Fix Your Squeaky Garage Door in Plano, Texas

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Fix That Squeaky Garage Door in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX

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We all know how annoying it is when you open the garage door and it squeaks and makes a bunch of racket! Well, we here at Plano Overhead Garage Door are here to let you know that you no longer have to put up with that any longer!

Tips on quieting down your garage door

The fixes for a garage door that makes a racket when it opens and closes are actually fairly easy. All it takes is about an hour or so for you to fix the problem and address a few of the culprits. Three of the main reasons why your garage door may be loud are, worn hinges, worn rollers, or the door may need to be lubricated.

Replacing worn hinges

Over the years, the garage door hinges can actually wear out over time and may even be bent. This can cause the hinges to bind and begin to squeak. If you can notice that the hinges or damaged, you will need to get them replaced.

 

broken-roller

Replacing worn rollers

The most important thing to know is if you are planning to replace rollers yourself; DO NOT replace the bottom two rollers unless you are skilled and knowledgeable in how garage doors work. The two rollers are in the bottom corner brackets which are connected to the cables which are connected to the springs. The springs are under pressure and can be replaced without having to worry about the springs. Check each roller and see if they are rolling freely and there’s no excessive wear.

Garage Door Lube

Lubrication

 

Making sure that your door is lubricated is the #1 cause of a very annoying, loud, squeaky garage door.  Lubrication is often overlooked seeing as how important it is. simply spray the springs, rollers, hinges, pulleys, and bearings. STAY AWAY from WD40!!! WD40 and other lubricants such as grease, oil, or spray lithium are somewhat cheaper, but they don’t penetrate and tend to pick up dust and grit. Stick with a light chain and cable fluid or garage door lubricant. Do this at least once a year and your garage door will be happy!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

 

Plano, TX, Maintenance Tips

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Blog Posts by Plano Overhead Garage Door in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Preserve Your Garage Door Battery in Plano, TX

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When you start thinking about how long your garage door opener should last, you may be wondering because your opener may have started “acting up” or parts on the operator started failing. Based on responses from many manufactures, trade associations, and product researchers the average life expectancy of a garage door operator is roughly 10 years.

How well does you opener really work?

There are a lot of factors that determine how well an opener works; such as the quality of the operator, how the opener was ultimately maintained, how often the garage door opener is used, etc. The most important factor though in determining how long an opener might last is how well the garage door actually works.  This can depend on brand, model, and other factors.

Extending or shortening the life span on your opener

You can expect to shorten the life of your opener faster than anything else if it is poorly maintained. The springs on the garage door are engineered to do most of the lifting of the door not the actual garage door operator. The garage door opener basically is used to put the door in motion so if the springs are not doing their job then the operator is going to be doing more than it was designed to do. And with a poorly balanced door the garage opener is going to wear out much faster and parts in the opener are going to need to be replaced much sooner.

Tips to maintain

There are two great tips to help you keep your door in shape and to help extend the life of your operator. First, a properly balanced door will reduce a lot of the strain on the opener. So make sure that the door is properly balanced at all times. Second, lubrication of all moving parts on the garage door will make the door work smoother, so make sure to lube the door! Lubricate hinges, rollers, springs and pulleys (if your door had pulleys) using 3-in-One Garage Door Lubricant.  Just as a reminder; if you DO NOT feel comfortable or you are unable to do service to your garage door then call your local service company, Plano Overhead Garage Door, and have them do the preventative maintenance for you.

Maintenance! Maintenance! Maintenance!

An annual maintenance should be done to extend the life of the operator and garage door. By showing a little attention to the door and opener you’ll not only get a few more years out of them but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your garage door and opener are operating at peak efficiency.

