My Garage Opener is Frozen!

freezing-manWhat to do? What to do? Yes it seems like the garage door opener is frozen. Well that is possible as mechanical devices can freeze with extreme cold conditions.

THE QUICK FIX
Most garage door openers made in the past 15 years have pressure adjustments for both raising and lowering. Check and adjust these settings seasonally to keep things running smoothly.

12 Tips on how to troubleshoot Garage Door Tips.

We all have are little ways of  find a quick fix, especially when we are late for work and our garage door won’t close again. Here are some tips that you can review in order to see what the real problem is (Most likely when you get home from work).

Troubleshooting Steps

1. Check the power source. It may be that electricity is no longer getting to the garage door’s electrical components. If the problem is anything more than a plug that has come loose from the socket you may want to go ahead and call that repair person. If all appears to be well with the flow of electricity to the garage door proceed to the next step.

2. Pull the emergency release chain. If doing so does not open the door you should move onto the next step.

3. Check for any obstructions in the door tracks. Small pebbles, globs of paint or hard packed dirt balls may be keeping the door from moving properly. If that is the case, remove the obstruction. If the door still doesn’t move continue on to the next step.

4. Check for any damage to the door itself. Perhaps your significant other or your teenager accidently hit the door with a bicycle or something else. If you notice damage to the door fix it and see if it alleviates the problem. If it does correct the problem continue to the next step.

5. Let the motor of the opener cool for 15 minutes. It could be that the opener has over heated or is over loaded. If letting it cool doesn’t rectify the problem you will need to look ahead to the next step.

6. Press the auxiliary push button control. If the door still doesn’t work, a faulty push button controller could be to blame.

If the door does work when you press the auxiliary push button control but not when you use the transmitter your transmitter batteries may need to be replaced.

If replacing the transmitter batteries doesn’t solve the problem move on to the code box. If doing all of that still has not resolved the issue look to the next step for possible relief.

7. Sometimes if a neighbor is inadvertently using the same garage door security code as you it will cause your garage door to cease functioning properly. To ascertain if this is the problem try changing your security code. If changing the security code doesn’t work move on to the header and or door bracket.

8. Over time the header and or door bracket can work their way loose and cause the door to bind. Inspect and correct any alignment issues and make sure that the header and or door bracket is remains securely fastened in place. If the problem is not caused by the header or door bracket, move on to examining the transmitter and drive unit.

9. If the transmitter activates the drive unit but the garage door still does not move you will want to examine the drive belt.

10. If you notice any unnecessary play in the belt that connects the pulley to the motor you will need to tighten the belt. It is imperative to note that over tightening the belt can also cause problems to go slowly. If adjusting or replacing the drive belt has not satisfied the problem it may be the garage door’s sensitivity control.

11. If the garage door reverses while it’s moving up or down, it may be that the safety sensitivity control needs to be adjusted. This is also the case if the door won’t reserve at all. Try adjusting the safety sensitivity control and if that still doesn’t resolve things move on to examining the height adjustment screws.

12. If the garage door partially opens or closes it may be that height adjustment screws that need your attention. Try adjusting the screws and then try operating the door again to see if adjusting the screws caused any improvements in the situation. If it did not you may have no other choice but to call in the professionals.

Replacing a Lock on your Garage!

Key snaps, handle breaks what to do next. That small lock on your garage can easily be replaced. While most people have garage door openers, the lock on the door adds an extra barrier of security.

Step 1: Start with the garage door closed and the latch in the handle fully engaged. Use a pair of vise grips to grip the track on either side of the garage door. This will prevent the garage door from moving when you remove and replace the lock.

Step 2: Detach the cable rods from the lock. They should be located on the inside of the garage door on the lock handle. Most are attached with screws, so you’ll need a screwdriver to remove them. Others clip into place without any detachable fasteners.

Step 3: Remove the fasteners that hold the actual garage door lock handle into place. There are usually two screws that must be pulled out.

Step 4: Pull the inside of the garage door lock handle until it comes free from the garage door.

Step 5: Go to the front of the garage door and pull out the front portion of the garage lock.

Step 6: Push the inside portion of the new garage door lock handle into place through the hole.

Step 7: On the other side of the door, press the door handle into place. Make sure that the two pieces fit together properly and can be turned to operate the handle easily.

