Is Your Garage Door Beyond Repair?

When can you call for a garage door repair and when is it time to think about replacement? Both your garage door and opener are designed to last for many years – a quality garage door and opener can last ten or twenty years when well-maintained. However, there is a point where repairing the door or opener may be not be the best option. Here are some tips on how to decide whether your garage door is beyond repair or if you should fix the latest problem.

  • How old is your door? First off, is your garage door or opener only a few years old? If so, then it is usually worth repairing, unless the damage is too great or too expensive to repair. If you have an old door or opener, 10-15 years is old, it is best to replace it with a newer model then repair it.
  • Is only part of your door damaged? If you just have one panel that has a dent or hole, you may be able to replace the panel, depending on the type of door. Talk to your garage door repair tech about replacing the damage part.
  • Is it still functioning correctly? If you just need a spring, cable or a panel replaced, but the door still works great, then it may be best to get it repaired.
  • How does it look? If you are not happy with the style of your garage door or it is starting to look worn, why spend money to fix it? Get a beautiful new door that is stylish instead of spending money on a door that doesn’t improve the look of your home.

Often it comes down to whether it is worth it to spend $100-$300 on a repair, or just put the money towards a new door or garage openerTalk to your garage door service company to find out which is the best option for your situation.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Do’s and Don’ts of Garage Door Repairs

If you prefer to do many home repairs yourself, you can save a sizable amount of money if you are mechanically inclined or have some handyman skills. When it comes to garage door maintenance and repairs, you can do some tasks yourself to help save on repair costs and keep your garage door and opener maintained. However, there are some repairs that should not done attempted on your own. Here are some do’s and don’ts of garage door repairs to help extend the life of your garage door and opener, while reducing risks of damage and injury.

Garage Door Repairs and Maintenance that You Should Do

Garage door and automatic opening systems need regular maintenance, safety checks and repairs, many that you can do on your own. Some of these include:

  • Lubrication of moving metal parts, chains and hardware
  • Inspection of garage door, hardware and components for damage and wear
  • Cleaning debris, mildew and dirt from tracks and garage door surfaces
  • Doing safety checks on the auto reverse feature on the garage door
  • Tightening screws and bolts on hardware

Garage Door Repair Don’ts

While some maintenance and inspections can be done by homeowners, it is not recommended that major repairs be done on your own. Garage doors are heavy, awkward and may require special equipment or training to perform some repairs, such as:

  • Replacing garage door springs
  • Replacing rollers, cables, hardware or complete garage doors
  • Repairing a garage door that is off the tracks
  • Installing a new garage door opener

There can be risky safety hazards when repairing garage door issues. Know when to call a professional to reduce the chance of injury to yourself.

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Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Interesting Facts About Garage Door Openers

You may not think about your garage door opener often, but it is an important component in most homes. This device is used almost every day and plays a crucial part in the safety and security of your home. Before you dismiss your garage door opener as just a “convenience” you may want to consider these interesting facts about these important devices.

  • Garage doors are the largest and heaviest moving objects in most homes. The garage door opening system controls a few hundred pounds with a simple push of a button, day in and day out.
  • It is estimated that 70% of people use the garage door to enter their home. This means the security of this door is extremely important.
  • The first electric garage door opener was made in 1926; there has been almost 100 years of technology and advancements made on this device.
  • Since 1993, garage door openers have been required to have an auto-reversal feature to stop them from closing on people or objects. These sensors are a crucial element, but need to be kept aligned and maintained to be functional.
  • Garage door openers have become “smart.” You can purchase openers with wi-fi that will notify you if they are used and you can control the functions through your smartphone for advanced security and convenience.

While garage door openers are a vital part of many people’s everyday life, they often get neglected. Ongoing service and maintenance can ensure that the safety and security features are working correctly. Make sure to schedule annual tune-ups for your garage door opener to keep your home and family safe while extending the life of your garage door opener.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Garage Door Opener

Are you still using a remote or control panel to operate your garage door? It is time to upgrade to a smart garage door opener for improved security, safety and convenience. Smart garage door openers are linked to your mobile device and can be operated straight through your cell phone or tablet. Here are four reasons these smart garage door openers are a wise investment for your home.