 

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Frisco Garage Door Maintenance

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX

Garage Door Service in Frisco, Texas

Garage Door Repair Frisco Texas

Last Monday, a customer in Frisco called in saying that her door was being very noisy and wanted a technician to come out and take a look at it. We scheduled her an appointment that same day so that we could help her figure out what was wrong,

When our technician arrived he realized that it had been a while since a technician had been out and serviced her door. The technician explained to the customer that it is very important to get your garage door and opener serviced once a year just to make sure everything is running smoothing. So he proceeded to service and maintenance her door and opener. He was able to tell the customer that was the reason her door was being so noisy.  It just needed some routine maintenance!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Top 5 Garage Door Maintenance Tips You Can Do Yourself

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Paint Your Garage Door in Plano, TX

Do it Yourself concept

You like to push up your sleeves and fix things yourself. At Plano Overhead Garage Door, we want to teach you how to maintain your formidable, new garage door. Read on to learn how you can perform DIY garage door maintenance in North Dallas, TX and keep your garage door in tip-top shape for the long-term.

Top Five DIY Garage Door Repairs

You have the power to stop problems before they start. With regular upkeep, you’ll prevent major functional problems from occurring with your garage door. Use the tips below to complete DIY maintenance for your Plano, TX garage door.

1. Inspect.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do in terms of garage door upkeep is to pay attention. Pick a time once a month to perform a routine checkup of every part of your garage door, including the rollers, panels, and tracks. Listen for popping, squeaking, and grinding noises as the garage door opens and closes. Look closely at each garage door panel to see if there is any deterioration or damage. Do not attempt to replace the rollers or spring system. For those issues, be sure to call a repair technician.

2. Paint

Texas sees a lot of weather. Rain, thunderstorms, high winds, and hail slowly can chip away at the integrity of your garage door. As you perform your monthly inspection of your garage door, look for scratches and chips on each panel’s surface. If you discover this kind of damage, paint over them so that the chips and scratches don’t grow and start to rust.

3. Clean

Especially after storms, hose off your garage door panels. It will help to prevent damage to the door. Even more importantly, clean the rollers and tracks. Debris can get stuck in the tracks, and prevent the rollers from sliding. This will stop the garage door from opening and closing easily. After you remove debris, take a clean rag and wipe down all the rollers and tracks.

4. Lubricate

Spraying lubricant helps the garage door’s rollers slide easily along the tracks. Make sure to apply lubricants to panel hinges, springs, and torsion tube bearings. Lightly lubricate. Over-applying lubricant will have an adverse effect, so clean off any excess.

5. Tighten

Garage doors include a lot of hardware. Over time, hardware begins to loosen. Panel hinges, rollers, tracks, garage door opener attachments, and the ceiling attachments should not be loose. If they are, tighten them immediately.

Call Us for Your Free, No-Obligation Estimate

For more information about DIY garage door maintenance in Richardson, TX or great garage door products and installation, call the expert technicians at Plano Overhead Garage Door at 972-422-1695.

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

An Example of Neglecting Your Garage Door

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX

Smashed Garage Door

Maintenance is key.  If you hear the door making unusually loud noises, you should not ignore it.  Don’t wait until it breaks at 5am on a Monday morning.  Servicing your garage door once a year is the most economical route.  A little time and money for a tune up will save you big in the long run.

Regular garage door maintenance is essential to keep your door in working order.  Our garage door tune up consists of lubricating, adjusting and balancing the garage door.  We give both the door and opener a thorough look through to make sure it is working as it should.  Even a minor adjustment can save your garage door from looking like the one above.

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Door Making Popping Noise in Richardson, Texas

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Customer Reviews in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Information on Garage Door Rollers in Plano, TX

Broken Roller

A customer in Richardson was very concerned about the loud popping noise that her garage door was making. We sent out one of our technicians to see what was wrong, and it turned out to be the rollers on the customer’s garage door.  Out technician was able to distinguish that the ball-bearings on multiple rollers had worn down over time, and needed to be replaced.  As they wear down, the spherical ball-bearings inside the roller sleeve develop edges.  These edges cause the ball to skip when rotating, causing vibration.  The vibration worsens over time, gradually wearing out multiple ball-bearings and eventually causing damage to other components of the garage door and garage door opener.  Defective rollers eventually begin to slide through the tracks, rather than rolling- causing the wheel to snap off of the roller shaft completely.

