Garage Door Hard to Open

Do you often find your garage door hard to open? You are on your way to or from work, school, or that afternoon date with a friend, only to find out your garage door is acting up again. There are a lot of reasons why this happens, and you need to know the cause before you can address it effectively. Know how to deal with a garage door that won’t open easily with some tips from us.

Garage Door Hard to Open

There are many troubleshooting tips you can follow when your garage is experiencing problems. The following tips and techniques will not only help you fix the problem with your roll up door hard to open but will also teach you how to open those doors manually. So, let’s start.

Blocked Photo Eye

Older garage doors have a photo eye – a sensor placed about six inches above the ground, on the sides of the door. As small as a pea, the photo eye shoots a laser that detects if there is someone or something blocking the door. If your garage door is not opening, check if the cord connected to the photo eye is cut or damaged, especially after heavy rain. Cleaning the eye is also recommended as dirt and dust can obstruct the eye.

Broken Torsion Springs

There are signs you will see when your springs are broken. You will definitely know when the torsion spring of your garage door has just been broken – you hear a loud noise similar to that of a firecracker. Often, the garage door cable will also break which can damage a car or wall or hurt someone in the way.

Garage Door Hard to Open

The garage door springs are usually the first part to break and are the top reason for garage door repair services. For safety reasons, the first thing to remember when you have a broken torsion spring or cable is to NOT try to open the door. The repair should be done by a skilled professional.

Disconnect Mode is On

Garage door openers have a ‘disconnect’ mode (a cord, knob, or switch), allowing you to manually open or close the door. It does not take much effort to check if you have disconnected the motor by accident.

Disrupted Power Source

Simply check if your garage door opener is plugged into a working power source, or if your circuit breaker or fuse is working properly. This may sound simple, but it happens!

Locked Garage Door

After everything you have done and blurted out because of your garage door not opening, it turns out it is locked! Before getting really frustrated about it, simply check for any metal parts that may have locked the door.

Garage Door Hard to Open

Malfunctioning Remote Control

When using the remote to open the garage door but is not working, several things may have caused the problem, including:

  • You are out-of-range.
  • Check for any blockage or damage to the motor’s antenna.
  • If the garage door opens using the wall switch, replace the battery of the remote control.
  • Reprogram the remote.

Misaligned Door Track

An off-the-track door will surely not work properly. If your door is not rolling smoothly, investigate if the track is bent, the panel is dented, or has bulges or obstacles. Then, listen for any squeak that may indicate areas of friction and watch if the garage door slows down or gets stuck when it opens or closes.

 To fix a misaligned track, get a level and a rubber mallet and start to loosen the screws that keep the track secured to its frame. Lightly tap the track back to its correct position before tightening the screws. Alternatively, you can contact a dented garage door repair company for professional help.

 Presence of an Obstacle

As a safety mechanism, garage doors involuntarily reverse if they detect something along the way. When your garage door reverses halfway after opening it for no obvious reason, it may be a sign of an unseen obstacle. Look for dirt, pieces of trash, small rocks, or any other debris. Clean it thoroughly and you should be good to go!

Too Low or High Sensitivity

Too low or too high sensitivity of the garage door opener can also be the reason it takes effort to open the door. If this is the case, simply reset the sensitivity to the correct level following the manufacturer’s directions.

Opening a Garage Door Manually

To open your stubborn garage door manually, here is what you need to do:

  • Use a ladder to find the door opener’s ‘emergency disconnect’, which is the red cord attached to a lever.
  • Pull the cord so the door is released.
  • Get down the ladder and lift the door using both hands.
  • If it does not work, repeat yanking the red cord.

Questions

Why does my garage door get stuck?

A garage door sticking halfway can be due to an obstruction in the track. Look for anything like a broom or rocks that may have fallen and got stuck in the track. Removing the obstruction usually solves the problem.

Why is my garage door opening so slow?

