The Importance of Photoelectric Sensors

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To reduce the number of injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) mandated important safety features on all garage doors manufactured on or after January 1, 1993. The photoelectric sensors are a response to this mandate. They are required on both residential and commercial doors.

The photoelectric sensors are your garage door’s eyes. They are made up of a light source (LED), a receiver (phototransistor), a signal converter, and an amplifier. The phototransistor analyzes incoming light, verifies that it’s from the LED, and appropriately triggers an output.

Photoelectric sensors offer many advantages over other technologies. If a child or animal wanders through the beam between the two sensors – installed on opposite sides of the door, about six inches above the ground – breaking their connection, the garage door will immediately reverse direction thus avoiding a potential entrapment situation.

For safety reasons, if you discover your photoelectric sensors are not working, you should immediately contact a local garage door repair professional to come out and service them. In the interim, unplug the opener from its power source, ensuring the door is rendered non-operational.

Some signs that the sensors are not working include:

  • Lights on one or both sensors start blinking
  • Door starts to come down, then goes back up
  • Garage door can open, but will not close when summoned

If your sensors are not working, this is usually because they cannot “see” each other to make the connection they need to, to give your garage door system the okay to close. You can try troubleshooting the problem using the following techniques:

  1. Gently clean the sensors using a microfiber cloth.
  2. Move any stored items that might be blocking either sensor to another location.
  3. If 1-2 didn’t work, see if one of the sensors appears misaligned. If so, try manually adjusting it. This should require minimal effort. If you need to apply force, leave the sensor alone as it might be break.
  4. If the problem persists, contact a local garage door repair professional.
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Buying a New Garage Door Opener? Read This First!

If the time has come to replace your garage door opener, either as part of a system upgrade or because the old one has outlived its useful life, you are likely in unfamiliar territory. In this article, we’ll help you narrow down your options, ensuring you’re able to choose the perfect garage door opener for your home.

Garage Door Opener Drive Units

The first choice to make is the way your opener will be operated: either by chain, belt or screw drive.

Chain drive openers are the most common and least expensive units available. As their name implies, these openers rely on a bicycle-like chain to push the trolley connected to the J-arm, which is attached to the garage itself. One caveat is noise. For that reason, chain drive units are typically best suited for detached garages.

Belt drive openers are a good choice if your living quarters are directly above or adjacent the garage. Belt drive units use the same mechanisms as chain drive openers, with the exception that instead of a chain, they use a steel-reinforced rubber belt. These openers are almost silent by comparison with other types of openers.

Screw drive openers are an excellent alternative to chain drive units because they’re durable and low-maintenance. The downside is that screw drive openers are somewhat sensitive to temperature. Noise wise, screw drive units tend to be nosier than belt drive openers, but quieter than chain drive units.

Garage Door Opener Features and Accessories

The second choice is to decide which features and accessories you’d like your opener to have.

Horsepower: The higher the horsepower, the more weight the opener can handle, with the least amount of strain. Today’s standards are ¼, ½, ¾, 1 and 1 ¼. Some newer models offer 2. You will need to know the weight of your door to determine the minimum horsepower needed.

Battery Backup: Do you need a battery backup? Depends. A battery backup provides 24-hours of reverse power to operate the garage door up to 20 full cycles during a power outage. If you’re in a region that experiences severe weather, such as monsoons or thunderstorm, you’ll likely benefit from a battery backup.

Internet Connectivity: A relatively new feature is the addition of home automation capabilities to garage door openers courtesy of a Wi-Fi connection. Smart openers allow you to operate and monitor your door remotely via a smartphone app. Some models can also integrate with other smart devices for total home automation.

Keyless Entry Keypad: This convenient and time-saving technology makes it very popular with today’s homeowners. Keyless entry allows you and other family members to open the garage door without a remote or key in hand. You can also set temporary codes for guests or service workers and use one button to close the door when you head out to walk the dogs.

Wall Mount: If the height of your garage doesn’t permit standard, ceiling mount openers, a wall mount opener (also known as a jackshaft operator) may be an excellent choice. A powerful, 24V DC motor delivers relatively no noise.

Rolling Code Technology: In addition to the above, all garage door openers should feature rolling code technology, which selects a new, non-repeating access code from approximately one million possible code options each time you press the button on your opener remote.

Installing Your New Garage Door Opener

If you’d like your garage door opener professionally installed, our experienced, licensed and insured technicians are ready to help. In addition to garage door opener installation, we can with garage door opener repair, new garage door installation, and garage door repair. Contact us today at (918) 938-1338 or visit us at www.tulsagaragedoorrepairs.com for a free quote.

Garage Storage Solutions

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Looking to organize your garage?

Here are some of our favorite garage storage solutions.

Magnetic Tool Holders: You might already have one of these in your kitchen. Magnetic tool holders, such as this one here, are great for storing hand tools within arm’s reach. No more digging through a tool box to find what you need.