 

Fixing the Richardson Customer’s Problem

Nylon Roller

Rather than just replacing the broken rollers, we offered to replace all of them at a discounted rate to keep their garage door in top shape and prevent having to pay another service call down the road.  Our technician explained to the customer that she should consider nylon coated steel rollers because they last a lot longer and make the door go up and down smoother.  These rollers are 11 ball-bearing steel with a nylon coating- durability with smooth and quiet operation.  So just remember that if you have a loud popping noise on your garage door call us so that our technician can come out and give you a free estimate!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Sagging Chain? Could be Your Gear Kit Going Bad

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Garage Door Openers in Plano, TX, Types of Garage Door Repair in Plano, TX

What is a Gear Kit?

 

Gear Kit

A gear kit is the driving mechanism that exists in most builder grade garage door openers.  On cheaper models, this drive gear is made of nylon plastic and tends to wear out roughly every 5 to 10 years.  In order to learn more about garage door openers that utilize steel encased, self-lubricating gears, click here!

The Motor Runs, but Nothing Happens!

Once the gears wear down enough, the teeth actually no longer touch each other, thus making the opener not turn at all.

Sagging Chain

An Example of What We Do to Fix It

One customer in Frisco was really depending on our technician to come out and help. When our technician arrived, he was able to see that the customer’s chain was off the sprocket on top of their garage door, causing the chain to droop lower than usual in their garage. If the chain happens to come off of the opener it will not function properly. It won’t be able to open or shut even if you hear the motor running. One reason that this occurs is from the gear kit on the opener wearing down over time.  There are many parts of a gear kit that can break over time, causing the opener to fail.

The technician was able to assist the customer with no problem. He had all the tools and parts he needed on his truck, replaced her gear kit, and was able to get the chain back on.  He got the opener up and running in no time. He reset all of the force and sensitivity settings, lubricated everything, and serviced the garage door as well.  This Frisco customer was very thankful for a job well done.

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Customer Goes From Off Track to Working in Less Than an Hour in Plano, Texas!

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Types of Garage Door Repair in Plano, TX

A Recent Job in Plano Involving an Off Track Garage Door:

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The customer at one home in Plano was very upset to find that their garage door was off track in the opening, so they called us to make sure it was fixed in a jiffy. Our service technician went to their home in Plano and was able to fix the problem in no time.

We were able to tell that the customer’s steel roller was off track from the cable being off due to non lubrication and a lack of service over time. Rollers on garage doors need lubrication on them to ensure that they work properly. Our technician then explained to the customer what the problem was, and explain how to prevent it in the future.

From phone call to payment, this Plano resident was done with the process in less than an hour!

By Nick McGregor

Why Paint or Stain Your Garage Door in Plano, TX?

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Paint Your Garage Door in Plano, TX, Plano, TX, Insulated Garage Door

Whether you have a 40 year old wooden garage door that’s on its’ last leg, or a fairly new steel door; your garage door needs paint for several reasons.

1. Longevity

2. Appearance

3. Functionality

4. Value

 

LongevityOld Wooden Garage Door

Cedar faced, or wooden style garage doors are becoming more and more popular.  These doors should be stained and sealed at a minimum of once every two years.  Just like a wooden fence, if you don’t stain it, it will rot and fall apart over time- except in this case, the wood is right above your car and is a moving component.  Steel garage doors should be painted at a minimum of once every ten years.  To protect the enamel, and prevent corrosion between the panels, it is important that you paint your steel garage door about as often as you paint your home.

AppearanceStain Garage Door

A gallon of paint or stain can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home.  Whether you decide to use the color to contrast your existing trim of the house, or go with a unique design, your home will be transformed.  Note:  Be sure to check with your local HOA and city regulations first.

