Your garage door repair in Erie is just around the corner. But just like any other mechanical device requires regular maintenance to perform its best day-in and day-out. This includes cleaning and lubricating your garage door hinges, rollers and track on an annual basis. Cleaning your garage door more or track is the first step. Don’t use water or other chemicals as this can cause build up and do more damage than good. Instead, use a broom to brush off any dust and debris. Be particularly careful to clean out spider webs and other insect nests that might capture other dirt and particles that can clog up the tracks and wheels.
For garage doors in consider doing this seasonally after the brown pine pollen has finished covering the ground. In other areas, the spring is a good time to do maintenance because winter vehicle traffic brings an abundance of dirt and grime into the garage.
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How to program a garage door opener
Many people find they need to program the garage door opener on a HomeLink system that came with their car. Maybe you bought the car used and don't have a manual, or you do have a manual but find it hard to follow. In either case, it really is not difficult to program the garage door opener. It should require no more than 5-10 minutes, as long as you follow each step carefully. Having a helper will make the process go even quicker.
If you are having trouble operating your garage door opener, read Troubleshooting the Most Common Garage Door Opener Problems for advice on diagnosing the problem. The receiver, handheld transmitter, and in-car transmitter must all be in good operating condition to ensure success when you program the garage door opener.
The HomeLink system is available on a wide range of cars, and it can also be purchased as an aftermarket product. It is compatible with nearly all garage door opening systems, including Liftmaster, Chamberlain, Craftsman, Genie, Overhead Door, Allstar and Wayne Dalton. The primary requirement is that the garage door opener operates on a frequency of 288-433 MHz. You should be able to find the frequency of your unit on the back of the handheld transmitter.
Programming Your Garage Door Opener
To program the garage door opener, it will be necessary to raise and lower the door. So, to keep the process safe, make sure that children and pets stay away from the garage.
Once you are ready to begin, just follow these steps:
Always begin with a new battery in the handheld transmitter. If you're not sure how old the battery is, go ahead and replace it.
Turn the key to the accessory ("ACC") position before you begin programming the garage door opener.
For a first-time programming (or if you think the garage door opener has been previously programmed), press the two outer buttons on the transmitter for about 20 seconds, until the light starts flashing.
On the transmitter, hold the button to be programmed down until it begins flashing slowly (20-30 seconds). Keep holding the button down for the next step.
Grab the handheld transmitter in your other hand and point it toward the flashing light from about 2 inches away. Press the operating button on the handheld unit. Once the light starts flashing faster, the frequency has been entered into the HomeLink transmitter. Release both buttons.
This step is easiest with a helper. You will need a ladder and, quite possibly, a flashlight. On the garage door opener receiver (i.e., the motor, located inside the garage), press the training button (also called a "smart" or "learn" button). The button may not be labeled, but it will have a small light next to it that flashes when the button is pressed. (Note, if the indicator light stays on continuously, the programming is complete and the garage door opener should function.)
If the indicator light flashes (or if it flashes briefly before becoming continuously lit), you have 30 seconds to perform the following step (which is why this goes quicker with a helper).
In the car, with the key still turned to ACC, press the button you programmed earlier on the in-car transmitter for three seconds. Remove your finger from the button, then press again for another three seconds. If the garage door hasn't moved yet, press the button for another three seconds. Once the door moves, the garage door opener has been programmed.
If your garage door opener does not seem to respond to the programming efforts, unplug the receiver for a minute, then try again. Make sure your new battery in the handheld transmitter is installed correctly. If you still can't properly program the garage door opener, call the HomeLink== customer service department
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If you are like most people, you probably have paid very little attention to your garage door springs. While understandable, this oversight is also a bit unfair. There's really no single part on your garage door and garage door opener that is more important to the raising and lowering of the door. That's one reason for paying some respect to the springs. Here's another: Garage door springs are dangerous!
Very dangerous, in fact. Do yourself a favor and read Garage Door Safety Tips before thinking about repairs or replacements.
If you are having trouble with your garage door, it may be due to some problem with the springs. (For more information on diagnosing garage door problems, see Garage Door Troubleshooting.) Garage door springs do break, and they can be replaced. There are suppliers out there who sell replacement springs to DIYers, and there are DIYers who have safely and successfully replaced their own springs. I won't try to convince you not to take that approach if you need new springs, but I will strongly suggest that you carefully weigh the risks versus the rewards in this project before deciding to do so. And I also suggest that you make sure your health insurance premium is paid up.
This article is not a how-to on garage door spring replacement. It is intended to acquaint you with garage door springs and some of the maintenance duties you can perform yourself.
Two Types of Garage Door Springs
There are two different types of springs used on garage doors. Torsion springs are attached just above the closed garage door, while extension springs are located above the upper tracks on both sides.
Garage Door Springs and Your Safety
Garage door springs are tightly wound, meaning they are under a lot of tension.
When they break, or when some unsuspecting DIYer tries to fiddle with them, they can cause a whole lot of pain. Wise DIYers know that this is one household chore that is best left to the pros. (For tips on finding a qualified garage door pro, see How To Find the Best Garage Door Installers and Repairmen). If your garage door is old, or if it is showing signs of age, let an experienced contractor inspect your garage door springs.
But if the springs are just squeaking and otherwise making a lot of noise, there are some things you might want to do before calling in the troops. A little squeak does not necessarily mean a big problem, any more than an aching head means a brain tumor. Apply some garage door lubricant to the springs and see if it makes any difference. If it doesn't, you may have a serious problem brewing. For suggestions on the best lubricants to use on your garage door, check this site. For some additional advice on reducing the noise of your garage door, see How To Quiet a Noisy Garage Door.
Garage Door Safety Cables
The two types of garage door springs discussed above work differently. A garage door with extension springs will have a safety cable on each side of the door running through the spring and attached to the wall or ceiling.
These cables are an important safety feature. Extension springs are under a great deal of tension, and if one was to break, it could cause serious injury. Safety cables help control a broken spring.
If you have extension springs on your garage door but can't find any safety cables, call a garage door pro and get a pair installed.
Out of Balance Springs
The best sign of a well-functioning garage door is that it opens and closes smoothly and quietly. When it stops working as it should, the problem can be serious. Try operating the garage door manually (pull the cord attached to the arm connecting the rail trolley system to the door). If the door continues to be difficult to operate, the problem could be that the springs are out of balance. In this case, you can be confident that the problem isn't going to fix itself.
And failing to fix it could result in an escalating list of worn and broken parts. Call a pro ASAP.
Garage Door Spring Brackets
Garage door springs are attached to brackets on the bottom of the garage door. As with the springs, these brackets are also under a lot of tension and should only be adjusted or otherwise maintained by a pro. Newer models of garage doors have tamper resistant brackets that prevent the curious but inexperienced among us from getting into trouble.