  1. No more remote. Remotes were a wonderful option when they first became available for garage doors but are now a known security risk. Anyone who has access to your remote also has access to your home. If your vehicle is stolen or broken into, someone can steal your remote and be in your home without any problems.
  2. Always have access to your garage door. You may not always have a remote on you when you need to open your garage door, but most people always have their cell phone. When you have a smart system, you can open your garage door whenever needed, even when you are not home.
  3. Security alerts. A smart garage door opener can alert you when someone has entered your home through the garage door without authorization or if the door was left open accidentally, helping keep your family and home safe.
  4. Air safety alerts. Your garage door opener can alert you when there is a safety issue in your garage or home. Smart openers can be connected to carbon monoxide, smoke and temperature sensors to alert you when there is a problem.

These are just a few of the reasons to invest in a smart garage door opener. They can also be connected to your home automation system and have other cool features that make life easier. Contact your local garage door service to learn more about the options available and to make the move to a smart opener device.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

How Powerful of a Garage Door Opener Do I Need?

If you are shopping for a new garage door opener, you have many choices to make. Do you want a battery back-up system? Are you opting for a quieter belt drive or a more cost-efficient chain drive? Will you choose a smart security system you can control from your smartphone? On top of these features, you need to determine the basic elements, like how powerful of a motor you will need for your opener.

What Amount of HP is Needed?

When you are perusing the different models of garage door openers, one of the basic specifications is the horsepower or HP the motor uses. You will see options from ½ HP to 1 1/2 HP for most residential garage door openers. The higher the HP, the higher weight the motor can handle. To determine if you need higher HP, consider these factors:

  • Size of the door. Most single garage doors are about 12-feet in width. ½ HP motors can easily handle most doors of this size, but double-car doors that are 14-feet or wider may require at least ¾ HP openers. Taller doors for RVs may also require higher HP openers.
  • Door material. Solid wood doors tend to be the heaviest doors and may require more HP for the openers. If you have a wider, solid wood garage door, you may want to opt for ¾ HP or higher.

Weight is important when choosing the HP for your opener. Talk to your local garage door service about the best opener options for the size, material and weight of your garage door. It never hurts to go higher in HP than you need but choosing a motor without enough power can reduce the lifespan of your new opener and cause safety concerns.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Ways to Improve Your Garage Security

If you have an attached garage, security is of the utmost importance. Your garage doors are the largest entrance to your home, and for most people, the door most frequently used to access the house. It can also be the most used entrance for intruders to your home. Keeping your garage secure should be a top priority, not just to protect what is in your garage, but what is in your home. Here are four ways to improve your garage security.

  1. Use a smart opening system. If it has been 10 years or more since your last garage door opener upgrade, it may be time to replace your old system. New smart technology can help you monitor usage of your garage 24/7 from anywhere on your smartphone.
  2. Never leave remotes in your car. Garage door remotes are easy access to your garage and home. Never leave them in your car; all someone needs to do is break into your vehicle to have access to your home at a push of a button.
  3. Lock the door into your home. Although it will only slow an intruder down, it may be just the time needed to thwart their plans. Keep the door from the garage into your home locked.
  4. Disable garage door opener when on vacation. Make sure your garage door opener is disabled when you are out of town or on vacation. New systems have a ‘vacation’ mode, but you can also unplug your system.

Make sure your garage is secure and safe. During your next garage door service, talk to your garage technicians about other ways to improve security on your doors and opening system.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Benefits of a Battery Backup for Your Garage Door Opener

If you use your garage door as the main point of entry to your home, you depend on your garage door opener for convenience and security. You can open your garage door with a push of a button and never need to run inside in the rain or snow, or get overheated on a hot day. However, if you don’t have a battery backup on your opener, you can find yourself locked out of your garage when the power goes out. Here are some of the benefits of having a battery backup for your opener.

  • Safety. When the power goes out, it can be dark and dismal outside. This is the worst time to be forced to park in your driveway instead of driving into your garage. With a battery backup, you can get inside during the storm and avoid navigating your way into a dark home.
  • Security. Your garage door opener helps keep the largest entrance to your home and garage locked and secure. Make sure the security features are still in place by having a battery power source for when the power goes out, especially when you are away from home.
  • Convenience. The new battery backup systems automatically perform when the power goes out. Most can last on standby for at least 24 hours and enable 20 cycles of your garage door during a power outage.

