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.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

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

Top Brands and Reviews for Garage Door Openers

Are you ready to replace your garage door opener? There are so many options in garage door openers, with many advanced features and security options. To learn more about the top brands, consumer reviews and best options, here is some basic information on three of the best brands: Liftmaster, Genie and Linear.

Liftmaster Garage Door Openers

Liftmaster has over 45 years of experience in creating quality garage door openers. Liftmaster garage door opener premium and contractor series are the most popular for homes, with contractor series offering basic features and premium having more advanced options. You can find reviews listed on their website for each model, with a 4-star rating or higher for many models. You can visit the site at to learn more.

Genie Garage Door Openers

Since 1954, the Genie garage door opener company has been selling quality products. You can visit their website at to check out their residential garage door openers. Their popular options for dealer installation are the TriloG® Pro Series, IntelliG® Pro Series and their ReliaG® Pro Series. Although reviews are not on their website, you can check customer ratings on consumer sites.

Linear Garage Door Openers

Linear LLC has been in business for 55+ years, specializing in wireless technology, making them a perfect fit for creating garage door openers. You can visit their website at to check out their selection of excellent garage opener options, including many “smart” openers with advanced wireless technology and security features.

These top three brands can offer the highest level of quality for your new garage door opener. Check out the different models and reviews to familiarize yourself with the options before contacting a local dealer for ordering and installation.

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

Signs That You May Need A New Garage Door Opener

Like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your garage door opener until it acts up.  For the most part, a properly installed and maintained garage door opener will provide years of reliable service but like any mechanical device, even the best garage door openers will eventually wear out and need to be replaced.

If your garage door opener has begun to operate erratically or has stopped working altogether, have it inspected by a garage door professional.  It may only need to be adjusted or repaired or it may be time to install a new garage door opener

Even if your garage door opener is still going strong, if it is more than 10 to 15 years old you may want to consider updating to a modern new garage door opener that offers better security, performance, and convenience.

For example, older garage door openers were easy for criminals to open using a device that could duplicate the signal from your remote control.  Once the criminals were able to open the door remotely, they had easy access to everything stored in your garage and could attempt to gain entry to your home through the inside door.  Modern garage door openers have advanced features that make duplicating the signal far more difficult if not impossible.

New garage door openers offer other safely features such as a safety reversing mechanism, an automatic closing feature that closes the door if you forget,  battery backup in case of power failure, and smartphone connectivity that lets you operate the door from your smartphone, lets you check on whether the door is open or closed, and notifies you when the door opens.  Some openers will not only turn on a light in your garage, but will also turn on lights inside your home.

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The Garage Door Specialists

Keep Your Home Secure with a New Garage Door Opener

How old is your garage door opener? If you are not sure, it may be time to replace that old system with a new garage door opener. The good news is that many garage door openers last decades, making them a great investment. However, the system installed in the past are vastly different in security and features compared to the ones that are available today. Protect your home, family and valuables by upgrading to a new, higher security, garage door opener.

So what is new in garage door openers? The first and foremost feature is rolling codes. If you have an old garage opener, it can be easy for criminals to access the digital code that allows them access to your garage and home. Although rolling codes have been standard for twenty years, there are openers still out there without this feature. Imagine allowing anyone with a small amount of technology knowledge access to your garage and home – inspect your opener to determine whether it uses rolling code technology.

The new options in opening systems for your garage doors are incredible. You can access your opener through smartphone applications, allowing you to get rid of openers in your car that can be stolen. In addition, you can open or close your garage doors from wherever you are, giving you tighter security and more convenience than ever before.

Your garage doors are an important factor in the security of your home and family. Talk to your local garage door company about upgrading your opener system. You will be amazed at the options that are now available that can offer increased security for your home as well as many high-tech convenience features.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA

Old Garage? It May be Time to Update Your Garage Door Opener

If you have an older home with an old garage, you may have some obsolete hardware and mechanics that should be replaced. Surprisingly, there are many garage door openers that still work great, yet are decades of years old. Ask any garage door service technician, and they will tell you they have seen openers that are forty, even fifty years old that are still in service. While the manufacturers deserve kudos for building a quality product, it still may be time to replace those old, reliable garage door openers.  Here’s why:

Safety features. Many of the safety features that are standard on newer garage door openers did not exist on those old models. The laser eyes that detect objects under the door were not available for these early openers. A garage door with no brakes when it comes to safety can be extremely dangerous to people, pets and your vehicles.

Security. Another good reason to replace your old garage door opener is security. The signals that were used decades became easy for criminals to access the code. Newer openers use rolling codes and other technology to make it difficult for anyone to access your opener’s frequency.

Convenience. There are many incredible options available with new garage door openers. They are quieter, safer and securer, while offering many convenience options like smartphone applications and other nifty features.

Give your old garage door opener an upgrade. Call your local garage door service company to learn more about all the options available in new openers. It is a worthy investment into the safety and security of your garage and home.

