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Is your garage door opener equipped with adequate garage door opener security?  Did you even know that security for your opener existed?  We certainly hope so, and we hope you’re utilizing it.  It’s called “Rolling Code,” and here’s a simple way to explain how it works:  Imagine you have your opener and remote; they speak the same language, and if anyone else speaks that language, they can join the conversation–  Except in this case, joining the conversation means gaining access to your home via your garage door.  Instead of limiting your remote and opener to a single language, every time they speak, they decide on a new language to speak next time without telling each other, that way when people listen in, they can’t figure out what language to speak, and thus, can’t gain access to your home.

Hopefully that helped explain it–  To make a long story short, it ensures no one can gain access to your garage door opener, and it’s something you should have.

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Sometimes, finding the right garage door locks can become more difficult than finding the right garage door. This is simply because of the variety available in the locks and the fact that security is an essential element of garages. Therefore, finding a lock that is compatible with your garage door, looks great and also provides adequate level of security can become quite a headache for you. However, we thankfully have a number of options to choose form and selecting a lock would become easier if you get appropriate help from the right place. Here are some places where you would be able to find some great advice for buying garage door locks.

• Security stores- they are obviously the first choice for anyone who is planning to buy a lock. Visit the hardware or security store and check out the variety of locks that are available with them. This shall help you in making sure that you getting appropriate options for your door. Ideally, you can let the customer service representatives know about your requirements and they shall help you in finding the right choice. However, don’t take this advice at face value, especially if they are trying to tell you why a particular company is better than the others. They likely need to meet a few sales targets. However, it is a good place for some research. Plus, you can get really ‘touchy-feely’ with the locks and check them right on the spot.

• Online forums- yes, these are the right places to find some advice regarding the garage door locks. The advice is quite reliable as it comes either from experts or from fellow users. Usually, you would be able to receive unbiased views on the products and this shall really help you a lot in choosing with care. People like to share about the products that they have used. Therefore, talking on online forums would be a great way to start in the first place. You can get real time customer reviews. It is a great complementary action for the next step.

• Online search- an online search would likely help you find the right specifications of a product. You would be able to find its full specs, its uses and also its suitability. If you visit the online forums after this, you would likely be getting more utility from your online search as unbiased product specs would meet unbiased and real product reviews.

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It’s Sunday morning and you’re sound asleep when all of a sudden a very loud noise wakes you up. You begin to search the house for the source of the noise, but you find nothing and crawl back into bed. Later on, you enter the garage to drive off to the store and to your shock you see it, a broken garage door spring.

Garage Door Spring Repair

Hanging down and swaying like this ever happened to you?  If so, you’re not alone, broken spring repairs are one of the most common repairs in the garage door industry!!

Deciding whether or not to replace both springs all depends on personal preference, however there are logical reasons why it is recommended that if you have one broken spring, you should replace both at the same time.

Broken Garage Door Torsion Spring

First of all, look at it this way – if your shoelace breaks, would you replace just the broken lace – or buy a new pair of laces?

You would buy a new pair of laces so you’d start out with a brand new matched set, right?

But garage door springs cost so much more to replace than shoelaces, you counter. Yes, and they last a hundred times

If you have a broken torsion spring its probably because the spring wore out and became so fatigued that it finally broke. If your garage door is big enough and heavy enough it may require two torsion springs to operate. If one of the two springs break, it is a good idea to have them both fixed at the same time. This cuts down repair and labor costs in the future. If the repairman is already there servicing one spring might as well do them both! This will also prevent more serous problems from happening later on.

Most torsion springs last a long time, but the actual life span depends on the spring’s cycles, usually about 10,000 per spring. If you have one torsion spring that is broken or sagging, the chances are the other is shot too. That means twice the service calls and twice the amount of time you need to set aside to meet with the technician. In most cases it’s cheaper to replace both springs at the same time, rather than applying a band-aid and having to call us back very soon.

Also, replacing both springs keeps your garage door in balance. If only one spring gets replaced, the garage door will not be properly balanced. This ensures that the door opens smoothly with equal force being applied to each side of the door.

