5 Frequently Asked Questions About Garage Doors

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Garage Doors

 

Is My Garage Door Secure?

In short, yes. Newer garage door openers operate on “rolling code”, or keyless entry system, technology. Older operators worked on similar frequencies and all it took was getting the right “code” using dip-switches in a remote, having similar remotes and PRESTO, homeowners were able to operate their garage door. Thanks to “rolling code” technology, this is no longer an issue. These remote entry systems make your garage doors more secure and keeps your family safe.

 

Why Won’t My Door Open?

Although there are plenty of reasons why your door “isn’t working,” let’s cover the basics shall we? The most common reason a garage door will not open is a broken spring. Look above your door. There in the center will be one or two springs (depending on the size of your door). If it looks like there is a gap in those coils, you have a broken spring, and that is why your door will not open. Springs are under heavy tension when wound and should always be dealt with by a professional. Do NOT attempt to repair a broken spring or alter springs on your own.

 

Why Won’t My Door Close?

As stated above, there are lots of reasons why a garage door will not close. The most common answer however, is that the safety reverse system (designed to protect you and your family), is preventing the door from closing. At the bottom of your door, on both sides you should see “photo eyes,” or “safety beams”. Different operators utilize similar technology. Generally, both sensors should have a solid light on them at all times. Another good way to tell if you are having issues with your sensors is if your operator flashes and/or makes a clicking sound.

 

What Is This Rope Hanging From My Door?

This is more commonly referred to as an “emergency release”. It may sound scary, but let’s run through a scenario really quick. There is a bad storm (we live in Florida, and this can happen without notice). You wake up late, your house has no power, your alarm did not go off, the kids need to get to school and you need to be at work! Without your power, unless you have a battery backup equipped system, your door doesn’t open! You are trapped … or are you? On most garage door operators, a simple pull of the emergency release cord will allow you operate your door manually. What does this mean? This means that you can get in and out of your garage without worry. The emergency release cord is just that, the ability to use your garage door manually in an emergency so you can carry on with your day!

 

Is My Garage Door Safe?

This question is a bit loaded. There are many factors and systems that come into play concerning your garage door. After all, “The Garage Door is the Largest Moving Item in Your Home”. That being said, yes, your garage door is safe. It keeps people out, it lets you into your home and above all, it is a major set piece of your home. Just like everything in our lives, proper maintenance and expert opinions are the best way to ensure proper operation, and ease your mind. The best way to feel safe is to have an expert assure you everything is operational, working the way it is intended.  Ensure you are having yearly maintenance and safety checks to ensure everything keeps operating as smooth as possible.

 

Let D & D Garage Doors put your mind at ease. Our knowledgeable design center specialists can get you exactly what you need. Let our professional installers install the door you can feel great about. And when your door needs service, our service technicians will give you the peace of mind you desire, ensuring your garage door is working properly, and to it’s best potential. Let us handle your “Up’s and Downs,”  it’s what we do!

3 Comments

  • David Alger says:

    Why won’t my remotes work? Button panel works fine – new owner of house
    Also, is 973LM rolling code or the old static code? Thanks

  • Steve D says:

    Be sure to check your batteries in your remotes. They can be opened similar to the battery case on a cell phone by “peeling” the casing apart. You should see some notches to fit a screw driver in to “twist” them apart. This is the number one cause. Another reason that your remotes may not work is they are not sync’d to your garage door. There should be a button on your operator(either Green or Red). That is your learn button. You will need to press it(DO NOT HOLD IT), and then press the button on your remotes. You should hear a click from your operator(opener). If that is the case, your circuit board may be degrading or broken. The reason the button on the wall works is because it is hard wired into your opener. If these do not help, please give us a call!

  • Maggie Allen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! If I ever had my garage door looked at, I would definitely be asking about its security and safety, too. However, it sounds like older doors may not be completely secure, especially if they don’t have the “rolling code” technology. Would older doors without this technology need to be replaced for them to be secure?