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.

 

 

 

Garage Door Opener Provides Convenience To Homeowners

There is nothing more frustrating for a homeowner, than for something such as a garage door to just stop operating. Especially, when it stops operating at an inconvenient time such as when it is raining, snowing, or just too cold to unload that trunk full of groceries. That little handheld remote is a convenient device to have but it seems it can arbitrarily, and without warning,  just decide when it shall work no longer.

However, when the garage door is working properly, it may come as a surprise to learn that the device itself does not actually lift or open the door. The lifting force is provided by the spring that is attached to the door, most often a torsion spring, which is designed and used to counterbalance the weight of the door via a significant amount of tension. When the garage door is activated, either through a wall switch or by remote control, its primary role is for regulating the speed and distance that the door travels/moves to fully open or close. Furthermore, a garage door opener can keep a door securely closed in lieu of a lock-and-key method.

Garage door openers operate using one of three basic types of mechanisms or drives:

Chain-drive

  • Perhaps the most common as it is the least expensive mechanism
  • It is also the loudest of the three options (rattling noise of the chain)

Belt-drive

  • The quietest option (fewer moving parts) but also the most expensive
  • A good choice when the garage is either below or next to living space
  • Comes with battery back-up

Through significant advancements in technology since they were first introduced, security features have improved in the following ways:

Wireless key pads

  • They can be activated using a personal identification number
  • Family members can open and close the door without a key or a remote

Electronic Eyes

  • System employs a light beam transmitter plus a receiver at the base of the door
  • Obstruction of the light beam by a person or object prevents door from closing
  • This system should also trigger an auto-reverse mechanism for such instances

Like most other devices that have moving parts and/or electronic components, a garage door opener has a finite life expectancy. Usually, an opener will last between 10-15 years with proper care and maintenance. Eventually with fundamental wear and tear the opener can break down, ceasing to work.

If your garage door opener is making unusual sounds, regardless of its age, this may be a sign that the device is struggling or straining and/or there may be an issue with the door itself (perhaps balance or spring tension). In such cases, it will be important to stop using it immediately and place a service call to Dixie Door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garage Door Weatherstripping

Did you see the snow this morning?  The cold weather is definitely here.  If you’re having trouble keeping the cold weather out of your garage, consider replacing the vinyl around the outside of the door. The vinyl helps ensure rain, snow, dirt, or debris stays out of your garage.  Not only that but it helps keep the garage warm in the winter months, and then cool in the summer months.

 

 

The pricing is $1.50 per foot, is available in multiple colors, and we can get you the size you need.  If you need us to come out and install new vinyl for you, give us a call!  Or if you prefer to pick it up and install yourself, feel free to call or drop by our office.

 

 

 

Win a $100 Visa Gift Card – Clopay ‘Foto Finish Friday’ Contest

 

Hit Us with Your Best Shot and Win!

Every Friday Clopay offers a weekly dose of exterior door inspiration on their Facebook and Pinterest pages.

Now, Clopay wants to give you a chance to become an exterior design star during their ‘Foto-Finish Friday’ Feature contest on Facebook.

The concept is simple.  Homewoners e-mail before and after images of their home featuring a Clopay garage door installed in Middle Tennessee by Dixie Door with a brief explanation about why they decided to replace their garage door, what inspired their design choice (perhaps a suggestion from a design savvy dealer), and what friends and family are saying about their home’s new look.

If your Clopay garage door makeover succeeds in turning the heads of the design experts, Clopay will reward the homeowner with a $100 Visa gift card and launch it into the Clopay social media limelight for a week long “Like” fest on Facebook and Pinterest.  They’ll select up to two winners per month now through December 31, 2013.

Clopay Foto Finish Friday Banner

 

Tired of that old one piece door that you’ve patched up and is on it’s last leg?  Combine this Clopay offer with our offer to win doubly.

A few simple steps:

1. Take a picture of your old garage door(s)

2. Call Dixie Door at 615-822-3667 for an installation

3. Upload your before and after pictures

 

Once we’ve installed your door, go to Clopay’s website to submit your images.  http://www.Clopaydoor.com/foto-finish-friday.aspx  If you were extremely happy with the service from us at Dixie Door, make sure to mention it in your entry.  Not computer or internet savvy?  No problem.  Give us a call at 615-822-3667 after your installation is complete and any one of our staff at Dixie Door would be happy to upload the photos to Clopay’s website for you. If you’re proud of the installation – then we’ve done our job!

