How to test your Springs to make sure they are Balanced

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The most important things that can be done for your garage door will be periodically check the balance of your respective garage door. This will likely tell you if the door is now ‘heavy’ over time, which can little by little destroy your current opener. It will tell you when there are virtually any obvious scrubbing points inside the door. In any other case, the garage doors opener may just perform overtime and you will not know before the opener stops working!

For the purpose of this exercise it is important to make sure that your garage floor is clear of debris (boxes, cars, lawn-mowers, etc.) around the door itself, allowing you to move freely across the length of the door. We are also assuming that you have an opener attached to your garage door that opens and closes it because if you don’t the only thing that will suffer as a result of a ‘heavy’ door will be your sore back!

When I talk about the garage door being balanced, what I mean is: how well are your springs counterbalancing the weight of the garage door? If they are old and worn-out the door will be heavier than if the springs were working perfectly. The problem with an automatic opener is that it will often times still open and close the door, even though the springs are bad and the door is heavy. This can cause the opener to strain/overwork and some of the plastic parts will strip or break.

That is why it is important to check the balance once per year, so that when the springs do start to go bad- you can have a professional come out and replace them. This will increase the life of your garage door opener.

So, let’s start to make sure that you garage springs are balanced:

  1. Pull the red-handled emergency release cord which should be hanging down 1-2 feet from the closed garage door. This cord will DISCONNECT the garage door from the opener so that we can move it by hand. This is the red cord you would use if you had no power or the opener is malfunctioning and you needed to open the garage door.
  2. Raise and lower the door by hand a few times to see if there is any excess friction (you can usually tell). Listen for any squeaking or squawking, which could indicate that your hinges need to be lubricated (also once per year).N
  3. Next, with the door all the way down, raise it up to until the bottom is up to about knee-high. What we are looking for is the second roller from the top to be in the radius of the track. This is the curved part of the tracks as they transfer from vertical to horizontal. Most of the door’s weight is wanting to come down with gravity, but if the springs are good they will keep the door’s weight from sliding down to the ground.
  4. If the springs are balancing the door, it should hover about knee-high from the ground by itself. It may slide down just a little bit, but not too much. If the door is really heavy or threatens to slam down- you need new springs pronto! Otherwise if your opener is not sensitive enough to stop on its own (the opener’s only way to tell you something is wrong) it will destroy itself trying to open and close your garage door.
  5. Finally, make sure you re-engage your garage door to the opener. If you are not sure how to do this, refer to your opener manual. You can also find a description with pictures (and video coming soon) at my website.

Typically, torsion springs can last anywhere from 5-15 years depending on their quality. Extension springs don’t usually last as long, not to mention most do not have safety cables.

To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist.  The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!

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How to Choose the Best Commercial Garage Door for your Business

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Many business owners worried about the safety of their business. That’s why, commercial garage doors are designed to be hard enough for the everyday beatings that comes with running a business. Experts  believes that selecting a commercial overhead door for your business is not as simple as you think. There are many things you need to think carefully before taking steps in the market. There are many overhead door options are available for you to choose from. But, if you consider below points in your shopping then it will guarantee to give you the best performance.

The first decision will be what type of garage door is the best garage door suited for your business. This will depend on the type of business, the frequency of vehicles going in and out.  Types that are worth considering are:

  • Roll-up Doors: These types are ideal for areas where space is a premium. Since they roll up, these garage doors do not get in the way, and work well in areas where a sectional couldn’t work due to space constraints. g. CLOPAY ROLL-UP SHEET DOOR 160c
  • Sectional Doors: With sectional garage doors, you get beauty along with security and energy efficiency. g. EZIROLL EZI MESH PANEL ALUMINIUM SECTIONAL
  • High Speed Doors: Interior high speed doors are the ideal solution for separating critical interior areas. For the exterior of your building, high performance doors are the ideal solution for lowering energy costs in high-traffic areas. These secure, high speed doors can handle a wide variety of conditions. g. RITEHITE FASTRAX
  • Rolling Steel Doors: These are fast acting doors that can handle around 20 cycles per day of opening and closing. A good feature of these doors is the space they save by coiling up tight above the door. This allows more space inside the facility. Rolling steel doors are great for those in the construction industry because it allows for easy access to machinery and vehicles. g. B&D SERIES 2 COMMERCIAL ROLLING DOOR
  • Insulated Doors: When separating the outside climate from the inside, it is important to get insulated doors. Insulated doors can be rolling or sectional. To ensure your facility stays on top of climate control, getting insulted doors is a great step. If you’re in the food industry or receive shipments of any type of perishable product, insulated doors can ensure that extreme weather conditions don’t get the best of your materials.

E.g. SYSTON SD600 INSULATED SECTIONAL OVERHEAD DOOR

  • Ventilation Doors: If your loading dock or other facilities need good air circulation, opting to put in sliding screen doors is a good choice. This type of commercial garage door adds airflow to your facilities while also keeping unwanted guests such as insects outside where they belong. Sliding ventilation doors are perfect for businesses located it hot or humid climates. g. GAVO SG31 DOOR

Even though, you probably haven’t thought of it, you commercial garage door says a lot about your business. Commercial garage doors are also useful to keep things like equipment, people, climate control, and other important essential elements inside your business and keep things like weather, and other threats to your business outside. Commercial garage doors also protect your assets, money and many other things, and since it’s probably best to keep those outside as well.

The stylish design and highest quality you and your business deserve. So, don’t compromise with it and do not also take any chance with your business safety. Pick the one that extend the life of your commercial garage door and avoid pricey issues that may occur without proper precautions.

To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist. The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!

