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Creepy Garage Door Problems

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 04:55 PM

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In honor of Friday the 13th and Halloween, the team at Overhead Door wants to share some creepy garage door problems that sound horrifying, but might not actually be as scary as you originally thought. Read on for more...if you dare!

Don't Let These Garage Door Problems Haunt Your House

The Spooky Spring

Was that a scream - or was it just your garage door opening? Garage door parts can rust over time, creating horrific noises that can chill you to the bone. When you schedule service, your techician will either grease the part or replace it. 

The Sound of Scurrying

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What...was...that...noise?! If you hear the sound of something in your garage - well, that may be more than what Overhead Door is capable of handling. We recommend (1) calling a licensed exterminator (2) cleaning your garage to avoid creating a happy habitat for rodents and insects.

The Flickering Light

Straight out of a horror movie, there are few things scarier than being in a pitch black garage when the light burns out. However, the bulbs are easily replaced. If your entire garage door unit is busted and the light no longer works, set up a replacement with Overhead Door.

The Door That Moves on Its Own

Is your door closing on its own after you've opened it? That doesn't mean there's something supernatural at hand. Though it's a bit disturbing at first, you more than likely have an issue with your safety sensor's eye. Make sure nothing has accidentally fallen over in your garage, then gently wipe any dust off of the lens. If that still doesn't work, call Overhead Door right away for a replacement.

The Thought of Getting Stuck in the Door

We've all seen that scary movie where the spooky killer is chasing the victim and smashes them with the garage door. Though it's a relatively unlikely scenario created for Halloween's purposes, it's always prudent to practice safety around garage doors - especially if you have children or pets.

Though we hope we didn't spoil any spooky delights with these practical realities, we do wish you a safe, fun, and frighteningly festive Friday the 13th and Halloween. If you're still afraid of your garage after reading this, call the professionals at Overhead Door today.

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Garage Door Maintenance Tips for Fall

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 09:51 AM

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It’s almost autumn! Cooler weather brings relief to West Texas after a long hot summer. However, it’s critical that you conduct these quick garage door maintenance tips for fall - they can help you avoid serious issues that could put a damper on your autumn weekends.

Grease Review 

Hot summer air dries out more than just the ground. If you notice your garage door isn’t opening and closing as smoothly as you would like, consider apply lubricant to the moving parts. Though grease can last a long time, it’s always good to run a quick check to confirm. Additionally, make sure there’s no lubricant where there shouldn’t be. Fall cleanings can be just as cathartic as spring cleanings!

Weatherstripping Replacement

Over time, the rubber or plastic weatherstripping along the bottom of your garage can rot away. Fall is the perfect time of year to replace it, because who wants water, dust, or autumn leaves in their garage? Additionally, it helps to regulate the temperature in your garage. 

Balance Inspection

Place a standard contractor’s level on your door when it is in the “up” position. If the bubble doesn’t balance, it means that your door is off-kilter. When your garage door is unbalanced, you increase the risk of it falling off the track. It also causes more wear and tear on your door than is necessary.

Seasonal Maintenance Check

Though you can conduct a significant amount of this maintenance yourself, have a professional conduct a seasonal check before cooler months begin. Weather can alter your door’s performance, especially if something is already a little off. Contact the professionals at Overhead Door to set up your appointment. We don’t just offer new door sales and emergency repairs – our preventative services can help save you time and headache.

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Garage Maintenance

Posted by Bob weidner on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 05:26 PM

OHDPB.jpgMany people think that after installing a new garage door, there's nothing left to do. Like any investment, certain precautions can be taken to increase the lifespan of your doors. Our garage maintenance tips are easy to add to your home maintenance routine.

Cleaning

We live in an area with unusual weather patterns. Some days it's windy, some days it's rainy, most of the time it's dusty. It can fluctuate from one day to another. Dust and grim can accumulate on your garage doors, as well as the components. At least once annually, it's important to schedule a heavy duty cleaning.

  • Use a broom to remove any cobwebs or other debris.
  • Find a cleaner that can be used with the material of your garage door. It's not recommended to use the same kind of cleaner on wood doors as you would aluminum doors.
  • Be sure to use a water hose to clean off any chemical cleaner and excess dirt.
  • Sometimes, wiping down the door with a soft, clean cloth will work instead of using water or chemicals.
  • Wipe down keypads, the garage door "eyes," and the garage motor housing.

Inspection

Take a look at all the components of your garage door, including springs, cables, brackets, and screws. It's important to make sure that all of the parts are in good working order. Look for rust, breakage, wear, and tears. If any of these pieces appear damaged, be sure to contact Overhead Door for a maintenance appointment.

Additionally, if you've noticed that the door is having problems opening or closing or that one portion is not closing completely, you may need to have your door balanced.