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LiftMaster “Don’t Chance It. Check It.” Safety Campaign Bulletin

Garages continue to serve as a major hub of activity in the modern household, often becoming the primary entry point into the home and a storage center for everything from soccer balls to snow blowers.  But, with one out of every 15 garage door openers lacking the latest safety features, there is a hidden threat in millions of households across America.  To avoid injuries from the largest and heaviest moving object in the home, LiftMaster – the number one manufacturer of professionally installed garage door openers in the world – is announcing its national “Don’t Chance It.  Check It.” Garage Safety Initiative.
 

 

Once considered a luxury item, automatic garage door openers are now installed in 35 million households across the country, with more than 70 percent of homeowners relying on their garage door as the main access point to the home.  As more and more garage door openers made their way into American homes over the last several decades, laws were enacted to ensure the safety of those using them.  However, prior to 1993, protection systems, such as infrared sensors or “photo-eyes” that stop a garage door before making contact with an object or person – were not mandatory.

Instead, garage door openers were equipped with force-sensing safety systems that only revers the door after it makes contact with an object.  These older molders can be safe and reliable if installed, tested and maintained properly.  But unless they’re retrofitted with photo-eyes, the vast majority of these older units still are not up to today’s standard of safety.

“Millions of garage lack the latest safety features, like photo-eyes or, may not be operating properly,” said Bob Markwart, President, LiftMaster, Americas.  “We believe it is our industry’s responsibility to do our best to ensure everyone is educated on what makes a garage truly safe.  LiftMaster’s “Don’t Chance It.  Check It.” initiative helps families ensure everything is in working order with the largest moving object in the home by providing three easy-to-follow safety tests that use everyday household items and only two minutes of time.”

The program, currently rolling out to a national audience, is designed to help homeowers and families understand how to check their door and make sure they have the safest garage door opener system in place.  Follow these three easy steps to ensure safe functionality of any automatic garage door openers installed after 1993 or retrofitted with safety eyes”
1.  Check the sides of the garage door for properly installed photo-eyes (black sensors), mounted no higher than six inches off the floor.
2.  Block the photo-eye with an object over six inches tall and press the close button on the garage door opener.  The door should not close.
3.  Lay an object that is at least 1.5 inches in height flat on the ground in the door’s path and press the close button.  Household objects this size might be a bar of soap, a stack of index cards, or a hardcover book.  The door should reverse off this object.  If it makes contact and does not revers, the door is not operating correctly.

After recording the results, homeowners are encouraged to contact a LiftMaster Certified Safety Check Dealer to seek guidance on how to keep this high-traffic area safe and secure.

LiftMaster is the number one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers and commercial door operators, as well as a major manufacturer of residential, industrial and commercial door operators, as well as a major manufacturer of residential, industrial and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products.  Driven by the access and security needs of the residential, commercial and industrial marketplace, the expansive lines of LiftMaster products are designed to fit any lifestyle or application, providing customers with the latest technology and innovations in safety, security and convenience.

For further information, contact us at 615-822-3667.

LiftMaster Universal Garage Door Remote & Keyless Entry

LiftMaster Universal Remote Control – 375LM
LiftMaster Universal Keyless Entry – 387LM

LiftMaster® Universal Products are designed to work with a variety of different garage door opener manufacturers and frequencies, giving you more flexibility and control of garage and home access. They are the perfect choice if you need to replace a lost remote control, add an extra remote to your multi-car family, or simply to complement your existing garage access system. Both products deliver the latest technology in security, convenience, and performance.

Six Great Reasons to Choose the LiftMaster Universal Remote Control and Keyless Entry

  1. They work with all LiftMaster and Chamberlain codes and frequencies, as well as most other garage door opener manufacturers.
  2. You need a replacement remote control, or you just want to add an extra remote to your multi-car family, but you don’t want to research what specific remote will work with your system.
  3. You can simplify your life if you have two different types of garage door openers, or want to operate a gate opener as well.
  4. Operate two different garage door opener manufacturers or frequencies at the same time using the same remote control, so it’s like having two remotes in one!
  5. Both products deliver the latest technology in security, convenience, and performance.
  6. You can rest assured knowing LiftMaster is the world’s #1 professionally-installed garage door opener brand, and LiftMaster products offer safety, security, and convenience, and are proven to withstand even the harshest of elements and years of extended use.

Contact us today to get a replacement remote control or keyless entry for your garage access system no matter what brand of garage door opener you have!

Winter-Proof Your Garage Door

As the colder weather approaches, it’s a good idea to start thinking about winter-proofing your garage door.  With your garage door being the largest door in your home, it is a major contributing factor to the temperature inside of your house.  If your door needs insulation, adding insulation panels is very easy, and can help lower the monthly energy cost.