FunctionalityDuct Tape Garage Door, Garage Door Repair Plano Texas

Preventing rot, corrosion, an exposure are important as well.  Especially with wooden garage doors, maintenance such as painting can triple the life of your door.  Once the wood or steel begins to split or rot, the hinges, struts, and other components begin to pull loose.

ValueAmerican Flag Garage Door

This is probably the one that you really care about.  An article was published in the Dallas Morning News a few years back that revealed that Garage Door Refinishing recouped 83% of a homeowners investment on average.  This was the 3rd highest return on investment of all home renovation projects.  In other words, when you go to sell your house, you can expect the value to have gone up by 83% of however much spent to update, refinish, or replace your new garage door!

Click here to learn more about the garage door styles that we offer, including wooden look all steel garage doors.

By Nick McGregor

 

Garage Door Repair: Plano, Texas

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Garage Door Safety in Plano, TX, Posts for Garage Doors & Openers in Plano, TX, Types of Garage Door Repair in Plano, TX

Plano Garage Door Repair

Let’s face it, we’re in the age of Do-It-Yourself.  Well, at least attempting to do it ourselves until we hit the point of no return and have to call an expert (myself included).  And Plano is no exception to this mentality.  Sayings such as “There’s an app for that”, “I’ll Figure it Out”, and “Google It” have become the norm across all generations in the United States. What many Plano residents don’t know is that garage door repair is considered by many contractors as the most dangerous home repair.  We have many contractors, re-modelers, and handymen that actually refer their clients to us because they know how dangerous the largest moving part in your home can be.  Handymen will work on your heating and air conditioning system, plumbing, and electricity; but often won’t touch your garage door springs.  What does that tell you?

Unfortunately, to the naked eye most garage door repairs “Look Easy on YouTube”.  Installing garage door openers purchased at home improvement stores, trying to weld metal to existing garage door structures, replacing broken garage door springs, and trying to adjust the sensitivity settings and travel limits are the most common situations we run in to with our Plano, Texas residents.  Always call a garage door repair company when it comes to working on garage doors, garage door springs, garage door openers, or any electronics in relation to a your garage.  There are hundreds of sites that give great information and instructions on different aspects of garage door repairs.  Lubricating certain parts of your garage door system up to four times per year can be done on your own, but the rest should be done by experienced and professionally trained garage door service technicians.

Duct Tape Garage Door, Garage Door Repair Plano TexasYes that is duct tape.  No, it does not work!

From over 37 years of experience we know that proper and routine maintenance of your garage door and garage door opener can double, or even triple, their life expectancy.  Below you will find a list of the basic components of our standard service for Plano residents.

At Every Garage Door Repair in Plano Texas, We:

  • Perform a Comprehensive Safety Inspection
  • Adjust and Inspect all Moving Parts
  • Lubricate all Working Parts with Appropriate Lithium Grease, Silicone, and WD-40
  • Balance Garage Door by Adjusting Torsion Spring Tension
  • Adjust and Test the Force Sensitivity Settings
  • Adjust and Test the Up and Down Travel Limits
  • Test and Adjust Infrared Safety Reversing System
  • Fully Inspect all Parts and Components and Document Problems, and Deterioration
  • Give an Overall Honest Opinion of the Condition of the Components
  • Leave a Written Summary and Invoice That Includes Your Warranty Information, Suggested Service, and Results of Our Repair and/or Service

Everything listed above is included in our garage door repairs, and we have never believed in adding on charges for service calls, additional labor, taxes, or extended service.  Please do not wait until something breaks to have your garage door repaired, and never do it yourself unless you absolutely have to.  It’s not that you cannot do it, it’s that you really shouldn’t.  Investing in professional maintenance can save you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of a home.  So if you’re in Plano, and have been thinking about doing any of the things above on your own, do us both a favor and pick up the phone.  We’d love the chance to earn your business and show you our expertise!

