It happens more often than you think. Your garage door remote opener works perfectly fine, but for some reason or other (perhaps at the carwash, perhaps because your kids were playing in the car, you need to replace your garage door opener because your old one is lost. Or maybe it’s not lost, but for some reason, it became broken. Whatever the case, don’t panic. For less than $40 bucks (and sometimes a lot less) you can replace your garage door remote, program it, and be back in time to watch the first quarter of the big game.
Universal or Brand Specific
The first thing to do is look on the side of your garage door remote opener for a name and model number. Then simply google it on the internet to find out if you can buy a replacement from the manufacturer. The bad news is that it may take a week or more to obtain a remote from the manufacturer, while Walmart and practically any auto parts store will sell you a universal garage door remote within 10 minutes.
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To avoid thieves “hacking your garage, filled with valuables such as cars, bicycles and tools, consider investing money on a remote that offers you the capability of punching a pin in order to open the garage. These “pin remotes” are pretty well hack proof. They cost a bit more but are certainly worth the money for the extra security they provide. When it comes to garage door remote openers, technology can be a great friend. You can usually program a universal garage door remote within half and hour or less, but of course, if you buy a system from Star Solutions garage door Warminster, naturally we’ll program it for you.
Smartphones and Garage Door Openers
This may come as some surprise to those stalwarts using 1990 garage door technology, but today it’s possible to get a garage door opener that synchs with your cellphone, to not only let people into your garage at your leisure but to be informed of if thieves entering and leaving your garage.
The best thing? You can get a wireless garage door remote opener that syncs with your smartphone for typically less than $75 if you install it yourself, or you can have Star Solutions garage door willow grove install one for you. If you have housekeepers, older children who only occasionally drop bye, receive packages or vacation a lot, the security of controlling access to your house through your smartphone is absolutely invaluable.
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Wireless smart-phone controlled door are not only for homeowners either. If you own a business and have frequent truck deliveries, Star Solutions can hook you up with a wireless system and you can open and shut your warehouse door for the driver through your cellphone.
When a Garage Door Won’t Shut
Something that Star Solutions garage door repair sees with common frequency is a garage door that opens up and works properly but on the other hand, fails to close. Maybe it stops at the half-way point, or maybe the gap is only 6 inches to the floor. Regardless, you know that burglars can easily break-in by jamming the door open further with a crowbar. Chances are, you will need a call for garage door repair from a company such as Star Solutions, but there are things you can do.
First, assess for damage. If someone has already attempted to break into your garage or warehouse using a crowbar and brute force, it may be you’ll have an entirely new garage door installed. However, assuming the garage door itself is okay, the first thing to do is to check the safety sensors.
Garage Door Sensors
These are the electronic eyes in your garage door near the track. There must be a clear line of sight between the two sensors, and if something is blocking them, that will stop the door from closing properly. Have a service company replace the rollers if that is the case. Garage door remote.
This is a safety measure that prevents the door from closing on a dog or a child. On rare occasions, your service company may need to adjust this safety switch to correct tolerances. And if you just can’t figure it out, call Star Solutions to get a trained technician to get a look at it.
When a Garage Door Shuts Then Reverses Course
Another common thing experts in garage door repair see is the garage door completely shuts and then promptly reverses course and starts to open again. Your first course may be to hire a voodoo priest or an exorcist rather than a garage door professional, but most often this is a problem with the close-force setting on your garage door unit. Basically, this setting determines the amount of force the garage door will hit the ground with, once closed, before shutting off the motor.
If the motor reverses course before hitting the ground, this is the likely problem. Garage door remote, On the other hand, if the door closes all the way and then reverses course, it likely means the close-limit switch setting is out of whack. In either case, call a pro such as Star Solutions, and rest easy.
What To Do When The Garage Door Motor Won’t Shut Off
It happens less than many of the other problems, but then Star Solutions Garage Door tech’s see just about everything: you garage door moves up and down, but then the motor won/t stop. One of the switches in your garage door opener(which are surprisingly sophisticated) is called an up-limit switch. If you experience this problem, have your Starlight Solutions technician make the proper adjustments so the motor doesn’t burn itself out.
