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Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by garage doors, whether that is from a falling door or by getting their fingers stuck in the wrong places at the wrong time. Here are some things to check for to make sure your garage doors are safe.

Test Sensors and Auto Reverse

Make sure that the sensors, which are located on the floor on both sides of your door, are working properly. When they sense an object in the way of a closing door, the door should automatically reverse itself and stop closing. Test the sensors by placing an object under the door and try to close it. If the sensors are not working, clean them with a gentle cloth and try again. If it still does not reverse, call a professional to help you out.

Smooth Motion

Your garage doors should have a smooth motion when opening and closing. There should not be any tension, friction, or blockages to overcome when opening or closing the door. If it continues struggling to open and close, it may eventually break.

High-Quality Door

It’s so important to purchase a high-quality door with a good warranty. Doing so will ensure that you have a door that functions properly and won’t break down on you suddenly.

Regular Maintenance

Besides getting a good door from the start, it’s important to get your door checked regularly by a professional. Regular maintenance will enable you to spot and repair any problems before they cause your door to malfunction. You should make sure your door is working smoothly and that all safety features are in place. If a part is getting old or not working smoothly anymore, consider getting it replaced. Our professionals are trained to spot problems and fix them immediately. Contact us today for more information.

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There are many reasons to replace a garage door opener; primary among said reasons is that it no longer works. However, if you have an older garage door opener, one that was manufactured before 1993, you should probably replace it even if it hasn’t broken down.

If you have a garage door opener from pre-1993 and it is still working as intended, then it has been a real champ. Yet, the truth is that good maintenance can help a garage door opener live to such an advanced age; however, all good things must come to an end at some point. Furthermore, garage door openers manufactured before 1993 often lack the crucial safety standards that were mandatory additions after that period. In 1992, the Consumer Products Safety Commission ordered that all garage door openers come with safety sensors.

These sensors are what make the doors reverse if they make contact or detect any obstruction in the door’s path. Even if you don’t have young children or a family dog running around your house that need protecting by these sensors, you want to have them for your own safety as well as the safety of that garage door investment you’ve made.

Replacing the garage door opener is even more crucial if you intend on selling your house in the near future. Home inspectors now check for these safety sensors, and if you don’t have a garage door opener with them, you will either have to replace it anyway, or pay the buyers some money so they can have it installed themselves.

If you have older models of garage door openers, it is recommended to replace them. Your safety is priceless; but if you’re still worried about the cost, please keep in mind that there’s a number of more affordable options out there for garage door openers these days. If you have an aging garage door opener and want to see it replaced, or have questions about the process, contact us today!

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While it is not something homeowners in Phoenix, Arizona typically think about very often, a broken garage door spring should be one of your biggest worries. This not only means your garage door will no longer work, but springs can break with such a force that it can cause serious injury to people and damage to vehicles, or anything in your garage really. Having that said, there are ways to tell if your garage door spring is going bad and you can plan to replace it before a break does happen.

While garage door springs are separated into torsion and extension spring types, testing to see if the garage door spring is going bad is basically the same. There are two methods of doing so.

First you will want to disconnect your automatic garage door opener and raise your garage door manually. Once it has reached the top, your garage door should stay put without you having to hold it up. If it falls (even just a little bit!), it is a sign your springs are reaching the end of their lifespan.

The second method is to raise the door halfway after disconnecting the automatic opener. The door should stay put and be reasonable to lift. If the door is too light, your springs may be improperly sized for your door. If the door is too heavy, your springs are likely going out. Similarly, if the door falls, your springs are going bad.

When it comes to extension springs, there are extra signs your spring is going bad. For example, if you see gaps in the spring coil, your spring is probably very close to going out. Furthermore, if your door sags to one side, your spring might not be functioning properly, but this can be caused by other issues as well.

If you have done the tests and find that your garage door springs are going bad, contact us today! Replacing garage door springs is not a “Do-It-Yourself” job, and attempting it without professional knowledge could result in serious injury. The team here at Smokey’s Garage Door is here to help keep you safe.

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A garage is more than just a place to store your car and lawnmower. For many, it is a primary entrance into their home, one they use every day. However, it is only when your garage door breaks down do you realize just how much you relied on it in the first place.

If you need garage door repair or installation, you should look for these things in a trustworthy garage door service:

Transparency

You won’t want a garage door technician that doesn’t go over everything they are doing and explains to you why they are doing it. You may not be a garage door technician, but as the homeowner, you have every right to know what they are doing. In most cases, asking questions just makes you feel better knowing that they know how to fix something.