There can be a couple of reasons why a garage door is opening slower than normal. It may be that the opener’s speed setting needs adjustment, or you have not lubricated the hinges, rollers, and tracks.

 A garage door hard to open can be annoying, especially if you are outside with the door your only way in. Before you can fix the issue, you need to know the cause first. Hopefully, these tips will help you. But if this is a persistent issue, contact our professionals here at On Track Garage Door Repair Service to help you. 

It’s Garage Door Safety Month, Here Are Some Safety Tips

With Garage Door Safety month kicking off in just a few days, it seems like now is the perfect time to offer up some tips on making your garage a safer place. Automatic garage door systems have added a large degree of convenience and functionality to our lives and homes, but they do carry inherent risks that could leave you or a family member in a precarious position.  Avoid any unnecessary risk or injury by applying the following tips to your garage and garage door.

  1. Keep your automatic garage door remote control out of reach of children. Placing the opener switch that is mounted in your garage in a position that can’t be reached by kids is also important.
  2. Don’t let children play with your remote to your automatic garage door opener.
  3. Learn about your automatic garage door opener by reading the manual and further your knowledge about the safety features and fail safes built into your system.
  4. Check on the components of your garage door system monthly. Keep tabs on the condition of your entire system to ensure proper functionality.
  5. Check on your safety sensors and make sure they work properly by placing and object in the path of the closing door. If the door reverses course and moves back to the open position your sensors are in good working order. If the sensors can’t ‘see’ each other your garage door should not be able to close.
  6. Explain the dangers of getting your hands and fingers caught in the apparatus of your automatic garage opener system. Getting a finger or hand stuck can lead to serious injury and damage that is potentially permanent.
  7. Make sure your garage door is all the way closed before leaving. This will allow kids or pets to have a path out of your house as well as giving animals and intruders an easy path into your home.
  8. If you leave on vacation, unplug your garage door system to save power and ensure that nobody can access your home through your garage.
  9. Make sure you have customized access codes. Never keep the manufacturers code as your active code.
  10. NEVER leave your remote in your car or with a valet attendant. Using your smart phone as a remote is a good solution to this.

Hopefully this has been an enlightening entry on garage door safety that sees you go into this upcoming garage door safety month and beyond with increased awareness and safety levels when it comes to your automatic  garage door system. Be safe and we wish you and your family a wonderful Garage Door Safety Month from our team here at On Track Garage Door Services!

Ways That You Can Have a Greener Garage

Going green is becoming more and more common and necessary in our society and the trend is finding its way into almost every nook and cranny of our cities and towns.  One place that you can easily start going green is you garage. Garages serve as storage spaces for many substances and objects such as vehicles that emit hazardous fumes that can make it into your home if your garage is attached to the main body of the house.  Below will be listed a few ways you can make your garage greener.

  1. Don’t turn your garage into a miniature hazmat storage unit

As mentioned above, there are many materials that give off toxic fumes that can be harmful to your family and pets.  Chemicals and cars can send these fumes into your home and effect the air quality level in your house for the worse.

  1. Have a Ventilation Fan Installed

If you do need to store toxic materials in your garage, having a ventilation fan installed can do a lot to offset the production of hazardous fumes by circulating them out of your garage and away from your home and family.

  1. Change Your Lighting Fixtures and Bulbs to Greener Models

Installing LED light fixtures and bulbs will conserve a lot of energy and save you money on your power bill. Task lighting is another option that suits those who like to use their garage as their workshop space.

  1. Install an Insulated Garage Door

Most garage doors are very thin and allow air to leak in and out of your garage. The air leaks cause the temperature in your home to fluctuate more quickly and will cause your heating or air conditioning units to activate more frequently.

On Track Garage Door Services in Phoenix, AZ can get you set up with a greener garage asap. We are the Valley leaders in all things garage door. Call us at 480-641-2301.

Loud Garage Door?

