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4.15.14

WOW! Time goes so quickly, a month has gone by since my last post and I didn't even realize its been so long. Well, its April 15th, weather was 79 degrees yesterday, and this morning we woke up to snow! Lovely Ohio weather!!

3.15.14

Today the customer originally had side springs on his 8x7 door and it would jerk like crazy while opening or closing so we switched it over to a front mount torsion spring system and the now door is 100% smooth.

3.7.14

I went to a customer's home today where the opener was pulling the top panel causing it to bend. This is caused from the front mount torsion spring losing its tension. To fix the problem I replaced the spring and the rollers on her door were also bad so I replaced those as well.  The opener now raises the door properly and the door goes up and down as it should.

3.5.14

I got a call today from a customer who was having problems with her garage door not going down, which is a common problem. When I got there I noticed the problem was with her rollers. The bearings were bad and falling out so I replaced them. She had a 3 year old son who was absolutely adorable, he was so fascinated by watching me work that he refused to let his mother take him in! That is until I started my drill then he was outta ther super fast! I went through the rest of her door making adjustments and tightening things up. When I got done the door worked like brand new.

3.3.14

Today, I took down an old noisy screw driven garage door opener and replaced it with a new Liftmaster belt driven and my customer was as happy as she could ever be. A couple common problems with the overhead openers: remotes stop working because of the board that is built inside the opener, also the motors have a tendency to lock up. 

Interesting Fact 3.....

The earliest remote garage door openers weren't wireless, but were operated by a button mounted on a post that could be reached by motorists while they were still in the driveway

Interesting Fact 2......

The first garages were actually adapted from existing stables and carriage houses, as car owners began storing their automobiles where their horses had once made their home.

Interesting Fact 1....

If your garage door feels "heavy" when you manually open it, your torsion springs need wound. Tightening the springs will help relieve the tension on your opener.

Garage Door Opener

 
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"Open sesame!" Garage door openers are the unsung heroes of modern life. Without them we would have to actually get out of the car to open the door. With them we simply push a button and drive right in--unless the opener doesn't work (or the garage is full of broken stuff).
 
How Does It Work?
Components of a typical garage door opening system.
A garage door opener is an electric motor appliance that opens a garage door at the push of a button. The button can be one that's wired into the household electrical circuit or one that's on a battery-powered remote-control unit usually carried in a car. Most garage door systems have both. The button sends an infrared or radio signal to the control unit that, in turn, activates an electric motor with a track-and-pulley system that moves the door. Most garage door opener units also have a light that goes on automatically and shuts off after a pre-set interval
 
What Can Go Wrong?
The opener may not respond when the remote or wall button is pushed. The opener may raise the door but not close it. The opener may run but not open the door. The opener may operate without a command. The door may not open or close completely. The door may reverse when closing. The opener may have to work too hard. Because garage door openers are little more than a motor and electronic controls, Its recommended that you get a yearly tune up for your opener. This service typically includes replacing batteries, testing the motor or controls, as well as  lubricating and aligning mechanisms.

Torsion Springs

A torsion spring counterbalance system consists of one or two tightly wound up springs on a steel shaft with cable drums at both ends. The entire apparatus mounts on the header wall above the garage door and has three supports: a center bearing plate with a steel or nylon bearing and two end bearing plates at both ends. The springs themselves consist of the steel wire with a stationary cone at one end and a winding cone at the other end. The stationary cone is attached to the center bearing plate. The winding cone consists of holes every 90 degrees for winding the springs and two set screws to secure the springs to the shaft. Steel counterbalance cables run from the roller brackets at the bottom corners of the door to a notch in the cable drums. When the door is raised, the springs unwind and the stored tension lifts the door by turning the shaft, thus turning the cable drums, wrapping the cables around the grooves on the cable drums. When the door is lowered, the cables unwrap from the drums and the springs are rewound to full tension.
 
busted torsion springMost garage door manufacturers, garage door dealers, either produce and sell garage doors fitted with torsion springs that have a minimum of 10,000 - 15,000 cycles which are estimated to last between 3 to 7 years. One cycle is defined as a single opening and closing sequence. Many, if not all manufacturers offer a 30,000 cycle spring. However, it is important to remember that if the weight of the garage door is increased by adding glass, additional insulation, or even several coats of paint, the life of the torsion spring may be greatly reduced.
Other factors like poor garage door maintenance, loose tracks, or components will shorten the life of torsion springs. Owners are advised to participate in yearly preventative maintenance programs.