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How to Fix your Garage Door Sensors if the Door Keeps Opening by Itself

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Garage door sensors are safety devices that prevent the door from closing on people, pets or objects in the doorway. The sensors are located above the floor at each side of the door opening and generate a low-voltage beam that completes the electrical circuit when the door is activated. Garage doors may display a variety of symptoms when the sensors need attention. In most cases you can troubleshoot the system and correct the cause of problems. Before you begin, make sure the electrical cord from the opener is plugged in and the electrical circuit is active.

If your door won’t close, it is likely that something is either covering one side of the sensor unit or has caused one side or the other to move off-center. In either case, the light beam cannot travel cleanly and in a straight line from the transmitter to the receiver. Below are some basic steps through which you can fix garage door sensors on your own.

  • Remove any debris, dust or cobwebs from the electric-eye lenses on each sensor with a clean rag. Cycle the garage door through the opening and closing actions using the control on the garage wall or the remote unit from a vehicle. If the door does not close completely without hesitation, proceed with adjusting the sensors.
  • Loosen the small nuts that hold each sensor to the L-brackets with a small adjustable wrench. Loosen the nuts just enough so the sensors remain facing each other and can be moved by hand.
  • Adjust each sensor in small increment by hand until the green or red power-indicator lights on each are illuminated. This indicates the electric eyes are aligned and the circuit is complete. Tighten the nuts on each sensor.
  • Cycle the garage door open and closed as before. If it does not close completely and without hesitation, proceed to troubleshoot the electrical circuit.
  • Raise the garage door using the control button on the garage wall or the remote control unit from a vehicle. Inspect each sensor to make sure the green or red power-indicator lights are illuminated.
  • Stand a stepladder at the area of the garage door opener unit. Unplug the power cord from the outlet at the ceiling. Remove the cover at the back of the unit. Identify the connection terminals where the ends of the low-voltage senor wires attach. Reattach a loose wire to the appropriate terminal. Tighten the terminal screw with a small screwdriver. Plug in the power cord and observe the lights on the sensors. If both lights are not illuminated, proceed to the next step.
  • Inspect the double-strand insulated low-voltage wires from each sensor to the back of the garage door opener. Use the stepladder to inspect the wires near the upper part of a wall and at the ceiling. If no damage is noted, one or both sensors must be replaced. Proceed to the following steps if any wires are bare, burned or broken in one or more places.
  • Loosen the terminal screws that connect the faulty wires at the back of the overhead unit. Start at the ceiling and pull the wires out of the insulated fasteners at the ceiling, walls and along the side of the door opening to the sensor. Disconnect the ends of the wires from the terminals on the sensor.
  • Determine the length of a replacement wire using the faulty wire. Cut a piece of new double-strand insulated low-voltage wire to length with electrical pliers. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off the both strands at one end. Attach the ends to the appropriate terminals on the sensor.
  • Start just above the sensor. Feed the opposite end of the wire through the fasteners at the side of the door, the wall and the ceiling. Strip the ends of the wires as before. Connect the wires to the appropriate terminals and tighten the screws. Plug in the power cord to the opener unit.

Contact a professional if troubleshooting or wire replacement does not correct problems with the door closing properly. Do not work on electrical or low-voltage circuits unless the power cord is unplugged or the appropriate breaker is turned off at the electrical panel.

To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist. The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!

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How to Measure Your Torsion Spring When it Breaks to Replace it

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If you have a broken garage door torsion spring, and you are considering replacing it don’t worry we’ll guide you through.

What is the torsion spring? It is a device that lifts most of the weight of the garage door when using the electric opener. Torsion springs are wound up on a rod, and are for heavier doors, and there are typically one or two along the wall above the door. Don’t confuse the torsion spring with the extension spring, which is often used on lighter weight doors, one either side of the track.

When you are replacing one torsion spring, it’s a good idea to replace the other one as well, since the strength of the new one will almost certainly take out what’s left of the old one, and it’s much easier to do both at once than one at a time.

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Measuring the old spring and ordering the correct spring to replace it. If you have one broken spring and one still working, measure the broken one, since a spring under tension will not measure correctly. If possible, try to find out the correct spring size from the manufacturer. If that isn’t possible, you will need to measure it yourself. You can find tables of standard spring sizes online, so once you measure, you can check your measurements to the table data. In order to order new springs, you will need to measure (as accurately as possible) your current spring(s).

Here is what you will need to measure, in inches:

  1. Wire size
  2. Inside diameter (90% of doors have a 2.0″ inside diameter)
  3. Spring length (how long each spring is)
  4. Spring orientation if ordering just one spring (left wound or right wound)

How to Measure for Wire Size

The only way to measure this accurately is to measure 10, 20, 30, and 40 coils and find a match on this chart. It is okay to round if you are very close. Wire size is the most important measurement. This determines the strength of the spring. It is not recommended to manipulate this to try and get a longer life or stronger spring.

 How to Measure for Inside Diameter

It is very likely that, like 90% of Americans, you have a 2.00″ inside diameter. Please double check by measuring just the inside (interior) diameter of the spring. You can measure this while it’s still attached.

How to Measure for Spring Length

Spring length is the most flexible measurement, but you should do your best to be within 1-2 inches. The spring length may change slightly after years of use, weather, etc.

How to Determine Winding Orientation (left-wound or right-wound)

A general rule is that if the spring is marked with RED paint, then it is RIGHT wound. Furthermore, if the spring is on the left side when looking from within the garage, it is RIGHT wound. If you have a 2-spring system, you should replace both springs and you can skip this step.

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The easiest place to find the new springs is to look for Garage Door Torsion Springs on Amazon.

To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist. The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!

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