Is your garage door obnoxiously loud whenever anybody tries to open or close it? Is your door interrupting the peace and quiet in your home and neighborhood? Nobody wants to be the owner of, or live by, a screechy and creaky garage door as it can severely annoy your neighbors and fellow house mates on top of potentially becoming a major safety hazard.

Automatic garage door openers are complex, motorized devices with many moving parts, including gears and chains. As it goes, the more components involved in a process equals more potential problems possibly occurring. The quality and precision of the initial install of your garage door system definitely matters when it comes to the longevity of your systems overall functionality and effiency.  Another thing that needs considering when diagnosing a systemic issue is the make and model of the garage door opener unit itself.

Friction is probably the most common causes of noisy automatic garage door systems. As time passes, your systems inherent lubrication is diminished and the buffer between the moving parts eventually disappears. As the lubrication is eroded, friction increases and the noise level during the operation of your system increases exponentially. Aside from noise, this friction will also greatly expedite the wear and tear on vitally important components your auto garage door system. Replacing an entire garage door system can be very expensive so keeping your garage door regularly maintained can go a long way in saving you a lot of money.

If you are noticing your garage door starting to make noise when you operate it, make sure everything is properly lubricated and everything is possibly tightened. If you are noticing more than just a lack of lubrication and loose components then it may be time to call a professional who is trained, licensed and bonded so you know that you are going to have high quality work done and that you are also protected should anything go awry.

How Increase your Garage Security

Garage doors can be a target point of entry for would be burglars. There are many ways to fortify your garage and turn it to a strong point of your home instead of a weakness with the potential to be breached fairly easily. We are going to outline ways that you can increase the security level of your garage in a 2-part blog entry.  Part 2 will come next week and there may even end up being a part 3. Without further ado, let the fortification begin!

  1. Do not leave your garage remote in an obvious place: If you are like many homeowners, you probably keep your garage door opener clipped to the visor above the driver side of the car. This makes your garage infinitely more accessible because easy access is a breached car window away. Find a more thoughtful place to keep your garage door opener that won’t be so easily found.
  2. Secure your garage’s emergency release: Almost every garage door is equipped with an emergency release that can be manipulated to allow access without much exerted effort. Using a zip line or similar method to secure the emergency release will eliminate the option of using it to gain entry into your home.
  3. Make sure your windows are covered: If you have windows on your garage, it’s a wise move to cover them to eliminate visibility and a potential burglars ability to scout your garage as an entry point. It will also help keep the temperature in your garage down and keep your vehicles and belongings protected from extreme temperatures.

These are the first 3 tips in our series on increasing garage security. Most of these do not take a lot of time to put in place, but they could save you hours upon hours of dealing with the aftermath of a possible home invasion or robbery.

Prepping Your Garage Door for The Arizona Summer 2016

The famous Arizona Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to make preparations for your home to be able to endure the extreme conditions. One of the areas that would benefit from making proper preparations is your garage. There are plenty of ways to equip your garage to be able to shrug off anything the summer can throw at it.  We are going to outline those in a 2 part blog over this week and next week.

  1. Make Sure Your Garage Door is Clean: Making sure your garage door is clean can prevent a lot of dust build up. If you have a metal garage door you can use a thin layer of car wax on each side of the door to repel dust and particles. Checking metal garage doors for rust is also a wise maneuver. If you have a wooden garage door, check for rot and make sure the door is in good health.
  2. Make Sure Your Garage Door Tracks, rollers etc are Clean and Lubricated: Any moving part of your garage door system should be clean and well lubricated. Make sure you use quality oils as the heat can dehydrate and dry the oil, leading to more friction being endured by your systems important moving components. Avoid WD-40, while popular and prevalent, it is not heavy duty or long lasting enough to adequately lube your garage door components with.
  3. Check on The Condition of Your System: Wear and tear on your garage door system is inevitable, but it should be tracked and accounted for. Eventually repairs will be necessary. If you notice that your garage door system isn’t in good condition, it may be time for professional repairs or replacement BEFORE the summer kicks into full swing. Prices go up for labor and installations in the summer.
  4. Make Sure Your Garage is Properly Ventilated and Insulated: No matter what you use your garage for controlling the temperature should be a priority. Some people who use their garage as a social area should consider installer a small air conditioner, but for those who use their garage for traditional purposes would benefit by keeping the temperature down. Insulation should be sufficient enough to keep the temp down to a level that won’t damage any belongings being stored or take a toll on your vehicle.

