helps Keep Energy Costs Down – There aren’t many people in the world that wouldn’t like lower energy bills. Electricity doesn’t grow on trees and it isn’t getting any cheaper. Arizona residents know the heat and know that paying to keep their homes cool keeps them comfortable, but costs. Garage door seals help keep the garage cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter and help lower your overall energy costs. Paired with insulated garage doors you will enjoy lower energy costs.

Keeps The Garage Dry – While Arizona isn’t really known for having tons of rainy days we do get some pretty serious storms with heavy downpour. Having a garage door seal that is in good condition helps make contact with the garage door jamb and the concrete. This helps keep the water out of your garage. Which is important if you use your garage to store things or if it is set up as a man cave/mechanics paradise.

Pest & Rodent Bouncer – Everyone loves a good party and that includes rodents and insects that are looking for a free meal. It is common to keep the garage can in the garage to make disposal quick and easy without going outside. This attracts pests that want to make it inside your garage. Having a quality seal, that is in good repair, stops them at the door and keeps your home roach and rat free.


Garage Door Seal Repair & Replacement

If your garage door didn’t come with a seal or you need to have it replaced On Track Garage Door of Mesa will come to repair your garage door anywhere in the Phoenix valley. We can replace the seals to help keep your garage weather tight, and help keep pests out. Give us a call today to get your garage door maintenance started.

Broken Garage Door Spring Signs

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Garage doors get a lot of use. Even if we only use them when go to work and come home each evening they open and close about 500 times a year. Anything getting that kind of use is subject to normal wear and tear.

Even if your garage door opener is working fine, a broken spring can park you for the day. The garage door springs do all of the actual work in lifting the garage door. The garage door opener simply adds or subtracts pressure to get the garage to open or close.

My Garage Door Will Only Go Up 6 inches

Typically you don’t know that something is wrong until you’re trying to leave and the door won’t cooperate. If you hit the wall button and the door will only open about 6”. The most common issue in these cases is the garage door safety system has been triggered. Clear the area around the garage door and make sure the sensors are straight.

If the garage door opens very slowly it can be a sign that the springs are broken. This is due to the opener having to try to pull the full weight of the garage door. If you think this might be the case close the door and pull the emergency garage door release. Try to give the garage door a lift. If it is really heavy you more than likely have a broken spring that isn’t pulling its weight.

My Garage Door Cables Look Broken

Most times when people call garage door companies saying that their cables have broken it is in actuality the springs that have failed. It can look that way because the cables will break loose and fly all over the garage. The cables many times also disconnect from the garage door and end up on the garage floor. It is quite uncommon for garage door cables to become damaged and need replacement when the garage door spring fails.

In the case of garage doors that have two torsion springs. the one that has not failed will keep the cables in place. In this situation you have to visually inspect the springs to see if one of them is broken. If the springs are in a tube you probably won’t be able to see the springs. In this case you will want to have the garage door close and pull the emergency cord. Then test the garage to see if it has disproportionate weight.

My Garage Door Is Crooked When It Goes Up and Down

If your garage door looks like privacy blinds going up crooked there is a chance that one of your extension springs has failed. There are two of these springs per door and they help pull the garage from both sides. When one breaks the door goes up crooked and can even become stuck in the tracks.


Garage Door Spring Repair

It’s incredibly dangerous to work on your garage door springs. If you think one has broken it is time to call in the experts and have it fixed by people with the right training and right tools. Give On Track Garage Door a call today and we will get your garage back in working order just as quick as we can.

Faux Wood Garage Doors

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While wood overlay garage doors are a popular investment for a long of Phoenix homeowners faux wood garage doors are gaining popularity. In the past garage door manufacturers made garage doors out of composite materials made from recycled glass fiber and wood. They also would imprint a wood grain on fiberglass, steel, or cellular PVC wood boards. These materials had limitations on how accurately they could recreate the appearance of authentic wood grain.