Shoe Storage: The garage door is often a family’s main entrance into their home. If you have a strict “no shoes” policy, a shoe organizer with or without built-in seating, is a great way to stop the pileup of shoes outside your main door.

Overhead Storage: Suspended shelving just above your vehicles or the door itself provides out-of-the-way storage space. Use these shelves to store items you rarely need to access such as holiday decorations.

Shelving Units: To get the most out of your garage, it is worth investing in some high-quality, sturdy shelving units from your local home improvement or warehouse store. Assembled just like a bookcase, shelving units are a good choice for items you frequently need to access, such as lawn chairs and sporting goods.

DIY Recycle Bin Hangers: Keep your home recycle bins from taking up valuable floor space with just a few pieces of scrap wood. This project also makes remove each bin a breeze compared to when they’re stacked on one another. For step-by-step instructions, click here.

Peg Boards: Peg boards are a great option for garage storage. These relatively inexpensive wall boards allow you to store your tools both vertically and horizontally. Hooks and small bins can be purchased for storing power tools, hardware, and materials.

Cabinetry: Cabinets, drawers, and shelves purchased from your local home improvement store make it easy to keep everything tidy. Look for storage that stands on legs to avoid any potential water or rodent issues.

Garage Door Cleaning Tips

  • Set aside at least a full day to get the job done
  • Make organizing a family or household project
  • Sort all items into four piles: keep, donate, sell, and trash
  • Have lots of black garbage bags and boxes ready to be utilized
  • Further sort those items you plan on keeping into broad categories (i.e. sports equipment, power tools, hand tools, holiday decorations, paint supplies, etc.)
  • Paint, propane, and other hazardous materials should never be stored in the garage

Contact Us Today!

Need your garage door repaired before you can park it inside your newly organized garage? Give the experts at Dynamic Door Tulsa a call at (918) 938-1338 for an initial consultation and free estimate. We offer 24/7 emergency garage door repair, and don’t charge extra for nights or weekends.

Show Your Garage Door Some Love

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February is a time for love. While it’s traditionally been synonymous with fancy dinners, boxes of chocolates, extravagant gifts, and long-stemmed red roses – why not part with tradition and show your garage door some love this Valentine’s Day? After all, your relationship with your home is one that will last a long, long time.

Here are some ideas you can use to show your garage door some love.

Spiff up the paint

Your garage door is exposed to the elements. Over time, it can fade, chip and rust. Painting the door will do wonders for your whole house. One trip to your local home improvement store will unlock a world of paint options for your garage door. Before laying down a coat, however, it’s important to make sure you’re using the correct type of paint for the application (e.g., metal, wood or composite). Also of importance is the tasks of prepping and priming the door.

Fix or upgrade it

If you’ve been wondering whether to fix or upgrade your current door, consider this – garage doors have a lifespan of approximately 30 years. If your door malfunctions more often than not or it’s nearing its expiration date, it’s probably not worth your while to invest more time and money in having it repaired…yet again. Today’s garage doors are available in a wide variety of shapes, materials, and colors. They will also add enormous curb appeal to your home.

Buy it something pretty

Trending now: Smart garage door openers. Coupled with a smartphone app (iOS or Android), this technology allows you to monitor the status of your door, as well as operate it remotely. It can also integrate with other smart home devices. Other ideas include decorative hardware, window inserts, parking guides, and more. Storage cabinets, peg boards, shoe racks, and workshop lights are also good gift ideas – especially if you use your garage for more than just protecting your vehicle.

Maintain the garage door

Your garage door requires regular maintenance to ensure its operating properly. Failure to do so can lead to damage and may even render the system inoperable. To keep things in working order, you should routinely inspect the door and its components for visible wear and tear, in addition to cleaning any exposed surfaces to remove dirt and grime. Lubricate your door’s springs, hinges, rollers, and locks using a silicone spray. Other tasks may also be required. When in doubt, contact a local garage door company.

Garage Door Resolutions

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Home improvement, or at least the desire for it, is a shared American hobby. It’s why so many of us browse Pinterest, pinning DIY projects that interest us, determined to complete them. Despite our best intentions, however, only a tiny percentage of us follow through – especially when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions. Fact: Statistic Brain shows that only 9.2% of people are successful at achieving their New Year’s goals. Are you one of them? If you are, or you hope to be, here are four garage door resolutions you can make to ensure it functions properly all year long.

Resolute to Perform Regular Maintenance

All too often, we take our doors for granted, pressing the button on the remote once to open it and again to close it. Like most homeowners, you probably use your garage door to get into and out of your house; no matter how many times you come and go. That’s why it’s so important to take a few minutes at least once a month to perform a visual inspection. Certain parts, like the rollers, hinges and springs, should be lubricated twice per year (in the spring and fall).

