Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June is Garage Door Safety Month

June is Garage Door Safety Month

A garage door is the largest moving object in a home, and is typically used every day, giving homeowners good reason to keep it in proper working order.  To promote garage door safety, the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door & Access Systems Manufactures Association (DASMA) have designated June as Garage Door Safety Month.

 10 Easy Tips To Help Maintain Garage Door Safety and Security

1)     Mount garage door opener control buttons out of the reach of small children (at least five feet from the floor) and where you have a clear view of the door.

2)     Do not let children play with garage door remote controls; explain that the remote controls are not toys and discuss garage door safety with them.

3)     Know how to use your garage door emergency release feature.  Your owner’s manual provides instructions. You may need to use this during power outages.

4)     Visually inspect your garage door two or three times per year.  Look at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear.  If any of these components appear damaged, contact Advance Overhead Door, Inc. for an inspection or repair.

5)     Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair cables and springs, or anything to which these parts are attached or fastened.  Our trained door system technician using proper tools can make any necessary repairs or adjustments.  These parts are under high tension and can cause serious injury if not held properly.

6)     Test the reversing mechanism on your garage door opener by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path.  If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, refer to your owner’s manual and contact us for repair or replacement.

7)     Disconnect the garage door opener (pulling the emergency disconnect) to manually open the door.  The door should lift smoothly with little resistance and should stay open around three or four feet above the floor.  If it is difficult to perform this task, your door may be out of balance, causing premature wear on the opener and door.  Contact us for an adjustment.

8)     Newer garage door openers feature photoelectric eye beams, which are mounted a few inches off of the floor and send an invisible beam across the door’s path.  If the invisible beam is broken, the garage door will automatically reverse into its fully open position even without contact. Consider replacing older openers that were not equipped with these safety sensors.

9)     While on vacation or away from home for extended periods of time, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a wall vacation lock console security switch, which is an optional accessory to most openers.

10)  Consider purchasing a garage door opener with rolling code technology, which changes the access codes each time the transmitter is used to prevent code grabbing. 

If you have any additional questions, please feel contact us at 414-321-0500 or visit our website at www.advohd.com

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

8 Tips for a Supremely Organized Winter Garage

Friday, November 23, 2012

$5,000,000 Underground Garage

So the next time you have $5,000,000 laying around you might create this garage.  This gentleman spent 5 million dollars, including the air craft carrier type elevator platform to create one of the most expensive and incredible garages ever built. 

Troubleshooting Photocell Problems

The key indicator that your photo cells are not functioning properly will be a door that reverses when you try to close it and the only way to get it down is by holding the wall button down the whole time while the door is closing.

Try these tips.  If you still cannot get your door to work please give us a call at 414-321-0500

All garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 include the federally mandated Safety Sensor Reversing System®. These sensors are found four to six inches above the garage floor and protect the door opening with an invisible beam. If there is any problem with the safety sensors, the light bulb on the opener will flash 10 times and the garage door will not close unless constant pressure is applied to the wall button.

There are a few different things that can cause this type of problem, which are listed below with corresponding solutions (For LiftMaster Operators):
  • Clear any obstruction from between the safety sensors. Loose leaves, trash, and dirt on the lens of the sensor itself are all examples of things that can obstruct the sensor's signal.
  • Check each sensor for a steady glowing indicator light. If both indicator lights are on, or if one indicator light is flickering, the sensors may be slightly misaligned. To check for misalignment; obstruct the beam of the sensors so that they cannot see each other. When the beam is blocked, the indicator light on one of the two sensors will temporarily go out. This is the receiving sensor. Remove the obstruction and loosen the wing nut on the back of the receiving sensor. Adjust the receiving sensor until the green indicator light goes out, if not already out, then realign until the green light is bright and steady, then re-tighten the wing nut. This usually takes a couple of attempts before it is back in alignment.
  • If an indicator light is out on one or both sensors, check for a possible loose or shorted wire. Sensor wires are attached to the white and black terminals on the back or side panel of the overhead motor unit. Check that they are securely connected to each terminal. Also check the wires for any breaks, especially anywhere they are spliced together.
After any adjustment to the sensors, the opener itself, or the garage door, both safety systems must be tested:

  • Press the remote control push button to raise the garage door. Place a box or similar object in the path of the door. Press the remote control push button to close the door. The door will not move more than one inch, and the opener lights will flash.

The garage door opener will not close from a remote control if the indicator light in either one of the sensors is off (alerting you to the fact that the sensor is misaligned or obstructed).
  • With the door fully open, place a 1-½ inch board (or 2x4 laid flat) on the floor, centered under the garage door. Operate the door in the down direction. The door must reverse upon striking an obstruction. If the door stops on the obstruction, it is not traveling far enough in the down direction. Refer to your owner's manual for instructions on increasing the down limit adjustment, along with more information concerning the safety reversal test.
WARNING: Without a properly installed safety reversal system, persons (particularly small children) can be seriously injured or killed by a closing garage door. If the opener closes the door when the safety-reversing sensor is obstructed (and the sensors are no more than 6 inches above the floor), call us and we can have it adjust by our trained door systems technician.

Genie openers work pretty much the same way, you will just have a red light that flashes when it is not receiving the signal. Check your owner manual for instructions.

If you have any additional questions, please feel contact us at 414-321-0500 or visit our website at www.AdvanceOverheadDoor.com

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Batman Style Garage Door

Check out this video, this apartment building in San Francisco has been remodeled to include four car parking spaces while maintaining the historical Victorian facade. 

See Beausoleil Architect's website www.beausoleil-architects.com for more information