Lubrication

Another part of making sure your garage door is properly maintained is to lubricate the machinery. Like a little bit of elbow grease can scour a dirty pan, a little bit of actual grease can help make your garage door run better. Lubricating springs, chains, and other parts helps to:

  • make your garage door quieter and run more smoothly;
  • eliminate unnecessary wear and tear on your garage;
  • increase the life of your garage door and the components.

What To Do If You Need Help

That's simple! You just contact us! We're available to help with all of your garage door maintenance needs and repairs. Part of our job is to make sure that your garage door is running at its best.

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Fall Garage Maintenace

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Mon, Nov 09, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

Can you feel it?

Cold weather is approaching! This is the perfect time to discuss garage maintenance. Preparing for inclement weather and freezing temperatures is just as important for the garage and garage door operating system as it is for the rest of the home. Take the preventative steps below to save you money, time, and altogether effort!

1. Insulate

  • Consider investing in an insulated garage door. Insulated doors can help improve the thermal efficiency of your garage space and block unwanted street noise from entering living areas that adjoin the garage. Not only that, insulated doors are quieter and stronger than their non-insulated counterparts.
  • Cover or insulate any exposed pipes in the garage to protect them from bursting during cold or below-freezing temperatures.
  • Check the seals and weather stripping around your garage door to help keep cold air out of the garage and prevent water and moisture from entering.


2. Organize

  • Make necessary winter items like snow shovels and blowers more easily accessible.
  • Clear out and organize the contents of the garage. This is an excellent time to check for concrete damage, mold or any other issues.
  • Remove any summertime items that are no longer in use, as well as anything that could be damaged by cold or freezing temperatures.
  • Empty unused fuel from gas-powered equipment stored in the garage.


3. Take Precautionary Action

  • Wash the garage door. This not only keeps it looking great, but it also increases its lifespan by removing dirt and debris that can affect operation.
  •  Inspect the operating system for bent or loose hinges, along with broken wheels or worn-out bearings. These should be serviced by a professional.
By taking a few proactive steps this fall, you will be prepared for whatever winter brings. But be sure you take these steps soon! If not, you may be doing them in cold weather. If you do need a professional to service your garage door or operating system, give us a call! Or, request service online.


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Anatomy Of Your Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever thought of the anatomy of your garage door? Probably not BUT knowing the parts of your door and how they work could really benefit you in long run. When there is a problem, you’ll know how to easily identify it and fix it or call a specialist when the job gets too big.

 

Follow along as we take you through the 7 aspects of your garage door.

 

Torsion Spring : This is used to counterbalance the doors weight in order to be lifted easily. This is the most dangerous part of your garage door. This spring is under constant tension. Tampering with it can cause serious injury so give an expert if you think the torsion spring is causing the issue.

 

Track : Guides the door up the ceiling and back. The track is one of the main aspects of your garage’s daily use. Preforming a seasonal check to make sure they are working optimally is beneficial. Make sure the track is clear of any debris or parts. If you are located in a salty area, corrosion can occur so be sure to give your specialist a call to insure you are using the right materials.

 

Roller : Rides inside the track, which move every time you open and close your garage door. Sometimes these rollers can become warn. Contact a specialist to learn more about how to properly replace them.

 

Hinge : Connect the horizontal sections. Sometimes these hinges can become noisy. A simple lubrication or oiling can fix it. If the problem continues, you may need to replace your hinges.

 

Section : The sections of your garage door are linked to the hinges and help fold the door as it is raising and lowering. Every garage door style has a different type of sectioning. These normally hold up well over time.

 

Lock Bar : Engages with the track to prevent the door from opening. This is used as a security measure to insure no one can enter your garage while it is closed.

 

Weather Stripping : Seals the door edges to prevent air flow. This prevents the inside of your garage from being subject to the elementsAnatomy of a garage door

 

 

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Shake, Rattle & Roll - but not in a garage door!

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 06:26 AM

Being in the garage door and garage door opener business, we hear a lot of stories from customers about old doors and openers that practically wake the neighbors with their noise every time the opener starts. Parents of newborns have told us of their frustrations with loud openers, especially after having just gotten their cranky baby to sleep (though parents of teenagers who break curfew don’t seem to have a problem with loud openers).

In nearly all the stories we’ve heard, the homeowners have an old opener that needs to be replaced. If your opener is more than 15 years old, it’s probably one that can be heard every time the remote button is pushed, causing a loud start at the beginning of the opening cycle; a shuttering, rattling sound as the opener moves the door up and down; and, a jolting stop when the opening cycle is complete. These noises, you’re no doubt aware, can often be heard in rooms surrounding the garage, too.