Posted on behalf of Habpro
Dacula, GA 30019
(770) 985-3355

Update Your Garage Door Opener For Safety

Garage door openers were initially created for convenience, as an easy way to open your garage from your vehicle. However, in the last two decades, manufacturers have made important improvements to these devices to increase both security and safety. Without the newer technology updates, intruders can  find garage door openers a convenient and easy way to access your home. Also, older garage door openers can become dangerous in entrapment situations. Newer garage door openers have addressed these safety and security concerns with the use of emerging technology. 

Enhancements To Newer Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers can last for decades when maintained properly, so many doors which are still functional in older homes may be missing some of the newer safety and security features. If you own a garage door opener that was installed before 1993, you could have a device which, while functioning, could still be putting you and your family at risk. Some of the new features on current garage door openers include: 

  • Entrapment protection. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enacted a law requiring all garage door openers made after 1993 to have an entrapment protection device installed. This feature has sensors which prevent garage doors from closing on an object or person.
  • Rolling codes. To prevent criminals from accessing garage door opener codes, newer models have rolling code systems, which change each time you use the opener.
  • Advanced security options. Other features to improve security on garage doors include fingerprint key less access, and smart phone security applications. 

If your garage door opener doesn’t have these features, it may be time to call in a professional to have a new opener installed. It can improve the safety and security of your home, as well as making management of home security much easier and more effective.

 Posted on behalf of HABPRO

Beat The Weather With An Electric Garage Door Opener

Did you know that a new garage door can actually help to lower your energy use and utility bills? Older garage doors may not be properly insulated, and can be a major source of energy loss in your home. There are other ways in which a new garage door can help you outsmart the environment, though. 

How many times have you arrived home after work just to find that you must jump out of your car in a total rain downpour just to get your garage door open? If you don’t have a modern state-of-the-art electric garage door and opener, you’re left braving the weather every time you drive your car home. 

After you have a local garage door professional install your new electric garage door opener, you’ll see drastic improvements to your driving routine. If you live in a very cold climate, you probably already have a heated garage. What’s more comfortable and convenient than getting in your already warm car in the morning, exiting your garage without being exposed to the cold, shutting your electric garage door with your remote control, and repeating the same process on your way home? A well-insulated new garage door can help your garage retain heat to preserve the comfortable environment. 

The same situation applies to warm weather climates. Hot sun and humidity can turn into unwanted sweating and over-all discomfort by merely exiting or entering your vehicle when attempting to tackle the struggle of opening a manual garage door. 

Why not just alleviate the daily commuting fiascoes by calling your local garage door professional and scheduling an appointment? A reputable technician will be able to recommend a new electric garage door opener to fit your budget, the size of your garage and have you beating the weather all year-round.

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Types of Garage Door Openers

Consumers have a choice of several types of garage door openers available in the marketplace, with the differences between the openers centering upon the type of drive mechanism that the opener uses to mechanically lift the door.  The options available include chain, belt and screw driven openers, all of which are mounted on the ceiling of the garage.  A qualified garage door contractor can provide professional guidance on which opener will meet the individual needs of each property owner. 

The most popular type of garage door opener is the chain driven opener, which utilizes a chain to raise and lower the door.  While they are very economical and reliable, they tend to be noisy, which is their main disadvantage.  As with all chain driven mechanical devices, the chain does require periodic lubrication to keep the links in the chain operating freely. 

Belt driven garage door openers use a non-metallic synthetic belt to raise and lower the door.  They are also economical, very quiet and reliable as well.  As with any other mechanical item, the belt may need to be replaced periodically. 

Openers using a screw drive mechanism to raise and lower the garage door are a great option as well.  While generally a bit more expensive than chain or belt driven openers, they are especially quiet and a perform very well in cold weather as the components of the screw drive is more tolerant of extreme cold than the chain and belt driven openers. 

All three types of openers are excellent choices and a qualified garage door contractor will be happy to recommend the best option for the individual needs of each homeowner!

Garage Door Reversing Mechanism

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think of your garage door as a potential weapon. But you should. Garage doors are one of the heaviest objects in your home, weighing sometimes as much as 600 pounds, and they do cause thousands of injuries each year in the United States alone.  

While garage doors and garage door openers are much safer than they used to be, things can still go wrong. People can be careless about safety around them, particularly where children are concerned. They can also neglect important maintenance. 

One very important safety aspect on a garage door is the reversing mechanism. After several children were killed by garage doors in the early 1980s, the industry adopted standards by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission requiring reversing mechanisms on all newly manufactured garage doors.  In 1992, those voluntary standards became mandatory. 

Now, every new garage door is equipped with a reversing mechanism which consists of two parts: 

Garage Door Opener – The garage door opener’s motor senses resistance, and reverses the door’s direction if a certain amount of resistance is met. 

Infrared Sensors – These are usually mounted on garage door frame about six inches high. If anything comes in contact with the sensors, the door won’t work. 

The CPSC recommends installing a new garage door opener if your existing opener predates 1982. CPSC also suggests checking the reversing mechanism every month to see if it is working properly. This can be done by placing a block of wood on the floor under the door. If when you operate the door, it does not stop and reverse at the wood, the mechanism should be adjusted or repaired. You could do this yourself using your operator’s manual, or you can contact a reputable garage door service technician.