Now that you know a couple of in’s and out’s of spring replacement, it’s up to you to decide whether to replace or not replace!

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Here are four major things that you should not do to compromise your safety and that of your family or your valuable property. It can be your car, pet, your children or even yourself. Every action counts when it comes to garage door operability and safety.

Children can be a nuisance when it comes to garage doors. Don’t let them play with the garage door remote, climb on, or ride the garage doors. Make them understand that the garage door and remotes are not a toy and they should not touch it. Also, playing with it can prove fatal as they can unknowingly activate the door leading to fatal injuries especially if someone is not watching over their actions.

Avoid repairing either the cables or springs trying to make adjustments. These components are usually under high tension and as such require specialize tools and trained technician. You can injure yourself or further break them down leading to total malfunction.

Avoid driving in or out when the door is still in motion. Any malfunction can occur and this can lead to serious injuries and also damage your car. Just clipping the garage door with something as powerful as a car can destroy a garage door.

Finally, don’t use the garage remote when your sight is not clear. Ensure there are no children passing across or animals moving inside the garage (or outside) before you proceed. By following these simple tips, you can increase the safety for everyone.

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What do you think is the most efficient labor-saving device in your house?

Without a doubt, your garage door springs are the most energy efficient and useful lo-tech items in your house. They help you raise a 200-pound door using about 1/10 the force.

Now for the bad news: garage door springs are powerful and dangerous. Don’t try to repair or replace a garage door spring by yourself unless you have at least 5 years experience as a licensed garage door mechanic – or you have a REALLY good health care plan and live close to an emergency ward. Yes, it’s THAT dangerous!

Okay, you’re smart enough to call in a professional garage door technician to deal with spring replacement, an excellent decision. Now you have another decision to grapple with – should I replace just the broken spring, or should i replace both springs?


Why you should replace both at the same time


The smart answer is to replace both. Unfortunately, consumers don’t understand the need to replace the spring that isn’t broken, and they believe they are being “oversold” or hoodwinked by the technician.

Not so. Replacing both tension springs makes perfect sense. First of all, the unbroken spring is bound to be on its last leg because springs are engineered to last a finite number of open-and-close cycles for your garage door. When one spring snaps, it’s a sure sign that the other is about to blow. The average garage door spring lasts about 3 years, but technicians can install longer-lasting springs that cost a few dollars more and provide peace of mind for many years to come.

Another excellent reason to replace both your tension springs at the same time is to save money. Most reputable garage door service companies offer a nice discount for the second spring.

Finally, look at this way: when your shoelace breaks, do you replace just the broken lace, or both?

It’s possible that you have only one spring as a counter-balance to the tremendous weight of your garage door. If so, it’s a tightly-wound torsion spring mounted above the door in the center of your garage. These are the most dangerous types of springs because they store so much energy. Be sure to consult a professional.


How long will springs last?


Basic springs are designed to last through about 10,000 open-and-close cycles, which works out to approximately 3 years. Obviously, if you use your garage door less, the springs will last longer. Not so obvious are the factors that stress out the springs more than usual, like adding weight to the garage door by painting it or installing insulation.

If your garage door open and closes smoothly – cool! However you still need to keep an eye on the operating system and periodically test the electric eye and reversing safety mechanisms to keep your family protected. Testing the electric eye, reversing mechanism and force settings. If any of these are out of whack, please have a qualified repairman service your system as soon as possible.


What if my garage door spring starts making funny noises?


A few squeaks and creaks may just need a little TLC in the form of lubricant. Apply some garage door lubricant to the springs; if that doesn’t quiet down the noisy spring, sounds like there’ll be a service call in your future. To check the balance of your springs, disconnect the power. If the garage door doesn’t easily glide up and down the track manually, you may have out-of-balance springs. Another common problem with tension springs is loose or misaligned brackets that attach to the bottom of the garage door. These are also under tremendous tension and should never be installed or removed by an inexperienced person.


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