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Garage Door Opener Guide

If you are in the market for a new garage door opener, then this post is for you. It can be difficult to figure out what garage door opener you want, and need. And what opener will work for your garage.

Garage Door Opener Horsepower

The first thing you need to understand is the difference between the horsepower sizes.

There are 3 different opener types: 1/3HP, 1/2 HP and 1 HP. 

1/3 HP garage door openers are perfect for a 1 car garage door or a light 2 car garage door.

1/2 HP garage door openers work well for doors made of wood and steel. This the minimum size for a 2 car or double garage door.

1 HP garage door openers work for double garage doors, or for very heavy doors.

The general recommendation is to size “up” for your opener HP. The price difference isn’t great, and a stronger opener will last longer and allow your other garage door parents to function at their optimum level.

Garage Door Mechanism Choice

After you decide what size horsepower you need, you then need to choose the mechanism. There are also 3 types here: screw drive, chain drive, and belt drive. The big choice here is price and noise level.

Screw drive openers are the middle of the road option. They aren’t super loud, but not the quietest, and cost more than a belt drive, but less than a chain drive.

Then you have a chain drive. This is the most affordable, but also the loudest. You also need to perform regular maintenance on them to work well.

Belt drive openers are the top of the line. They are the most expensive, but they also require no maintenance and are very quiet.

Opener Security Options and Features

Once you decide on the horsepower and mechanism type, you just need to see of those options, which opener has the features you want. There are a lot of cool features out there, and they don’t cost as much as you think.

Motion Detector Lights

Many new openers have this feature. The opener has a light attached and turns on when motion is detected. This is great for garage door security.

Rolling Code Tech

This is pretty standard now, but ensure your opener offers this. This changes the code of your garage door opener, so that a remote can’t be created  by a stranger. This will help you keep your garage door secure and prevent against break ins.

Fingerprint Tech 

Some openers have a fingerprint scan that allow only fingerprints registered to open and close the door.

Auto Reverse Feature

This is standard on all new garage door openers made after 1993. It’s a safety feature that will automatically reverse the door if it senses something in it’s path. This is essential for garage door safety, and we recommend anyone who has an opener made before 1993 to upgrade.

Garage Door Opener Apps

Garage door openers often now sync up with an app on your smartphone or tablet. You can turn on the garage door light, open or close it even when you aren’t home and control the opener right from your device! High tech!

Call a professional garage door company today if you are looking for a new opener. Not only can they install it, they can help choose the right horsepower, mechanism and features that fit your door, your wants, and your budget!

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All About Garage Door Lubrication

garage_door_safetyMost householders are aware of the need to keep garage doors and door openers lubricated. However all too often the poor garage door gets a dose of the wrong lubrication, or is over or under-lubricated. Garage door lubrication isn’t an art form, but there are ways to get it right and of course to get it wrong. If you really want to extend the life of your garage door and door opener, follow this simple guidance and learn how to lubricate your door and opener effectively.

WD 40 Is a No-No

If there is one golden rule to follow when it comes to garage door lubrication, it’s this – Keep away from the WD-40. While some people like to believe WD-40 can cure all ills and is the perfect cleaning agent and lubricant for every application, that’s really not the case. WD-40 is actually a solvent and when you apply it to the moving parts of your garage door and opener, it will break down any good grease that’s already present and then it will dry out, creating more friction than existed before it was applied. Furthermore, once applied, WD-40 actually attracts dust and dirt.

Heavy-duty silicone spay is a far better product if you really want to use a general lubricant for all parts of your door and opener: The thicker the better. Thicker silicone spray lubricants remain effective for a long time once applied. You can use this type of lubricant on your garage door and opener every six months if your door sees a lot of use; otherwise once a year will be fine.

Tips for Greasing a Garage Door Opener Rail

When you come to grease the opener rail of your garage door, there is a second golden rule to follow. You actually just need to remember one word – Moderation. If you over-grease the rail, you will end up with a streak of grease down the outside of your garage door. Even worse, if you actually use your garage to store your car, the grease will drip onto the vehicle. Over-greasing garage door opener rails is a common mistake, but now you know, it needn’t be one that you make.

All your opener rail really needs is a light greasing from end to end. After greasing, use your controller to open and close the door a few times. As you do this, the opener trolley will plough up the excessive grease, so you’ll need to clean this off the trolley.