By Nick McGregor

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Testimonials

  • September 23, 2016:

    "We've used Plano Overhead many times since the late 1990's and have been pleased every time!"


    -Sally R.    Plano, TX
  • September 7, 1987:

    "Prompt, courteous, and took care of the job in a very professional manner.  The enthusiasm to do the job right was refreshing to say the least."

    -Jared F.    Richardson, TX
  • January 2, 2017:

    "The customer service of this company is great.  They go the extra mile to make things right.  Use this company.  They fix your problems correctly and have quick service too."

    -Richard S.    Dallas, TX
  • March 14, 1995:

    "Plano Overhead quickly diagnosed my problem, made the necessary repairs, and adjusted the door for proper operation.  All I can say is, again, thanks for the excellent service and very professional service personnel.  The cost was very reasonable as well!"

    -Lynn P.   McKinney, TX
  • December 4, 2006:

    "Great service! I couldn't be happier!  I'm just amazed that in today's hurry up, make a quick dollar and get out world, this kind of expert service and friendly attitude still exists.  I don't mind paying for this kind of service and attitude.  I'll never call anyone other than Plano Overhead!"

    -Steve S.   Wylie, TX
  • January 27, 2017:

    "My garage door spring broke this morning.  I had used Plano Overhead before and was really impressed with their customer service and the professionalism of their technicians.  They stand behind their work and their products.  I have always recommended them to people I know and will continue to do so!"

    -Mark Z.   Allen, TX
  • January 14, 2004:

    "Thank you for your timely and professional service and your reasonable prices!"

    -Emmett W.   Garland, TX
  • December 6, 1993:

    "As a small business owner myself, I would like to commend your company for taking the extra step many business fail to take these days. Please feel free to add me to your list of references."

    Johnathan T.    Plano, TX
  • March 12, 2011:

    "Great service, great price, great company."

    -Chris H.    Plano, TX
  • August 13, 2006:

    "I cannot believe I got a Thank You Note from you guys!  Your promptness, courtesy, sympathy, and efficiency all made my situation a little easier."

    Richard W.   Murphy, TX
  • June 27, 2013:

    "The entire process was fantastic.  I walked into their showroom, and a representative was more than ready to help!"

    -Tony B.    Plano, TX
  • February 23, 2017:

    "Technician arrived on time on very short notice.  He worked efficiently and completed work in about one hour.  He even took time to answer questions and go over the work!"

    -Viadhe T.    Carrolton, TX
  • May 7, 2014:

    "Everyone from the technicians to the receptionists are always so pleasant to deal with.  You will not be disappointed with this company!"

    -Betsy Y.    Allen, TX
  • May 30, 2015:

    "Service was great, very professional and helpful!"

    -Steve J.    Frisco, TX
  • August 8, 1997:

    "I appreciate the fast service.  It's great to find a company I can rely on.  I'll recommend you every chance I get!"

    Stephany R.   Richardson, TX
  • January 5, 2012:

    "It is great to find a local company that you can depend upon.  I will definitely recommend your company to others who may have problems with their garage door."

    -Christina L.     Allen, TX
  • October 31, 2014:

    "About as good an experience as you can get, the installer was professional about his business, showed up on time, and completed the job in the time estimated."

    -Mark M.     Frisco, TX
  • August 19, 2014:

    "Plano Overhead Garage Door runs their business the way consumers wish all businesses were run.  They are simply a premier service provider."

    -Arlene M.    Plano, TX
  • January 6, 2017:

    "Scheduling was very responsive both via email and over the phone.  They were very professional and timely during the install, and even programmed my vehicles to the garage door opener before leaving.  I will continue to hire Plano Overhead Door in result of my experience today and will highly recommend them to my neighbors!"

    -Jon M.    Plano, TX
  • June 17, 2014:

    "Punctual, knowledgeable, and fast."

    -Dawn H.    Richardson, TX
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