Experience

Garage doors are surprisingly complex, but the longer you do something, the more you understand all the intricacies. Typically, in any industry, it is a good sign if the company advertises how long they have been in business. That way, you’ll know that a lot of practical knowledge has been passed on.

Guarantees

A good technician should be confident in standing by their work, and not throw in the towel until the job is done right. You want to look for a company that offers certain guarantees such as follow up service if the repair doesn’t function correctly or something goes wrong. Ideally, a technician will fix all problems they spot and not just the one you called them out for.

Need Help?

If you are in the Phoenix area and need your garage door repaired or replaced by a company you can trust, contact us today. Our customers get guarantees, experience, and transparency from all of your technicians at Smokey’s Garage Door repair. Let us help your garage door to get rolling again!

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A lot of homeowners think of their garage doors as nothing more than a convenience. They can tap a button in their car and the door opens, allowing them to pull their car inside. Once the door is closed and they are inside of their house, the garage usually doesn’t get another thought. However, it is an integral part of the home and is typically being used almost every day. Having that said, it needs to be regularly maintained in order to prevent costly headaches in the future.

Inspect & Clean

One of the easiest things to maintain on a garage door is the sensors; which can be found at the bottom of the door frame on both sides. It is important to keep them clean, so wipe them down frequently!

To ensure that the sensors are aligned, stick something such as a brick or beam of wood under the door while it’s open. When the door begins to close and touches the object, it should lift back up, freeing the article that was placed there. If it does not and the sensors have been wiped down, sweep any debris that might be around the sensors and door before trying to close it again. Each sensor should be equipped with a light that turns on when they are properly aligned. It is very important that the sensors on your garage door are working as they should.

Check & Replace

The next maintenance task should be too easy to miss, but often gets overlooked. If you haven’t already guessed it, the light bulbs in the garage door opener should be checked regularly! There should be a light bulb socket on either side of your garage door opener; ensuring that they are always in working order goes a long way to keep both vehicles (and people!) safe. Without working lights, there is a risk of either hitting something in the garage or not seeing an intruder that might be lurking around.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to replace the batteries in those remotes! Routinely swapping out old batteries will prevent the inconvenience of being temporarily locked out of your garage.

Continued upkeep on any garage door will keep things running like new for a long time. If you are looking for more tips, need to buy parts or even want a brand new garage door, contact us for a quote!

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There are a number of problems a garage door can manifest over the years. However, while the fixes for some may be easy to figure out, a sagging garage door can be more complicated to resolve, especially on your own. However, warped rails or a bowing garage door is one thing and typically caused by uncomplicated issues, but what about when your garage door starts to progressively sag to one side, what then?

When a garage door starts to sag to one side instead of at the center, it is usually not from warping that can happen over time. Instead, there are two problem areas to investigate.

The first is the hinges on the door itself. Over time, the hinges on one side of the door can start to loosen. When that happens, the side with the loose hinges will start to sag. You may even notice gaps in the panels if things get bad enough.

However, if you investigate all the hinges and find things still tight, the second suspect should be the pulley on that side. Over time, the pulley can become out of alignment which means there is too much slack on one side, and thus that side will begin to lower faster than the other, giving it that sagging appearance.

While tightening the hinges is something that you can easily do yourself, readjusting the pulleys is something that is best left to a professional. While not difficult to do, adjusting them so that the garage door is even again is something best left to a seasoned hand. If you garage door is sagging or manifesting any other problems that need fixed, contact us today. Let Smokey’s Garage Door come fix it right the first time so you can get back to having a safe and beautiful garage door on the face of your house.

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One of the most important parts of any home is its garage door. A quality garage door cannot only improve the curb appeal of your home, but will also help you to improve the overall security of your property. Due to the importance of your garage door, having access to a quality and reputable garage door service provider is very beneficial. A garage door service company can provide you with a range of services.

Installation

One of the top services provided by a garage door company is the installation of a new garage door. The garage door service will be able to work with you to find a garage door that not only looks great, but also fits properly into your garage and provides the security that you need.

Once you have chosen the right garage door, the garage door service provider will be able to have it expertly installed to ensure it is safe to use and reliable. Our technicians will also be able to ensure that all remote controls and other features are working correctly. To provide additional convenience, Smokey’s Garage Door will also be able to haul away your old garage door and have it disposed of properly.