Faux Wood Garage Door Realism

Polymer composite technology opened up a new opportunity for garage door manufacturers to afford homeowners the look of real wood, while allowing them to save money on the opener, track, and other hardware needed for authentic wood garage doors. The flexibility of this material in terms of authentic wood grain recreation has allowed the use of actual sections of wood being used for the purpose of creating real wood grain patterns in the composite material.

This means that the faux wood garage doors made in this way have a more realistic look with the original wood imperfections and details. The panels are lightweight but still carry the cracks, wood knots, pock marks, decay holes and hand-hewn marks that real wood carries with it.

Faux Wood Garage Doors Are Lighter

One of the main advantages of installing a faux garage door over a real cedar overlay garage door is that they are much lighter in weight. While the real thing brings the authentic article to your home, many homeowners aren’t able to spend the extra money on more robust garage door openers, operating hardware, or stronger tracks for the garage doors to roll on.

Installing faux garage doors saves homeowners some money while still giving the authentic look of wood. They are just as durable as wood and will last as long. This means increasing your curb appeal while saving money in comparison to wood overlay, or solid wood garage doors.

Faux Wood Garage Doors Require Less Maintenance

Wood is a natural element. It decays over time and will need some TLC. Natural wood needs to be regularly sealed or painted to maintain the condition of the wood. This is especially true in dry, sunny, hot areas of the country. There are few places in the United States that are more hot or sunny than the Phoenix valley in Arizona. Real wood does not cope well with extended direct sunlight, of which we have plenty. While you won’t have to be sealing or staining your faux wood garage doors, you will also be helping cut down on deforestation.

Realistic Faux Wood Garage Doors

With the modern technology of using composite materials the details are much more pronounced in faux wood garage doors. Rather than having a vague wood grain pattern modern faux wood garage doors can be made to look like particular types of wood. This means they can be made to look like some of the more rare or expensive types of wood. Your faux wood garage door can be made to look like mahogany, ash, pecky cypress, or a wide variety of other woods. This can bring the unique look to your home that will not only increase your curb appeal and home value, but set your house a set ahead of your neighbors.

Faux Wood Garage Door Installation Phoenix

On Track Garage Door installs faux wood garage doors anywhere in the Phoenix valley. We are located in Mesa, AZ but have our trucks out at homes in Gilbert, Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale and anywhere else that our customers need us. If you are thinking about installing a new garage door our design and installation pros can make it simple to choose a new garage door, and make installation a snap.

Give us a call today to start the process at 480-641-2301.

Garage Door Troubleshooting

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As residential and commercial garage door installation and service professionals there is little that we haven’t seen in the garage door industry. Garage door wear and damage is varied and there are a lot of things that can go wrong that need minor or major repairs. Something as simple as a basketball or tennis ball can knock a sensor out of alignment or a garage off its track. Diagnosis of the problem is first, and everything can be repaired.

There are a lot of things that homeowners can easily fix. Straightening a safety sensor is just a matter of pointing it at the reflector plate, for example. However there are some repairs are better left to the professionals. Certain elements of garage doors are extremely dangerous. The tension springs for example are under tremendous pressure and can cause very serious injury. This guide should help you identify what is wrong with your garage door, which will help you know if you need to call a pro.

The Garage Door’s Path Is Blocked

Clearly the garage can’t do its job and close if something is in the way. Garage doors are developed with a safety mechanism that causes it to go back up if something is in the way. Homeowners can become frustrated when they press the button to close the door and it comes about half way down only to stop and return to the fully open position. This can be caused by something as simple as toys, or other items in your garage lying in the garage door’s path.

To resolve this issue just inspect the ground and area around your garage door sensors. Move anything you think could be in the way. Check out the garage door tracks as well. Get a step ladder for the areas that are harder to see. If build-up or objects are stuck in the track the garage might get a false positive for a object in the way and reverse.

The Remote Has Dead Batteries

This is one of the most common problems people have with their garage doors. It is also one of the easiest to fix. To troubleshoot this problem check to see if the wall switch for the garage door still works. If it works then it’s most likely the batteries in the remote.

