Safety, maintenance, and “how to” tips were provided via State Farm Insurance, The Genie Company, and DASMA (Door and Access Systems Manufacturing Association). Please refer to your owner manual before attempting any adjustments. Access Garage Doors cannot be held liable to any injuries or property damage. We strongly recommend hiring a professional to fix your problem.
The garage door is usually the heaviest moving item in a house, sometimes weighing as much as 300 to 400 lbs. This creates a safety hazard, especially for children who are smaller and may not be aware of the dangers. most injuries involve fingers and hands caught between the door section as they close. Children and small animals can also be trapped under a closing door.
“At Access Garage Doors your safety is a priority, so all new doors come with Dura-Safe pinch resistant section from the inside and out. All our Electric Openers come equipped with The Protector System safety beam sensors, and an automatic reversing feature”
1. No one should stand, walk, run under a closing door
1. What opener do I need to purchase?
1. What opener do I need to purchase?
Both openers are built with the same mechanisms. However the belt drive is quieter. When there is a bedroom above or near the garage and noise is a factor a Belt drive would be best. However the chain drive is built tough for continuous strain over years of the garage door openers life.
2. Who should I buy the garage door opener from?
When purchasing an opener from a hardware or retail store it is for “Do it yourself”. With no in home warranty which becomes crucial due to the fact that hardware and retail stores do not offer you a diagnostic or repair warranty which means your obligated to higher a professional. In addition the garage door opener which is bought through a garage door company are built different. Garage door openers come with a solid rail and chain to avoid buckling and bending over time other than the ones you purchase from a hardware or retail store. The average cost of a new opener purchased from a hardware or retail store is between $200 – $300.00.plus $115.00 for installation. The average cost of an opener purchased and installed through a garage door company is $350 – $ 450.
3. Why do I need an insulated door?
There are two factors to why a consumer would consider an insulated door:
1. The first factor is durability, because of the insulation backing it makes the door more rigid and dent resistant compared to a non insulated door. Making it fell like a solid wood door.
4. What maintenance should I perform?
1. Check your cables. Visually inspect the cables that attaches the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door. If these cables are frayed, worn, or rusted on the bottom brackets, they are in danger of breaking, which can cause injury. *Due to the dangers associated with high spring tension, these cables should be replaced only by a trained technician.
5. If my garage door has 2 springs and one breaks, should I replace both?
Important tip: Always replace door springs as a set! This may not be obvious to a novice, but it makes sense. If one spring has broken, can the other spring’s demise be far behind? Add that little bit of common sense to the fact that the strength of a spring decreases with use. The use of a new spring with an old spring can cause an imbalance in the door operation. If you have 2 separate doors with one door spring broken, it is highly recommended to also replace the other door spring if it is of the same age as the other broken spring. The breaking of a spring can cause some serious injury when it breaks depending on the door position, and cause damage to your opener.
1. Make sure nothing is catching or is obstructing the travel of the door.
7. I don’t have an access to my garage and the power fails, the opener stopped working, or I left my remote inside. How can I get access inside?
You are not alone. Many homes have limited access to their garage. When the electricity goes out, the opener decides to fail, or you leave the remote accidentally inside, the garage is as secure as a bank vault. There is a garage door accessory called an emergency release kit. The lock mechanism is installed into a hole on the garage door. When the key is turned the body of lock can be pulled through the hole pulling a cable that is attached to your opener release inside the garage, allowing you to lift your door manually. In case you are locked out and have no emergency key release installed on your door, we can drill a hole in the door and try to “fish” the release on your opener. We then can replace the hole with an emergency key release.
8. The light bulb on my opener keeps burning out.
9. How do I program my remote?
1. Dip switch style: Inside the remote is a set of switches normally 1-10 that you can switch into different position. That same set of switches is located on the back of your garage door opener or on a receiver box. just match the setting of each number to match the opener.
10. How do I program a keyless pad?
1. Dip switch style: If your opener has a dip switch numbers on the back you more likely will need the original programming instruction of the keyless pad you are programming. In worst cases you can always purchase a new version of keyless pad to operate with an older garage door opener.
11. The chain on my opener is loose.
This may be due to an excessive pull on the opener, or broken chain sprocket. Check to make sure the chain sprocket above the garage door opener is not broken or bent. Test your door manually for any extra weight or drag. Tighten chain. Most opener chain tensioner is located on the chain itself in the form of a locking nut above the garage door opener by tightening the tension screw.
12. How do I use the manual release on the garage door opener?
To release: Most brands require you to pull down the rob and at the same time back or forward depending on the opener model to stay disengaged.
13. My door is noisy, struggling, or too heavy to lift.
1. Your door should be light enough for a 10 year old child to lift easily, if not your springs are worn out. This may cause damage to your opener or sudden spring breakage that can cause injury. Do not attempt any adjustment, this work should only be performed by trained technicians.
14. Why is my opener safety sensors not working or flickering?
Your safety beam sensor must be working in order for your garage door opener to operate. If the indicator light on your sensors is off, one or a combination of things can be happening.
1. Make sure there is nothing obstructing the path between the two sensors.
15. Can I replace my own broken spring or cable?
The torsion spring is under high tension and requires special tools for adjustment. Because of the high tension, the torsion spring, and any part associated with the counterbalance system, should be adjusted only by a professional. These parts include: the springs, the cable, the corner brackets attached to the cables, the cable drums, and the center bearing brackets that hold the tension spring shaft.
16. How do I measure for a new door?
Measure door opening width and height in feet and inches. This determines the size of door needed. The rough opening should be the same size as the door.
Measure for side-room: 3-3/4″ is required on each side for installation of the vertical track for standard extension spring, standard torsion spring and EZ-Set Torsion Spring System T, 5-1/2″ for EZ-Set Extension Spring SystemT.
Measure area labelled “headroom” – distance between the top of the door opening (“jamb header”) and the ceiling (or floor joist). 10″ is required for the standard extension spring or EZ-Set Extension Spring System. 12″ is required for standard torsion spring and EZ-Set Torsion Spring SystemT. If you have restricted headroom, special hardware is available. Additional headroom is required for installation of an automatic garage door opener.
NOTE: If door height extends above the opening, the headroom measurement should be adjusted proportionately.
Measure area labelled “backroom” – distance is measured from the garage door opening toward the back wall of the garage. Door height plus 18″ is required. Additional back room may be required for installation of an automatic garage door opener.
17. How do I program my built-in car home link button to operate my garage door opener?
1. Make sure the ignition is on in your vehicle.