If you don’t have a battery backup for your garage door opener, now is the time to talk to your local garage door company about an upgrade. When the next storm hits and the power is out, you will be glad you invested in this option for your home and garage.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Common Garage Door Issues

It happens to someone every day. They jump into their vehicle and hit their garage door opener to leave for the day and…silence. Or the door opens halfway, then stops. Garage door problems can be frustrating and very inconvenient. Knowing the common garage door issues and what needs to be done to resolve them can help get you on your way faster the next time it happens to you.

No Response

If you garage door does not respond at all, it is probably a problem with your opener. Try to use your wall unit to open the door. If it works, you may need a new battery for your remote or something is wrong with your smartphone app. If the wall unit does not work, make sure it is plugged in and getting power. Still no response? Call your garage door repair service.

Door Only Opens Partially

If the door doesn’t open completely or closes again, there may be a problem with your safety sensors. Make sure nothing is below the door, triggering the safety auto-stop mechanism. It may need the lasers aligned – check instructions in your garage door opener manual.

Door Won’t Open

Do you hear the garage opener working, but the door isn’t opening? It could be a broken spring or other hardware problem. Try opening the garage door manually. If it is difficult to move, do not force it. Call your garage door repair service.

You cannot prevent all garage door problems, but regular maintenance can alert you to issues that need repair before they leave you stuck in your garage. Schedule a tune-up and replace hardware, springs and other components as advised by your repair technician to prevent many garage door issues.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

What Is the Quietest Garage Door Opener?

Does your garage door opener announce to the entire household wherever anyone comes home or leaves? The economical and popular chain drive garage door openers are not always the quietest systems, especially older models. If you want a quieter garage door opener, there are other options. A belt drive opener is the quietest type available and may be what you need to stop the roar every time you open or close your garage door.

What Is a Belt Drive Garage Door Opener?

A belt drive opening system simply uses a belt versus a chain, offering a quieter and smoother performance. If you want to rid your home of the racket of a chain drive opening system, a belt drive opener is your best option. However, there are a few pros and cons to a belt drive versus a chain drive garage door opener, beyond just the noise level. Some things you should know:

  • Belt drive openers tend to be more expensive than chain drive openers
  • Many belt-drive openers have great warranties, but some do not last for as long as chain drive systems
  • Belt-drives can work faster than some chain drives
  • Heavy 2-car or wooden garage doors can put strain on a belt-drive – a chain-drive may be a better choice for heavy garage doors
  • Belt-drives do not need lubrication, requiring less maintenance than chain drives

In most cases, a belt drive garage door opener is a good choice if you want a quieter opening system. To find the best option, talk to your local garage door service company to compare the different types available that will best meet your needs.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Hoschton, GA 30548
770-985-3355

Have You Checked the Eyesight on Your Garage Door?

Did you know your garage door has eyes? The electronic sensors on the garage door are safety features that ensures your garage door does not accidentally close on an object or a person. However, you need to check these sensors from time to time to ensure they are working correctly. Here is how to check the eyesight on your garage door to promote safety in your garage and home.

Start by opening your garage door completely. To test the sensors and safety mechanism on your garage door opener, you want to ensure it stops when an object is under the door. Put an empty cardboard box or something crushable under the door, starting on one side. Close the door. If the sensors are working, the door will stop before it crushes the box or item. Move the box to the middle of the door and then to the other side, testing the door in both spots. You want to ensure that the sensors are detecting items at all areas under your garage doors.

If the sensors are not working, there could be a few possible issues. It may be as simple as realigning the laser eye of the sensors. However, it could also be a component failure. You can use your manufacturer’s recommendation to try realigning the sensors – they can get knocked or bumped, causing dysfunction. If realigning does not work, call your local garage door service company for service.

It is very important for the safety of your family to ensure your garage door’s sensors are working correctly. Make sure to check this safety feature periodically to prevent injuries and damage from your garage doors.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Buford, GA 30518
770-985-3355