To replace the batteries you will have to either unscrew or slide open the remote’s batter compartment. Dig the batteries out of the remote and take them down to the store. Getting the right match for the remote is important. Most stores will have different brands, but will have a compatibility chart that will tell you which Energizer replacement will replace a Duracell and vice versa.

The Safety Sensors Are Crooked

Indiana Jones might be able to slide and roll under doors, but as of 1993 sensors installed for safety on garage doors prevent us from being our own action heroes. These safety photo eyes watch the path of the garage door with an invisible beam. When the garage door remote is used these beams check the area to make sure it is clear. This is done to prevent injury or damage to property.

Before adjusting the sensors alignment you will want to make sure that the sensors are not dirty. If they have debris, insects, or dirt on them they will assume something is in the way and refuse to let the garage door close. They are made of glass and should be cleaned carefully to prevent scratching. Clean the sensors and then check to see if the garage will close and open properly.

If the garage door still isn’t cooperating you will need to check the alignment of the sensors. They should point at exactly the same angle, from the same height, and directly at each other. If they are looking in different directions and not seeing each other they will assume there is a object blocking the garage door path and disable the garage door’s movement.

Phoenix Garage Door Windows

Phoenix Garage Door Windows

A lot of home owners in Phoenix want windows in their garage doors. When customizing the look of a home every detail counts. While this is something that adds curb appeal it is also functional and allows light into an otherwise dark and gloomy area of our homes. This article takes a closer look why people choose to install windows in their garage doors.

Garage Door Window Advantages

Choosing a garage door with windows or having windows installed in your current garage door has multiple benefits. We’ll take a look at some of them here.

Natural Light – Unless you’ve converted your garage into a man cave or workshop you probably don’t have a bunch of lights in the garage. Garage door windows let in natural light. This means that if you’ve got a power outage, or just like saving money on your power bill you’ll be able to see in your garage during the daytime with natural light.

Varied Aesthetic Look – Having a row of panels on your garage door set up with windows does more than let in the light, it adds visual interest to your garage door. Being one of the larger single surfaces making up the façade of your home customizing the garage door with windows adds more curb appeal, and value to your property.

Coordinated Architectural Design – The rest of your home is dotted with windows. Having garage door windows helps tie the entire look of the house together and makes the garage fit in better with the overall architecture. In fact the windows you can add to a garage door come in a wide variety of sizes. So you can really match the architectural elements of your home.

Garage Door Window Disadvantages

There are great reasons to have windows in your garage door, but there are a couple drawbacks. Knowing these can help educate you before you make your decision.

Diminished Garage Privacy – If natural light can get into your garage, people might be able to see in too. If the windows are high enough or tinted it reduces this risk dramatically. If you don’t store valuables in your garage it also isn’t an issue if someone looks in and sees a lawn mower and some Christmas lights.

Potential Damage To The Glass – Garage doors are made of strong and resilient materials. Things like wood, aluminum and steel. Glass is not known for its phenomenal strength. So adding windows to your garage does introduce an element that is fragile to your garage. If sports are regularly played in your driveway there is a risk of breaking these windows. If you’ve got a basketball hoop installed over your garage, windows just aren’t a winning idea. There are tempered glass windows for garage doors that can cut down on the fragility of your garage door windows.

Installing Garage Door Windows

If you are in the process of building your dream home, or if you are just doing some updates or remodeling you might be looking at garage door windows in Phoenix. There are DIY kits available at most hardware stores where you can do window inserts in your existing garage door. If you are starting from scratch or replacing a garage door you can choose one that already has garage door windows and reap the benefits.


Phoenix Garage Door Experts

If you have a garage in Phoenix where you need repair, or want to get some windows installed get in touch with the experts. They know the industry and can help you make the best decisions whether you are buying a whole new garage door or just wanting to do work on the garage door you already have.

On Track Garage Door480-641-2301