Maintenance & Repair

While a garage door can last for a long period of time, there will come a time when it needs to be properly maintained. Smokey’s Garage Door will be able to provide you with a variety of maintenance services on the door, motor, track, and all other parts of the door. This will help to ensure that your garage door will continue to work well for years to come.

If you are in need of a new garage door, or need assistance with maintenance, you should contact us to learn about all of the services and products that we can provide to you.

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With all of the different garage door openers out there, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. It’s nice to have options, but how do you narrow down your choices? There are several factors to consider when selecting a garage door opener. Do you have a heavy wood door and need a work-horse? Are you concerned about noise? Are you on a budget?

Here is a rundown of the four main types of garage door openers and their features:

Belt Drive. These openers are extremely quiet, which is an especially valuable perk for homeowners with a room above the garage. They are known for their smooth operation, and require little to no maintenance.

Chain Drive.  This is the economical choice. They are best for heavier doors – if you have a wood sectional door, this opener would be a good option. Chain drive openers come in two main motor options, 1/2 or 3/4 horsepower.

Screw Drive. Also a smart choice for heavier doors, this opener is especially ideal for wood flip-up doors. They are also customizable; installers can cut the screw drive rail to size if beams or other factors prohibit a standard installation.

Jackshaft. These openers are unique in that they are wall rather than ceiling mounted. They are ideal for situations in which a standard installation is impossible due to a beam, wall, or soffit in the way. The clean, minimalist installation leaves the garage free for overhead storage and is perfect for garages that are used as extra living or recreation space.

If you are looking to replace your existing garage door opener, contact us with any questions!

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If your garage door is no longer working properly, it can be an expensive repair. However, depending on what is broken, it can affect the price. On the lower end of the spectrum is the garage door sensors, and depending on the symptoms of your garage door, it should be the first place you look.

If you are having problems with your garage door, symptoms of a sensor issue include:

  • Door will not open or close
  • Door closes about half way, then the direction reverses and it opens
  • The door closes halfway and then stops
  • Your garage door opener flashes and the door doesn’t move

Some of these glitches can be caused by other issues, but typically it is a sensor issue. However, in many cases, sensor issues with a garage are not always that they are broken. Often it means the sensors are somehow impaired. Common sensor problems include:

  • Dirty sensor lenses
  • The sensors are no longer aligned
  • Wiring or electrical shorts

In many cases, dirt or other obstruction is a common cause for a garage door not working. If the light of a garage door opener blinks twice, it means the sensors are obstructed. Holding down the garage door button on the wall will bypass this, but you will want to clean your sensors. However, often from sensor cleaning, the sensors can become misaligned, causing the door to close part way or not at all.

Unfortunately, if you try to fix these issues, and you are still having a sensor-related problem, you will want to contact a professional to investigate a short in the wiring. This is not something most people can fix themselves, and electrical work can be tricky.

If you are having garage door issues, we encourage you to contact us at Smokey’s Garage Door so that we can help to solve the issue and get your garage door working properly.

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For many of us, garage doors make up one-third of one side of our house so it makes sense to keep them in optimal working condition. There are some maintenance things you can do to help keep your garage door running correctly and reliably so you can use your garage doors the way they are intended. Working on garage doors can be dangerous, so when in doubt, contact an expert.

  1. Pay attention to the door. Your garage door should go up and down in a smooth and relatively quiet way. If there are jerks and fits when the door goes up and down then you could have a problem. The best way to prevent these problems is to pay attention while it is working correctly so you can tell when something is going wrong.
  2. Check the door hardware for tightness. It is not uncommon for us to use our garage door 1,000 times or more a year. With all of that movement, hardware can become loose. Check it out and tighten what needs to be tightened.
  3. Test your door’s balance. Pull the red cord that will make your door operate manually, then pull it up to the halfway point. If it stays put, your door is in balance. If it falls down on its own, you need a repairman to fix it so the door will last longer.
  4. See if your rollers are chipped, and replace them if they are. When a roller moves in a “bumpy” jarring way, it puts more stress on the track, which puts more stress on all the hardware, which puts more stress on everything. Check rollers twice a year and replace them every 5-7 years.  Your door will last longer.
  5. Lubricate moving parts. White lithium grease on the chain or screw can make them work better and last longer. Spray lubricant made especially for overhead springs will make them last longer and operate better too.

Five or ten minutes of inspection time twice a year can make your garage door work better and last longer. These simple maintenance efforts can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you need help maintaining your garage door, please contact Smokey’s Garage Door today!