If you’re looking to replace your non-insulated door with a new vinyl-back or steel-back insulate door before winter arrives, we can help!  No better time than now to take care of your garage door so that the cold weather doesn’t affect the cozy temperature you’ve created for your home!

Call us today for more information on insulation panels for your non-insulated door, or for a FREE measure/estimate for a new insulated garage door!

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Garage Door Seal: Astragal

With the colder weather upon us, it is the time that we find unwanted pests, such as raccoons, skunks, or other critters in our garage.  They are on the lookout for a warm shelter, and if your garage door has any gaps or if it’s left open for long periods of time, they just scurry on in, making themselves at home.  Not only do they not belong there, but they can do damage to whatever we house in the garage, as well as doing damage to the garage door or safety sensors.

If your garage door needs new sealing for the bottom of the door, we have what you need.  The rubber astragal can be damaged or warped over time, needing to be replaced.  We also offer storm shield which attaches to the concrete, with the door coming down to meet it.  That provides a little extra coverage, as well as protecting against water, dirt or debris.

Another option to help keep unwelcomed critters from your garage is to invest in a garage door screen.  While we don’t currently offer garage door screens, they are a nice addition to your garage, especially if you are one who keeps the garage door opened (probably more-so in the warmer months!) while working in or outside.  They are great for keeping bugs out and letting the fresh air in!

 

Garage Door Maintenance: Fall/Winter

Fall is here, and Winter is on the way… That means it’s a good time to have your garage door serviced, as well as having the springs on the door checked.

You can check for any problems with your garage door. To test the balance of your garage door, pull the red-handled emergency release cord. This disconnects the door from the opener, allowing you to open your door by hand. While raising and lowering the door a few times, listen carefully for any squeaking noises. This is the sound of hinges that need to be lubricated. Your garage door hinges will generally need to be lubricated once a year (remember to use silicone).
The next step is to lower your door all the way down, then raise it to about two-three feet off the ground and let go. Did your door stay in place with little or no downward slide? If yes, your springs are still working fine. But if the door feels heavy and sags, your springs are showing their age and starting to wear.

Sometimes the cold weather can cause your door to stick or the springs to break, so before that happens, call us for a service call!

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LiftMaster Promotion – October 14th – November 15th, 2013.

When you purchase any of the following LiftMaster openers from October 14th through November 15th, you can receive a FREE 829LM Garage and Gate Monitor:

– Model 8550 DC Belt Drive
– Model 8355 1/2 HP Belt Drive
– Model 8500 Residential Jackshaft
– Model 8557 3/4 HP Belt Drive
– Model 8587 3/4 HP Chain Drive

Call us for more details!  615-822-3667

 

 

LiftMaster Service Bulletin: 888LM MyQ Control Panel

When the 888LM MyQ Control Panel is connected to the LiftMaster Internet Gateway, it creates a two-day communication system which randomly sends out a burst signal of information through the 900MHz radio system.  This burst signal has been found to potentially trigger motion sensors of secondary wall control panels when the first wall control is mounted less than 12″ away horizontally and less than 28″ away vertically.  This close proximity may cause the lights on garage door openers to become erratic. If you encounter this situation, please use either of the techniques described below to correct the situation:

– Separate the 888LM MyQ Control Panel from the other motion sensor by at least 12″ horizontally and 28″ vertically.
– Turn off the motion sensor on the device that is displaying erratic behavior.

If the techniques above do not resolve the issue, please contact LiftMaster’s Technical Support Center at 1-800-528-6563 for further assistance.

 

Wood Garage Doors: Care & Maintenance

Maintaining Your Painted or Stained Door

Regular maintenance of your wood garage door will help protect it from the environment and ensure longevity.  We recommend that you have the specified maintenances performed.  Annual examine your door for any signs of paint finish cracking or peeling or for any cracks in the wood door section.

Surface Repair

Minor cracks in the wood should be repaired by filling in the area with an exterior grade stainable or paintable caulk compound and then refinished.  Detailed finishing instructions can be found at www.clopay.com.  Failure to repair cracks could potentially lead to more extensive section damage in the future.  Gouges in the wood surface can be repaired with an epoxy wood filler.  If extensive damage occurs to the door, Clopay recommends that the door section be replaced.  Failure to do so could result in damage or injury to property or individuals in the garage.

Painted Door

If the door is painted, Clopay recommends that it be repainted every 1-2 years to protect or seal the door against the elements.

Stained Door

If the door is stained, reapply stain as needed per the stain manufacturer’s recommendations.  In general, the clearer the stain, the more it will need to be reapplied.