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Older openers are often noisy because an underpowered motor is straining to open a heavy door with an outdated, chain-drive system. Fortunately, today’s openers have come a long way from those built one or two decades ago. Options include a belt-drive, screw-drive or a quieter chain-drive run by motors that are appropriately matched to the type of door on the garage.

The drive system and motor aren’t the only aspects that determine if an opener will operate quietly, though. Internal components make a difference too. Overhead Door’s Odessy and Destiny openers are good examples. Both have internal components that are entirely electronic. This allows them to incorporate DoorDetect monitoring and diagnostic technology, a system that helps the openers deliver the right amount of power at every stage of garage door operation for quieter starts and stops. The DoorDetectsystem also continuously monitors operation of the door and, if necessary, stops operation when significant changes occur to prevent damage and improve overall safety.

Overhead Door’s Odyssey® and Destiny® openers run onDC power instead of AC power, found in older openers. This allows the openers to operate quickly and efficiently, and run quietly. Instead of the loud noises, Odyssey® and Destiny® openers emit only a very low hum.

Safety, security and convenience features are more reasons to consider a new garage door opener. While old openers require a homeowner to open the garage door to turn on a light, many Overhead Door openers come with motion-activated lights that turn on when entering the garage. This is not only a great convenience and safety feature (no more tripping in the dark) but a great security feature, too.

Further security comes thanks to the CodeDodger Access Security System, a digital code changing system used by Overhead Door® garage door openers to prevent someone from “grabbing” a radio signal that opens your door. With Odyssey® and Destiny® openers, homeowners can also choose to purchase additional safety accessories including a battery backup that will keep an opener working during a power outage, or accessory remotes that will send an alert if the door doesn’t properly close.

Thinking about changing out that old opener? You can find more information about Overhead Door® garage door openers here, and by visiting us at overheaddoorpermianbasin.com.

 

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Garage Door Safety

Posted by Matt Weidner on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

We know choosing a new garage door and system can be a daunting task. Between considering a style, selecting a color and worrying about price, it’s easy to get distracted and forget about one of the most important aspects – safety. It’s something that homeowners too often overlook. Luckily, Overhead Door does not, and we build many safety features into our doors, openers and accessories that will help to keep your home and family safe. Below are just some of the many safety features you’ll find in Overhead Door products.

Lighting
One of the most important safety features to consider when remodeling your garage or purchasing a new garage door and opener system is garage lighting. All Overhead Door  openers feature a lighting system that activates when you open your garage door and then switch off after a set time. And some, like our Destiny® and Odyssey® openers, even include motion detection lighting that will turn on the lights for you so you aren’t fumbling for a light switch in a dark garage.

Accident Prevention
Our Safe-T-Beam System®, standard in all Overhead Door openers, stops and reverses a closing door when an object passes through its infrared beam, helping to prevent accidents when your garage door is closing.

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Battery Back-Up
Power’s out? No problem. The  Overhead Door Battery Back-up unit allows you to continue to operate your garage door during a power outage. This system reaches a full charge in 48 hours and gives you up to 50 cycles of use in a 24-hour period after the initial power outage.

Security
Part of keeping your garage safe is keeping it secure. That’s why we use the latest in CodeDodger® technology on all our openers, which prevents piracy of the radio signal that opens your garage door. This technology chooses a code from one of billions of combinations, keeping it encrypted for maximum security.

For further security, Overhead Door developed the Door Report remote, a garage door opener remote control that answers the nagging question, “Did I close the garage door?” When your garage door closes, the Door Report™ remote flashes a green light and emits a beep for confirmation. If for some reason the garage door does not close properly, a warning tone sounds and a red light flashes to alert you. This innovative accessory eliminates uneasiness because you will never have to wonder, “Did I forget to shut the garage door?” again.

By visiting overheaddoorpermianbasin.com you can find more information on our products and accessories that enhance garage safety, as well as locate a distributor near you to discuss updating or adding these options to your system.


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How Will You Celebrate National Garage Door Safety Month?

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Jun 05, 2014 @ 07:45 AM

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For homeowners, June is often a month filled with to-dos preparing for days spent outdoors and summer get togethers with friends and family. It's the idea time to add inspecting your garage doors for safety.

June is "National Garage Door Safety Month". According to LiftMaster, a leading manufacturer of commercial door components and garage door operators, more than 70 percent of homeowners enter and exit their home through the garage door, relying on it as "the new front door." The garage door is the largest moving object in most people's homes, and its use often increases in the summer months, when children are home from school and homeowners head in and out of the garage to get lawn and garden equipment, bicycles and more.

