Performing Periodic Checks Can Prevent Costly Repairs

Just like your car, your garage door also needs regular care. Providing regular maintenance can prevent costly repairs down the road. Your garage doors are the “face” of your home and most times the first thing that is noticed on your house. It can also be the most forgotten part of your home- at least until something goes wrong.

Is your garage door noisy? There is not an opener that runs completely silent but there is a difference between normal function and a noise that is undeniably a problem.  As with any machine with gears and moving parts, there are a number of things that can be causing a particular type of noise or malfunction. Depending on the model and how it’s installed, even some brand-new garage doors and garage door openers can make a surprising amount of noise.

Do you have broken springs? Torsion springs are above the garage door and are the actual piece that lift the weight of the door. Proper maintenance such as periodically checking the balance on your garage door. This will indicate whether or not the torsion springs are properly balancing, or removing, most of the weigh of the garage door. Keeping your springs lubricated and properly maintained will help extend the life of your springs.

So what do our service technicians do when they provide an annual maintenance check?

  • Inspect, Adjust and Lubricate Springs
  • Inspect Tension Spring Mounting Pad for Cracks and Splits
  • Inspect Section Condition
  • Inspect Door Alignment
  • Inspect and Lubricate All Rollers
  • Inspect and Tighten Hinges and Hardware
  • Lubricate All Bearings
  • Inspect Cables for Wear or Damage
  • Inspect Locks for Proper Operation
  • Inspect Weather Strip for Wear or Damage

If your garage door is needing a check-up, call us today to schedule a service call at 615-822-3667.

Garage Door Windows Can Add Extra Value

When installing a new garage door to your home, you as the homeowner have many options to add to your purchase. Deciding which upgrade to add to your garage door can be overwhelming. One add-on I would definitely recommend is adding windows to your door.

Many people underestimate the value that windows can add to a garage door. The difference can be stunning and has been proven to instantly add thousands of dollars to a home’s value, plus increase your home’s curb appeal.

These before and after photos show the amazing difference adding windows to your garage door can have on your home’s curb appeal.

Plus, windows also allow natural light into the garage making the space brighter and more inviting. Seasonal temperatures can be kept out with insulated glass and options of clear, acrylic or obscure glass add to your choices. Coordinating the windows on your home with your garage door windows create a strong connection.

Get rid of the boring garage door and add a little more value to your home. Call us today for a free estimate.

Reasons Your Garage Door Is Not Opening During Cold Temperatures

It’s a cold morning and you are ready to leave for work, you press the button on your garage door remote, and nothing happens. Unfortunately, with cold weather this happens often but why?

Several problems could be causing your garage door to stick in the cold. Most you can fix yourself, though more significant problems such as a spring replacement require a professional technician to repair.

  1. While your garage door is in the down position, disconnect the opener and try to raise the door manually. Check for spots where it sticks. This may show a grease buildup.
  2. Check for broken springs. If your garage door feels heavy to lift manually, you likely have a broken spring.
  3. If the door raises and lowers by hand easily, the opener’s force settings may need to be adjusted.

In cold weather metal contracts, causing the springs and other metal parts to seize up. Using a silicone-based lubricant, lubricate the springs, hinges, rollers, and other moving parts. Also wear, misalignment of the rollers, and warped tracks can stall the performance of your door system. Most garage door systems include a spring system which helps balance the weight of the door. Eventually, these springs will reach their lifecycle and break. This more often then not will occur in the winter months. A repair of this nature should be performed by a trained professional at Dixie Door.

Furthermore you can prevent your garage door from winter issues by doing some maintenance yourself by:

  • Apply a spray solvent to rollers, hinges, roller tracks, hinges, and latches.
  • Lubricate the pulleys or the bearings.
  • Wipe everything clean. If any rollers or hinges seem stuck, soak them in a solvent, using a stiff brush to clean the cracks. Wipe clean again.
  • Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the springs, screw drive, shuttle, roller bearings and torsion bar bearings.

 

 

 

New Remote Offers Sleek And Modern Design

LiftMaster has introduced an Universal Remote Control that is compatible with most major brands of garage door openers. Replacing the former model number 375LM, it delivers the latest security and performance, and provides a convenient, cost effective way to consolidate the number of remotes in your vehicle.

The universal compatibility allows you to operate two different garage door manufacturers at the same, also giving the consumer a 1-year limited warranty. The security+2.0 safeguards your household- allowing a new code to be sent to the garage door opener so that the door only opens for you.

The new 2-button garage door opener is compatible with most major brands with photo eyes. Call our showroom today, 615-822-3667 for a list of compatible brands.