Resolute to Optimize the Space Provided

In order to take full advantage of the space provided by your garage, take the time to browse websites like Pinterest and Houzz; both of which will provide you with a wealth of garage organization inspiration. Not only are many of these ideas easy and effective, many of them will cost you nothing but a little time. We do, however, recommend purchasing some storage containers to avoid the space ever becoming a mess again.

Resolute to Hire a Professional for all Repairs

Aside from preventative maintenance tasks, such as those previously mentioned, you should never attempt to repair any of your garage door’s major components. Many of the door’s components are under an immense amount of tension that can cause injury if improperly handled. Always consult a professional garage door repair company in your area. You will find that most provide free, no obligation, no pressure estimates.

Resolute to Invest in a New Garage Door

Upgrading your garage door can enhance your home’s curb appeal, and according to this year’s Cost vs. Value report, literally pay for itself should you ever decide to sell or refinance your home. If you have a damaged, malfunctioning or unsightly garage door that needs to be replaced sooner rather than later, make 2017 the year you treat yourself and your home to a new garage door.

What Makes DIY Garage Door Repair So Dangerous?

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As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, such as “The Importance of Garage Door Maintenance,” there are a lot of things you can do to extend the life of your garage door system. DIY garage door repair, however, is NOT one of them!

Attempting to fix a malfunctioning garage door can be a recipe for disaster. Not only is garage door repair complicated, it is also quite dangerous! To avoid the dangers associated with garage door repair, always contact a professional garage door company.

Personal Injury

You risk the door falling when performing DIY garage door repair. Weighing hundreds of pounds, a falling garage door has the potential to damage the door itself, the floor beneath the door and anything within close proximity to the door. The latter may include you, your car, a pet, or just about anything or anyone else.

Spring Rupture

Torsion springs are an integral part of the door. They’re wound very tightly to enable the door to open as effortlessly as possible. However, they will inevitably lose this tension over time, making it increasingly difficult to control the door’s movements. In order to repair the damage, the springs must be rewound or replaced by a professional.

Improper Use of Tools

Making sure to use the right tools is absolutely essential to ensuring a successful repair. Using the wrong tools often results in unsafe work conditions and increases your chances of further damaging the door or the tools themselves. Think power tools are the answer? Think again! One wrong move with a power tool could lead to serious injury.

Worsening Problem

Without the proper tools and know-how, you may actually make the problem worse – a lot worse. Should you inadvertently mess something up, you could cause the door to sustain additional damages. Additional damages equal more out of pocket costs. Damage to anything or injury to anyone are also possible.

How to Quiet a Noisy Garage Door

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While some noise is to be expected, particularly if you have a chain-driven garage door opener, noise that wakes the neighbors is a bit excessive. It’s even more frustrating when your bedroom is adjacent or over the garage and you’re woken up late at night or early in the morning. If this is your truth, here are a few steps that you can take to quiet a noisy garage door.

What Causes a Noisy Garage Door?

Worn Out Rollers: Metal rollers travelling along metal tracks tend to be quite noisy. Replace your metal rollers with nylon for quieter operation. Nylon rollers are also much more durable than metal rollers. They require no lubrication reducing the amount of time you spend on maintaining the door. Average 10-ball bearing nylon rollers are designed to last 10,000-15,000 cycles; the equivalent life of a torsion spring.

An Unbalanced Garage Door: A garage door that is unbalanced can cause a significant amount of noise and after a while may become non-operational. There is a simple method for testing the door’s stability. Following the instructions outlined in your garage door opener’s manual, pull the emergency release mechanism, which will allow you to manually open and close the door. Try raising the door halfway before releasing it. If the door is stable, it will not move much; but if it is unbalanced, it will start to fall. An unbalanced door should be professionally repaired.

Chain-Drive Garage Door Openers: Chain-drive garage door openers are generally affordable, durable, and…noisy. Install anti-vibration pads to reduce some of the noise caused by these openers. To install, slide one anti-vibration pad between the opener’s mounting bracket and the ceiling, and the second pad under the bracket and secure with a fender washer and lag screw. Belt-drive garage door openers provide the quietest operation.

What Can You Do to Reduce this Noise?

With your door closed, stand inside the garage and take a good look to see if there are any parts that appear broken, worn-out or very loose. Hardware (i.e. nuts, bolts, and screws) may loosen over time. That is why it is important to break out the toolbox and use a socket wrench to tighten up all of the door’s individual parts. Mind you, there are a lot! If any parts appeared damaged, you’ll want to consult a professional.

In addition to performing a visual inspection (something that should be done monthly) and tightening all hardware, you should lubricate all metal parts that come in contact with another metal part, such as hinges and the spring system. Use a high-quality silicone-based lubricant. Don’t use WD-40 and don’t lubricate the door’s tracks as this can damage the door.

If you aren’t comfortable completing these tasks on your own, it is always best to contact a professional garage door repair company, who can send an expert technician to your home at a time convenient for you to perform routine maintenance such as this. Some causes of noisy garage doors may not be fixable with just basic supplies and will require the expertise of a professional.