Just a word of warning; If incorrectly installed or not performing properly, a garage door can exert strong forces that can lead to injury and even death (even with new guidelines for safety, there are an average of three deaths per year from garage door accidents). That's why industry professionals and manufacturers are teaming up to educate the public about the importance of performing inspections at least one time per year.

Many homeowners are slow to adapt to the changes or aren't even aware of the new standards until it's time to replace an old unit. Studies show approximately 1 in 15 homes have garage doors that are not up to current safety standards. When it comes to keeping family, friends, small children and even pets safe, those numbers are simply not acceptable.

Whether you decide to perform the safety check yourself, or you'd like to have a professional check it for you, here are a few tips to keep your garage door operating safely:

Keep an eye on it:

Does your garage door have a set of photoelectric eyes with lit green and yellow LED lights on it? Since 1993, when Federal Law UL-325 was enacted, all manufacturers have only sold units with these safety devices on them. The photo eyes detect motion and any objects in the way of the door and then reverse the direction of the door if they pick up on either. All garage doors without this device are considered inadequate from a safety standpoint.

Follow the rules:

There are established safety standards on where photo eyes and push button operators should be mounted. For instance, photo eyes should be installed six inches off the floor and no higher. Otherwise, or a person or a pet can pass under the beam undetected, creating an unsafe situation. Be sure there are no obstructions between the photo eyes on either side, as any item that blocks interferes with the unit's ability to communicate. Even cobwebs can affect photo eyes, so be sure to check for those, too.

Also,there is no need to guess where to place your interior pushbutton. The rule of thumb is to mount it at least five feet from the floor and out of the reach of little ones.

Perform a test:

The only way to be certain the reversing mechanism is functioning as it should is to try it out. We tell customers it's a good idea to test the reversing mechanism on a monthly basis, if possible. A simple way to do this is to place a two-by-four piece of wood or a stick under the door, press the button and see if the door reverses when it hits the object. If it doesn't, it's time to call in a professional.

Make maintenance a priority:

Like any item you use regularly, parts can wear out and break. In this instance, that can cause a safety issue. Perform a regular inspection of your springs, replacing them if they show signs of wear and of your cables, keeping in mind that they should only be replaced by a trained technician because of the dangers associated with the high tension of the springs.

Check out another blog on garage door maintenance tips HERE

Talk about safety:

If you have children in the home or get regular visits from friends or family who do, it's wise to review the basics of door safety. Remind them that garages are for cars, not for kids; avoid moving doors and keep hands and fingers away from the door and its components; to not play with garage door opener buttons (they are not toys) and to only operate a door if you can see it.

Overhead Door offers performs free on-site assessments to make sure you and your loved ones are safe — not just in June, but year-round. Give us a call at (432)570-9206

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Garage Door Maintenance

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 07:39 AM

The sad truth is that garage doors do break over time just like automobiles and others devices that make our life easier throughout the day. However there are some do it yourself tips that you can use to prolong the life of the door and prevent a service technician to come to your house for repairs.

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What issues do our technicians look for?

The first issue that people have problems with are photocell cameras. The cameras are located at the bottom corners of the garage door opening and are used to prevent the door from crushing items that are in the path of the moving garage door. A good tip to keep these cameras in good condition is to check and see if the wires are fasten to the cameras. There are instances where loose or corrosion on wires my cause the cameras to not receive the proper power in order to work. To fix this just cut off the bad section of the wire and strip off the section of the plastic coating to expose copper wire. Then attach the exposed wire back to the corresponding terminal the wire broke off of. Another important thing to check on the camera is to see if dirt or spider webs are in the lenses. If this is the case, apply a brush to the lenses wiping away the dirt and webs so that the cameras can see each other clearly.

If you have an older opener that doesn't have photocell cameras. A safety reversing sensor is applied to the opener so that if an object is in the path of the opener. The moving door senses the object when touched and returns back to the open state with damaging the object or the door. As part of maintenance a safety test should be conducted where you take a standard wood 2x4 and place it flat on the ground where the 2x4 is in the path of the moving door. If the door reverses with the 2x4 in the way of the opening then the test is complete. If the door doesn't reverse, the closed sensitivity need to be adjusted and you should call a overhead door technician with the model of the opener for further instruction on how to resolve the issue.

The last thing for our maintenance plan is to lubricate the moving parts of the garage door. You can get garage door lubricant at your nearest hardware store. With the lubricant in hand spray the lubricant on the small wheels in the inside track of the garage door. Also the other important thing to lubricate is the spring which will be located as a long black coil along the top of the opening or along the sides of the track. This will prolong the life of the spring by preventing friction between the coils of the spring.

You should do this maintenance plan every six months for best results of your garage door and opener. If you have any questions or have some other concerns while performing maintenance contact your nearest overhead door technician for assistance.

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