Garage Door Styles: Steel vs. Wood

There are several options out there when it comes to garage doors. All have their own pros and cons and offer differing advantages. We’ll briefly describe the differences between wood and steel garage doors and hopefully help you make an informed decision about the type of garage door you are going to have installed.

Steel:

Steel doors score points right out of the gate due to the fact they they are very low maintenance.  The fact that steel doors are coated with protective paint is a big reason why these doors do not require a lot of maintenance. Steel doors are also very durable and will remain sturdy for a very long time. Another advantage is the fact that steel doors can be more efficiently insulated for the elements outside.  There are disadvantages to steel doors such as limitations on size and customizability. If there isn’t any insulation installed behind the door, it can easily become dented. Speaking of insulation, it is wise to insulate your steel garage door as they are not very efficient at maintaining a thermal barrier between the indoor and outdoor environments. Keeping your garage from being too hot or too cold is good for your vehicles and any belongings that you store in your garage. Extreme temperatures on either side of the spectrum can damage materials by melting them down or freezing them to the point that they may warp and crack. You will do a lot to keep your vehicle on the road exponentially longer. Some use their garages as social or work areas, which puts even more importance

Wood:

Wood is a more elegant and luxurious option that most use when they are going for a certain look and feel. Wooden garage doors are almost solely an aesthetic option when chosen as they do not offer functional advantages over steel garage doors. They do offer a higher degree of customizability and are more flexible when it comes to sizes that can be installed. Wooden garage doors do require a lot more maintenance than steel garage doors. Wood doors are also 3 to 4 times more costly than steel doors, so you are getting less functionality for a lot more money. Wood garage doors are better at insulating than steel garage doors, but insulating them is a good idea because they will raise the energy efficiency of your home while also making your garage much more comfortable throughout the years.  Wood garage doors are heavier than steel doors and will cause your automatic garage door opener to work harder which can and will shorten it’s overall serviceable lifespan.

Whether you are looking for a cosmetic upgrade, solely focused on the look of your home or if you are looking for an efficiency and performance upgrade, On Track Garage doors services can help you with your garage door needs and we guarantee your satisfaction. Call On Track Garage Door Services today at (480)641-23010

Get Festive With A Garage Door Holiday Display

If you are the festive type, no doubt you are excited for the holiday season that is upon us. Odds are you are creating a magnificent display to express your holiday joy to the world (or your neighborhood….). Odds are you are looking for a way to separate your display from the rest so it can stand out amongst your neighborly competition. One way to do so is to incorporate your garage door as a screen for a graphical Christmas display from a projector. Having a dynamic, animated display on the front of your house will definitely grasp the attention of passersby, scoring you those all important holiday awe points. Here are some tips to turn your garage door into a projector screen effectively.

Make sure your projector has the proper features: What you are mainly looking for is speed control and a standby timer. Speed control allows you to control the speed of the projection across your garage door surface. The standby timer is the second key feature that needs to be present. Having the ability to adjust the standby timer will ensure that your graphical projection will not be turned off unexpectedly during peak viewing hours.

You may want to do some things to smooth out the surface of your garage door, if it’s not flat. Not having a flat surface could distort the image, so it’s really a matter of preference.

You will need weather proofing in place to protect your projector. Moisture and cold temperatures can be harmful to outdoor projectors. Some companies supply weatherproof housing for the projectors they build, but you may also consider building one of your own if that is not the case for the manufacturer of your particular projector. Projectors are not cheap, so you definitely want to make sure that it is well protected while it is exposed to the winter elements.