When The Garage Door Sticks While Opening or Closing
This is a very common problem seen by Star Solutions garage door Glensidetechnicians. You Starlight Solutions technician can check your tracks, lubricate, and if necessary, replace damaged rollers.
The Garage Door Refuses To Open in Winter
Another common problem that Star Solutions Garage Door Jenkintown, PA technicians experience is calls from people who once they shut their garage door, can’t open them back up in the winter. Most often, this is due to the cold weather making the rollers stiff, and the solution is to have a technician lubricate them.
Most often, lubrication of the rollers takes care of the problem, but sometimes the technician needs to adjust the screw in the motor of your garage door that determines your motors sensitivity. It’s a fairly simple task, providing you have the patience and dexterity to make the adjustment.
What To Do When Your Transmitter is Acting Haywire
This is a very frequent question addressed by Star Solutions Technicians. And the first question to be asked, is if you are trying to activate the remote too far from the garage door motor? Secondly, have you changed the batteries? It would seem these two questions are common sense, but humans don’t always operate rationally. A frequent problem is a garage door opens totally by itself. Sometimes, this is because an object has lodged against the transmitter button, but more often than not, a neighbor is using the same frequency as yours to open his garage door.
Another reason why Star Solutions recommends that people get a garage door system that only opens once you’ve punched in a pin. It prevents thieves from hacking into your garage, and at the same time, it avoids accidental openings in the neighborhood.
Noisy, Screeching, Shuddering Garage Doors
If your garage door is noisy, screeching, or shuddering, don’t ignore it. It’s not going away by highing your head in the sand like an ostrich. You may have bad cables, worn springs, worn-out garage rollers, a damaged insulation stip, springs that need lubrication or more. At best, ignoring the situation may cause you to need a new garage door or a new garage door opener unit, at its worst, sometimes defective garage door units cause serious accidents. Get an expert to take a look at your garage door and your garage door opener at the first real signs of distress.
Shuddering Your Garage Door Opens Too Slowly
Believe it or not, garage door openers have an opening and closing speed, which is normally preset at the factory to the lowest setting. But, If the door is opening too slow, there’s a good chance the problem is in the broken springs, the tracks or the rollers. Lubricating the rollers or replacing damaged ones is frequently the solution, although not always. To be totally sure what the problem is, why not call a Star Solutions Garage Door technician to investigate?
Garage Door Broken Springs That Will Not Stay Open
If you have a garage that opens up to the very top, then springs down do a closing position, most often you have a problem with worn springs. Fixing garage door springs is not amateurs. It can be dangerous to even try. Chances are, you’ll injure yourself, or even worse, stand to injure a member of your family.
Your Garage Door Closes Too Fast
If your garage door closes too fast, don’t hesitate, call a technician immediately. Garage doors that snap down can injure your children and your pets. Most often the reason for the problem is a torn spring, a torn cable or both. A door will weigh hundreds of pounds, and if the cable or spring completely gives way, the damage to your family, children or pets could be catastrophic.
Don’t take a chance but call a trained Star Solutions Garage door Elkins Park technician to estimate the damage to repair your garage door, and then have it fixed properly.
Garage Door Safety
Many people don’t give enough attention to garage door safety, but 20,000 to 30,000 injuries take place each year because of them. That should highlight the need for some awareness around safety. The garage door ranks as one of the most dangerous parts of the home. Some of the most common injuries include fingers or body parts getting caught under the door, the door getting lowered onto someone and injuries to those who repair the door. Let’s have a look at some safety tips that can save you from an injury.
Garage Door Drive Openers
No matter what type of garage door drive openers that you choose, it will perform the same actions, but you might be wondering which garage door drive openers to choose. Should you choose the belt drive, or should you choose the chain drive? Maybe the screw drive or the jackshaft drive? Some of the ways that the they will differ include how they get built, their strength and amount of noise emitted. If you’d like to learn more, please check us out at Star Solutions Garage Door in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.