TIP: This step requires the help of someone who can press the outside piece of the handle into place.

Step 8: Install the two screws included with the garage door lock with a screwdriver to secure the two pieces of the handle together.

Step 9: Attach the cable rod to the new handle. Attach the door handle to the metal bar on the garage door.

Step 10: Test the handle, making sure the lock fully works and operates the cable rod and center bar properly. When you are satisfied, remove the vise grips.

Maintenance Tips for the Winter

It has happened to all of us. We come home and it is below freezing, we just want to park the car in the garage and the garage won’t open. You try and try but to no avail. Though we do not want to think about it, we are approaching the winter. Now is the ideal time to take care of your garage door and avoid being left out in the cold. By following these three easy steps, you and your garage door will be prepared for winter.

The First Step

Clean the exterior of the door(s). To do this you will need to a mix a mild detergent, such as dawn, with water and clean the door as you would your car, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Once the garage door is clean, you will want to apply car wax to help protect it from acid rain, rust and the sun, not to mention adding a nice sleek finish.

Second Step

You will then need to clean the weather stripping at the bottom of the door. Using a cloth and all-purpose cleaner, remove any dirt and rinse with water. As you are cleaning the weather stripping it is also important to look for areas that may need to be replaced due to cracking. If there are cracks or tears in the weather stripping, it allows for snow and cold weather drafts to come inside.

If your garage door has windows you will also want to make sure the seals are tight around the frames, if not then frost will get between the window panes as temperatures reach freezing.

Last Step

Lastly it is time to move to the inside of the garage where all the moving parts are located that are essential to the functioning of the garage door. With a cloth remove the grease build-up from the track and rollers. Once the grease has been removed lubricate the rollers, hinges and track with regular grade machine oil, making sure to wipe away any excess oil with a cloth.

To really be effective be sure to make a routine of cleaning your garage door at least twice a year to ensure it functions and looks as good as the day it was installed. And with the proper care and maintenance, your door is sure to last for years to come.

Weekend DIY Garage Projects

Install Motion Sensors

Motion lights are a safe and efficient source for outdoor lighting. Admit it, it’s kind of nice to walk up to a home and have the lights turn on for you like magic. It’s welcoming… and it’s definitely a great security feature. Outdoor motion lights and sensors range from $30 all the way up to $200 and they come in all sorts of shapes, colors,and installation options. The solar powered ones are really cool. Sears even has portable, LED motion sensors.URL But if you’re replacing an existing outdoor light fixture start by cutting the power to the fuse or breaker. Remove the old light and disconnect the wiring. Install the new fixture and match up each wire with it’s respective terminal: black (hot), white (neutral) and green (ground). Just replace wire for wire on the new fixture. If you’re installing new lights, call an electrician. The whole idea here is safety.

Paint The Floor

Adding a little color to your floors can give your garage a whole new look. If you don’t want to paint the entire thing, painting at least the floor will make it pop and give it a fresh, clean look. First, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Tape off all the areas you don’t want to get paint on and then simply paint two coats using a latex and floor enamel in the color of your choice. This will be durable and won’t have a strong odor or slow-dry time like oil paint.

Perform A Garage Door Tune-Up

Make sure your garage door is functioning smoothly by giving it a small tune-up. Coat the springs and the chain with a lubricant. You should also replace the rubber seal on the bottom of the door. Then, inspect the rollers and replace them if broken or damaged in any way.

Install Wall Shelves

Installing a shelf in your garage is a weekend project worth looking into since it creates extra storage space in an otherwise empty room. We recommend that you use pre-packaged shelves if you’d prefer avoiding using big tools.First, make the appropriate measurements to ensure the units are aligned properly. Then, drill in the anchors, followed by the screws and, voila, your garage shelf is complete.

 Hang A Peg Board

One of the easiest ways to stay organized in your garage or shed is to install a pegboard, which you can find at any big box home improvement store. This will help to keep tools and supplies in order and free up valuable floor space. What’s not to like?

Organize Your Stuff

Trying to find something in this area can often be stressful because it tends to be a catch-all for everything you don’t want inside the house. Installing cabinets and shelves will make it easier to find things. You should also label everything from Christmas decorations to sporting equipment.