Lubricating Your Garage Door Rollers

Another common mistake people make is lubricating the tracks of the garage door. This is entirely unnecessary and does nothing for your garage door. It’s only the stem each door roller that needs some lubrication. Just use a heavy silicone spray lubricant on the roller stems and try to spray it well into the hinges where the roller stems are held. This will keep the rollers turning freely. Greasing the rollers and the track is the equivalent of putting grease on car tires and on the road – A pointless exercise.

That’s really all there is to the art of garage door lubrication. If you remember the word “moderation” and leave the WD 40 in the can, you’ll be able to keep your door running smoothly and noiselessly – Hopefully for decades.

 

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How to Find the Right Garage Door Opener

Choose a Garage Door Opener

The last few years have seen significant advancements in automatic garage door openers. The automation technology is now more reliable, plus they come with many new safety features and advanced security measures. There is also a wider range of garage door openers to choose from, which can make it difficult to find the right garage door opener for your home or business.

Necessary Safety Features

Automatic garage door openers today, offer a variety of different safety and security features. All garage door openers manufactured after 1993 should have an auto-reverse safety feature that will detect if there is an object in the pathway of the door. The Consumer Product Safety Commission introduced this regulation to protect children and pets from becoming trapped beneath garage doors.

Another new security feature is rolling code technology. This will change the access code every time the remote is used, so it is almost impossible for thieves to break the code. There are even garage door remotes that use fingerprint recognition technology for added security.

Finding the Right Mechanism

There are three basic types of garage door opener mechanisms; belt drive, chain drive, and screw drive. A belt drive is usually the most expensive option, but it requires no maintenance. It uses a flexible rubber belt to raise and lower the door. A chain drive is the least expensive and most commonly used mechanism. Unfortunately they are louder and do require some regular maintenance. Screw drive are priced somewhere in the middle and are considerably quieter than a chain drive mechanism.

Horsepower for the Electric Motor

Garage door openers are available in three levels of horsepower; ¼ HP, ½ HP, and 1 HP. A light weight, single garage door only needs a ¼ HP motor, but a heavier steel or wood set of double doors will need a ½ HP or 1 HP motor to lift the additional weight. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can help determine the right horsepower for your garage door.

An automatic garage door opener seems like a simple purchase, but there are several decisions that will need to be made before you can find the right one for your home or business. Be sure to consider which security features you need, the noise of the mechanism, and the power that will be required to lift the massive door. If you live in the El Dorado, Granite, Auburn, Rocklin, and Roseville area, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for assistance in finding the right automatic opener.

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Six Steps for Safely Installing a Garage Door Opener

Installing your own garage door opener can be challenging, and it is important to take into consideration some basic safety precautions to ensure the project goes smoothly. These small extra steps are necessary for preventing injury and costly property damage. They will also help make sure that the garage door ends up working the way it should.

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Here are six steps for safely installing a garage door opener:

1.     Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions

All garage door openers should come with helpful installation instructions that are specific to that model. Make sure to read through all of the steps in advance and ask the manufacturer or a local installer if you have any questions. You can also ask anyone on staff at Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

2.     Make Sure the Door Works

It is important to test the garage door before installing the opener. Make sure it is working properly and is well lubricated. You should not install a garage door opener if you can’t easily raise and lower the door manually.

3.     Remove Loose Clothing and Cords

Make sure to dress appropriately and remove any ropes or cords from your garage that could become entangled with the door. Don’t tempt fate by wearing things that could get caught in the tracks or pulley system. Garage doors are very heavy, and they are suspended high in the air. If your belt, watch, or necktie gets caught in the tracks, it could end up taking you on a dangerous ride.

4.     Don’t Adjust the Tracking

Only qualified service technicians should alter or replace any garage door cables, pulleys, or springs. Please feel free to give Perfect Solutions Garage Door a call if you come across a problem with your tracking system and you live in one of our service areas: Auburn, El Dorado, Granite, Roseville, or Rocklin.

5.     Disconnect Power at the Main Breaker

Make sure to turn off power at the main breaker box if the garage door opener requires any electrical wiring. You should also make sure to connect the power cord for the garage door opener to a properly grounded outlet.

6.     Test it Thoroughly

After the opener is installed you should test its security features and general functions. It is important to make sure the auto-reverse sensor function, emergency release, and any other safety features are all working properly.

Installing a garage door opener can be very straightforward if you follow these six steps. If you encounter any issues or concerns when you are installing it, please contact any of the experienced installers at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for advice.

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