Does it Matter? Garage Opener HP

When looking around the internet to try to find the answer to “How much Horse Power do I need for my Garage Door Opener?”. I get a varied response. Some even say;

“The horsepower rating of a door opener is a sales gimmick. If the door is properly maintained the smallest opener will work with no problems.”

Is that really so? In some ways maybe. But if there is any dust or grime in the tracks that could cause extra friction, this could put extra strain and stress on the motor (if it is not powerful enough) causing it to burn out. Below is a simple rule of thumb to keep in mind.

HP Rule of Thumb for Residential Garage Doors:

  1. Single width door – 1/3 HP will do the job for all but the heaviest doors. For extra heavy doors use 1/2 HP.
  2. Two car garage door – 1/2 HP for most doors. Extra heavy doors such as carriage style doors use 3/4 HP.

Simple Garage Door Insulation Tip

For many of us, myself included, to be told how to do something can be beneficial but to be shown how to do something is ten times better. With winter already beginning in many States we are starting to feel the chill. I found this nice video that helps demonstrate how we can easily save some warmth and some money at the same time.

Video Courtesy of Conservation Tips with David Mars

Turn Down the Garage Door Volume

Most homeowners do not know that the noise pollution on their garage door can be easily and quickly fixed without having to call a service man. Generally, the majority of noise from garage doors comes from the springs and hardware such as the hinges. Neglected springs and hardware can easily rust over time, causing strain to be put on the parts. This strain is the source of the grinding, grating, and “screechy” noise, that we all flinch at when we have to open and close our garage door. The good news is this problem is easily preventable and easy to fix!

First off beware that the springs have an immense amount of tension on them at all times, especially when the door is in the down position, so be careful and be sure to not mess with any screws or bolts, especially do not try to adjust the tension spring!! Next, apply oil to the springs and wipe it down real well with a rag. This ensure the oil gets in between the coils. Any oil will do, but we have found the best lubricant for these springs is motor oil. After you have lubricated the springs, take a light spray oil (WD-40 is perfect) and apply to the hinges and track (where the rollers are on the side of the door). Wipe away any excess oil on the hinges that might run down onto the door. Be sure to repeat these steps every 3-6 months! This will keep your door quiet and you happy!

Replace Garage Door – Is it worth the cost?

inspecting-garage-doorIt comes to a point when you’re looking at your garage door and wondering should I fix it or replace it? Painting an old dented and nicked garage door is one upgrade that improves its appearance, but replacing an old door with a new one can make even your house look like new, and even get a couple double takes from your neighbors. While you can hide a less than perfect garage door with your car parked in front of it, a new steel door is designed for years of daily use. When you shop, you’ll find a variety of styles and materials in today’s garage doors and find one to complement the architecture of your home that operates efficiently and effortlessly.

A garage door company will replace a standard two-car garage door for roughly $900, give or take (depending on the model), which includes a good quality steel door and its installation. You can buy the door for close to $650 and install it yourself, pocketing 46 percent, but it’s a lot of work. If you have carpentry experience, figure it will take you a solid day of work, longer if you’re a beginner. Especially if you’re a beginner, you can replace a garage door, but we don’t think you should. This is a job best left to an installer who does it every day and who has the experience to get it right the first time. It’s not assembling the door panels and installing them that’s tricky; Though it doesn’t matter if you have carpentry experience or you are a handy man, the springs are best left for the professionals.

The main point is count the cost. You may save a lot of money by making the garage door install a DIY project, but also consider the time. As well look at whether or not you need to replace your garage door. If it is a safety concern replace it, if not you might be able to wait a bit.

Safety Tip: Be careful handling the counterweight springs, which are under substantial tension, especially when the door is down.