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Emergency Release

Checklist tips of why your garage door won't open

Posted 8/15/20 by Staff

Check you garage door before you call. You might be able to fix the problem yourself. Here's checklist of what to look for.

1. You remote opener needs a new battery. Remote batters last a long time, but at some point the batteries need changing. Replace the remote's batteries and test the opener.
2. Items blocking sensors. Are there any items blocking the electrical sensors? Check for obstacles such as tools, toys debris that might be interrupting the invisible beam of the sensors at the bottom of the door opening. If not, perhaps the sensors are misaligned. A simple adjustment usually corrects the problem.
3. Electrical power not feeding the opener motor. Perhaps the opener motor circuit is interrupted by a breaker, a loose plug or disconnected power cord.
4. The Emergency Release handle. Sometimes this red-tagged handle has been pulled and the door won't open. If that happens just run the opener motor through an open-close cycle and the handle should snap back onto the motor chain or belt, allowing you to open the door during the next cycle.

Still don't have the answer? Then it's time to call us at (253) 272-6999. We'll ask some questions to pinpoint the problem and send the first available technician to your location for a free estimate.

One more thing: If you need to get out of your garage, pull the emergency release handle with the red tag. This action releases the door from the motor drive and you then should be able to manually open the garage door.

Child Improperly on Door

10 garage door safety instructions for children

Posted 9/25/20 by E Winkle

Kids often act unwisely around tempting, unsafe things in the home. You train them to stay away from range burners and to avoid playing around empty refrigerators. And yet, many parents forget to inform children about the dangers of the biggest appliance in the home, the garage door.

Taking this into consideration, do a walk-around with your child, providing these instructions and reminders of what they need to know about garage doors.

1. Never ride on the rails of garage doors. Garage doors are not playthings.
2. Don't play around or underneath garage doors. Falling garage doors can cause serious injury.
3. Keep hands and fingers away of moving panels that can close on fingers. Some garage door manufacturers offer newer garage doors with protective joints, a technology to protect fingers and hands from getting caught in garage doors.
4. Don't stick hands or fingers through any openings in any garage doors.
5. Don't rub fingers against sharp metal tracks edges and other garage door parts.
6. Show the open-close button/switch on the garage door wall and explain how to use it in an emergency. Garage door switches should be located at least five feet above the floor or stair landing and inaccessible to small tykes.
7. Teach them that the remote control should not be used as a garage door open-close controller and that it's for adult use only.
8. Show them the purpose of the garage door electric eyes sensors and that objects should not block the invisible beam, which keeps the garage door from working.
9. Instruct kids that if they see, hear or do something that causes concern, or is an emergency, they should come to you or a neighbor immediately and tell-all.
10. Show them a garage door safety test by placing a 2X4 on the floor of the garage door floor opening. A rightly adjusted garage door will retract when it touching the object.

When you establish the ground rules for garage door safety with kids, you increase understanding of the biggest appliance in your home, and how to avoid the potential hazards it presents.

Faulty Garage Door

Be Aware of Falling Garage Doors

Posted 10/1/20 E Winkle

Garage doors can fail and drop without warning because of neglect or proper maintenance.

Primarily though, falling garage doors are the result of broken garage door springs, improperly wound torsion springs, an unfortunate disconnect of the emergency pull cord, poor tracking, faulty installation, or damaged by a vehicle.

You don't want to be in the path of a falling garage door. So be aware when your garage door is in the open position. Garage doors are always better off closed than open.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission states that the average American garage door can weigh as much as 400 pounds. That's too much weight for a person to lift, unless you've recently qualified for the Olympics as a weight lifter.

Garage doors can come off rails, such as you see in the photo. They also can be an unhinged 400 pound drop when following the rail path if there's no counterbalance. Either way, a falling garage door can cause injury and even death.

Don't risk the dangers of a falling garage door that can damage your car or injure a family member.

If you suspect that there might be an issue with your garage door, such as a noise, a visible failure of the support frame, or another problem that potentially could result in a falling garage door, contact us immediately for help. Call us at (253) 272-6999.

Garage Door Lube

5 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Garage Door

Posted 3/6/20 by E. Winkle

Don't know where to begin? Here are some tips on how to extend the life of your garage door.

1. Lubricate your garage door. With its many components and moving parts garage doors will start to get noisy over time if not lubricated properly. And noise means friction is increasing, a red flag that if not addressed a repair could be on the horizon. Make sure you use a silicon-based lubricant specifically designed for garage door use. To be safe, the spraycan should indicate "Garage Door Lubricant." Lubricate springs, pulleys and rollers once every three months. The track should be cleared of debris and spider webs also every three months and lubricated once a year.

2. Keep it balanced. An unbalanced garage door places unnecessary strain on the springs and moving components. Pull the release handle down and release it from the chain or belt drive when the door is closed. Lift the door manually. Is it stable, or does is fall back to the floor or want to rise? If it is unbalanced, the springs don't have the right torque setting. Call us when your garage door springs need adjusting. Fixing springs on your own could be dangerous. We'll let you know how our professional technicians approach the problem.

3. Check moving parts. From cables to rollers, your garage door's moving parts need regular inspection. Is a roller frozen? Any fraying or rust on the cables? How about any increase in noise? If lubrication doesn't correct the problem, call us.

4. Check photo eyes. Look for a misalignment of the photo eyes that activate the automatic reverse mechanism. This action returns the garage door to a safe, open position. Sometimes debris or an object can interfere with proper operation of the invisible beam that is operational when the door is in motion.

5. Clean your garage. Regular cleaning, by keeping the dust off the floor and spider webs away from moving parts, helps ensure that you'll have a healthier garage door that remains free of particles that gradually build up and grind garage doors down.

If you're unsure about your garage door and how it is functioning, give us a call at (253) 272-6999. We'll dispatch a professional technician to your location for a free estimate.

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3 DIY Garage Door Repair Myths

Posted 7/15/20 by E. Winkle

Garage doors change with the times. But one thing remains the same: they will eventually quit working and need repair. Unless you're highly trained to face perils associated with garage door repair, including high torque springs, you might want to think again before that do-it-yourself weekend garage door repair. Here are three common myths about garage door DIY repairs.

Myth 1: "I can same a lot of money by doing the repair myself."

A homeowner with a broken garage door might think a DIY project could save money, but high torque springs and complicated pulley-cable combinations require time to learn and to safely repair. If a critical mistake is made, a professional might be needed to straighten out the repair frustration. So save the time and hire a highly trained technician in the first place.

Myth 2: "A YouTube video makes it look easy."

Garage doors use torsion springs to lift and close heavy garage doors. This is a tremendous force and not a job for inexperienced people without the proper training, tools and precaution measures. There is always the potential for injury to novices attempting to repair a huge garage door.

Myth 3: "I have the muscle to tackle my heavy garage door repair."

Over 400 pounds of weight can be packed into a garage door, with custom wood garage doors weighing a lot more. A falling garage door can cause serious injury or even death, not to mention most home accidents happen when ladders are used for repairs.

DIY garage door repairs can end up being costly, risky and take longer than expected. Don't jeopardize your wellbeing and the safety of your loved ones.

Hire a processional garage door company that has the experience and training to securely fix your garage door problem. Call Tacoma Garage Doors for a free estimate at 253-272-6999.